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The Center for Rural Development

The Center for Rural Development (CRD), located in Somerset, Kentucky is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation whose primary mission is to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Covering a forty-five county service area, the CRD strives to improve the quality of life for this region. The CRD provides a variety of development programs including leadership, planning, training, cultural events and telecommunications technology, public safety and by providing meeting/convention space. This holistic approach to community development offers rural Kentuckians the tools needed to be successful in the modern age.

The CRD has cutting edge expertise in developing and administering training programs, including curriculum design, development, and delivery utilizing existing in-house web and video conference based systems that are required to reach the rural Homeland Security community. The CRD has established a Homeland Security Certification program in collaboration with the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense & Security (NPS-CHDS) and Department of Homeland Security. This program is designed to help prepare States and localities to deal with emerging prevention oriented planning requirements and capabilities and provide expertise across the full range of preparedness, from preventing terrorist attacks, to defeating attacks once underway, to mitigating the effects of attacks so their consequences are drastically reduced. Administration of this training will be performed by the CRD.

Additionally, the CRD provides a wide array of services for Southern and Eastern Kentucky including the management of grants from several federal and state agencies in the past five years totaling over $100 million. The CRD resides in a state of the art facility providing telecommunication opportunities, meeting and events space, training classrooms, information systems services and support, full service accounting, and grant compliance oversight.