Pennyrile Area Development District
A Regional Planning & Development Agency
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 jill.collins@ky.gov 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 cindy.tabor@ky.gov.

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.

Posted on June 13th, 2017

​A crowd of over 500 gathered at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, KY on June 12, 2017 to celebrate the 48th Annual Dinner Meeting of the Pennyrile Area Development District.

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

PADD presented the W.W. “Bill” Bryan Memorial Award to Mr. John C. Mahre. The award was presented by Mr. Wally Bryan in recognition of his public service, stating “John is the “ultimate volunteer” and has been active in the region and continues to serve on numerous boards and committees”. Mr. Mahre serves as the PADD Transportation Committee Chair, Christian County 911 Advisory Board Chair, is a board member of Community Development Services, and is past Chair of the West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance. In other business, Board Members were recognized for ten years of service to the PADD Board of Directors: Judge Donnie Carroll – Judge Executive for Hopkins County; and Judge Rick Newman – Judge Executive of Muhlenberg County.  Board Member, Bernard Standard, was recognized for 25 years of service to the PADD Board of Directors. Outgoing Board Members Kim Humphries of Trigg County and Mayor Lee McCollum, City of Kuttawa, were also recognized for their service to the PADD Board of Directors. A total of six 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 48 years ago.

Motivational Speaker Vallie Collins and Harpist Carolyn Milam provided entertainment for the evening.

Posted on June 5th, 2017

​Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And experts believe that for every reported case of elder abuse or neglect, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported. Everyone can act to protect seniors – no act is too small. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) – commemorated on June 15th every year – is an opportunity for you or your organization to take action to protect seniors by raising awareness about elder abuse. It starts with one person and one action. The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Tool Kit contains resources to help you engage your community, educate others, raise awareness about this serious problem, and empower people to action to end elder abuse.

Posted on May 25th, 2017

​The Pennyrile Area Development District/Area Agency on Aging hosted an event this afternoon to “Celebrate Centenarians”. The event was coordinated in recognition of Older Americans Month. A reception was held at the Pennyrile Area Development District Offices in Hopkinsville.
Those recognized during the reception included Centenarians from across the Pennyrile counties. A total of 45 individuals were recognized. The oldest honoree present was 106 years old.

Legislative Citations were presented to the Centenarians. Judge Tim Feeley, Deputy Secretary, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services was the guest speaker of the day.  Presentations were also made by Senator Whitney Westerfield, Representative Melinda Prunty, Representative Lynn Bechler and Representative Walker Thomas.  Christian County Historian William Turner also addressed the group.

Sandy Simpson and Amelia Wilson from Congressman James Comer’s office also made special presentations.

Posted on May 24th, 2017

​Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo, Department for Local Government, announced recipients of funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) programs at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Congratulations to the following Pennyrile communities on being awarded funding for projects:
  • City of Cadiz CDBG - water treatment plant
  • City of Crofton CDBG - water tank 
  • City of Pembroke LWCF - city park improvements 
  • City of White Plains LWCF - city park basketball court improvements 
  • City of Elkton LWCF - city park playground equipment upgrades 
  • City of Madisonville LWCF-not pictured - city park improvements

Posted on May 19th, 2017

​Please join Attorney General Andy Beshear in partnership with the Muhlenberg County Senior Center to learn about scams , how and why they work, and how you can protect yourself.

When: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Where: Muhlenberg County Senior Citizens Center
​55 Career Way, Central City, KY 42330
270) 338-6222
Time: 10:30 a.m.

Posted on May 19th, 2017

​The FOOD DRIVE for OLDER AMERICANS MONTH
is in full swing.  PADD staff show their support by wearing purple t-shirts
“Take a stand against Elder Abuse / Advocate Awareness”. 

Donations for
“100 calorie pack nuts”
are being collected at the PADD office through the end of May and we need your support.
Contact Cindy Tabor for more information, 270-886-9484
Cindy.tabor@ky.gov

Posted on May 17th, 2017

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Posted on May 15th, 2017

​The Kentucky Pride Fund, administered by the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management, awarded 53 recycling and 28 household hazardous waste (HHW) grants, and five Composting grants totaling $4,619,960.00.  The Kentucky Pride Fund is funded through the $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills. The grants require a 25-percent local match in the form of cash or “in-kind” personnel, educational materials, educational activities and advertising to promote the program from the cities or counties receiving the awards.  Pennyrile Area Development District provided technical assistance in the submission of applications for recycling and household hazardous waste grants.

Pennyrile grant recipients, along with the grant amounts are as follows:
Recycling Grants:
Christian -Pennyrile Solid Waste Management Authority - $59,633.00
City of Madisonville - $27,000.00
Hopkins County Fiscal Court - $84,512.40
West Kentucky Regional Recycling - $69,037.00
 
Household Hazardous Waste Grants (HHW):
Caldwell County Fiscal Court - $8,500.00
Christian - Pennyrile Solid Waste Management Authority - $10,000.00
Lyon County Fiscal Court - $10,800.00
Trigg County Fiscal Court - $11,500.00

Posted on May 15th, 2017

​The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has announced the recipients of funding under the Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP). In awarding these grants, KOHS gives first priority to providing and replacing body armor and second priority to providing firearms and ammunition, with residual funds available for the purchase of electronic-control weapons or electronic-muscular disruption technology and body-worn cameras. Pennyrile ADD staff assists numerous Pennyrile communities throughout the entire year in the preparation of grant applications to submit to KOHS for review.
 
Communities in the Pennyrile region awarded LEPP funds include the following:
City of Cadiz, $3,774.00 for Body Armor
City of Trenton: $502.00 for Body Armor
Christian County Fiscal Court, $16,675.00 for Tasers
 
Congratulations to those communities that were awarded funds under this program!  For more information regarding Homeland Security programs, please contact Angie Crawford or Ashley Johnson at 270-886-9484.