PRESTONSBURG – The City of Prestonsburg has much to celebrate this week. SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) recently approved the finances and funding for the KARD Grant. The fund is meant to provide counties that have been struggling due to the lagging economy and loss of coal jobs. The funding allowed the City of Prestonsburg to apply for and receive a $78,000 KARD Grant. The money will be to conduct a planning and feasibility study to determine how broadband would benefit the City of Prestonsburg and its citizens.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our city,” said Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton. “This is a technology grant that is meant to help counties suffering from the decline of coal jobs. Broadband would not only be fantastic for our local citizens and college students, it will also benefit current small business operating in Prestonsburg. Business owners could connect to customers on a national level.”
The City of Prestonsburg operating as a gigabyte city with broadband will attract more business and industries to the area and boost the economy. Operating as a broadband community, the city will have beneficial and valuable service most businesses require as part of their everyday operation. A business needs to be able to conduct business quickly and efficiently. Communicating over broadband is also fast, effective and beneficial for every small business owner.
Prestonsburg operating as a gigabyte city will position them on the front edge of technology. Quick uploads, faster speed and the efficiency of broadband will make downloads faster , live streaming and video conference calls clearer and no more fear of being disconnected because of a bad internet connection .
Stapleton and the Prestonsburg City Commission want to see the city move forward and small local businesses have the opportunity to connect with customers, suppliers, anyone they want to around the nation.
In celebration of good fortune and the development of a plan that can boost the economy and help small business owners be more successful in the community, Stapleton and the Prestonsburg City Council declared May 1-7 as Small Business Week.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.