Governor's Office for Local Development
Bell County Receives ATV Park Development Grant

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 for the Bell County ATV Park development project in the amount of $20,000.   

 Bell County will use the money to hire an engineering firm to professionally map and classify existing ATV trails and provide a land assessment study for the proposed use of a trail system.  The plan will include an economic analysis with the ultimate goal of attracting more tourists to the region, generating additional income by creating new jobs and business growth in and around Bell County. 

 “Adventure Tourism is an untapped goldmine for Appalachia,” said Bell County Judge Executive Albey Brock.  “Our county plans to capitalize on all we have to offer and to continue to expand our Adventure Tourism programs.” 

 The funding for this 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 state’s designated 15 ARC distressed counties and 3 ARC at-risk counties to explore economic development opportunities for Adventure Tourism in Kentucky’s Appalachian region. 

 Bell County, an ARC distressed county, plans to promote the ATV park using the detailed maps in brochures and on websites.  The funds will also be used for trail signage to identify connector trails, level of difficulty and directional markers.