Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Recommends ARC Funding for equipment purchase

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

           Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $400,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to Lindsey Wilson College, located in Adair County.

            ARC funds will assist in furnishing a new $8 million science building on campus. In addition to serving the students at Lindsey Wilson, the equipment and new space will be used to conduct a special math and science summer initiative that includes seven high schools from surrounding counties.

            “Providing Kentucky’s students with the tools they need to study math and science is vital to our success as a state,” said Governor Fletcher. “Lindsey Wilson College this school year is serving approximately 1,000 Appalachian students. Enrollment has grown by 42 percent in the last three years; an excellent indication that Lindsey Wilson is filling a need in Appalachia.”

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.