Pineville has been making strides to positively impact the citizens, infrastructure and business climate in the city. They recently received a $10,000 Flex-E grant and assistance through the Appalachian Regional Commission Partnership.
This partnership gives the city access to the University of Kentucky Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK), Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Heritage Council, Kentucky Main Street and the Eastern Kentucky University’s Community Outreach Programs.
Dr. Laurie Garkovich with CEDIK developed a part of Pineville’s Strategic Plan for the future which includes 5 main goals.
- Renovate downtown and other buildings in the community to provide attractive retail space, second floor apartment living and higher quality housing throughout Pineville.
- Capture the tourism value of the natural and historic assets of the area.
- Grow diverse job opportunities for persons of all ages and skills.
- Develop a diversity of recreational and entertainment opportunities for persons of all ages and interests.
- Strengthen the bonds among the different neighborhoods and age groups of Pineville to insure that all members of the community benefit from development efforts.
These goals were formed by Garkovich according to public meetings earlier this year. Citizens from different areas of the city were invited to voice their opinions about the direction and improvements they want to see.
“Wallsend and Newtown, we know they feel like they’re not heard in the city, but we want to make sure they’re part of this plan because it’s their city too,” said Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan
Recently, new businesses have been started in the downtown area, which can be seen as a reflection of the upcoming changes.
“It’s not going to happen overnight and it’s not going to happen in a year or two, but it’s a start and we’ve needed this type of direction for a while,”said Roan.
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