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Today, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) addressed Chamber members and community leaders during the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting. Rogers commended community leaders for organizing strong relief efforts during the county’s recent floods. He also announced funding for several local projects and rallied greater participation with the region’s anti-drug initiative, Operation UNITE.
“The Rowan County Conference Center represents so much more today for the local community than it did six months ago,” said Rogers. “Just like hundreds of families in Rowan County, the Conference Center suffered flooding damage, but today it was filled with dozens of hopeful people and inspired leaders determined to move this thriving community forward. I was happy to share the news of some newly available funding to assist in economic development efforts as we rebuild and commit to better things in the days and months ahead.”

Rogers delivered a check for $902,500 for a new 1.8 mile access road from KY 801 to the Clyde A. Thomas Regional Airport. Rogers has been working with the Airport Board, State Legislators and Local Government Officials to secure funding for multiple improvements to the new airport since 2007. Airport board members expect the new access road to be complete before the end of the year.

Rogers announced St. Claire Regional Family Medicine in Morehead, Kentucky will receive a $99,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to enhance preventive and therapeutic services. The clinic’s service area covers eight counties, where 75% of the population is medically underserved. 

“This project is absolutely necessary for the region,” said Rogers. “Helping our communities lead healthy lifestyles through preventative medicine and other services are key to treating future problems and ensuring longer, more productive lives. The focus on preventative medicine will also keep health care costs low and ensure more positive results. I am glad that HHS is providing this funding so that the people of Morehead can enjoy a higher quality of life.”

The clinic will serve as the primary training site for the St. Claire Regional Family Medicine Residency program. To improve healthcare access and address the healthcare provider shortage of our region, the residency program trains physicians within our region. Equipment will be purchased to improve clinical operations and enhance teaching efforts for residents and other health professions. The HHS funds will also enable St. Claire Regional Family Medicine to participate more broadly in the St. Claire Regional disaster plan as a triage and treatment site in the event of a disaster.

Congressman Rogers also shared information about ongoing efforts on the frontlines of the region’s war against drugs.

“UNITE’s three-pronged approach to battle drugs through investigations, treatment and education is working,” added Rogers. “I am asking local leaders in every county to appoint UNITE Ambassadors to join our mission. We need more people who are passionate about saving our loved ones seemingly enchained by the grip of addiction and educating our next generation before they suffer the same fate.” 
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