- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp. has picked a program coordinator for the Promise Zone program in eight counties in southeastern Kentucky.

Sandi Curd will manage implementation of the Promise Zone strategic plan. She’ll also serve as liaison between Promise Zone communities and the KHIC, which is regional administrator for the initiative.

The area of Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and part of Whitley counties were awarded one of five national Promise Zone designations. The regions will be targeted for tax incentives and federal grants aimed at improving the economy and expanding educational opportunities.

KHIC President and CEO Jerry Rickett says Curd has the experience and knowledge of the region to help develop a sustainable strategy.

Curd is a Corbin resident and has 25 years of experience in health care and agriculture.

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