has been chosen as the host city for the 2017 National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP) Annual Conference
. Lexington is famous for Bluegrass Music, Thoroughbred Horses(The Horse Capital of the World), Bourbon, and Kentucky Wildcat Basketball. The conference will run from Sunday evening through Wednesday afternoon (September 24 - 27, 2017). Monday will have an opening plenary session, technical presentations unique to Abandoned Mine Land (AML) reclamation and an awards banquet honoring National Reclamation Award winners. Field trips on Tuesday will feature stream restoration sites, AML reclamation sites, limestone quarries that host the University of Kentucky underground blast laboratories, and a tour of the Toyota Manufacturing Plant which has benefited from low electricity rates from the abundance of Kentucky Coal. Tours will also be available to majestic horse farms, bourbon distilleries, the Kentucky Horse Park, Keeneland Thoroughbred Race Track, and other beautiful Bluegrass destinations.
NAAMLP 39th Annual Conference - September 24 - 27, Lexington KY
State Seeks Economic and Community Development Proposals for Pilot Program to Bring Jobs to Appalachia
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2016) – In joint collaboration with the Cabinet of Economic Development, the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is seeking economic and community development proposals that will attract new industry and jobs to Kentucky’s Appalachian counties.
Up to $30 million in federal grant money from the U.S. government’s General Fund is available to Kentucky’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) for pilot projects in Appalachian counties that have the potential to create long-term economic benefits.
"This pilot program is a tremendous opportunity for leaders in our Appalachian counties. We must identify projects with real potential for long term success. If used wisely, these funds will improve lives and strengthen the economy in the region for generations to come," said Gov. Matt Bevin. "These funds will be vital to attracting more jobs and creating more opportunities for the people of Appalachia, while also solving the problem of abandoned mine lands. The potential of this program is enormous, and we must make the best use of these one-time funds."
U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, who worked to secure the funds through the FY 2016 Omnibus appropriations bill, said the funding will go a long way towards helping Kentucky’s struggling coal communities as they strive to rebound from the devastating loss of more than 10,000 coal mining jobs over the last eight years.
“The pilot will allow our coal communities to reclaim abandoned mine sites while simultaneously pursuing proactive economic development opportunities to help put our people back to work and spur innovation in Eastern Kentucky,” Rep. Rogers said.
Counties eligible for projects include: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.
“We are encouraging community leaders throughout the region to look at options that will have the best chances of bringing dramatic growth and jobs to Appalachia,” said Erik Dunnigan, Acting Secretary of the Cabinet for Economic Development. “For example, several communities may choose to band together to upgrade industrial sites, including providing the necessary infrastructure and possibly spec buildings, so that companies looking to expand in Kentucky can be up and running quickly.”
Proposals are now being solicited and should include information about the project’s purpose, link to AML, cost, partnerships and/or leveraged funds (if applicable), and any evidence of community improvement and support.
Eligible grants recipients are limited to state and local governments, who may subcontract project related activities as appropriate.
A committee made up of officials from the Energy and Environment Cabinet, the Cabinet for Economic Development and the Department for Local Governments will evaluate all proposals and recommend a list of projects to the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, which will make the final decisions.
“We are looking for projects that will bring long term economic and community development benefits to the Appalachian region,” said Charles G. Snavely, Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet. “The key is these projects will have to bring jobs and private investment while reclaiming abandoned mine lands for reuse. “
The pilot program is part of $90 million in funds that has been set aside for one-time grants to Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to return coal sites to productive uses that will bring new jobs to replace the thousands lost during the downturn of the industry.
Application forms for project submittals can be found at AMLPILOT
or by calling or emailing Mr. Bob Scott, Director, KY Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, 2521 Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort, KY 40601. 502-564-2141, Bob.F.Scott@ky.gov
AML Pilot Program Information and Application
WANTED - Locations To Place Fill In Eastern Kentucky
DAML is seeking locations in eastern Kentucky to place fill material. DAML reclamation projects often generate large quantities of earth and rock suitable for fill material. DAML will generate, deliver, place, grade and revegetate the material for the landowner free of charge. All work is supervised by DAML engineering personnel who will also obtain any necessary permits. Suitable locations are previously disturbed areas, approximately one acre or larger, relatively level, outside the floodplain and void of trees. Previously mined areas are ideal. Contact Robert Cammack or Samantha Hall at 502-564-2141 if you are interested.