Credit: WYMT

JACKSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – On Thursday, county and state officials gathered for the FOCUS board meeting, celebrating funding secured for Eastern Kentucky.

FOCUS serves the counties of Clay, Jackson, Lee, Leslie and Owsley Counties.

Executive Director Tal Jones said with projects totaling to more than $48 million, he is glad to see economic development happening in the area, crediting Rep. Tim Truett and Senate President Robert Stivers.

“In particular Rep. Truett and Sen. Stivers who are always willing to answer a call to listen to our needs and to help and assist with opportunities to overcome the obstacles that are preventing us from economic development advancement,” he said.

Rep. Tim Truett said they can improve several things in the region such as infrastructure and tourism.

“All of those areas that join us here in our area and by working together on infrastructure, we can hopefully improve tourism and our living conditions for all of our constituents,” he explained. “So, we know what we’ve got here, we want to promote it, we want people to come and in order to do that, we’ve got to have infrastructure, we’ve got to have the water, the sewer, the electricity, the fiber.”

He said projects such as water and gas are important for the counties they serve, including others.

“Highway 30 is running through Jackson County, Owsley County and then Lee. But it impacts Laurel County, it impacts Wolfe County, it impacts all of the counties close by,” Truett said.

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