I attended my first meeting with the LCADD in Russell Springs yesterday. Met a lot of great people that I’m looking forward to working with for the next few years!
Having been on the city council for 4 years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting different people that work for what we around here commonly call the ADD District, formally it is the Lake Cumberland Area Development District (LCADD). Most of that interaction has been through the council regarding grants or loans. And not until recently did I discover what an incredible resource this organization has been to our area in the past, and what an important, and integral, part they play in our future.
Let me give you a quick rundown of what this group of dedicated individuals that work for this agency are doing for us at the moment...
From their website, “The Community and Economic Development Department staff provides project planning, technical assistance, financial packaging, grant application preparation and administrative services to all units of local government within the 10-county area. These services are also available to non-profit organizations within the area and to private, for-profit businesses with plans to locate or expand, creating jobs and investing
I bolded and italicized that last sentence of the description for a reason. Not only do they go beyond the call of duty for cities and counties in their region, but also assist private, for-profit businesses. Want to locate a business here? Or expand your business? Are you creating jobs and investing your money into your business endeavor? The LCADD can help you! Reach out and talk to some there, and they will let you know if you qualify for any of their services. Their website is http://lcadd.org.
Ms. Judy Hachey is a Community Development Specialist for the LCADD. Judy has helped us search for, and then write, grant proposals in the past, and is currently working on our application for a CBDG (Community Development Block Grant) grant and low interest loan to assist in the funding of a multi-million dollar sewer plant project that we will undertake in the next year or so. She does a great job!
The LCADD also funds the Cumberland County Senior Citizen Center. From the website, “The Senior Services Department provides and coordinates responsive programs and services which enhance the dignity, support independence and offer stimulating and meaningful opportunities for adults 60 years of age and older.
Department staff operate a Central Kitchen which provides nutritious meals daily to 10 senior centers within LCADD’s service area. Department staff also manage all 10 senior centers, which are multi-purpose community facilities that serve as the focal points for delivery of all services to the elderly, including escort, transportation, information and assistance, outreach, telephone reassurance, visiting reassurance, congregate meals and home-delivered meals.”
One of the most exciting things we have at our Senior Center is the ability for video conferencing. Do you have a loved one in the military that you’d like to see during this holiday season? The LCADD can make it happen with state of the art technology right here in Burkesville! And it doesn’t have to be a military family member, it could be a relative you’d like to see, or even a business meeting that you need to attend.
Our center is located on Upper River Street across from City Hall. Call Tina Capshaw at 270-864-2275 for information on meals, transportation, fellowship and more!
There are so many more programs that the LCADD offers to communities and individuals. Remember, their website is http://lcadd.org.
The Workforce part of the organization provides employment services to the community. Need a job, or training? They can probably help. I do know the city will be utilizing workers from the WIOA as seasonal employees at some point in the near future. That’s free labor for the city! It is available, and we are going to take advantage of the opportunity!
From their website, “The Workforce Development Department at LCADD implements the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Department employees provide employment services to adults, youth, dislocated workers and trade-affected workers at One-Stop Career Centers and affiliate sites located within LCADD’s 10-county area, plus Rockcastle, Laurel and Whitley counties. Employees who staff the centers offer a range of services from basic employment assistance to intensive career planning and assessment to training opportunities and job placement.”
The meeting yesterday was a pleasure to attend. The members made me feel very welcome, with everyone showing support for our community and offering to help in any way they can. It was mentioned that of the 10 counties in the LCADD region, there are 4 new County Judge Executives and 9 new Mayors of the fourteen cities represented. That’s a lot of new faces for this organization, but better than that, that means a lot of new ideas for our region. And that’s what we need.
The entirety of rural America, not just south central Kentucky, needs to think differently than in the past. A lot of the old ideas and ways of doing things simply don’t work today. To find a way out of the economic slide that’s happening outside the metropolitan areas is going to take more than one person and one idea. It’s going to take groups people with a passion for their communities to solve the problems we are all facing.
Every small, rural town you travel through has empty buildings somewhere in their midst. Some sit idly by and waste away until there is hardly no chance of remodeling. There are many reasons a property might sit undeveloped, empty, or to the point of dilapidation.
One of those reasons is the fear of running into a contamination, pollution or ecological problems that would make the property a financial liability instead of an asset. If you have a commercial property like this, such as an old service station, industrial site, or even an old building that you think has asbestos or lead paint present, you now have a chance to get that problem take care of for FREE!
The Lake Cumberland Area Development District was recently awarded a $300,000 EPA Brownfields Assessment grant. A Brownfield is a vacant or underutilized property that may have environmental issues, such as petroleum, lead paint, asbestos, meth contamination, etc., which hinders the property’s redevelopment. This grant will be used to identify potential Brownfield sites, conduct Phase I environmental assessments, Phase II assessments as needed, and create remediation plans that will include cost estimates.
For more information contact the LCADD. All contact info is on their website, http://lcadd.org.
I’ll be updating about these and various topics, so keep an eye out for more posts.
Thanks for reading.