October 2020 PADD Board of Directors Meeting

The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting via Zoom on Monday, October 12, 2020.  Guest speakers included Commissioner Victoria Elridge, DAIL, CHFS, Mr. Joe McKinney, Executive Director of NADO, and Ms. Christina Wade, Program Manager/Healthcare with DRA.  Commissioner Elridge was honored to announce 2M meals were served to senior Kentuckians across the state in the past 6 ½ months, which is the same number of meals served in 2019.  A total of 6,000 meals have been home delivered/congregate across the state.  In the Pennyrile district, a total of 160,000 meals have been served.  This could not have been accomplished without the leadership of Pennyrile ADD, their service provider PACs, the Senior Citizen Centers, community partners, and volunteers.  Mr. McKinney announced passing of legislation to make changes in the Federal Revolving Loan Program that will allow funds to become localized and administered by the Area Development Districts after seven years for community economic development.   A Federal budget has not been approved and a continuing resolution has extended the budget until December 11, 2020, which is not unusual during an election year.  FAST Act (Transportation Reauthorization) was also extended for one year as part of the continuing resolution.  Plans are still in place to hold the spring NADO Washington Conference in March 2021.  Ms. Wade shared information regarding an initiative to designate Hopkinsville as a program site for military to provide dental, eye and medical care at no cost as part of the Military Medical Mission program. The application was submitted on September 30, 2020; it is a two-year process and we hope to provide a status update in early spring 2021.  Federal, State and Staff reports were also provided.  Mr. Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, provided operation updates and welcomed back Tim Barnes as IT Manager and recognized PADD employee Angie Crawford who is celebrating five years of service this month.  Judge Newcom, PADD Board Chair, reported the West Kentucky Coalition (WKC) held their formation meeting last month and the next meeting is scheduled for November 12, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lyon County Convention Center.  Pennyrile ADD is the acting fiscal agent for the time being and will be sending out membership dues invoices with a letter from leadership on behalf of the WKC.