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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in conjunction with other local entities, will award $300,000 to the City of Lynch to restore the old Lynch Firehouse as a visitor’s center, complete with restrooms and a meeting facility. The project is expected to enhance the overall guest experience for the projected 20,000 annual visitors to local tourist destinations, including the nearby Portal 31 Mine Tour.

“Investing in our local communities is the best way to improve economic development and increase tourism,” said Rogers. “I know our region is facing tough economic times, but this grant will go a long way towards attracting more visitors to the area which will help our small businesses. I applaud ARC for recognizing the importance of our rural communities and ensuring that they are awarded opportunities to help the local economy and educate visitors about the unique coal history and cultural heritage of our region.”

ARC awarded the City of Lynch a $240,000 grant to restore the Old Lynch Firehouse. In addition to this funding, local sources will provide $60,000, bringing the total project funding to $300,000. The Old Lynch Firehouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dates to the 1920’s and is adjacent to the Portal 31 Mine, for which Rogers secured $500,000 in direct funding in 2006. This ARC project will support the continued diversification of the local economy and promote economic development through an expanded tourism 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