The Center for Rural Development

The Center for Rural Development

2292 South Hwy 27 Somerset KY


Contact Person: Lonnie Lawson

Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold Rogers (KY-05), The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life for the citizens we serve. The Center also aspires to be the nationally recognized model for successful rural development.

The Center’s programs and services center around four Focus Areas: Public Safety, Arts & Culture, Leadership, and Technology. The Center also boasts a state-of-the-art meeting and convention facility.

While The Center’s programs largely serve residents in a 45-county primary service area in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, we are committed to constantly expanding our capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.

To learn more about us please download The Center’s Impact Report (PDF) a comprehensive overview of programs, initiatives and projects within The Center’s four primary focus area of Public Safety, Arts & Culture, Leadership and Technology.


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