Pennyrile Area Development District
A Regional Planning & Development Agency
Posted on October 4th, 2017

​The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has announced the recipients of funding under the 2017 Kentucky Homeland Security Grant Program. Applications were scored, ranked and funded based on the application score and relativeness of the project. The Kentucky Homeland Security Grant Program is a yearly grant cycle that is open to all local government agencies. Pennyrile ADD staff assists numerous Pennyrile communities each year in the preparation of grant applications to submit to KOHS for review.
Communities in the Pennyrile region awarded funds under the 2017 grant include the following:
City of Crofton - $22,000.00 (Alert System)
Lyon Co. Fiscal Court - $57,200.00 (Infrastructure Equipment)
City of Pembroke - $30,200.00 (Power Equipment)
City of Elkton - $50,000.00 (Power Equipment)
Caldwell Co. Fiscal Court - $11,000.00 ( Medical)
City of Hopkinsville - $14,600.00 (CBRNE)
City of Central City - $18,900.00 (PPE)
Congratulations to those communities that were awarded funds under the 2017 grant cycle! For more information regarding Homeland Security programs, please contact Ashley Johnson or Angie Crawford at 270-886-9484.

Posted on October 4th, 2017

​The Delta Regional Authority and Governor Matt Bevin, together with their federal and local-based partners, awarded funds to three projects in the Pennyrile Area Development District.  The City of Greenville received funding for wastewater infrastructure improvements in the amount of $400,000.  This project will provide upgrades to the Paradise Lift Station in Greenville needed to provide adequate wastewater treatment services for local businesses and residents. 

The Trigg County Hospital was awarded $155,550 to construct a new hallway with four private patient rooms to be utilized as swing-bed rooms.  A swing-bed program allows patients to recover in a hospital setting, versus a nursing home, or returning home too soon to home care. 

Madisonville Community College will receive funding in the amount of $180,629 to create a lineman training program.  The training program will allow utilities companies to recruit from the regional labor force, particularly targeting displaced coal miners and high school graduates who do not intend to pursue post-secondary credentials. 
Congratulations to each of these entities.  The Pennyrile Area Development District is honored to assist in the pursuit of such worthy projects.  For more information on Delta Regional Authority funding programs, please contact Amy Frogue, Ashley Johnson or Angie Crawford at the PADD office.

To read the Delta Regional Authority press release, click here.

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

Pennyrile Allied Community Services, Inc. will be holding State Health Insurance Prgram (SHIP) Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Events in the nine counties of the Pennyrile region.  See the flyer below for more details on each event.

Posted on September 29th, 2017

​Participants enjoyed a beautiful day at the 29th Annual Pride of the Pennyrile Industry Appreciation Event held at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The Pennyrile Area Development District and Economic Development professionals and volunteers from each county host the Industry Appreciation event annual to say "thank you" to the major employers of the Pennyrile region for their contributions to our economy. Commissioner Donnie Holland, Kentucky State Park System and Pennyrile ADD Executive Director Jason Vincent welcomed guests who participated in golf and boating activities and a delicious lunch and dinner. Gary Jones, Executive Director for Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress was the emcee for the event. Thanks to our sponsors and local businesses that donated door prizes!

Posted on September 23rd, 2017

​The 2017 Pennyrile Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease was held Saturday, September 23rd at the Justice Center in Hopkinsville. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Over four hundred people turned out on a warm morning and walked around the Justice Center and along a two mile path going through downtown Hopkinsville. The participants celebrated the efforts of all the caregivers and the people who raised funds. This year over $78,863.88 was presented to the Alzheimer’s Association for research to end Alzheimer’s.

The Pennyrile Area Development District’s Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living Division manned a booth and gave out information related specifically to care of persons with dementia as well as services in general for the elderly and/or disabled.

Posted on September 23rd, 2017

​The Pennyrile Area Development District serves as a sponsor agency for the Child and Adult Care Food Program ( CACFP).

The annual training for Family Day Care Home providers was held at the PADD office on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Elaine Jeff from the Department of Education was the guest speaker and provided program updates which will be effective October 1, 2017.

If you are a registered, certified or licensed Family Day Care Home and would like to learn more about the CACFP program and how to participate, please contact Jill Collins at [email protected] or call 270-886-9484.

Posted on September 20th, 2017

​The office of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts and the Kentucky Association of Food Banks have joined forces to create a friendly food and fund drive competition among Kentucky’s Area Development Districts to support hunger relief efforts in Kentucky. The competition is October 16 - 20, 2017.

Cheri Farmer, Team Leader for Pennyrile ADD, will work with the two regional food banks that serve the Pennyrile region, Tri-State Food Bank and Feeding America, as well as City and County Local Officials and affiliated organizations to promote both food and fund donations in Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Trigg counties. Let’s join forces to provide nutritious food to hungry Kentuckians!  

​More information on the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl is at
Click here to see the press release from Secretary of State Alison Lundergran Grimes' office.

Posted on September 15th, 2017

Posted on August 29th, 2017

T​he USDA Children and Adult Care Food Program annual training is scheduled for Saturday, September 23 at 9:30 am (CDT). For additional information, please contact Jill Collins or Amanda Stokes at 270-886-9484 or via email at [email protected] or [email protected].
Click the image below to enlarge the flyer.
Annual USDA Training

Posted on August 15th, 2017

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. Federal, state and staff reports were provided. Guest speaker Holly Hopkins Scoville, Ledcor Group, gave a slide presentation overview of the Middle Mile Project, securing easements for Kentucky Wired Fiber Network. This is the first P3 telecom project in the United States and KY is the only state to have fiber optic cable across all 120 counties. The $324.4 million dollar construction project will install 3,300 plus miles of fiber optic cable (85% on poles and 15% underground).

Posted on August 7th, 2017

​The Pennyrile Area Development District has been awarded a $1,699,067 grant ($2.2 M total project) from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), the Department of Defense’s field organization responsible for supporting state and local governments to respond to major defense program changes.  The community adjustment assistance grant has been given in response to previously announced force reduction and aviation restructuring at Fort Campbell.   “It’s great news that the Office of Economic Adjustment has awarded this two-year, $2.2 million grant to the Fort Campbell Strong effort,” Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan said. “Fort Campbell Strong is a game-changing alliance -- strongly backed by the City of Clarksville  --  that links multiple cities, six counties and two states around some extremely important goals.  This grant will help solidify Fort Campbell Strong as a unified regional voice of support for Fort Campbell and its families and as an ongoing force for economic diversification and growth in our region.”  Pennyrile Area Development District Executive Director, Jason Vincent says, “Regional partnerships, collaborating agencies, and the continuing supportive efforts of Senators McConnell (KY), Paul (KY), Alexander (TN), and Corker (TN) along with Representatives Comer (KY) and Blackburn (TN), helped make awarding of the grant possible.”
The Ft. Campbell Strong initiative is a collaborative effort that began in 2015 to define a path for economic diversification and growith in the six-county region surrounding Ft. Campbell including Christian, Todd, and Trigg counties in Kentucky along with Montgomery, Stewart, and Robertson counties in Tennessee.  Robertson County Mayor, Howard Bradley states “Robertson County is excited to be part of this initiative which will strengthen the ties between Ft. Campbell and the entire region.  Our communities will be immeasureably enhanced for decades to come because of this undertaking.  We look forward to keeping more former service members here to strengthen our region’s economic development.”
Funding from OEA will allow for the implementation of two strategies identified in the Ft. Campbell Strong Regional Economic Diversification and Growth Plan, which serves as the planning and implementation guide to address issues specific to changes at Fort Campbell and the region.  The first strategy involves the collaboration and alignment of curriculum at the Hopkinsville Community College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, and Austin Peay State University, in addition to the purchase of training equipment that will enhance and expand Advanced Manufacturing education in the region.  “We are excited to be one of the partners in this funding opportunity.  This collaborative effort strengthens the educational partnership between Hopkinsville Community College and its partners in Tennessee and provides greater opportunities for our students.  Our students will be trained using state-of-the-art equipment to simulate real life scenarios in local industries.  After students complete the KYFAME or the Advanced Manufacturing Program at Hopkinsville Community College, they can move immediately into the workplace or seamlessly transition to Austin Peay State University.  Participating in the Campbell Strong Initiative helps us to truly fulfill the mission of Hopkinsville Community College,” commented HCC Interim President Dr. Dennis Michaelis.  The ultimate goal is to cultivate the talent pipeline of those coming out of Ft. Campbell in an effort to retain them in the local workforce.  APSU Dean of College of Science and Mathematics, Dr. Jaime Taylor says, “The OEA grant funds will allow Austin Peay State University to increase the number of students we serve in our Mechatronics program and vastly improve the quality of the students’ hands on experience.”
The second strategy involves the formation of a regional defense alliance to provide a dedicated, unified voice on matters involving Ft. Campbell and the surrounding region.  Hopkinsville Mayor, Carter Hendricks states, “Hopkinsville is excited to work with our regional partners to support Ft. Campbell Strong as we strive to support our soldiers and their families, and to maximize the future of Ft. Campbell.  Thanks to our Congressional delegation for their support and to the Office of Economic Adjustment for their confidence in granting us these additional dollars to establish the Ft. Campbell Strong Defense Alliance.  We are stronger when we work together.”
“Phase two of this OEA grant providing Workforce Development opportunities and Defense Alliance funding is the product of a great collaborative effort from both Tennessee and Kentucky leadership.  The relationships between our communities have never been stronger and this is one of hopefully many partnerships we will see in our future that will strengthen our position as the premier Army community within the DOD and a message sent loud and clear throughout Washington D.C.  As our heroes continue to fight for our freedom abroad, we want them to know that our local leaders continue to fight for our communities and their loved ones back home”, commented Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.  Echoing those comments, Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble says, “The bi-state collaboration exemplified with this initiative is a testament to the region’s support of our military men, women and families at Ft. Campbell.  Christian County is proud to take part in a partnership that extends beyond city, county, and state lines in an effort to move the entire region forward.”

Posted on August 1st, 2017

​We are pleased to announce the Pennyrile Area Development District is an official host agency for AmeriCorps. We are partnering with Green River Area Development District to expand the AmeriCorps program into the Pennyrile Counties.
We are currently looking for a qualified individual to serve as a member (volunteer)  to be placed in our agency. They will receive a living allowance of $12,630, education award, limited health benefits and may qualify for child care assistance.
For more information, please contact Jill Collins at [email protected] or call 270-886-9484.

Posted on July 26th, 2017

​Cindy Tabor, Pennyrile Long Term Care Ombudsman presented centenarian, Marguerite Fox with citations from Representative Will Coursey and Senator Stan Humphries in recognition of “Celebrating Centenarians” on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.  Ms. Fox is 104 years old.

Posted on July 26th, 2017

​The 31st Annual Pennyrile Senior Games will take place from September 18th through September 20th at the Debow Complex. This yearly event is planned by Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation with the assistance of many sponsors in our community. This event allows individuals to be put in brackets by age that are 50 and over to compete in events. This event is not only for fun but it helps promote social interaction and a healthy lifestyle for older adults. Individuals in the Pennyrile region which consist of Christian, Caldwell, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Crittenden, Todd, Hopkins, Trigg, and Livingston counties are all encouraged to attend. Registration information is available in each county. Local senior centers or PADD staff can assist with obtaining and submitting the registrations. Volunteers will also be needed and can be scheduled by contacting Payton Kidd at the PADD office at (270) 886-9484.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted on July 18th, 2017

​The Todd County 911 Dispatch was awarded $66,015 from the Kentucky 911 Services Board for the 2017 CMRS Grant Funding Cycle. These grant funds were awarded for the replacement of their current dispatch console equipment along with updated software for the Todd County Dispatch. Likewise, the Trigg County 911 Dispatch was awarded $70,000 from the Kentucky 911 Service Board. Trigg County’s grant funds were approved for the purchase of a new phone system and software for the Trigg County Dispatch. Congratulations to both Todd County and Trigg County for receiving these awards.

Posted on July 11th, 2017

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, July 10, 2017 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. Reports were provided from representatives of U.S. Senator Rand Paul, U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell, U.S. Congressman James Comer, Representative Melissa Prunty, and the Department of Local Government. Senator C.B. Embry, Jr. stated the General Assembly is waiting to see if the Governor will call a special session to address pension and tax reform. Judge Perry Newcom, PADD Treasurer, presented the FY 2018 Budget which was recommended by the PADD Executive Committee and approved by the full Board. PADD Executive Director Jason Vincent welcomed new Board Members Mr. Lee Wilson (Lyon County) and Mrs. Stephanie Perry (Trigg County). The Board of Directors also adopted a Resolution opposing proposed FY 2018 budget cuts by President Donald Trump. The Resolution will be forwarded to Federal legislators representing the Pennyrile Region.

Posted on June 22nd, 2017

The Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living urges everyone to be safe in the heat!  They list simple steps to follow in their July 2017 Senior Health and Wellness Newsletter.

Posted on June 15th, 2017

A ceremonial ribbon cutting was held on June 15, 2017 in Muhlenberg County to identify Paradise Park Industrial Park as certified AT&T Fiber Ready.  Hood Harris, AT&T President, was joined by many local officials and representatives for the event at the Career Advancement Center in Powderly.  The designation is a tool for economic development personnel to utilized when talking to potential industry and businesses, to let them know that high speed infrastructure is available to the site.  Paradise Park is the regional industrial park located adjacent to the Western Kentucky Parkway in Muhlenberg County.  The park was recently named one of the top ten industrial properties in the South by Southern Business and Development.  Congratulations to the Paradise Park Board and Muhlenberg County on their Fiber Ready designation!

Posted on June 15th, 2017

​In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, on Thursday, June 15, 2017, the Hopkins/Muhlenberg Elder Abuse Council met at the old courthouse square in Madisonville, KY to bag food items collected during the month of May for local seniors.

For more information about the Elder Abuse Council, please contact Cindy Tabor, Pennyrile Area Development District Long Term Care Ombudsman at 270-886-9484 or via email at [email protected].

Posted on June 14th, 2017

​Pennyrile Area Development District/ Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living Staff and programs were recognized during 2017 Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living Awards Ceremony on June 13, 2017 at the Galt House in Louisville.

Harley Nittler was recognized as the 2017 Support Broker/ Case Manager of the Year. Harley works in the Home and Community Based Waiver program as a Support Broker and she also serves as the Waiver Intake Specialist.

Ali Jones was recognized as the 2017 Program Coordinator of the Year. Ali is the Aging and Disability Resource Center Coordinator for the Pennyrile region.

Larry Hobson, was recognized as the Caregiver of the Year. Larry has been a caregiver to his elderly mother for 17 years.

Congratulations to each of these individuals for their hard work and dedication to clients and programs in the Pennyrile region.