HAZARD—The Perry County Fiscal Court held a special called meeting Monday morning to approve a resolution to include Perry County as a part of a federal promise zone application.
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation (KHIC), the group collaborating for the application, has partnered with eight counties, including Perry, Letcher, and Leslie, to apply for those areas to be designated a promise zone.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a promise zone is a designated high-poverty community “where the federal government will partner with and invest in communities to create jobs, leverage private investment, increase economic activity, expand educational opportunities, and improve public safety.”
Perry County Judge-Executive Denny Ray Noble said the designation will basically open up more opportunities for the county to receive grant funds in the future.
According to an executive summary from KHIC about the promise zone plan, the population of the proposed promise zone in 199,682 based on the 2010 census report.
“We intend to build upon KHIC’s 45 year track record of successful economic and community development to concentrate resources in a targeted manner,” the summary read.
In other news, the court also appointed Don Howard as an auxiliary police officer for the Perry County Police Department. Earlier this month, the court approved a policy allowing them to appoint auxiliary officers to the force. Howard will patrol R. W. Combs Elementary and the surrounding area, Noble said.