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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), along with local sources, has awarded $125,000 for the Wayne County Market Place project. This funding will provide space to over a dozen local farmers and artisans to sell their produce and crafts.

“Supporting our local farmers and artisans helps to not only promote our region, but continues our effort to help strengthen the local economy and invest in our communities,” said Rogers. “I applaud ARC for recognizing the value of our local entrepreneurs and providing them with a much-improved venue to sell their locally produced products. By drawing people to downtown Monticello, additional opportunities will be created for all our small business owners.”

The Wayne County Farmers’ Market is currently open only two days a week from May to mid-October. Vendors have no shelter, resulting in limited hours. This funding, $100,000 from ARC and $25,000 from local sources, will support the construction of a 4,000 square foot building to serve as a store front and retail facility for local farmers to sell produce and local artisans to market arts and crafts. The sheltered facility will allow business to be conducted five to six days a week during the season and will help to expand the local economic base.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit