Hindman and Knott County Community Development
The Hindman/Knott County Community Development Initiative (CDI) began in 1997 when a volunteer group of Hindman and Knott County leaders and citizens began meeting at Hindman Settlement School to develop a strategic plan to diversify Knott County’s economy by building on the cultural strengths of the area. With this mission in mind, the group put together a competitive proposal entitled, “Using Our Heritage to Build Tomorrow’s Community.”
Since then, over $20 million worth of projects received funding as part of this national, award-winning initiative, to which Hindman Settlement School has also provided significant support and donated land. These projects have included construction of a new city hall and welcome center, renovation of a downtown building into the Kentucky Appalachian Artisan Center, the building of the Knott County Opportunity Center that houses a branch of Hazard Community and Technical College, the Knott County Public Library, the Knott County Adult Learning Center, a daycare center, distance learning classrooms and county offices, the creation of the Kentucky School of Craft (part of Hazard Community and Technical College), and the implementation of over $10 million in infrastructure improvements.
Infrastructure projects have included the construction of several new bridges and parking areas, the renovation of downtown properties into business incubators, the building of an iconic pedestrian walkway from the Knott County Opportunity Center through the Hindman Settlement School campus, and improvements to downtown Hindman as part of the Mainstreet Association. The Hindman/Knott County Community Development Initiative (CDI) received the 2004 Government Award of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts. This award is given to a government entity located in Kentucky that has shown significant support for the arts through government action.