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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) program has approved a $199,000 grant for the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation (KHIC) to develop a business incubator that will provide training and technical assistance to new and emerging businesses.
“Business know-how and product-to-market expertise can make or break an entrepreneur’s success,” said Rogers. “The Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation has once again opened its doors to assist a new cadre of innovators and bring the technical guidance necessary to spur projects from the drawing board to production. Our region only stands to gain from the Business Innovation and Growth Center and I am looking forward to seeing this important project progress.”

The mission of the Business Innovation and Growth Center, or business incubator, will be to assist entrepreneurs of startup companies by offering a programmatic approach to executing their business opportunities. Companies will then be able to focus their limited resources and capital toward development of their business and maximizing opportunities. The goal of the incubator will be to move a company through the business development process toward self-sustainability while building a more entrepreneurial community in the region. 
KHIC was formed in 1968 to stimulate growth and create employment opportunities in Southeastern Kentucky. KHIC currently serves the following twenty-two counties in Kentucky: bell, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, McCreary, Owsley, Perry, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, and Whitley.

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