Pennyrile Area Development District
A Regional Planning & Development Agency
Posted on April 5th, 2017

Becoming your own boss is hard but very worthwhile.  Be smart and investigate how best to put your ideas into motion by attending training classes being offered by the Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress and Community Ventures.  Click here to view/download the flyer.

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

​Board members from the Pennyrile Area Development District attended the 2017 Washington Policy Conference hosted by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). The group heard reports on the federal budget, economic and community development, and the prospects of funding through various federal programs that have benefited the region in the past. In addition, members met with representatives from Secretary Elaine Chao, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, and Congressman James Comer’s office to discuss general federal programs that we work with that support our communities, Fort Campbell, infrastructure projects surrounding I69 & development of that corridor, designation of the southern portion of the Edward T. Breathitt Parkway as an interstate, and other issues
impacting our region.
​L to R: Terry Stringer, Jason Vincent, John Mahre, Mayor Jan Yonts, Judge Hollis Alexander, Judge Wade White, Mayor David Jackson, Judge Ellen Dunning and Sam Dunning

Posted on March 22nd, 2017

​Nora “Mae” Ladd celebrated her 100th birthday on March 18, 2017 at the Renaissance Center, Cadiz, KY.  A party was held in her honor where Senator Stan Humphries presented her with a Citation in recognition of her 100th year birthday.  There were many family and friends from the community who joined in this wonderful celebration.  Cindy Tabor, District Ombudsman, was also privileged to be invited to her party in this celebration of life. 

Posted on March 21st, 2017

​A delegation from Pennyrile Area Development District met with Secretary Elaine Chao at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 20, 2017.  Discussion with Secretary Chao and her staff included I-69, Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway Interstate Designation, US 641, Land Between the Lakes and Infrastructure planning.

Posted on March 13th, 2017

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. In addition to staff reports regarding Community & Economic Development, Pennyrile AAAIL, and West KY Workforce, Federal and State reports were presented by State Representative Walker Thomas, Rachel McCubbin/U.S Senator Rand Paul's Office, and Amelia Wilson, U.S. Congressman James Comer's Office. Mr. Gregory Copley, East KY Regional Office, UK Center of Applied Energy Research, shared information regarding an Energy Savings Performance Program with the Department for Local Government and upcoming High Performance Public Facilities Workshops on March 22nd at Hazard Community & Technical College and on May 24th at Madisonville Community & Technical College. Keynote Speaker Dr. Brian Van Horn, M.P.A., Ed. D., Associate Provost for Murray State Univeristy Regional Academic Outreach (RAO), gave a slide presentation overview about RAO as a regional service unit that provides lifelong learning to virtually anyone, anywhere. RAO has four regional campus locations providing 21 bachelor and master degree programs, 23 online programs, and an Integrated Studies program. Despite challenges such as changing times, budget challenges and peformance funding, Dr. Van Horn expressed his appreciation for making higher education a priority in western Kentucky.

Posted on March 13th, 2017

The Pennyrile Area Development District is taking bids on two (2) 2014 Ford Interceptors in which have recently been declared as surplus by the PADD's Executive Committee.  

The approximate mileage on each vehicle is listed below:
Gray 2014 Ford Interceptor - 90,000 miles
Silver 2014 Ford Interceptor - 87,000 miles

Bids will be received through the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on March 31, 2017.  We are limiting the bidding to cities, counties, and units of local government.  No bids under $6,500 will be considered.  PADD reserves the right to reject any or all bids.  There will be no formal bid opening meeting.  All bids will be available for inspection after the cutoff date.

The vehicles can be inspected at the PADD office during regular working hours, which are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please call either Jason Vincent or Alisha Sutton if you would like to schedule an inspection.

Posted on March 8th, 2017

​The quarterly meeting of the Pennyrile Advisory Council on Aging met on March 8, 2017. Council members and guests received updates from AAAIL staff regarding programs, services, waiting lists and upcoming events.
The guest speaker was Doug Foster with Honor Flight- Bluegrass Chapter. He provided information and history on the Honor Flight and how Veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam may apply.
If you know a Veteran who may be interested, please contact Jill Collins at jill.collins@ky.gov or call 1-866-844-4396.

Posted on February 17th, 2017


Posted on February 10th, 2017

​The Todd County Fiscal Court has been awarded $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the Todd County Health Department Expansion Project.  The project will consist of a 3,970 square foot addition to provide space for staff that will allow them to increase productivity, improve service capabilities, and centralize their operations with an opportunity to grow in additional service areas.
 
The City of Guthrie has been awarded $100,000 in CDBG funds for the Koppers Natural Gas Line Project.  The project will construct a natural gas line to Koppers Industries to allow them to convert wood fired boilers to gas fired boilers, resulting in the creation of approximately 5 new jobs.

Posted on January 30th, 2017

​May is Older America’s Month.  To celebrate Older American’s Month, the Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is requesting information to help us locate and honor all older persons 100 years of age and older throughout the Pennyrile district.  The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living will provide a recognition plaque for those individuals who are or will be 100 years of age or older on or before December 31, 2017.
 
To learn more about this special project, please contact Jill Collins at jill.collins@ky.gov or call 866-844-4396. 

​If you know of a Centenarian in your community, please contact the Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living to provide their name, birthdate and contact information using the form below.
 

Posted on January 27th, 2017

​Sixty percent of nursing home residents have no visitors--no family or friends to check on them or cheer them up. Research shows that long-term care residents receive better care when they have regular outside visitors.
 
With just a few minutes each week, YOU could change a resident's life, and help improve the quality of care they receive.
 
Learn more at our Friendly Visitor Orientation
 
Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2:00-4:30 pm
Pennyrile Area Development District
300 Hammond Drive
Hopkinsville, KY  42240
 
Please RSVP to Cindy Tabor
at Cindy.Tabor@ky.gov
or 270-886-9484

Click Here to Download the Flyer

Posted on January 13th, 2017

​The Attorney General’s Office of Senior Protection is continuing its efforts to protect our most vulnerable Kentuckians through public outreach initiatives that are designed to educate and empower seniors across the Commonwealth.  In 2016, we participated in over 80 presentations focusing on emerging scams and the effects of financial exploitation of our seniors.  This year, we are excited to announce that the Office of Senior Protection, in partnership with AARP Kentucky, will be kicking off an “Interfaith Traveling Series” initiative.  We will be traveling the Commonwealth to bring church groups the most up to date information on scams, how they work, and how to avoid victimization.

A celebration will be held at the Capitol Rotunda on Friday, February 17th at 10:30 a.m. ET with a reception to follow.  At this celebration, Attorney General Andy Beshear will unveil a full calendar of events and the churches to be visited.

Posted on December 13th, 2016

​The PADD Board of Directors held its Annual Christmas Luncheon on Monday, December 12th at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Ms. Gina Winchester, KY Department of Parks, welcomed guests. Federal reports were provided by Mr. Tim Thomas (Congressman Mitch McConnell), Mr. Jason Hasert (Senator Rand Paul), and Ms. Sandy Simpson (Congressman James Comer). A look ahead to the 2017 Legislative Session was provided by Senators C.B. Embry, Jr., Stan Humphries, Dorsey Ridley, Whitney Westerfield and Representatives Lynn Bechler and Jim Gooch, Jr. PADD Board Chair Lori Harper presented Representative Brent Yonts with an award from the PADD Board of Directors in appreciation of his Outstanding Service to the Citizens of the Pennyrile region. Representative- Elect Walker Thomas stated he is honored to represent District 8 and is looking forward to serving the citizens of the Pennyrile region in this capacity. Legislators shared that much of the focus in this session will be on legislation such as economic development and job creation, tax modernization, pension reform, US 641, I-69 and Breathitt Parkway completion, juvenile justice reform, and coal severance tax. With a short 30 day session in January, priority legislation will take precedence. Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, expressed his appreciation to all the Legislators for their leadership and support of Pennyrile ADD.
Gina Winchester
Gina Winchester, KY Department of Parks
Senator C.B. Embry, Jr.
Senator C.B. Embry, Jr.
Senator Stan Humphries
Senator Stan Humphries
Senator Dorsey Ridley
Senator Dorsey Ridley
Senator Whitney Westerfield
Senator Whitney Westerfield
Representative Lynn Bechler
Representative Lynn Bechler
Representative Jim Gooch, Jr.
Representative Jim Gooch, Jr.
Representative Brent Yonts
Representative Brent Yonts
Representative Elect Walker Thomas
Representative Elect Walker Thomas
Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director
Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director

Posted on November 15th, 2016

Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on November 14th at 12:00 Noon at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. Federal and State reports were provided and information was shared regarding availability of Area Development Funds, 2016 CEDS Annual Update, Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living, and the 2016 NADO Conference. The Board approved a resolution toadopt the PADD 2016 Update of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy document. Guest Speaker Marion Brown, Executive Director, Sanctuary, Inc., presented information about the programs and services provided to domestic violence and sexual assault victims in the Pennyrile region. Jason Vincent, PADD Excecutive Director, welcomed new PADD Board members Mr. Wade Berry, Mayor's Designee - City of Marion, and Mr. Brian Ahart, Mayor's Designee - City of Cadiz. Mr. Vincent stated the PADD Executive Committee met prior to the Board meeting and appointed Mr. Eddie DeArmond to fill the vacant position on the Pennyrile Development & Governmental Center, Inc. Board of Directors. The Annual Christmas Board Luncheon & Legislative Update will be held on Monday, December 12th at 11:30 a.m. at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.​
 

Posted on November 4th, 2016

​The Forgotten Angels Project will be gearing up again for its 10th year, serving residents in “Personal Care Homes”.  Residents in PCH’s are usually younger and sometimes suffer with mental illness rather than physical limitations.  We focus on this group of residents because they seem to be most forgotten by friends, family and society.  Even more despairing is that these residents are only allowed $60.00 a month personal spending money.
 
You may be asking “How does this work?”  We obtain a list of residents that includes a personal item they request. The Forgotten Angel is then placed on the tree anonymously.  People from the community come to the PADD office and obtain a Forgotten Angel (or several) off the tree.  Later they return with a Christmas bag stuffed full with the residents request and other stocking stuffers.
 
We have a Stocking Stuffer list of items, please see the back of this letter.  These items are basic items that you and I generally take for granted.  Many people load a large Christmas bag full of these extra goodies along with the personal item requested and return it to the PADD office where all the gifts are bagged by PADD staff and volunteers.  Some people choose to bring in donations from the list or make monetary donations. We ask that all gifts be returned, unwrapped, to the PADD office, no later than Friday, December 9th, 2016.
 
As the holiday season approaches, we hope that you will help us provide a touch of joy to those in need.  It is truly amazing to see how our community gets involved in giving so much to these Forgotten Angels.  Each year as the donations began to pour in, I remain stunned at your generosity.  I’m very proud to be a part of this community and look forward to serving our Forgotten Angels in 2016 with your help.
 
To adopt an angel or if you have any questions please contact:
Cindy Tabor
Pennyrile District Ombudsman

Posted on November 2nd, 2016

"Our Nation was founded on the fundamental ideal that we all do better when we look out for one another, and every day, millions of Americans from every walk of life balance their own needs with those of their loved ones as caregivers."
 
“This month, and every month, let us lift up all those who work to tirelessly advance the health and wellness of those they love. Let us encourage those who choose to be caregivers and look toward a future where our politics and our policies reflect the selflessness and open-hearted empathy they show their loved ones every day.”

 
- President Barack Obama, October 31, 2016
 
President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. You can view the text of the proclamation here and see additional background, including this year’s Theme for National Family Caregivers Month.
 
Caregiver Action Network (the National Family Caregivers Association) is the organization that chooses the theme for National Family Caregivers Month annually and spearheads celebration of NFC Month nationally.
 
National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November – is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. Caregiver Action Network began promoting national recognition of family caregivers in 1994. President Clinton signed the first NFC Month Presidential Proclamation in 1997 and every president since has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November.
 
Day in and day out, 90 million family caregivers in this country fulfill a vital role on the care team. No one else is in a better position to ensure continuity of care. Family caregivers are the most familiar with their care recipients’ medications and treatments; and they understand best their dietary and exercise needs.
 
Caregiver Action Network coordinates National Family Caregivers Month (NFC Month) as a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. Celebrating Family Caregivers during NFC month enables all of us to:
 
·         Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
·         Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
·         Educate family caregivers about self-identification
·         Increase support for family caregivers

Posted on November 1st, 2016

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) is available for review and comment.  Click image below to view document.

Posted on October 31st, 2016

​The Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, November 9th at the Pennyrile ADD office, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (local time). This is a very important meeting as some changes will be announced and new members are introduced.

Director Jarred Ball from Kentucky Office of Homeland Security will be speaking on behalf of Executive Director Holiday about emerging threats and future trends. We look forward to seeing you there!

​Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in
first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster
relief, and community safety.

Posted on October 31st, 2016

​PADD Receives NADO 2016 Innovation Award for Veteran’s Directed Home and Community Based Services Program

​The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is the first and only AAAIL in Kentucky to become an approved provider through the Veteran’s Administration Readiness Review process. The Pennyrile is a provider of Veteran’s Directed Home and Community Based Services. These services are designed to enhance home-based services for veterans. The program offers eligible veterans a flexible budget to purchase services to assist them to live independently at home in the community. Program services include a functional assessment, home-based services, options counseling, support services, and financial management. The program offers service to veteran’s in the Pennyrile, Green River and Purchase districts. The program is made possible in part, through an agreement with the Marion, Illinois Veterans Administration Medical Center.

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2016 Annual Training Conference, held October 15-18 in San Antonio, TX. The 2016 class of award recipients consists of 96 projects spanning 28 states. These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO and Esri and include project summaries, funding information, and partners. The Story Map is available online at: https://www.nado.org/innovationawards/.

Posted on October 31st, 2016

​The Todd County Fiscal Court and the Pennyrile Area Development District received a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the Todd County Career Path Institute at the October 2016 NADO Annual Conference.

The Todd County Career Path Institute is a cooperative partnership between the Todd County Fiscal Court, Christian County Fiscal Court, Todd County Board of Education, Todd County Industrial Foundation, the Hopkinsville Community College, the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance, and the Pennyrile Area Development District, and is a first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Todd County Career Path Institute project specifically consisted of the construction of a new 15,765 sq. ft. self-contained building that houses program administration space, instructional space, workshop space, toilet rooms and utility space. The building design accommodates programmatic changes which may occur over time due to the evolving needs in workforce training. It is possible that the workshop areas can be reconfigured. The new building is sited to allow for expansion, allowing for program growth
and/or reconfiguration.

The Todd County Career Path Institute began offering classes in the fall semester of 2016 to residents of Todd County, as well as surrounding counties in the region through the Hopkinsville Community College service area. Initial programming includes certification tracks for Machine Tool, Industrial Maintenance, and Welding; Soft Skill training will also be a critical component of the programs offered at the facility. Each program has the capacity to graduate 30 students annually in each of the three programs; these students will graduate with an industry recognized certificate in those fields that will allow them to be employed immediately.

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2016 Annual Training Conference, held October 15-18 in San Antonio, TX. The 2016 class of award recipients consists of 96 projects spanning 28 states. These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO and Esri and include project summaries, funding information, and partners. The Story Map is available online at: https://www.nado.org/innovationawards/.

“Since 1986 through its Innovation Awards program, NADO has recognized the transformative work regional development organizations perform every day. Award-winning projects showcase best practices across the country in regional development that support prosperous communities, stronger local economies, and improved quality of life for residents,” said 2015-2016 NADO Board President Jeffrey Kiely, Executive Director of the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, located in Gallup, New Mexico.

Posted on October 31st, 2016

Scammers Want Your Money & Personal Information
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Please join the Attorney General Andy Beshear
as he shares how to protect yourself against scams.

When:    Friday, November 4, 2016
Where:   PACS Christian County Senior Center
1402 W. 7th Street, Hopkinsville, KY
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Posted on October 3rd, 2016

​This week marks the beginning of a month long celebration of residents' rights. Spend time this month honoring residents living in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, sub-acute units, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities. Residents' Rights Month is a time for celebration and recognition offering an opportunity for every facility to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity, respect, and the value of each individual resident. The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2016 is "My Vote Matters" with the goal of highlighting residents' right to vote and participate in the political process.  To learn more about Residents' Rights Month 2016 click here.

Resident's Voice
As a part of Residents' Rights Month, the Consumer Voice held the annual Resident's Voice Challenge where residents from across the country submitted stories, artwork, poems, and photos representing this year's theme. We received many thoughtful responses which can be viewed on our website.

Posted on September 29th, 2016

The Pennyrile Area Develpment District is hosting a Lender Seminar: "Non-Traditional" Lending Programs on October 20, 2016.  The seminar will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and lunch will be provided.  The seminar is open to all commercial lenders and community/economic development organizations.  Presenters include:
Small Business Administration (SBA)
MSU Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
UDA - Business Services
Community Ventures
Pennyrile Area Development District
and more...
Or you may also RSVP to Cheri Farmer at (270) 886-9484 or cheri.farmer@ky.gov.
Lender Seminar

Posted on September 29th, 2016

​The 2016 Pennyrile Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease was held Saturday, September 24th in Hopkinsville. Before the Walk there were information booths; testimonies from persons with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, and advocates; announcements for those raising the most money in the different team categories. 

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.

Several 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 $95,000 was presented to the Alzheimer’s Association for research to end Alzheimer’s. That was about $3000 over last year. The Pennyrile Walk has traditionally raised more funds per capita than most others in the nation.

Posted on September 13th, 2016

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville.  Federal and State reports were provided by Marti Wiles, Senator Mitch McConnell, Jason Hasert/Senator Rand Paul, Emily Taylor, TVA and Katie Moyer, DLG.  Several PADD staff reports were presented including Water/Wastewater Updates and Call for Projects, Eclipse Planning, Participant Directed Services and Home & Community Base Waiver, Workforce WorkReady certifications, Hiring Heroes, job fairs and Right of Choice program. The Board re-appointed Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble and Crittenden County Citizen Member Bart Frazer as the board representatives to the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts. Jason Vincent, Executive Director, announced the resignation of Mayor Frank Stafford, City of Mortons Gap and welcomed Chris Phelps who was appointed as Mayor by City Council on September 8th.  Mayor Phelps stated he is honored to be appointed to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Stafford and he will continue to support efforts for the betterment of Morton’s Gap and the Pennyrile Region.  On Mayor Stafford’s behalf, he expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the PADD Board of Directors, PADD Staff and Legislators. 
Jamie Lawrence, Water Management Coordinator
Pat Lee, GIS Manager & Kyle Cunningham, GIS/Community Development Specialist
Karen Wallace, Right Choice Program
Chris Phelps, Mayor of Mortons Gap

Posted on September 12th, 2016

​Each year in September we pause to honor our nation’s senior centers. The 2016 National Senior Center Month theme, Find Balance at Your Center!, highlights how senior centers are providing programs that focus on the whole person allowing seniors to live healthier lives and stay involved in their communities. I have had the pleasure of visiting senior centers around the country and I have seen firsthand how these community hubs are linking older adults with critical programs and services.

Click here to read more.

Posted on September 12th, 2016

Naturefest at Jeffers Bend will be held Saturday, September 17th from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  The theme this year is Naturefest - Family Event for Health and Wellness.  Admission is $10 per car or $15 per bus - up to 25 people or $30 per bus - 26 people or above, or $5 per car for Military with ID.

Many activities have been scheduled for the day.  For more information, call Pennyrile RC&D/Jeffers Bend at (270) 885-5600.

View the brochure here

Posted on August 29th, 2016

​Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amanda Stamper
502-564-2611
Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo
502-573-2382

Gov. Matt Bevin Presents 2016 Spirit of Kentucky Award to Todd County Career Path InstituteRegional Partnership Honored at 41st Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2016) - Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo today presented the 2016 Spirit of Kentucky Award to the Todd County Career Path Institute. The institute was created through a partnership of local elected officials and community members that pooled resources to construct the regional technical training facility. The award was presented as part of the 41st Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference.

“We commend the local officials and community members who made this dream a reality for our Todd County citizens. I am so proud of the unselfish teamwork that led to the creation of this Institute. What a great example of Kentuckians pulling together,” said Gov. Bevin. “The Todd County Career Path Institute provides training that is critical for developing a highly skilled and qualified workforce that will attract and retain jobs in southwestern Kentucky.”

Todd County’s Board of Education pursued resources to construct a technical training facility for over 30 years as Todd County High School vocational students commuted by bus an hour a day to the Russellville Vocational School. Financing soon developed through collaboration by local elected officials and with the help of the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance, to focus the training facility toward high school and adult training opportunities.

The Todd County Career Path Institute project was funded utilizing a combination of public resources, including Economic Development funds, Community Development Block Grant funds and local funds from the Todd County Fiscal Court. The project was a cooperative partnership between the Todd County Fiscal Court, Christian County Fiscal Court, Todd County Board of Education, Todd County Industrial Foundation, the Hopkinsville Community College and the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance. It is the first of its kind in Kentucky.

The Institute provides training for students and adults in key regional workforce needs such as welding, program logistic controllers, electrical circuit training, robotics, hydraulics and pneumatics. Equipment has been installed and the Institute opened May 10, 2016. Classes start in Fall 2016 and will be taught by Hopkinsville Community College faculty. The 16,000 square foot facility is located behind Todd County High School.

Todd County suffers from lower than state average educational attainment levels, lower than state average income levels, and higher than state average unemployment rates, at 9.3 percent unemployment. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, approximately 35.8 percent of the jobs in Todd County are manufacturing or trade/transportation/utilities. Over the past 14 years, Todd County has lost approximately 1,100 of these jobs due to plant downsizing, relocation, or closure. With continued large industry development adjacent to Todd County, some estimates for future job creation range from 2,000 to 5,000 new jobs in the coming years. With the addition of these new jobs comes the need for a highly skilled and qualified workforce.

“Congratulations to our Todd and Christian County colleagues on this exceptional regional partnership and on this well-deserved award,” said Commissioner Dunahoo. “Through partnerships across county lines between business and industry, educational institutions, and community leaders, this project could be replicated in our other communities to promote and maintain a quality standard of living for our citizens.”

Spirit of Kentucky Award
The Spirit of Kentucky Award is given annually to sponsors of a public project that demonstrate cost effective coordination of government resources among multiple government groups.
Nominations for the Spirit of Kentucky Award were submitted to DLG for consideration. Projects eligible for nomination include those of government, public service, private non-profit or quasi-governmental groups or agencies.

Governor’s Local Issues Conference
The Governor’s Local Issues Conference brings together over 800 county and city local government officials and community advocates from across the Commonwealth for education and networking through a variety of workshops and general sessions. The conference is currently being held August 24-26 at the Galt House in Louisville. For a detailed agenda and program, please visit www.kydlgweb.ky.gov/localissues.

Photo caption (attached): Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo today presented the 2016 Spirit of Kentucky Award to the Todd County Career Path Institute.
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Posted on August 19th, 2016

The Pennyrile Area Development District would like to congratulate ​Broadbent B and B Foods of Kuttawa.  They are the owner of the Grand Champion Ham at the Kentucky State Fair.  The Pennyril ADD, among others, proudly assisted Broadbent B & B with the expansion of their business.

Posted on August 15th, 2016

​Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Pennyrile Area Development District

​Presented by Ms. Amye Bensenhaver, Former Assistant Attorney General and Trace Kirkwood & Kris Justus, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Open Meetings/Open Records : 9:00 - 12:00 Noon CDT
Open Records Act: Purpose and Construction , General Requirements, duties in Responding to Open Records Requests, Copying costs Formatting Statutory, Exceptions to the Right of Inspection, Legal Challenges, Role of the Attorney General.
Open Meetings Act: Purpose and Construction, General Requirements, Duties in Responding to Open Meetings Complaints, Statutory Exceptions Authorizing, and Requirement for, Closed Sessions, Regular and Special Meetings/Video Teleconferencing, Legal Challenges, Role of the Attorney General.

Lunch “on your own”: 12:00—1:00 p.m. CDT (Restaurant list will be provided) ​

Records Management: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. CDT 
Basic principles of managing public records, Use of retention schedules, Destruction of obsolete records. Electronic Records: Maintaining & Preserving Electronic Records, Management E-Mail Records

​Who Should Attend
City and County Officials, Public Agency Employees or Representatives, Attorneys Representing State or Local Government Agencies, SPGE’s, Education Administrators

Training Credit approved through the KY County Officials Training Program (DLG), KY City Officials Training Center (KLC) and Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) for Government Attorneys and Kentucky Department of Revenue for Property Valuation Administrators.

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Posted on August 12th, 2016

​LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Fifty community leaders have successfully completed the year-long Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a program of the Delta Regional Authority. The Executive Academy is a training program that brings together business and community leaders from each of the eight states of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions for a collaborative leadership development experience, emphasizing regional approaches to growing local economies and creating opportunities for the people of the Delta region.

Each graduate completed leadership development coursework and field studies in the year-long program that included five sessions in Delta communities and one session in Washington, DC.

Four DLI fellows represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky this year:
Brandi Harless of PaducahMark Lee of MadisonvilleMayor Carolyn Townsend of DixonChris Wooldridge of Murray“These four local leaders are devoting their time and talent to create a better Kentucky,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “As graduates of this rigorous leadership program, they will now have new skills and resources to help move their communities forward and strengthen local economic development opportunities.”

In addition to the program certificate, participants graduate with an industry-recognized certification in Crucial Conversations. Present for the ceremony were Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill, Alternate Federal Co-Chairman Mike Marshall, and Sandy Dunahoo, commissioner of the Department of Local Government and Governor Bevin’s designee to the DRA Board.

“For our communities to grow and support strong economies that create opportunities for Delta residents, we need local leaders that understand the local and regional challenges that we face as well as the networks and resources that can help identify solutions and address these challenges,” Chairman Masingill said. “The Delta Leadership Institute’s dynamic programming and ever-growing alumni network are helping to meet this need and empower our region’s leaders to make the Delta a better place to live and work.”

About Delta Regional Authority
The DRA is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. Through the Rural Communities Advancement Program, the DRA has provided leadership development to more than 400 community leaders over ten years and strengthened regional collaboration with its Delta Leadership Institute.

Picture Caption (left to right): Sandy Dunahoo of the Department of Local Government, Brandi Harless of Paducah, Mark Lee of Madisonville, Chris Wooldridge of Murray, and Chris Masingill and Mike Marshall of the Delta Regional Authority.

Click Here to Learn More About Delta Regional Authority

Posted on August 5th, 2016

On Thursday, August 4th, Rep. Myron Dossett of Pembroke and a group of dedicated professionals representing first responders from the Pennyrile Area Development District traveled to Frankfort to discuss the importance of Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Kentucky.
Citizen Corps and CERT are volunteer organizations that focus on preparing individuals through education, training and service to make communities better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health crises, and disasters of all kinds.
“Kentucky and the nation benefit greatly from volunteers that selflessly donate the precious gift of personal time to groups like Citizen Corps and CERT,” remarked KOHS Executive Director John Holiday. “It’s organizations like these that empower individual citizens through their volunteerism to maximize survivability for themselves, their families and their communities in the event of an emergency.”
The delegation, representing the Citizen Corps Council, shared stories of the tremendous impact these groups have made in rural communities across the Pennyrile ADD.

Posted on August 4th, 2016

​The Pennyrile Region is better prepared for disasters with the recent approval of their local hazard mitigation plan, which is a long-term strategy to reduce the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters.

The plan identifies hazards and potential hazards in the Pennyrile Region, and it creates a framework to help community officials make decisions that may ultimately protect lives and property.

The plan also outlines a strategy for implementing mitigation projects in The Pennyrile Region. Through projects such as drainage basins and floodplain land acquisition, The Pennyrile Region
is taking proactive steps to lessen the impact of future disasters and the costly expenses associated with them.

History shows that the physical, financial and emotional losses caused by disasters can be reduced significantly through hazard mitigation planning. The planning process encourages communities to integrate mitigation with day-to-day decision making regarding land-use planning, floodplain management, site design and other activities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reviews and approves state, tribal and local hazard mitigation plans, which are required as a condition for states and communities to receive certain types of disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. State mitigation plans must be approved every five years, and local and tribal mitigation plans must be approved at least once every five years.

Posted on August 3rd, 2016

The Small Business Tool Kit will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, August 17-18, 2016, in Caldwell, Christian, Lyon, Todd, and Trigg Counties. There is no cost to attend these one-hour presentations. Those who should attend include bankers, investors, CPA’s, accountants, small business owners and anyone who works with small business owners to help them become successful. Attendees will learn about free resources available through the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development including the Kentucky Innovation Network, Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit, Kentucky Small Business Credit Initiative, and the Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit.
Marilyn LeBourveau, Project Manager for the Office of Entrepreneurship of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development will present a summary of the programs offered to small business owners and investors. Loretta Daniel, Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network at Murray State University, will also discuss free assistance of business planning, marketing research, financial assistance, and more. There will be a question and answer time after the presentation.
​To register for one of these workshops, go to https://smallbusinesstoolkit.eventbrite.com. Meeting locations for each of the five sessions are listed on the event website. Deadline to register is Monday, August 15, 2016. Seating is limited. For more information, contact the Kentucky Innovation Network Office at Murray State University at (270) 809-6071 or email Loretta Daniel at ldaniel@murraystate.edu.

Posted on August 1st, 2016

​All of us at ACL are celebrating a historic milestone for Americans with disabilities and older Americans: the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA made clear that people with disabilities of all ages should experience equal opportunity, independent living, economic self-sufficiency, and full participation in all aspects of society. From curb cuts and accessible buses to the integration of people with disabilities in schools, workplaces, businesses, and neighborhoods, the ADA has made our communities more accessible and more inclusive.

We hope you will join us in celebrating these accomplishments. Just as importantly, we hope you will join us in continuing the work of making the ADA’s vision a reality for all Americans.

As President Barak Obama made clear in his proclamation celebrating the ADA’s anniversary: “… we know our work to expand opportunity and confront the stigma that persists surrounding disabilities is not yet finished: We have to address the injustices that linger and remove the barriers that remain.”

The ADA National Network and its ten regional ADA Centers are one great tool for this work. Funded by ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the ADA National Network provides a comprehensive “one-stop” resource for information, guidance and training on the ADA.

The network has developed an ADA Anniversary Toolkit which includes a  timeline and overviewof the ADA as well as ideas for celebrating the anniversary.

Last year, ACL celebrated the 25th anniversary of the ADA with a guest blog series featuring reflections from a number of disability community leaders. Here are just a few highlights:
Stay tuned to ACL’s Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week for ADA resources and stories.

Posted on July 22nd, 2016

​Attorney General, Andy Beshear spoke to a group of citizens today in Madisonville regarding scams and consumer protection.
 
Information was provided regarding how to report a scam, and how to sign up for Kentucky's "No Call" list.
 
To learn more about how to protect your family from scammers, contact the Office of the Attorney General at 888-432-9257.
 
You may also contact the Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living at 866-844-4396.

Posted on July 21st, 2016

​FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 19, 2016) – Brewco Marketing Group, a Central City based experiential marketing agency, will grow its footprint in Muhlenberg County with 18 new jobs and a $600,000 investment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

“Brewco has become a permanent fixture at NASCAR and other major events in recent years, and it’s encouraging to see the company expanding its operations in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin. “This project, bringing 18 new jobs in addition to the 10 committed to last year, promises to make a long-lasting positive impact on the Central City community. We are thankful to Brewco for this investment and look forward to our continuing partnership. ”

Due to recent and anticipated growth, Brewco’s construction plan involves two phases. Phase I will repurpose 2,500 square feet of an existing warehouse into administrative offices. Phase II will add an 8,500-square-foot production facility to the company’s campus. 

Brewco plans to hire 18 full-time employees for its fabrication shop, front office and touring programs. The company also plans to purchase new equipment to accommodate additional clientele, including the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. 

“We have been fortunate to have a team of skilled craftsmen that can meet the demands of some of the most recognizable corporate names in the world including McDonald’s, General Motors, Swedish Match North America, Compassion International, Kohler, Kimberly-Clark and General Mills, to name a few,” said Shane Kennedy, president and general manager of Brewco. “With the help of our existing client base and our new clients coming on board in 2017, we are poised for significant growth, necessitating us to grow our workforce, expand our facilities and purchase additional equipment to meet the growing demand for our products and services.”

Brewco creates unique and memorable brand experiences, placing products directly in the hands of target audiences through customized marketing campaigns. Brewco has quickly become one of the leading experiential marketing agencies in the nation, with a strong client portfolio. 

Founded in 1997, the company grew from a Kentucky-based NASCAR team to a national force in the growing experiential marketing arena with facilities in Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. The company currently employs a total of 147 people across all areas of operation.

Sen. C.B. Embry, of Morgantown, thanked Brewco for its investment and said he expects the expansion to be a boon to the community.

“As a returning investor in Kentucky jobs, I thank Brewco for its continued interest in our state,” Sen. Embry said. “I welcome Brewco’s expansion of its Central City operation and look forward to the new opportunities brought to the region.”

Rep. Brent Yonts, of Greenville, said Brewco has been a great corporate partner to Muhlenberg County for years.

“Brewco Marketing Group has been a great asset to our community, and this latest news comes as no surprise, given its success over the years,” said Rep. Brent Yonts, of Greenville. “Its work has also been the catalyst for other economic development projects in the area, further proof of its positive impact. I want to thank its leaders for investing even more, and I’m proud our state and local governments could play a role in creating these jobs.”

Central City Mayor Barry Shaver said the project highlights Brewco’s dedication to the community.

“The city of Central City is excited to hear of the expansion of our local Brewco Marketing facility,” Mayor Shaver said. “The need for increased storage expansion shows their dedicated and hard-work efforts have paid off for this ever-growing business, which will include upwards of 18 new employees. (This is) a proud day for Central City and Muhlenberg County.” 

Muhlenberg County Judge-Executive Rick Newman commended Brewco for its contribution.
“It is exciting to know Brewco Marketing is expanding their business in our county with the addition of another facility,” Judge Newman said. “Anytime you can add 18 new jobs to your existing workforce it is a welcome sight. We commend Brewco Marketing for all they do and have done to contribute to Muhlenberg County’s economy.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Brewco in late February for tax incentives up to $480,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.  

In addition, Brewco can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies are eligible to receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. Last year, the Kentucky Skills Network trained more than 84,000 employees from more than 5,600 Kentucky companies.

For more information on Brewco Marketing Group, visit www.Brewco.com.

A detailed community profile for Muhlenberg County can be viewed at www.bit.ly/Muhlenberg.
 
Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.

Posted on July 14th, 2016

​“The Older Americans Act clearly affirms our nation’s sense of responsibility toward the well-being of all of our older citizens. But even more, the results of this act will help us to expand our opportunities for enriching the lives of all of our citizens in this country, now and in the years to come.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke these words 51 years ago today as he signed the Older Americans Act (OAA) into law. In the decades since, the OAA has indeed enriched the lives of many as the foundation for a system of services and supports that helps millions of older adults continue to work, play, and volunteer in their communities, to the great benefit of all. The OAA underpins a promise to preserve the right to live independently, with dignity, making everyday decisions according to our individual preferences and goals across our lifespan.

In April of this year, Congress passed and the President signed a reauthorization of the OAA, reaffirming our nation’s commitment to the health and well-being of older adults. This was the latest of many milestones for the law over the last 51 years.

​Learn about earlier milestones and the OAA’s impact on older adults today (click on either image below for the corresponding full-size, accessible infographic PDF):

Posted on July 11th, 2016

​PADD held their monthly Board of Directors meeting on Monday, June 11, 2016. Members of the PADD Management Team presented information about programs and services. The FY 2017 proposed budget was presented and approved by the full Board. Two changes were recommeded by the Executive Commitee to the PADD Bylaws and were approved by the Board of Directors. Several Federal and State reports were provided. Jason Vincent, Executive Director, welcome new PADD Board Member, Mr. Chris Phelps. Mr. Phelps has been appointed as designee for Mayor Frank Stafford, City of Mortons Gap.

Posted on July 11th, 2016

​Do You Receive Scam Calls?
Please join Attorney General Andy Beshear
to learn about scams and what you can do to protect yourself.
When: Friday, July 22, 2016
Where: Hopkins County Cooperative Extension Office
75 Cornwall Dr., Madisonville
Time: 10 A.M.


Posted on July 11th, 2016

​The Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors elected four of their members to serve as officers for the next two fiscal years at the July 11, 2016 Board of Directors meeting held in Hopkinsville, KY.

The new officers are: Board Chair – Ms. Lori Harper of Christian County; Vice Chair - Judge Executive Donnie Carroll of Hopkins County; Secretary – Mayor Scott Marshall, City of Guthrie; and Treasurer – Judge Perry Newcom of Crittenden County.

​The Pennyrile Area Development District is the statutory regional planning and development organization for west Kentucky's nine county Pennyrile region, which includes Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg counties.
​(Pictured L to R: Lori Harper, Judge Executive Donnie Carroll, Judge Executive Perry Newcom, and Judge Executive Steve Tribble; not pictured: Mayor Scott Marshall)

Posted on July 1st, 2016

At a press conference Thursday, June 30, in Henderson, KY, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to move forward with plans to extend the Interstate 69 bridge from Evansville to Henderson. Kentucky and Indiana have set aside a combined $17 million for development costs to include an environmental and design study.

Posted on June 29th, 2016

​Kentucky Department of Parks Commissioner, Donnie Holland, and Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary, Don Parkinson, announced a $3.7 million investment in the four State Parks located in western Kentucky on June 29 at the Lake Barkley State Park in Cadiz.  Through dollars allocated in the state budget, the investment will serve to make much needed improvements such as structural repairs, painting and interior and exterior upgrades to the Lake Barkley, Kenlake, Kentucky Dam Village, and Pennyrile Forest State Parks in western Kentucky.  The announcement was part of an overall $18 million investment initiative entitled “Refreshing the Finest” that will make safety and aesthetic improvements throughout the Kentucky State Park system.  Kentucky State Parks play an integral part in Kentucky’s economy, contributing $889 million each year through tourism revenue.  Citizens can follow the status of park improvements on Twitter under the hashtag #refreshingthefinest.

Posted on June 17th, 2016

​On June 15, 2016, the Pennyrile Elder Abuse Council celebrated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day! The Pennyrile Elder Abuse Council hosted an event at the Fire Station Number 1 in downtown Hopkinsville. Mayor Carter Hendricks attended the event along with many others. The Pennyrile Elder Abuse Council provided a cookout and entertainment. 

The event was held to bring awareness to the community about the abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors. For more information about the Pennyrile Elder Abuse Council, contact Cindy Tabor at 270-886-9484. To report elder abuse, call 1-800-752-6200.

Posted on June 17th, 2016

​In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, staff at Pennyrile Area Development District participated in "wear purple" day. To learn more about the Pennyrile Elder Abuse Council, please contact Cindy Tabor, LTC Ombudsman at 270-886-9484 or via email at cindy.tabor@ky.gov.

Posted on June 17th, 2016

​The Pennyrile Elder Abuse Council met at Kroger Wednesday morning on Senior Day to hand out invitations to the World Elder Abuse Awareness Event scheduled for 3:30 pm, Wednesday, June 15th at the Fire Station #1, downtown Hopkinsville.

Posted on June 14th, 2016

​A crowd of over 500 gathered at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, KY on June 13th to celebrate the 47th 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.

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball introduced special guest Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton who remarked on her humble beginnings, her role as Lieutenant Governor, and the importance of working together as a region.

PADD presented the W.W. “Bill” Bryan Memorial Award to Mr. Mike Hancock, former Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The award was presented by Caldwell County Judge Executive Ellen Dunning in recognition of his public service, stating “Mike Hancock has been a strong, steady force, providing invaluable leadership in transportation, not only to the Pennyrile region, but to this great Commonwealth”.

In other business, Board Members were recognized for five years of service to the PADD Board
of Directors: Judge Daryl Greenfield – Judge Executive for Todd County; Mayor David Jackson –City of Madisonville; Judge Perry Newcom – Judge Executive for Crittenden County; Mayor Nancy Slaton – City of Eddyville; and Judge Wade White – Judge Executive for Lyon County. A total of nine PADD Staff who reached milestones of service were also recognized.

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 47 years ago.

Mentalist Eric Dittelman and Guitarist Alonzo Pennington provided entertainment for the evening.

Posted on June 8th, 2016

​Extra Help is coming your way on Friday, June 17th at the George Coon Public Library in Princeton, KY from 2:00 P.M -3:30 P.M. If you currently have or are eligible for Medicare and are of low income then you may be eligible to receive assistance with paying for your annual deductibles, monthly premiums and co-payments through Extra Help or the Medicare Savings Plans! Contact Ali Jones today at the Pennyrile Area Development District in Hopkinsville, KY to make an appointment for the enrollment event on June 17th and/or for additional information.

Ali Jones, BSW

Aging & Disability Resource Coordinator

Pennyrile Area Development District

1-866-844-4396

Or

1-800-928-7233


Posted on May 27th, 2016

​The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living staff participated in Senior Day Out today in Dawson Springs on May 27, 2016. Information and educational materials were provided to participants regarding programs, volunteer opportunities and services available for older adults.  

Posted on May 24th, 2016

​​World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.

The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

In addition, WEAAD is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
​For more information, contact:
Cindy Tabor, PADD  270-886-9484
Cindy Hancock, Oasis In-Home Care 270-839-2706
Darlene Foster, Suncrest Home Health 270-498-2055

Posted on May 19th, 2016

​​Congratulations to Trigg County on their designation as a Work Ready Community!  Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner announced that Trigg County was one of the three newest counties to be certified as a  Kentucky Work Ready Community. The other counties are Bullitt and Montgomery.

The Work Ready Communities certification program from the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff existing jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require.

Currently, there are 29 counties in Kentucky that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the KWIB, and there are 39 counties in progress to become Work Ready Communities.

Posted on May 19th, 2016

​The Pennyrile AAAIL hosted the annual advisory council/staff/provider/volunteer training at Lake Barkley Convention Center.  Speakers for the event, included:
Tihisha Rawlins, AARP                              
Gerina Whethers and Lori Farris: Kentucky Office of the Attorney General
Jill Collins, Director, Pennyrile AAAIL

The keynote speaker was Mitchell Tolle, an artist, motivational speaker and business owner. Jill Collins, Pennyrile AAAIL Director, announced the 2016 Pennyrile Senior Center of the Year, which was awarded to PACS Crittenden County Senior Center.

To learn more about the programs and services offered through the Pennyrile AAAIL, you may contact 1-866-844-4396.

Posted on May 12th, 2016

​In recognition of Older Americans Month, the Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living staff participated in a health fair Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Caldwell County Medical Center.

Information and educational material was provided to participants regarding programs, volunteer opportunities and services available for older adults.
 
To learn more about programs and services in your area, contact the Pennyrile Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-866-844-4396. You may also contact Jill Collins at jill.collins@ky.gov.
Cindy Tabor, Long Term Care Ombudsman & Amy Ramage, DCBS
Cindy Tabor, Long Term Care Ombudsman

Posted on May 9th, 2016

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on May 9th at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. Guest Speaker, Mr. J.D. Chaney, Deputy Executive Director, Kentucky League of Cities, provided copies of the 2016 KLC Legislative Update and highlighted several pieces of legislation that were passed by the General Assembly this session. Kevin McClearn, Chief District Engineer for the District 2 office of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Department of Highways was in attendance and will retire at the end of this month after 23 years of service. Mr. McClearn expressed his appreciation to the PADD and local elected officials that have partnered with KYTC to provide better transportation in their cities and counties. Other federal, state and staff reports were provided. Mr. Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, welcome new PADD Board Member, Mr. Roger Simpson. Mr. Simpson will serve as a citizen representative on the board for Crittenden County. Mr. Vincent also shared information about collaborative efforts in the Pennyrile region in regards to the 2017 Solar Eclipse. PADD will facilitate a meeting in June to discuss the economic impact the solar eclipse will have on the region and planning efforts.

Posted on May 9th, 2016

​​On May 9, 2016, PADD Board of Directors welcomed new board member, Mr. Roger Simpson, Citizen Member representing Crittenden County. Mr. Simpson received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Kentucky, is a Vietnam Veteran, retired airline pilot, part-time farmer and former PADD board member. He enjoys numerous outdoor sports, horses and farming. Welcome!

Posted on May 6th, 2016

​The Pennyrile Area Development District (PADD) will hold its 47th Annual Dinner Meeting on June 13th at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m. CDT.

The annual event is sponsored by Planters Bank of Hopkinsville and gives all local officials, legislators, business and civic leaders, and others from throughout the Pennyrile the opportunity to celebrate the year’s activities and accomplishments. As a service organization, PADD has provided 47 years of leadership to the Pennyrile region providing the highest quality of professional planning, development, and implementation services in the areas of community and economic development, workforce, transportation, social services and public administration.

Special service awards will be presented to Board and Staff, along with the 2016 W. W. “Bill” Bryan Memorial Award. The W.W. “Bill” Bryan Award is in honor of the first PADD Board Chairman, W. W. Bill Bryan, who was instrumental in the formation of PADD in the 1960’s. This special award is presented each year to an individual or group of individuals who have made outstanding contributions and serve as great examples of the regional cooperation and leadership in various exemplary ways.

Guitarist Alonzo Pennington will provide music during the evening.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Mr. Eric Dittelman, “Mind Reader”. Ever wonder what it would be like to know what someone else was thinking? What if you knew exactly what someone else was going to do before they did it? Eric Dittelman, knows what that’s like and has been reading minds at theaters, colleges, comedy clubs, and corporate events all across the country. Often known by just his surname, Dittelman combines amazing mind reading with stand-up and improvisational comedy.

PADD is one of fifteen Area Development Districts in Kentucky and is the primary regional planning and development agency for the nine county area of: Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg. The 39 member Board of Directors is currently chaired by Muhlenberg County Judge Executive Rick Newman.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Cheri Farmer at 270-886-9484 or via email at cheri.farmer@ky.gov by May 27th.


Posted on April 12th, 2016

​May is a month of fresh beginnings. Perennials bloom once again, blazing a trail of bright color. May is also when we celebrate Older American’s Month (OAM), acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation. The 2016 OAM theme is Blaze a Trail. The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living  will use this opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults. We will also highlight the ways that older Americans are advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities.

​Be a trailblazer! Join us in promoting activities, inclusion, and wellness for older Americans in our community. To learn about events in your area, contact Jill Collins at jill.collins@ky.gov or call 1-866-844-4396.

Posted on April 11th, 2016

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, April 11, 2016 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. Guest speaker Commissioner Donnie Holland, Kentucky State Parks, gave a slide presentation overview of the parks, resort parks, campgrounds, pools, beaches, golf courses, buildings and marinas that encompass 45,000 acres of land in the park system. He highlighted recent State park improvements, needs and economic impact. Also attending were Mr. John Stellman and Mr. John Karras of TIP Strategies, Inc. Mr. Stellman shared information about the West Kentucky Future strategic planning process that will be conducted in partnership with Avalanche Consultants. Workforce Analysis, Sector Analysis, and Strategic Action Plan efforts will begin today with stakeholder focus groups to be held in each Area Development District. Regional challenges and opportunities were discussed and an invitation extended to all to participate in a focus group/workshop. Rep. Jeffrey Taylor, District 8, provided an update on legislative session activities. Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, presented an appreciation award to Mr. Dan Nicholson, in recognition of his service as Chairman of the Citizen Corps Council since its inception in 2006 to 2016.

Posted on April 5th, 2016

​April 7, 2016
Today, the U.S. Senate easily approved a House-amended version of S. 192, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, expressing Congress’s strong support for the vital home and community-based services that the Older Americans Act (OAA) authorizes and funds in communities across the nation. This action means that the bill has passed both chambers and will be sent soon to the President for his signature.

​We are delighted that this vital legislation is headed to the President’s desk. Eleven million older adults and caregivers rely upon local OAA-funded programs and services to stay healthy, independent and aging in the community. n4a’s members, the 622 Area Agencies on Aging and 256 Title VI (of the Act) Native American aging programs, work on the front lines of aging every day, providing these critical OAA services and supports.
 
The primary goal of the Older Americans Act (OAA) is to support older adults living independently in their homes and communities for as long as possible, and this reauthorization ensures that this critical, cost-effective work will continue with Congress’s support for another three years. The OAA provides essential services every year to millions of older adults, including information and referral assistance, in-home supports, nutrition programs, transportation, caregiver support, evidence-based health and wellness programs, job training, legal services and protection from abuse and financial exploitation.
 
n4a applauds the Senate and House approval of this bipartisan measure, designed to modestly update the way the OAA achieves its mission of helping older adults age with dignity, independence and health in their homes and communities.
 
We now look forward to working with Congress to ensure that the OAA receives adequate funding to implement these critical programs and services through the annual appropriations process. With escalating community need and a rapidly growing aging population, increased funding is essential. 

Posted on April 5th, 2016

​Washington, DC— Today, the U.S. House passed its version of a Senate-passed bill, S. 192, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, signaling its support for the vital home and community-based services that the Older Americans Act (OAA) authorizes and funds in communities across the nation. This action means that the bill is poised to be sent to the President for signature as soon as the Senate endorses the House changes.

​The Older Americans Act provides essential services every year to nearly 11 million seniors, including information and referral assistance, in-home supports, nutrition programs, transportation, caregiver support, job training, legal services and protection from abuse and financial exploitation.

n4a applauds the House’s approval of this bipartisan measure, designed to modestly update the way the OAA achieves its mission of helping older adults age with dignity, independence and health in their homes and communities.

In a statement, n4a CEO Sandy Markwood said, “Approval of House Amendment to S. 192 is a pivotal achievement that puts us much closer to ensuring that OAA programs will continue to support older adults to live with dignity and independence in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Our members, the 622 Area Agencies on Aging and 256 Title VI (of the Act) Native American aging programs, work on the front lines of aging every day, providing a broad range of services and supports that enhance the lives of older adults and doing their part to realize the vision of the Older Americans Act in communities all across the country.”“We look forward to working with Senate leadership and the President to see OAA reauthorization signed into law next month,” added Markwood.Having worked since 2011 with congressional leaders on reauthorization, n4a would like to the House leaders whose commitment to this bipartisan bill and drove its passage: House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Robert Scott (D-VA).

Posted on March 17th, 2016

​The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living Advisory Council quarterly meeting was held Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the PADD office.

The agenda included program reports, waiting list updates and a budget and AAAIL update from Jill Collins, Director, Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living.Linsey Ramage, dietician, from the Christian County Health Department was the guest speaker. She provided information on nutrition for individuals with diabetes.

To learn more about the programs and services offered through the Pennyrile  Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living, contact Jill Collins at jill.colins@ky.gov or call 1-866-844-4396.

Posted on March 16th, 2016

​The Long Term Care Ombudsman Council met Wednesday March 16, 2016 at the PADD office.  Our guest speaker was Sherry Culp, State Long Term Care Ombudsman.  She spoke on the “12 days of Legislation left” and what that means to residents in Long Term Care.  The meeting was informative and well attended.  We also discussed our trip to Frankfort in support of “Rally for Seniors” at the rotunda.  After the rally we were able to meet with Senator Westerfield and two Representatives of the House on bills that affect our seniors.

Posted on March 15th, 2016

​​The City of Central City held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lu-Ray Park Amphitheater project on March 15, 2016.  The construction of the amphitheater is Phase I of a multi-phased project to develop Lu-Ray Park on the site of the historic Lu-Ray Hotel.  The Lu-Ray Hotel was built in 1912 and was a major stopping point for travelers and workers on the railroad between Paducah and Louisville.  Central City has been the recipient of Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds, as well as an allocation from the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation to be utilized in the development of the park.  In addition to the amphitheater plans for the park, which will be located in downtown Central City, include a restroom/concessions facility, picnic pavilion, walking trail, and a veteran’s memorial. PADD staff assisted the City with the submission of proposals for LWCF and RTP funding.  The construction of the amphitheater is anticipated to be complete by the summer of 2016.

Posted on March 14th, 2016

​On Wednesday February 24th, a delegation from the Pennyrile region  (advisory council members, senior center staff, and Ombudsman volunteers) representing the interests of senior citizens who need services to stay at home went to Frankfort for a Senior Services Rally.  Sponsors of the event included:  the Kentucky Association of Gerontology, Kentucky AARP, Alzheimer’s Association, and Kentucky Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

In front of the rotunda a standing-room-only crowd of advocates and representatives of the sponsoring organizations spoke of the need for continuing in-home services.  These services include:  respite, home delivered meals, housekeeping, and personal care services.  The case was made for the need to expand the programs to serve the thousands of seniors currently on waiting lists.  Governor Matt Bevin headlined the group of state government officials who responded to the rally participants.After the rally, the Pennyrile delegation visited the offices of State Senator Whitney Westerfield, Representative Myron Dossett, and Representative Lynn Bechler.

Posted on March 14th, 2016

​​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, March 14th at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville, KY. Mr. Warren Beeler, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Ag Policy, was the guest speaker. Mr. Beeler shared information on trends in agriculture, livestock farming, crop farming, HB 611, county and state funding, Ag financial corporation KAFC, tobacco settlement funds, and the important issue of the need for young farmers to further the future of agriculture. Mr. Beeler stated agriculture is producing more with less with the most efficient use of resources ever in history. Staff reports were also provided by Community & Economic Development and West KY Workforce. Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, reported legislation regarding the Area Development Districts (HB 438) passed the House Standing Committee on State Government and will move forward to the House floor later this week. Reappointments to the Pennyrile Development & Governmental Center, Inc. were presented and approved by the Board.

Posted on March 10th, 2016

​Initially, National Nutrition Week started in 1973, but was expanded to National Nutrition Month® in 1980.  National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and celebrated each March.  This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”.  It aims to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits along with physical activity.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eating should be more than just eating, it should be an experience.  Individuals are encouraged to take time to enjoy traditions, surroundings, social interactions and the flavors of food while eating.  An individual’s surroundings can be just as important as what they are eating. 

​Our Senior Centers would definitely agree when it comes to the overall experience of eating.  Seniors join in our congregate meals served daily at the Senior Centers in order to have a healthy meal in a comfortable setting while enjoying interacting with their peers.    
Our Senior Centers have many special activities scheduled this month in recognition of National Nutrition Month®.  For more information about participating in these special activities please contact your local Senior Center.For more information regarding National Nutrition Month® and “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” access www.eatright.org.  To learn more about the Senior Center in your area, contact Jill Collins at jill.collins@ky.gov or call 1-866-844-4396.

Posted on January 11th, 2016

​​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting today, January 11th at 12:00 pm at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. The FY 2015 Audit Report was presented by Brian Demps, CPA, Thurman Campbell Group, and was approved by the Board. Staff reports were provided by Jill Collins, Director Pennyrile AAIL, Ashley Johnson, Community Development Specialist, and Sheila Clark, WKWB Director. Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, presented FY'16 Budget Amendments which were also approved by the Board and welcomed new PADD Board Member, Mr. Terry Stringer of Livingston County.

Posted on December 15th, 2015

​​WASHINGTON, DC – The Pennyrile Area Development District, based in Hopkinsville, Kentucky received a 2015 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the Pennyrile Entrepreneur Network.

The Pennyrile Entrepreneur Network is an organized effort to recognize and promote entrepreneurial success in order to develop an entrepreneurial culture in the Pennyrile region of Western Kentucky. The creation of strong partnerships and networks with multiple Chambers of Commerce and economic development organizations region-wide has led to an increased awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities.

​NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2015 Annual Training Conference, held October 24-27 in New Orleans, LA.

“For nearly 30 years, NADO’s Innovation Award has provided regional development organizations the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to promoting economic development in rural and small metropolitan communities across the country. Building on the unique strengths and challenges of each region and community, award recipients continue to promote sustainable economic growth not only now, but for many years to come. And I am pleased to announce that this year over 100 regional development organizations were selected to receive NADO’s 2015 Innovation Award,” said NADO 2014-2015 Board President Terry Bobrowski, Executive Director of the East Tennessee
Development District in Alcoa, TN.

For more information about the award-winning project, contact Amy Frogue at the Pennyrile Area Development District at (270) 886-9484.