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Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Kentucky Selected to Host Rural Telecommunications Congress
Press Release Date:  February 08, 2005
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche

Conference to Draw Large International Audience to Lexington

Frankfort, KY:  Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that Kentucky has been selected to host the 2005 Rural Telecommunications Congress, October 9th – 12th in Lexington.  The Rural Telecommunications Congress convenes hundreds of small and rural business owners, officials from local, state, and federal agencies, as well as professionals from the fields of tele-health, distance learning, community economic development, e-government and public policy.

"I am pleased that the Rural Telecommunications Congress has selected Kentucky as the location for this important annual conference," stated Governor Fletcher.  "The policy of my administration to support the economic development of rural communities through technology expansion is a value shared with the members of the RTC. I applaud ConnectKentucky for facilitating this conference that will bring international technology experts to Kentucky to exchange ideas and share lessons learned for broadband and technology development.”

The Rural Telecommunications Congress is a national stakeholder organization dedicated to assuring rural communities and rural residents in the United States have access to the information and support they need to obtain and use advanced telecommunications services, particularly broadband digital communications, for community and economic development. Previous annual meetings of the RTC have been supported by various federal agencies including: the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Commerce Department.

"Given Governor Fletcher's progressive commitment to technology expansion in all parts of Kentucky, it was a natural selection to bring the ninth annual Rural Telecommunications Congress to Lexington," according to Richard Civille, President of the RTC.  "Community developers and elected officials from across the country and internationally will come together in October to discuss broadband deployment and technology development efforts around the world."

Known internationally as the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington's reputation for scenic beauty and southern hospitality is legendary.  Surrounded by beautifully manicured horse farms, Lexington is a charming, yet sophisticated, small town. 

"On behalf of the city of Lexington, the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau is thrilled to have this meeting come to Lexington and would like to extend a warm welcome to the members of the Rural Telecommunications Congress," said Niki Heichelbech, of the LCVB.

ConnectKentucky, Kentucky’s technology-based economic development partnership, is facilitating the 2005 Rural Telecommunications Congress and additional information may be obtained at or by calling 1-877-781-4320. More information regarding the Rural Telecommunications Congress may be accessed at




Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005