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Friday, April 1, 2005

Kentucky Rents

A new web site offers information on affordable rental housing in Kentucky. By visiting, individuals can look for rental housing using criteria such as size, price, location and move-in date. The site is a service of the Kentucky Housing Corp. For additional information about Kentucky Rents, contact Doug Wade at (502) 564-7630, ext. 258, or at

A Support Strategy for Small Businesses: Implications of Seedco’s Technical Assistance Initiative in Lower Manhattan after Sept. 11, 2001

Lessons learned in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center can be useful in helping small businesses in economically distressed communities, a report by Seedco states. The organization, a national community development operating intermediary, provided financial and technical support to small businesses in lower Manhattan devastated by the attack. The report is available online at

Practice Guides for Planners, Policy-makers

The Center for Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Louisville has developed a series of practice guides for urban and regional planners and policy-makers. Written in easy-to-understand language, the guides provide practical information on economic development and environmental planning issues. The guides are available online at

Accounting and Financial Operations for Nonprofits in Rural Housing

This guidebook, published by the Housing Assistance Council, provides basic accounting and financial management information for small nonprofits. It is available online at (Click on “Recent Publications.”) A print copy also is available for $4.

Entrepreneurial 1-Stop Directory

Louisville entrepreneurs and small business owners can access vital resources at The web site includes links to 42 government and business organizations in Louisville, Southern Indiana and the surrounding region. It was created by the Louisville Metro government and Greater Louisville, Inc., the city’s chamber of commerce.

Development Report Card for States

CFED’s 2004 report is available online at The 18th annual report uses 68 measures to assess economic development in each state and assigns grades in three main areas: performance, business vitality and development capacity.

The Financial Literacy and Education Commission has developed a financial literacy web site to help consumers understand more about money.The commission is made up of representatives from the Federal Reserve Board and other government agencies. The web site contains links to resources on topics such as taxes, financial planning, home ownership and starting a small business. Consumers also can call a hotline, 1-888-696-6639, to order a free My Money tool kit.