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We have been working on recovery and rebuilding West Liberty from ground zero since the EF3 tornado hit our community on March 2, 2012.
The strategic plan includes suggestions and strategies: (1) Create an eco-tourism destination location that leverages our people, the beautiful natural resources like Cave Run Lake, Red River Gorge, Natural Bridge State Park, the Licking River that bless our region; (2) Encouraging mixed-use development downtown will provide 24/7 activity in West Liberty’s central district; (3) Developing a free Wi-Fi hub throughout downtown West Liberty; (4) Capitalize upon the area’s natural scenic location to develop a green walking and biking corridor (5) Construct a geothermal loop throughout the central blocks of the downtown area to lower energy costs for downtown businesses; (6) Explore opportunities to develop natural gas vehicle and electricity micro-grid opportunities in West Liberty to leverage investment by the city of West Liberty gas distribution company; (7) Utilize state-of-the-art technology to capitalize on an already strong ambulance service and streamline processes to strengthen this service to the community; (8) Increase Primary and Specialty Health Providers in Eastern Kentucky; (9) Establishing a dynamic initiative of first-class business mentoring, technical assistance and innovation-immersion grant programs that will help rebuild area businesses and create new innovation-based and high tech enterprises; (10) Construct new family residences to replace those that were destroyed or severely damaged by using the ultra-low energy principles of passive housing, a process that is quickly becoming the gold standard of energy efficient residential building; (11) Developing Clean Energy, Sorghum & Energy Park; (12) Establish a World Class Data Recovery Center; and (13) Developing a twenty-first Century Model for Rural Health Care.
Judge Conley was a participant in the Residential Energy Efficiency Working Group at the June 13-14 Clinton Global Initiative America conference.
The report was developed by Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise LLC (www.mceenterprise.com), Bobby Clark Program Manager and co-founder of MCEE