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PADD held their monthly Board of Directors meeting on Monday, November 10th at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville, KY.  Guest speakers were Ms. Shellie Hampton,KACo and Commissioner Tony Wilder, DLG.  Ms. Hampton stated KACo is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year and attributes much of their success to the efforts of local officials and citizen representatives for communication with their Legislators on issues that have been prioritized by KACo. She reviewed Legislative issues that will be their focus in 2015 such as E-911 Funding and LIFT.  Commissioner Tony Wilder also encouraged local officials and citizen representatives to speak with their Legislators regarding federal programs administered by DLG that can be invaluable investments for their communities.  He commended the ADDs across the State for their partnerships. 

Jill Collins, PADD Aging Director, presented two SE4A Positive Images in Aging Awards to Rachel Cook, Pennyrile Allied Community Services and Danny Kingins,US Smokeless Tobacco.        


On behalf of Governor Beshear, Commissioner Wilder presented a grant fund check to Mayor JoAnn Holder, City of Trenton,  for a water/sewer line extension project.   



Click here to download the November Meeting Schedule

Delta Regional Authority and Department for Local Government Announce Funding for Western Kentucky Communities

On October 29, 2014 DRA Chairman Chris Massingill and DLG Commissioner Tony Wilder announced the 2014 DRA States’ Economic Devel...opment Assistance Program (SEDAP) awards at the Webster County Extension Office in Dixon, KY. DRA is investing $867,003 in nine projects throughout the Delta region of Western Kentucky; those projects will leverage $187,143 in public funds for a total investment of $1,054,146 in projects designed to grow the region’s economy and create jobs. Award recipients from the Pennyrile region include the following:

- Trigg County Fiscal Court: Health Department Renovation -  $100,000
- City of Mortons Gap: Water System Improvements - $35,000
- City of Earlington: Water System Improvements - $30,000
- Madisonville Community College: Collaborative Care Practices Simulation - $74,001

While he was in the region, Chairman Massingill also visited with local officials and guests from Crittenden and Livingston Counties, where DRA investments were made in the Crittenden County Hospital and Livingston Healthcare and Hospital Services in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

For more information regarding the Delta Regional Authority SEDAP grant program, please contact Amy Frogue or Jamie Lawrence at

Trigg County Fiscal Court                  City of Mortons Gap                               City of Earlington                    Madisonville Community College

                    Crittenden County                                           Livingston County


A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for the 16,000 square foot Todd County Career Path Institute at the Todd County High School on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Many Federal, State, and Local officials were in attendance. The Career Path Ins...titute funding includes $500,000 from CDBG (Todd County and Christian County Fiscal Court), $1,500,000 from EDA, and $500,000 from Todd County Fiscal Court. The institute will offer vocational training classes for Todd County High School students during the day and adult vocational and technical training courses in the evening. The institute is a cooperative partnership between the Todd County Fiscal Court, Christian County Fiscal Court, Todd County Board of Education, Todd County Industrial Foundation, and the Hopkinsville Community College


Click here to download the October 2014 Meeting Schedule


A groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 18th at the Murray State University Hopkinsville Regional Campus for the new Breathitt Veterinary Center Diagnostic Lab. Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean, Hutson School of Agriculture, welcomed state & local officials, community leaders, and guests. Governor Steve Beshear joined the Honorable Linda Breathitt, daughter of former Gov. Ned Breathitt, to offer special remarks regarding the significance of the expansion project which is projected to open in late 2016.




The Pennyroyal Historians Society met today in Madisonville, KY. The meeting and lunch was hosted by the Historical Society of Hopkins County and interim President, Randy Teague, welcome everyone. A presentation of renovations to the Historical Society of Hopkins County was presented by Bob Adkins. Members representing other counties in the Pennyrile Region gave reports of activities ongoing in their respective county. Following the meeting guests toured the museum, gift shop and cabin of Gov. Ruby Laffoon.




Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp welcomed City officials and guests to the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the new Hopkinsville Municipal Center on Tuesday, September 18th in Hopkinsville, KY. Presentation of colors was conducted by J...ROTC of Christian County High School, the national anthem was sung by students of Saints Peter and Paul School and the invocation was led by Rev. Buddy Slaughter, Chaplain of the Hopkinsville Police Department. Additional remarks were provided by City Councilman Don Ahart and Christian County Historian William Turner. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on the steps of the building following the dedication ceremony and tours were provided.


The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, September 8th at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville.  Guest Matt Erwin shared information about the Local Investments For Transportation (LIFT) initiative.  Keynote Speaker, Ms. Tina Tilley, Area Supervisor, USDA Forest Service - Land Between the Lakes, gave presentation overview of historical beginnings, land & management resources management, environmental education, outdoor recreation and the tourism impact in KY.  Staff reports were also provided and the 2014 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Update (CEDS) Resolution was presented and approved.

Matt Erwin, LIFT                                                                                                                                                                                   Tina Tilley, USDA Forest
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Service, LBL



Representatives of the Pennyrile Region and the PADD Board of Directors attended training sessions at the 2014 (NADO) National Association of Development Organizations Annual Training Conference on August 23th - 27th in Denver, CO.  NADO Innovation Awards were presented for two projects taking place in the Pennyrile region:  “Get Up and Go: Where in the Pennyrile are the Mayors?” - an initiative aimed at taking action against unhealthy habits in the region and “Senior Bullying” - a training aimed at addressing senior bullying through awareness.  Congratulations!

Pictured L to R:  Mayor David Jackson, Amy Frogue, Mayor Gale Cherry, NADO President Peter Gregory, Mayor Lee McCollum, Jason Vincent, and  Mayor Michael Alexander




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Representatives of the PADD Board of Directors attending the 2014 NADO Annual Training Conference in Denver. The annual training conference convenes over 650 regional development professionals—including executive directors, policy board members, program staff and others—to hear from leading experts about a variety of relevant and timely topics, share ideas and exchange information with peers, learn about successful and replicable regional development projects and initiatives, and get solutions to challenges that you are facing daily in your quest to make your regions prosper.


Mayor David Jackson, Jason Vincent & Mayor Lee McCollum        Mayor Gale Cherry & Amy Frogue               John Mahre & Judge/Exec Steve Tribble


Denise Sutton, Mayor Michael Alexander & Bart Frazer


Amye L. Bensenhaver, JD with the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, gave an Overview of Recent Development in Kentucky’s Open Records and Open Meetings Acts at the Pennyrile Area Development District on August 20th. This training was designed to provide a basic understanding of Kentucky’s laws on open records and open meetings. These laws affect every public official and every public agency. This training also provided public agencies with advice on how best to ensure compliance with the law and an update on recent amendments to and changes in the Acts.


August 2014 PADD Board of Directors Meeting

The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, August 11th in Hopkinsville, KY.  Jack Smith, Board Chair of Military Affairs in Hopkinsville/Christian County reported on efforts to help save Fort Campbell from devastating cuts from the Pentagon and how our communities can help by writing letters of support. Information about the entrepreneur initiative "1 Million Cups" in Madisonville/Hopkins County was shared by Ruthann Padgett and Mark Lee of the Madisonville/Hopkins County EDC.  Guest speakers Tricia Noel, Board President of the Madisonville Miners, and Ted Jatczak, Board President of the Hoptown Hoppers presented insightful information as to the economic impact collegiate sports has on our community and region. Staff reports were given from Community & Economic Development and West KY Workforce.





Senator Rand Paul hosted a community roundtable on August 1st at Pennyrile Area Development District in Hopkinsville, KY. Discussion focused on The Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment (REDEEM) Act and Economic Freedom Zones.


           Air Evac Opens a New Base in Crittenden County

Air Evac Lifestream is increasing its coverage area by opening a new base in Crittenden County.  The base opened on July 11th and had an official ribbon cutting ceremony on July 29th with several in attendance.  The base is located on the campus of Crittenden County Hospital and will ensure more advanced and critical medical attention is provided to residents throughout the region.  Air Evac is the nation’s largest independently owned and operated air ambulance service, and its crews provide on-the-scene medical care, rapid medical transport, and transfers between medical facilities.


Teletech Announces Expansion in Hopkinsville

(Hopkinsville, KY - July 15, 2014) Local officials and business leaders attended a celebration event today as Teletech announced its expansion of 300 jobs at its location in Hopkinsville, KY. Todd Baxter, Teletech Senior Vice President of Operations, stated the expansion will increase the job total to 700 at the Hopkinsville location. With recent location openings across the U.S., the total jobs created equates 3,000 and more than half of those jobs are in Kentucky. On behalf of Teletech, Mr. Baxter expressed appreciation for the overwhelming support received from the City of Hopkinsville, Christian County, and West Kentucky Workforce. Other presenters included Mayor Dan Kemp (City of Hopkinsville), Judge Executive Steve Tribble (Christian County), Frank Fields, Board Chair, Christian County Chamber of Commerce, and Mitch Robinson, Executive Director, South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council.

            (Pictured L to R:  Mayor Dan Kemp, Judge Steve Tribble, Todd Baxter, Frank Fields, & Mitch Robinson)

PADD July 2014 Board of Directors Meeting

The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, July 14th at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. Staff Reports were given and Judge Donnie Carroll, PADD Treasurer, presented the FY 2015 Budget for approval. Nominating Committee Chairman, Judge Steve Tribble, presented the slate of officers to serve the next two fiscal years, which was approved by the Board as follows:

Chairman - Judge Rick Newman (Muhlenberg County)
Vice Chair - Ms. Lori Harper (Christian County)
Secretary - Judge Donnie Carroll (Hopkins County)
Treasurer - Mayor Nancy Camp (Todd County)

(Pictured L to R: Judge Donnie Carroll, Mayor Nancy Camp, Lori Harper, and Judge Rick Newman)


Industry Announcement - Dawson Springs (Hopkins Co)

On June 24, 2014, Mayor Jenny Sewell, along with Judge Executive Donnie Carroll and the Madisonville/Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation, announced that Advance Tabco, Inc. will open a supply distribution operation in Dawson Springs.  The company plans to invest $500,000 into the project, initially creating 6 new full time jobs.  Advance Tabco has purchased a 39,000 square foot building off Highway 109 in Dawson Springs for their distribution operation; the company has plans for a potential second phase of the project that would incorporate product manufacturing in Hopkins County.  Advance Tabco is a leading manufacturer and distributor of standard and high end stainless steel equipment across many product lines.  

PADD Holds 45th Annual Meeting

A crowd of over 450 gathered at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, KY on June 9th to celebrate the 45th Annual Dinner Meeting of the Pennyrile Area Development District.

The annual event, sponsored by Planters Bank of Hopkinsville, gives all local officials, legislators, business and civic leaders, and others from throughout the Pennyrile the opportunity to look back on the year’s activities.

PADD presented the W.W. “Bill Bryan Memorial Award to Mr. William “Bill” Corum. The award was to recognize his leadership and dedication to improve transportation infrastructure across the Pennyrile Region.

In other business, Board Members Mark Bryant and Gareth Hardin, both Citizen Members of Crittenden County and Lori Harper, Citizen Member of Christian County, were recognized for five years of service to the PADD Board of Directors. Board Member Charles Cooper, Citizen Member of Livingston County, was recognized for 10 years of service to the PADD Board of Directors. Mayor Lyn Bailey - City of Cadiz and Bart Frazer, Citizen Member of Crittenden County, were recognized for 15 years of service to the PADD Board of Directors. Judge Executive Steve Tribble – Christian County, was recognized for 20 years of service to the PADD Board of Directors. In addition, several citizen members were reappointed to serve for three year terms from throughout the region including: Bart Frazer (Crittenden County); Mayor Jenny Sewell (Hopkins County); Kim Kraemer (Livingston County); Mayor Lee McCollum and Denise Sutton (Lyon County); and Kim Humphries and John Sumner (Trigg County).

In presenting the Annual Report, Executive Director Jason Vincent thanked all those who contributed to the mission of PADD and stated that the Area Development Districts’ goals of regionalism, sound planning, efficient coordination of programs, and support to local government are more important now than they were 45 years ago.

Comedian Keith Alberstadt and Pianist Ron Creager provided entertainment for the evening.
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PADD Board of Directors Meeting - May 2014

The PADD Board of Directors met on Monday, May 12th at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville.  Keynote Speaker Dr. Wade Northington, Director & Professor at Breathitt Veterinary Center, gave an overview of the center's mission, services and future plans for the new state-of-the-art facility to be located in Hopkinsville.  The $32.4M project will expand lab space and other areas for testing.  Completion is projected for mid

year 2016.  Staff reports included a Water & Sewer update, information regarding Special Purpose Government Entity Training, Open Records/Open Meetings Training, Solid Waste Planning & Recycling Workshop, Homeland Security Grant opportunities and a Workforce Activity Update

                                                                                                                                                                                Dr. Wade Northington

Trigg County Emergency Operations Center - Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Trigg County Emergency Operations Center and 9-1-1 Dispatch Center in Cadiz, KY was held on  May  1, 2014. Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander said the new facility offers emergency management some much needed space. The lower level of the new Emergency Operations Center includes the Trigg 9-1-1 Dispatch Center; the main floor contains the Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting room, an office for the emergency management staff and a the headquarters for the Trigg County Weather Spotters. The facility also includes a new emergency generator that was funded in part by a Homeland Security Grant obtained through the Pennyrile Area Development District.

Dawson Springs "Kentucky Trail Town" Signs Unveiled

The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet hosted an unveiling ceremony of the “Kentucky Trail Town” signs for Dawson Springs on April 30, 2014.  The signs are new large brown signs that have been installed at Exit 92 on I-69 at Dawson Springs.  These signs are used along major highways and interstates to promote recreational tourism.

Ag Strong LogoHart AgStrong LLC to Locate in Trenton, Kentucky 

Governor Steve Beshear announced on April 29, 2014 that Hart AgStrong LLC will build a canola oilseed processing plant in Trenton, Todd County, Kentucky. The company plans to create 25 full time jobs and invest $7.3 million into the project. The company will construct a 23,000 square foot processing facility to crush and process 150 tons of canola oilseeds per day. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved tax incentives up to $450,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment Program. The City of Trenton was also awarded a $150,000 Delta Regional Authority grant to run water and sewer lines to the property where the facility will be located.

Todd County has been certified by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board as a Work Ready in Progress Community. The certification is an assurance to business and industry that the community is committed to providing the highly skilled workforce required in today's competitive global economy.


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