Eastern Kentucky to benefit from federal workforce development grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – Federal grant money is headed to parts of eastern Kentucky to improve workforce development and infrastructure.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3 million grant to KCEOC Community Action Partnership, Inc., to help develop a workforce training facility in Barbourville in Knox County.  The grant will be matched with $2.3 million in other federal and state money.

The EDA is awarding a $2 million grant to the Greenup Joint Sewer Agency of Greenup, to make water infrastructure improvements at the EastPark Industrial Park.  This grant will be matched with $3 million in state and local money and is expected to help create 132 jobs and generate $403 million in private investment, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Finally, the U.S. Department of Labor is awarding $383,668 to Nicholas County to expand workforce development efforts through the Community Action Council.

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