PRESTONSBURG – The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held a networking luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Peking Chinese Restaurant in Prestonsburg. The topic for the luncheon was business and community opportunities provided through The Center for Rural Development. The Center for Rural Development is a non-profit organization primarily serving 45 counties in southeast Kentucky. The guest speaker was Delaney Stephens, Community Liaison & Youth Programs Coordinator at The Center. Stephens noted that the Center’s mission is to provide leadership and training that stimulates economic development and innovation in the region.
The Center opened in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The Center features a state-of-the-art meeting and convention facility and will soon open a Courtyard Marriott on the property. The Center’s programs and services focus around four main areas: public safety, arts and culture, leadership and technology.
Stephens stated that The Center deems youth as the next generation of community and entrepreneurial leaders. It’s important that these students be given opportunities to reach their potential and make a difference. Stephens added, “If a student becomes involved and active in a community – that student is much more likely to remain a resident in that community.” Through the Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) youth programs, The Center helps students develop great leadership skills for a successful future.
Stephens also explained how The Center can help area businesses through its Business & Community Training Center. The Training Center offers courses to help businesses meet workforce needs. Some courses offered include leadership, customer service, sales, management, Microsoft Office, and various technology services such as data backup, web and video development, and courseware training solutions. These courses are open to individuals or to employers who wish to send blocks of their employees for training.
Information about The Center for Rural Development programs, services, events and facilities can be found on The Center’s website at centertech.com or call (606) 677-6000 or follow The Center on one of their social media platforms.
Following the presentation by Stephens, Chamber business representatives were given the opportunity to highlight activities and events in Floyd County and at their businesses. If interested in becoming a member of the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, please contact the Chamber office at (606) 886-0364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.