February 2018

Here is a look at what the Downtown Revitalization Project was up to in February 2018.
Use the links below to “jump” to the section.

Monthly Update

Social Media Spotlight

“What’s New?” February 2018

Hello Promise Zone Downtown Revitalization Partners,

I hope you all are well and warm! This is Shane Barton downtown revitalization coordinator for the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK). You are receiving this message, the first in a series of what will be monthly communications for the Promise Zone Downtown Revitalization project partners, because of your involvement or interest in the downtown revitalization efforts in your community.

The purpose of this and future messages:

  • Provide updates on downtown revitalization work in the region.
  • Share information that may be useful to your endeavors.
  • Provide links to opportunities that communities may want to explore.
  • Share upcoming dates for events, trainings, grants and workshops.

I hope these messages can also serve as a feedback loop for all of our downtown revitalization projects in the region. If you have an update, a question about the project or an opportunity you would like me to share please email shane.barton@uky.edu

We have been using the time since our Dec 7th Regional Partner Convening in Harlan to plan and strategize for 2018 and I have to say that I am excited about the opportunities we all have to move our local revitalization conversations forward this year.

Tuesday, March 6th.  Winter ’18 Promise Zone Downtown Revitalization Convening hosted by Barbourville, KY.

Resources and Publications

Each month I will share an assortment of resources related to the ongoing work of engaged partners in the region or special topics that may arise from collaborative efforts and ongoing conversations in the region.
CEDIK’s County Data Profiles cover topics such as Agriculture & Food, Economics, Education, Healthcare, Retail, Small Business and Workforce.  These documents can be found for all 120 counties.

Chalk and Talk: Next Time I Come to Whitesburg. Have you heard about CEDIK’s Chalk and Talk program or want to know what it’s all about?  Check out the summary of our experience in Whitesburg.  Are you interested in hosting a Chalk and Talk event in your community?

Considering improving the walkability and connectivity of your community?  You may want to check out “Walkability and Connectivity: Enhancing the pedestrian travel environment for healthier communities” and “Planning for Enhancing Walkability and Connectivity.”   Recently I shared two articles on our Kentucky Promise Zone – Downtown Revitalization facebook group that focus on walkability as well.  “Why Walkable Streets are More Economically Productive” and “The 20-Minute Village, Walkability, Local Downtowns.”

Grant Opportunities

Each month I will share an assortment of grant opportunities related to the ongoing work of partners in the region or special topics that may arise from collaborative efforts and ongoing conversations in the region.

Play Space GrantsMeet Me at the Park is a collaboration between the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company to bring the magic of parks and recreation to children and families across the United States. Applications are due by 11:59PM ET on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Save America’s Treasures Grants.  The National Park Service (NPS) announces availability of $5 million in FY2017 Historic Preservation Fund grants for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) program. SAT grants provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind. All applications are due through grants.gov by February 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

Community Engagement Mini Grant Awards.  The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Community Engagement Program is requesting applications from community partners for funding to support health outreach projects. Funds will be used to support small-scale evidenced-based or evidence-informed health outreach projects that contribute to the reduction of health disparities in Appalachian communities in Kentucky by developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based projects. Full Application Submission deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018.

Local Projects in the News

Each month I would like to share at least two local updates on ongoing work in the region. These short articles will showcase the work taking place between our quarterly convenings. 
REVOLVING OPEN CALL FOR LOCAL STORIES (in lieu of a story this month). If you would like to share a short write up highlighting you or your community’s work or if your recent work has received local coverage please send a link to shane.barton@uky.edu. Each month (after this one) I will share at least two stories of recent successes. If you plan to write your own story please limit the submission to 300 words or less and provide a link if possible. If you have a story and would like to see it in next month’s communication please consider sending it along.

Introducing the CEDIK Downtown Team

Given not everyone has had the pleasure of meeting the rest of the core CEDIK team members supporting the Promise Zone Downtown Revitalization I wanted to take just a few moments in this first message to introduce them.

Melissa Bond has extensive expertise in arts programming, farmers markets and prior experience as an Extension Agent in Whitley County and currently serves as the program leader for Arts Extension and will be supporting arts programming, first impressions, creative placemaking and youth engagement (YELP) within the downtown revitalization project.

Ryan Sandwick is a Community Design Specialists with a joint appointment between CEDIK and the Department of Landscape Architecture and will be supporting placemaking, landscape architecture and urban design.

Sky Marietta brings with her a wealth of experience in improving the quality of life in rural communities by working at the intersection of local strengths, research and action. Sky is focusing on promoting the creative economy and arts engagement in the Promise Zone and surrounding counties.

Melody Nall, an Extension Specialist, has spent much of her career supporting and promoting positive health outcomes in Kentucky communities.  Melody provides support to nearly all of our downtown revitalization projects and in particular our youth engagement program (YELP).

To learn more about the CEDIK leadership team and staff please click HERE.

I hope you have found this monthly update useful.  If you have any suggestions for future iterations or if there is a special topic you would like for me to focus some attention on for an upcoming monthly message please let me know.  Please forward this email to others in your network.

Take care,

Kentucky Promise Zone – Downtown Revitalization is on Facebook!

We have established a group on Facebook to foster conversation between communities and partners! Search for “Kentucky Promise Zone – Downtown Revitalization” and request to join the group!

Social Media Spotlight

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CEDIK – Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky team for the Kentucky Promise Zone meeting up in Corbin.

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Planning is underway for Thursday’s on the Triangle in Hazard! Here we see folks from MACED, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, the Hazard Perry County Chamber of Commerce, and CEDIK – Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky convening at Jabo’s Colo River Grill.

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Talking murals, paintings, and downtown businesses with the great Art by Lacy Hale at Heritage Kitchen. Be on the lookout for some mural trainings this spring!

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From the #Spark event in Harlan… #PovertyIsNotOurStory


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