​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.

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