- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials are seeking proposals from local leaders for projects that will attract new industry and more jobs to Appalachia.

A statement says the Cabinet of Economic Development and the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands are collaborating in the pilot program that seeks to boost the economy in eastern Kentucky. The release says up to $30 million in federal grant money is available for the program.

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, who worked to secure the funding, said the program would help Kentucky’s struggling Appalachian communities as they try to rebound from a slump in the coal industry.

Erik Dunnigan, who is acting Secretary of the Cabinet for Economic Development, says local leaders are encouraged to seek options that have the potential to provide “dynamic growth and jobs.”

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