Pennyrile Area Development District
A Regional Planning & Development Agency
Posted on July 12th, 2018

​On Wednesday, July 11, 2018 KDVA Commissioner Brigadier General Benjamin Adams presented WWII Veteran and former POW Staff Sgt Dudley Riley the medal the 94-year-old earned but never received. He served in the North Africa Campaign and was captured there.
 
Riley, a resident of the Joseph “Eddie” Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson, wrote a book about his experiences before, during and after the war, titled Farm Boy, Soldier, Daddy: The Journey That Led Him to Where He Is Today.
 
KDVA Veterans Benefits Field Representative Johnny Allen helped Riley obtain the medal he never received, and arranged for BG Adams to present the medal to Riley in a surprise ceremony today.  There was standing room only for this honorable occasion.

Posted on July 11th, 2018


Posted on July 10th, 2018

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville, KY. The board elected four of their members to serve as officers for the next two fiscal years and approved the 2019 Fiscal Year Budget. Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, recognized outgoing Board Chair Lori Harper for her service to the PADD Board of Directors and expressed appreciation for her dedication and contributions and welcomed incoming Board Chair Judge Executive Donnie Carroll (Hopkins Co.). Federal and state reports were provided and the FY 2019 Work Plan was presented by members of the Management Team. New board members Mike Cherry (Caldwell Co), Mayor John Choat (City of Eddyville), and Judge Todd Mansfield (Todd Co) were welcomed.
Outgoing board chair, Lori Harper, recognized
Incoming board chair, Judge Executive Donnie Carroll,  welcomed
New board member, Judge Executive Todd Mansfield (Todd County)
New board member, Mayor John Choat (City of Eddyville)
New board member, Mike Cherry (Caldwell County)

Posted on July 10th, 2018

​The Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors elected four of their members to serve as officers for the next two fiscal years at their July 9, 2018 Board of Directors meeting held in Hopkinsville, KY. Judge Executive Steve Tribble administered the Oath of Office.

The new officers are: Board Chair – Judge Executive Donnie Carroll of Hopkins County; Vice Chair – Mayor Scott Marshall, City of Guthrie; Secretary – Judge Executive Perry Newcom of Crittenden County; and Treasurer – Mrs. Denise Sutton of Lyon County.
​Pictured L to R: Judge Executive Perry Newcom, Mrs. Denise Sutton, Judge Executive Donnie Carroll, Mayor Scott Marshall and Judge Executive Steve Tribble

Posted on June 19th, 2018

​Mayor Carter Hendricks and the Tri Counties Elder Abuse Council celebrated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at the Pardue Lane Dog Park on Friday, June 15, 2018.  Mayor Hendricks released 9 purple balloons representing the 9 counties in the Pennyrile District.  The event was held in partnership with Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation “Movies in the Park”.  The council provided snacks and information about Elder Abuse Awareness and how to report it.

Posted on June 15th, 2018

​World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018 was celebrated today by the Hopkins/ Muhlenberg Elder Abuse Council in downtown Madisonville.  The council along with several community partners came together and bagged over 250 large bags of food that was collected during May – Older American’s Month.  These bags will be given to seniors in the Hopkins county area that may need a little assistance.  Mayor Jackson attended the event and read a proclamation in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Thanks to our many partners that made all this possible.

Posted on June 14th, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On that day, communities in the USA and all over the world will sponsor events to highlight solutions to this systemic social challenge. The Pennyrile Elder Abuse Council is proud to host two events to participate in this national conversation.

Hopkinsville, KY – 7:00 PM – Pardue Lane Dog Park – The Tri Counties Council along with Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation will celebrate with “Movies in the Park”.  Join us for free snacks, goodies and information on how to keep our senior population safe.  We will be releasing 9 purple balloons representing each of the counties in the Pennyrile District at 7:45 PM.  Despicable Me movie will begin at 8PM.  Bring your chairs, family and your furry friends for a delightful evening.

Madisonville, KY – 11:00 AM – Old Hopkins County Courthouse - The Hopkins / Muhlenberg Council will celebrate with a cookout.  After conducting a food drive in May we will be packing 200 bags of Senior friendly food that will be distributed to seniors in need in and around Hopkins county.

Posted on June 12th, 2018

​A crowd of over 500 gathered at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, KY on June 11, 2018 to celebrate the 49th 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.

The following Board Members were recognized for milestone years of service to the PADD Board of Directors: Judge Hollis Alexander, Judge Executive for Trigg County, for five years of service; John Sumner, Citizen Representative for Trigg County, for five years of service; Judge Chris Lasher, Judge Executive for Livingston County, for ten years of service; William McGee, Mayor’s Designee for the City of Smithland, for ten years of service; Mayor Jenny Sewell, Mayor of Dawson Spring, for ten years of service; and Gary Jones, Citizen Representative for Muhlenberg County, for fifteen years of service. Outgoing Board Member George Barber, Citizen Representative for Caldwell County, was also recognized for his service to the PADD Board of Directors. PADD Staff who reached milestones of service were also recognized.

In presenting the Annual Report, Executive Director Jason Vincent thanked everyone for contributing a tremendous amount of leadership and vision to the entire region. 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 49 years ago. We look forward to what the 50th year of our service brings to the Pennyrile region.

Motivational Speaker, Dr. Robert Lemon, inspired the audience by sharing his stories of perseverance and stating “Now is Your Time” to make a difference.

Posted on May 29th, 2018

​The Kentucky Pride Fund, administered by the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management, awarded 47 recycling and 27 household hazardous waste (HHW) grants, and 5 Composting grants totaling $4,999,933.67.  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 - $156,979.00
City of Madisonville - $32,125.00
Hopkins County Fiscal Court - $138,047.00
West Kentucky Regional Recycling - $49,819.55
 
Household Hazardous Waste Grants (HHW):
Christian - Pennyrile Solid Waste Management Authority - $11,700.00
Lyon County Fiscal Court - $10,750.00
Trigg County Fiscal Court - $12,500.00

Posted on May 22nd, 2018

​Friday, June 15, 2018 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On that day, communities in the USA and all over the world will sponsor events to highlight solutions to this systemic social challenge. The Pennyrile Elder Abuse Council is proud to host two events to participate in this national conversation.

Madisonville, KY – 11:00 AM – Old Hopkins County Courthouse - The Hopkins / Muhlenberg Council will celebrate with a cookout.  After conducting a food drive in May we will be packing 200 bags of Senior friendly food that will be distributed to seniors in need in and around Hopkins county.  WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF SINGLE SERVING POUCHES OF TUNA, CHICKEN OR SALMON which can be dropped off at the PADD office.

Hopkinsville, KY – 7:00 PM – Pardue Lane Dog Park – The Tri Counties Council along with Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation will celebrate with “Movies in the Park”.  Join us for free snacks, goodies and information on how to keep our senior population safe.  We will be releasing 9 purple balloons representing each of the counties in the Pennyrile District at 7:45 PM.  Despicable Me 3 movie will begin at 8PM.  Bring your chairs, family and your furry friends for a delightful evening.

​As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected. Older people are vital, contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which also threatens the well-being of our community.

Our policies and practices make it hard for older people to stay involved with and connected to our communities as they age. As a result, older people are more likely to experience social isolation, which increases the likelihood of abuse and neglect. We can design stronger societal supports to keep our older people connected and protect them from abuse, whether financial, emotional, physical or sexual. When we address a root cause, like social isolation, we also make it less likely that people will neglect themselves (self-neglect). Older adults who are socially connected and protected from harm are less likely to be hospitalized, less likely to go into nursing homes and less likely to die.

We can and must create healthier and safer living environments for older adults, including their homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.

Get more information about how to make a difference by visiting the National Center on Elder Abuse https://ncea.acl.gov or by calling the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 to explore local community services and supports.  You may also contact the Pennyrile Elder Abuse Council by calling Cindy Tabor at 270-886-9484.
 

Posted on May 16th, 2018

​The Pennyrile Area Development District (PADD) will hold its 49th Annual Dinner Meeting on June 11th 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 49 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.
Dr. Robert Lemon
Our guest speaker for the event will be Dr. Robert Lemon, renowned speaker, award-winning and bestselling author, and TV personality.  As a leading corporate and college speaker, he combines the ageless tool of storytelling with a profound understanding of today’s culture and highest ideals.  Utilizing a keen sense of humor and heartwarming charm, Dr. Lemon effortlessly elevates and energizes his audience by delivering a high-energy message that inspires people to take responsibility for their lives and to pursue their dreams.

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 Ms. Lori Harper, Citizen Member for Christian County.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Cheri Farmer at 270-886-9484 or via email at [email protected] by May 25th.
PADD Annual Dinner Invitation

Posted on May 14th, 2018

​A groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 14, 2018 for Novelis North America, manufacturer of rolled aluminum found inside many consumer cars and trucks, that will be building a $300 million, 400,000-square-foot facility in Guthrie, KY. The plant is expected to create over 125 jobs after its anticipated opening in 2020. Officials on hand included Senator Rand Paul, Congressman James Comer, and Governor Matt Bevin.

Posted on May 10th, 2018

​Jill Collins, Director of the Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living at PADD, presented the 2018 Pennyrile Senior Center of the Year to the PACS Todd County Senior Center on May 9, 2018  during the annual district training conference at Lake Barkley Convention Center.  Those present to accept the award were Charlotte Lyons: Senior Center Coordinator, Sue Rose and Brenda Johnson: Pennyrile AAAIL Advisory Council Members.

Posted on May 8th, 2018

​May 12th – Water Festival @ Jeffers Bend Environmental Center – “FREE” WATER FESTIVAL from 1 PM to 5 PM. There will be House Tours, Programs and activities such as Plugging the Water Leak, Pioneer Water Race, Go fish, Pump House Relay, Ground Water Control, Community Water Race and much more. The festival is geared for children and adults. There is something for everyone.

Posted on May 2nd, 2018

​During National Older American’s Month in May, the Hopkins/Muhlenberg Elder Abuse Council is having a food drive.  They are collecting pouch tuna, chicken and salmon.  Please see the flyer below for more information. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Tabor.
 
Thanks so much for your help!

Posted on April 10th, 2018

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, June 9, 2018 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville, KY. Ms. Heather Lancaster, Executive Director, Sanctuary, Inc. presented a proclamation declaring the month of April 2018 as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. County Judge Executives in attendance signed the proclamation. Federal, state and PADD staff reports were provided. State Representative Melinda Gibbons Prunty stated it has been a busy and challenging time for legislators in regards to the budget and pension reform with work still ahead of them. Mr. Luke King, Director of Constituent Services for Congressman James Comer, stated he is here today with representatives from the Taxpayer Advocate Service to assist anyone with tax questions or issues with the IRS related to refunds, errors, payments, etc. A LUCA update and 2017 Census estimates were provided by PADD staff Kyle Cunningham, Infrastructure Coordinator and Paige Carlisle, GIS Specialist. Ms. Carlisle stated LUCA (Local Update of Census Addresses) is a program to allow local government to review the address list for accuracy and the PADD GIS department can assist you with this process. Mr. Cunningham stated the 2017 Census estimates were released in March and includes data through July 1st of the previous year. Census is a very important element as it determines funds received from the State. Census Day is April 1, 2020. Guest speaker Ms. Hilda Legg, State Director of Kentucky, USDA Rural Development shared the importance of partnering with local rural development to accomplish our goals for economic development in Kentucky and rural America.

Posted on April 10th, 2018

​Federally designated zones offer incentives for long-term
​economic development investments

​Gov. Bevin announced on April 9, 2018 the U.S. Department of the Treasury certified 144 Opportunity Zones in 84 Kentucky counties under a program in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that aims to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.  Four counties in the Pennyrile region were among the 84 selected: Christian, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, and Todd Counties.

The designation offers significant federal tax breaks and deferrals to entities and individuals investing in Opportunity Funds, which support development projects within one or more zones. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development will oversee the state’s program through the Kentucky Opportunity Zone Initiative and today launched KYOZ.org to provide information on this widespread and promising opening for economic development. 

“The Opportunity Zones approved today by the U.S. Department of the Treasury provide one more reason for companies and businesses to consider locating in Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “Kentucky will maximize this golden chance to attract economic development projects to communities most in need across the commonwealth, and the Kentucky Opportunity Zone Initiative will strengthen and rebuild both rural and urban areas. Whether along the Mississippi River in West Kentucky, throughout West Louisville’s neighborhoods, or in the heart of Appalachia, these zones will spur investment, growth and community development.”

The Kentucky Opportunity Zone Initiative presents a unique opportunity for regions that have not experienced the same economic development success as others to surge forward. It aims to encourage and attract significant institutional, corporate and individual investment in Kentucky’s Opportunity Zones, and the cabinet will work with local partners to ensure the commonwealth takes full advantage of the federal policy.

KYOZ.org features maps, current corporate investment projects, data, opportunity funds info and more. The site, which will be updated regularly with news, details, research tools and other useful amenities, will demonstrate the advantages of Kentucky’s Opportunity Zones to potential investors. 

Interactive maps, a full list of Kentucky Opportunity Zones, quotes from lawmakers and more resources are available at www.KYOZ.org.

Posted on April 2nd, 2018

​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
 
Tuesday May 8th, 2018   1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
KY CAREER CENTER / JOBNET
755 Industrial Road
MADISONVILLE, KY  42431

Please RSVP to Cindy Tabor at [email protected]  or 270-886-9484.

Become a Friendly Visitor today!

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

​"2018 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures takes an in-depth look at the prevalence, incidence, mortality and economic impact of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. This year's special report, Alzheimer's Disease: Financial and Personal Benefits of Early Diagnosis, highlights advances in Alzheimer's research and the use of biomarkers in improving how we identify and diagnose the disease in the future."

Posted on March 20th, 2018

​While attending the NADO Washington Policy Conference in Washington, DC, members of the PADD Board of Directors and staff met with Ms. Brandye L. Hendrickson, Federal Highway Administration Acting Administrator and Mr. J. Todd Inman, Director of Operations, Office of Secretary, for the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday, March 19, 2018. They discussed the President's Infrastructure Plan, I69-Ohio River Crossing, and I169 Development.
​Pictured L to R: Judge Wade White, David Bryant, Judge Hollis Alexander, Amy Frogue, Bart Frazer, Natasha York, J. Todd Inman, Brandye L. Hendrickson, Mayor Jan Yonts, Leigh Jackson, Mayor David Jackson, Jason Vincent, Roger Simpson, John Mahre and Brandon White — at US Department of Transportation.