The PCTTP was formed in 2018 by local leaders involved with the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry decided that we needed a Think Tank in the region to address the structural issues that keep people in need of food pantries at all. 1 in 2 Perry County residents are low-income and struggle to meet their basic needs.
Note: The Perry County Think Tank is not holding general meetings at this time. When meetings resume, we will update this page with further information.
We have had judges, government leaders, and a range of community service providers attend our meetings and participate. We link with everyday residents and people who have stories to tell so that we can build a voice of regular citizens working together on the issues that impact their lives.
We have voted and decided to work on a number of issues, including access to broadband, reentry, and addressing homelessness. We are also concerned with the impact of substance abuse and addiction on children and families.
The PCTTP has presented to the County Commissioners and is presently working with the County, Emergency Medical Systems, schools district, USDA, and other local and federal government leaders on broadband internet. We are also working to explore how to address homelessness and reentry into the community.
PCTTP in the news
The Perry County Tribune: Think Tank talks Medical Services and Broadband
NEW LEXINGTON — When it comes to internet access, basic broadband is a much-needed resource especially for medical services. The Perry County Think Tank on Poverty held another virtual town hall; this time discussing the approximate 88.2 percent of rural counties in the nation that is considered medically underserved. To read more, click here
The Perry County Tribune: Think Tank to Address Broadband at Virtual Town Hall
NEW LEXINGTON — In what seems like deja vu, basic broadband is still one of the most discussed issues in the county as it remains scarce across the Perry County landscape. In an effort to continue the conversation, one local advocacy group is planning a town hall to address the issues.
According to the Perry County Think Tank on Poverty, basic broadband has been one of the primary concerns of the group. The scarcity of basic broadband in the southeastern county has affected individuals of all ages. To read more, click here
The Perry County Tribune: Preparing for a Complete Count
NEW LEXINGTON — Representative for the Perry County Think Tank on Poverty met with the Perry County Commissioners on Wednesday last week to discuss preparing for the 2020 United States Census. The Think Tank proposed the creation of a Complete Count Committee, something that a census bureau representative recommended a few weeks ago. To read more, click here.
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