Governor's Office for Local Development
Estill Co. Receives Grant to Explore Adventure Tourism Options

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 16, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, KY (April 15, 2008) – Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the approval of an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Flex-E Grant in the amount of $12,400 for the preparation of an Estill County Tourism Development and Marketing Plan.   

Estill County officials, working in conjunction with the Bluegrass Area Development District, will use the funds to conduct an assessment of the county’s current tourism industry and to identify any untapped resources.  The team will recommend strategies and an action plan to better develop and market the area, specifically focusing on potential in the adventure tourism industry. 

The funding for the grant, administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), is part of a mini-grant program intended to provide limited, short-term financial assistance for the designated 15 ARC distressed counties and 3 ARC at-risk counties to explore economic development opportunities for adventure tourism in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.  Entities eligible to apply for the grants include local units of government, postsecondary education institutions and non-profit organizations located in or serving distressed counties.   

“We’ve received great input and buy in from Estill County local officials,” said Lora Littleton, a Community Development Specialist with the Bluegrass Area Development District.  “They recognize the value of tourism both economically and culturally.”  Littleton expects the Tourism Development and Marketing Plan to focus on the large number of cyclists that already visit the county, existing historical sites and on connecting with active tourist attractions in surrounding counties.