Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Recommends Morgan County for ARC Funding for Technology Training

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 $160,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for Morgan County.  Funds will be used for the Morgan County Technology Training Program.

            “In order for Kentucky to move forward, our young people must be well-educated and have the training available to get good jobs,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This training will allow technology professionals in Morgan County and the surrounding areas the opportunity to work in the fast-paced fields of technology while staying within the state.”

            The technology training is aimed at providing intensive, high-level technology training for recent college graduates and other technology professionals to prepare them for specific application development and real-world business services marketing skills required for the expansion of a new technology business, Natural Bridge Technologies, located in the Regional Technology Center in Morgan County.

             “The Appalachian area is working diligently to improve the opportunities available to its residents,” said Senator Robert Stivers (R-Manchester).  “This grant will allow individuals from the entire area to have access to skilled jobs.”

            Natural Bridge Technologies is a firm that offers rural outsourcing as an alternative to overseas outsourcing of application development services and technology jobs.  This project will train at least 20 of the company’s goal of 30 employees to be hired in a two-year period.

            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.