- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - Berea is one of four Appalachian communities chosen for a program to help promote economic development, preserve rural lands and increase access to locally grown food.

The Livable Communities in Appalachia were chosen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and were announced Thursday.

The other communities are Forest City and North Wilkesboro in North Carolina and New Albany, Miss.

The winners of the competition will receive assistance on their projects. Berea will convert a city lot into a production and educational facility for urban agriculture. The other communities’ projects all involve farmers market development.

Huntington, W.Va., will also receive assistance to develop a local food system focused on education, increased access to nutrition and economic and environmental sustainability.

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