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MACED Wins East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Award

New Hazard Location is Open for Business


May 2, 2011


Hazard, KY — The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) has received the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Outstanding Organization of the Year Award. The award recognizes groups that provide a needed service, whose work is inspirational and represents some of the best of the region. The contribution of award winners must have broad appeal and impact on eastern Kentucky with strong ties to the area.


MACED President Justin Maxson said, “Our staff and board are delighted to receive this recognition. We have been creating economic opportunities for people and places in need throughout Appalachian Kentucky for 35 years and are honored to accept this award for that work. It is a critical moment in the region today, and there has never been a more important time to figure out how to grow the economy we all want.”


Since 1976, MACED has worked with people in Kentucky and Central Appalachia to create economic opportunity, strengthen democracy and support the sustainable use of natural resources. MACED helps support local entrepreneurs and grow small businesses, conducts research and policy work and demonstrates community economic development ideas with potential.


The award ceremony was held one day after the launch of a new MACED office in Hazard. Located in the Wabaco section of Hazard, the focus of this office is enterprise development lending and technical assistance. Project Specialist Les Roll staffs the office.


“I look forward to helping strengthen the economy in eastern Kentucky by providing needed financial and technical assistance to small businesses and organizations,” said Roll. MACED loan customers are typically unable to obtain sufficient financing from conventional sources but share MACED's commitment to building sustainable and vibrant local economies.


“We are interested in helping businesses create jobs, provide needed goods and services, and contribute to vibrant communities,” said Roll.


To learn more, visit the office in Hazard, call 606-439-0170 or visit www.maced.org.