Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Recommends Approval of $500,000 for Magoffin Health Department

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 07, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, KY (May 7, 2008) –  Gov. Steve Beshear, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), has announced his recommendation for the approval of a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to assist in the construction of a new Magoffin County Health Department.

This grant, in addition to other local and state funds, will be used to purchase land to construct a proposed 14,000 sq. ft. building to consolidate the existing health department operations into one facility and expand services to the community.  Adequate parking and room for expansion are included in the plan and the new building will meet handicap accessibility and HIPPAA requirements, as the current location does not. 

On Tuesday Governor Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and GOLD Commissioner Tony Wilder met with the Magoffin Fiscal Court and local residents to show their support for the proposed project.  “I’m proud to give the ARC my recommendation for this grant’s approval as an investment in Magoffin County and its citizens.  All of Kentucky deserves new roads, schools, sound infrastructure and clean, modern health departments as a means to help them grow and prosper.” 

Magoffin Judge/Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin said a new health department is one of the top needs in the county.  “A new, expanded facility will allow the health department to serve the people of Magoffin County much better and more efficiently.  I’d like to thank Governor Beshear for recognizing this need and recommending the approval of the grant.” 

This Magoffin County Health Department project is consistent with ARC strategic goals that strive to accomplish self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life for the communities and citizens of the Appalachian region.  Kentucky is one of 13 states eligible for the funds.  Grant applications are submitted to GOLD for review and require the Governor’s recommendation for approval before submission to ARC.  No project activity can begin until final federal approval is received from ARC.

Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties qualify for ARC funding and Magoffin is designated economically distressed. ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to assist the Appalachian region through a variety of projects in the areas of public infrastructure, human resource development and business development.