Beard, Davis earn $18,000 fellowships

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By The Staff

Two Taylor Countians are among 30 leaders throughout South Central Kentucky who have been awarded fellowships by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture to take part in the third class of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute.

Ann Beard and Holly Davis will receive a fellowship valued at $18,000 in the form of eight seminars lasting two to three days in length and a weeklong study tour throughout the Western United States. Fellows will learn from regional, national and international leaders in rural entrepreneurship while taking part in the Institute.

"Investing in rural leaders makes rural communities better places to live and work," said Ron Hustedde, director of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute.

The Institute was formed in response to the transitions in rural communities.

"If current self-employment trends continue, one rural worker will be self-employed for every three salaried workers by the year 2015," said Hustedde.

Fellows will explore ways to help tobacco-dependent communities throughout South Central Kentucky.

Fellows in the program represent more than a dozen counties in the South Central Kentucky region.

The Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute is funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and administered by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Cooperative Extension Service in cooperation with the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. More information about the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute can be found online at www.uky.edu/AG/CLD/KECI. For more information, contact Hustedde at (859) 257-3186 or Katie Ellis, program coordinator, at (859) 227-0911.