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Governor receives broadband expansion bill, vital to rural areas

Kentuckians residing in underserved, rural areas of the state could soon be on the receiving end of a massive expansion of broadband internet service, should Governor Andy Beshear sign House Bill 315 which passed on March 31. The bill – sponsored by Rep. Brandon Reed of Hodgenville – will simplify the process by which electric…

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Fiscal Court hears workforce report from Industrial Foundation

  Hancock County Industrial Foundation Director Mike Baker told Fiscal Court Monday the shortage of qualified, capable workers will be an issue not only for local industry but also for the state for some time to come. The unemployment rate for the county dropped from five percent in January 2021 to 2.8 percent in January…

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Infrastructure Act holds promise for rural Kentucky

  With the passage of the $1.2-trillion Infrastructure Improvement and Jobs Act on Nov. 5, the Commonwealth of Kentucky is poised to receive about $5 billion in funding for highway and bridge repair/replacement, public transportation, broadband expansion and electric vehicle charging facilities. While it remains unclear exactly how those monies will be distributed throughout the…

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