FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday a grant totaling $305,986 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Breathitt County Museum Board.
The board will use the funds to transform its historic former jail building into a tourist destination in downtown Jackson.
The board will convert the site to a low-cost, one-stop shop for local artisans and entrepreneurs to sell arts and crafts and encourage visitors to participate in the local economy.
“Congratulations to the Breathitt County Museum Board on this award,” said Gov. Beshear. “This project will help build a stronger economic foundation, drawing on Appalachia’s unique heritage to create real opportunity in Breathitt County. We are grateful for the community leaders that made this project possible because it will help us build the stronger Eastern Kentucky we’ve always imagined.”
ARC funding is designed to help economically distressed counties in Appalachian Kentucky strengthen industry and build a stronger economic future. The Department for Local Government (DLG) administers ARC funding at the state level.
In addition to ARC funds, local sources will provide $86,714, making the total project funding $392,700.