Eastern Kentucky receives more than $2 million in grant money

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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state announced Monday more than $2 million has been awarded for projects in Pikeville and Whitesburg.

The City of Pikeville was awarded a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for project Health Care Employment Around Resource Training (HEART).

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The city will use the money to equip a 10,304-square-foot facility at Pikeville Medical Center to create a simulated learning environment designed to educate high school students about careers in the health care field.

This project will prepare more than 488 students for careers in nursing and is intended to minimize the nursing shortage at Pikeville Medical Center.

The City of Whitesburg received a $101,239 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant to transform the city pool into a splash park, which was proposed as safer and more cost effective for the city and families.

Letcher County Fiscal Court received a $193,318 LWCF grant for the Fishpond Park Revitalization Project. The city will use the funds to construct a bath house, add playground equipment, place new signage, add fire pits and a new grilling station and will update other park infrastructure.

Letcher County also received $42,000 in County Road Aid emergency funds for critical flood damage repairs on Bridge Loop (CR 1613).

Heavy rain caused the Cowan Creek to rise and wash away major portions of the stream bank, damaging parts of the pavement. The county will use the funding to place 1500 tons of Class III Channel Lining – a type of crushed stone – along the streambank and bridge abutments to prevent further erosion. Letcher County is responsible for administering the work. The repairs will take place on Bridge Loop starting near mile point .10.