Grassroots organization seeks to empower Kentucky landowners, protect property rights and promote rural economic growth
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CEN Contact: Justin Poland – firstname.lastname@example.org
January 11, 2022 – Glasgow, Ky. – The Land & Liberty Coalition (L&LC), a project of the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), today announced the launch of its Kentucky chapter. The grassroots organization partners with local citizens, landowners, rural Kentucky advocates and policymakers to promote commonsense policies that advance energy-focused economic opportunity projects while protecting and benefiting local communities. By providing relevant information and helping citizens organize as effective advocates, L&LC empowers individuals and communities to take control of their community’s land-use future.
“The Land & Liberty Coalition helps connect local citizens who support energy-focused economic development in their communities and equips them with the tools and information they need to advance the projects while protecting landowner rights throughout the siting process,” said Jackson Keith, Land & Liberty Coalition director. “The coalition has witnessed the positive economic impacts of new energy developments in rural communities across the country – and we are thrilled to be expanding our efforts to the Bluegrass State.”
CEN recognized the need for grassroots involvement in energy-focused economic development projects and launched the L&LC in Michigan in 2018 with a mission to support rural residents as they navigate the siting process that goes along with these projects. The program quickly grew to include chapters in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. By establishing a Kentucky chapter, L&LC seeks to leverage their experience to ensure local Kentucky communities reap the benefits of a growing energy industry.
“By partnering with Kentucky farmers and landowners, we hope to show that renewable energy and private property rights can go hand-in-hand, allowing economic development projects to move forward if the folks who live there decide it’s best for their families and communities,” said Justin Poland, Kentucky Land & Liberty Coalition field director. “It’s important that rural Kentuckians get a say when their local governments start making decisions that affect private land use. We want to make sure their voices are heard.”