CEDIK seeks to serve communities

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com

The Grayson County Extension Office, in an effort to offer additional services to help strengthen the Grayson County community, sponsored the April Chamber of Commerce luncheon, during which they introduced an organization dedicated specifically to that purpose.

Natalie Taul, Grayson County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences, introduced the guest speaker for the luncheon, held on Thursday, April 14.

Marisa Aull, Outreach Director for Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK), discussed her organization and the services it offers to help strengthen Kentucky communities.

Affiliated with the University of Kentucky, CEDIK partners with both County Extension Services and other organizations to assess every facet of a community or organization that may require improvement or evaluation of its success.

CEDIK helps communities and organizations examine and/or improve any number of areas, such as their business retention and growth, agriculture, community design and engagement, health needs, economic and leadership development, arts engagement, planning, and youth engagement.

In the 2015 fiscal year, CEDIK provided services to or collaborated with 69 Kentucky Communities and either led or was involved with $4.5 million in grants dedicated to community studies and improvement.

While CEDIK does not personally improve a community’s faults, the organization will work with community leaders to determine the best method of improvement.

“…Nothing can be fixed [by] people outside,” Aull said. “It has to be fixed [by] people within.”

Aull said most of CEDIK’s services are free; however, some have fees associated with them. Interested parties may work through their local Extension Office to get a discounted rate.

Taul encouraged any local organization interested in any of CEDIK’s programs to contact the Grayson County Extension Office to discuss its options.

For more information about CEDIK, visit cedik.ca.uky.edu.



By Matt Lasley


Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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