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Advocates for broadband expansion are converging on Lexington this week for a conference dubbed “Fiber for the New Economy.”

State and federal officials have kicked off the construction of 3,400 miles of fiber optic cable they hope will transform eastern Kentucky's economy following the decline of the coal industry. Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear were among the officials that dedicated the network Monday in Hazard. The network will cost about $324 million to build. Taxpayers will pay about $53.5 million, with the rest coming from private investors.

Josh James / WUKY

Hard hit Kentucky coal communities will be the target of up to $38 million in federal grants aimed at reviving local economies. It's all part of what’s being dubbed the “POWER Initiative.”

UK Signs On As Presenting Sponsor For SOAR

Mar 10, 2015

The University of Kentucky has formalized an agreement to take on an increasing role in the SOAR, or Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative.

The University of Kentucky has launched an effort to promote and strengthen its ties with the Central Appalachian region. A new series of stories called “Rooted in Our Communities: The University of Kentucky in Appalachia” can be found on UKNow.

Bill Would Set Aside Money For Eastern Kentucky

Nov 29, 2014

A group of eastern Kentucky leaders has endorsed a plan that would set aside money to help boost the region's struggling economy.

Broadband access can be a key conduit to creating economic opportunity for Eastern Kentucky, officials say.

SOAR Initiative Chooses New Director

Oct 4, 2014

The head of the Pikeville-based Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will lead an initiative to diversify eastern Kentucky's economy.

Eastern Kentucky residents are launching an effort to answer a June New York Times headline that asked “What’s the Matter with Eastern Kentucky?”

One component of the state’s ambitious initiative to jumpstart the struggling economy of Eastern Kentucky is a renewed focus on tourism.