Contact Information

Sarah Bowker
Communications Director

419 Charles E. Barnhart Building Lexington, KY 40546-0276

CEDIK@lsv.uky.edu

Create Bridges

Create Bridges

Create Bridges

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Create Bridges acronym text

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CREATE BRIDGES was a 3 year program for multi-county regions to develop their retail and hospitality industries. Kentucky was fortunate to be one of 3 states to participate in the pilot of this program. The project brought an innovative approach to addressing business and workforce development at no cost to the region, thanks to a Walmart grant.

The CREATE BRIDGES initiative was launched to develop and test a process to promote and strengthen these industries, particularly in rural areas. The process was designed to:

  1. Raise awareness of the role these important businesses play in the local economy;
  2. Determine challenges and barriers negatively impacting those businesses; and
  3. Develop and implement strategies to strengthen the retail, accommodations, tourism, and entertainment sectors within a region. 

       

Kentucky Counties Participating in Pilot

FOCUS (Five Original Counties United for Success) Region - Jackson, Clay, Lee, Owsley and Leslie Counties. April Renner from Jackson Energy Cooperative serves as the Chairperson.

Additional Kentucky counties: Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Wolfe.

     

CREATE Data Profiles for two Kentucky Regions

FOCUS   |   Big Sandy

     

Pilot Program Successes

Create Bridges and FOCUS Inc. Provide Worker Incentives to Local Employees

Regional Youth Assist Local Business Owner with Online Marketing


The Create Bridges Initiative is a partnership among:

National Partners

Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC)

University of Kentucky’s Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK)

University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s Community and Economic Development (UACES-CED)

Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service.

Regional Partners:

FOCUS "Five Original Counties Uniting for Success" Team from Jackson, Clay, Lee, Owsley and Leslie Counties. April Renner, Chairperson.

CEDIK - Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky

Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky

Jackson Energy Cooperative

Program Contact:

Alison Davis, PhD

Executive Director, CEDIK

(859) 257-7260 alison.davis@uky.edu 411 C.E. Barnhart Building Lexington, KY 40546

Contact Information

Sarah Bowker
Communications Director

419 Charles E. Barnhart Building Lexington, KY 40546-0276

CEDIK@lsv.uky.edu