Center for Rural Development receives funds that can assist Russell County residents

The Center for Rural Development has been awarded $300,000 by the Appalachian Regional Commission to implement the Succeed, Thrive and Recover program to benefit businesses and individuals in recovery in 43 Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties, including Russell County.

The award is part of a recently announced $12 million package through the ARC’s INSPIRE initiative, which addresses the region’s substance use disorder crisis with investments that strengthen services in the recovery ecosystem and help facilitate workforce entry and re-entry.

At the Center for Rural Development, the funds will provide training in areas such as basic computer skills, essential soft skills, and specialized workforce training and short-term certification programs in targeted high-demand industries including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and more.

The project is expected to serve 494 workers and 40 businesses.

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