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Economic Development

Kentucky Artisan Center at BereaEastern Kentucky University's Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology's (CEDET) work involves several focus areas:

  • Entrepreneurship training and the development of an entrepreneurial culture

  • Kentucky's new economy through the Department of Commercialization Innovation

  • Artisan and Tourism-related economic development

  • Public-Private Partnerships

CEDET works to promote economic development in economically distressed areas utilizing university resources. Interdisciplinary teams of EKU faculty, staff, and students work on projects that promote economic development. Our work is not restricted to the focus areas listed above.

Work Programs

  • Strategic Planning - CEDET provides assistance to communities, organizations and businesses through the development of strategic plans. Services include planning design, public meetings, facilitated group discussions, research and report writing.

  • Meeting Facilitation - is a service offered by CEDET which involves meeting facilitator who meets with the client to determine the purpose of the meeting and the desired outcomes. A meeting design plan is developed for review by the client and then meeting materials are prepared. The facilitator then works with the meeting participants to achieve the goal established for the meeting.

  • Business and Technical Assistance - Industries in Eastern Kentucky in need of business and technical assistance can contact CEDET to request technical assistance consulting services.

  • Grant Writing - Communities, businesses, organizations and associations in need of grant identification and writing assistance can contact CEDET to discuss their needs and opportunities.

  • Partnership and Collaboration - CEDET can help you understand how to incubate, develop and/or maintain collaboration, particularly to benefit economic development.



  • 2010 Most Involved New Member of the Estill County Chamber of Commerce - CEDET

  • 2005 Commonwealth of Kentucky, Earth Day Award - KAHT

  • 2004 Center for Information Technology Enterprise, Best Practices in KY120 - KAHT

  • 2001 Women's Leadership Award

  • 2001 Governor's Award for the Arts

  • National Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers Project of the Year Award, 1998, 1999 and 2003

Artisan-Related Accomplishments

  • Coordinated the planning, partnership and development of the Kentucky Artisans Center at Berea, Opened in July 2003

  • Received a grant totaling $64,643 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to develop the Kentucky Artisan Heritage Trails Pilot Project

  • Assisted the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen with grant writing, financial restructuring and organizational assistance and securing a new office location

  • Developed a survey instrument, conducted a survey and analyzed responses regarding Production Capacity of the Artisan Industry

  • Conducted an analysis of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program's Kentucky Collection pilot program

  • Served on the Advisory Board of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen

  • Assisted an artisan co-op to secure grant funds to expand and improve employment and income

  • Participated on a team developing a Regional Cultural Plan for Festivals, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Tourism-Related Accomplishments

  • Developed a planning design and participated in the development of a statewide Agri-Tourism White Paper

  • Conducted research on kiosk usage to promote tourism

  • Participated in the EKU's College of Business and Technology Building Committee, a complex that will include a theater and seminar facilities

  • KAHT collaborate with National Geographic Society to promote Appalachian resulting in a fold out map of 30 tourist sites in the Appalachian Region of Eastern Kentucky.

Entrepreneurship-Related Accomplishments

Developed an entrepreneurial workforce through education and training:

  • Training classes offered on a regular basis.

  • 34.6% of students have either started a business or expanded an existing business

  • 51% of students have continued to use the center for technical assistance

Manufacturing-Related Accomplishments

  • Provided industry development assistance to the Secondary Wood Manufacturing Industry contributing to the creation of the Kentucky Wood Manufacturer's Association and the Kentucky Wood Products Competitiveness Corporation

  • Developed a survey instrument and conducted an industry needs assessment regarding industry training needs

Strategic Planning Accomplishments

  • Developed a strategic action plan for the Jackson County Development Association

  • Staff developed a strategic plan update for Jackson County

  • Staff developed a strategic plan for development of the Tri-Cities of Benham, Lynch and Cumberland

  • Served on EKU's Strategic Planning and Budgeting Council

  • Developed a strategic plan for the Eastern Innovation Region with 27 partners from throughout the region

  • Contributed to the statewide strategic plan for the new economy

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