By Sean Bailey / Staff Writer

After gathering data, talking with locals and sharing survey results, the community assessment team from the Kentucky Association of Economic Development (KAED) is ready to give recommendations to the city — and all of Corbin is invited to lunch with the team.

“The group went back and got a chance to sit down as a team and report on their findings, and they’re ready to give us recommendations,” Corbin Economic Development Director Bruce Carpenter said.

Carpenter encouraged the community to attend the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. He asks that those interested RSVP at 606-528-6390 so enough food can be prepared. The luncheon will be followed by an hour and a half to two hour presentation. The whole community meeting will be at the Corbin Center for Technology and Community Activities.

The assessment team visited Corbin at the end of May to share the results of a community-wide survey that 218 residents took about the state of the city.

The survey found that residents had strong feelings about alcohol sales—it ranked near the top on a question that asked about “the most negative and most positive events that have taken place in the community.” The survey also revealed that the community was concerned about “perceived rifts” between public officials.

The team offered their own “areas of concern” after visiting the city. The lack of a tourism director and the lack of new businesses/business expansions topped their preliminary concerns.

The May visit only shared survey results. Tuesday’s luncheon will be a chance for the assessment team to give recommendations to city leaders.

Corbin was applauded for it’s high-quality education and it’s unique location.

Tuesday's meeting will give assessment team members a chance to give Corbin recommendations and allow the community to ask questions.

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