2022 PeADD Board of Directors Annual Christmas Luncheon and Legislative Update

The PADD Board of Directors held their Annual Christmas Board Luncheon and Legislative Update at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park on Monday, December 12, 2022 after not meeting for the past two years due to COVID then the tornadoes that touched down in the Pennyrile region last year. Board Chair, Judge Hollis Alexander, chaired the meeting which began at noon and welcomed everyone to the Clifty Creek Restaurant which was decorated with festive charm.

Federal and state reports were provided by Field Representatives Ms. Morgan Alvey (Sen. Mitch McConnell), Mr. Corey Elder (Cong. James Comer), Mr. Alex Caudill, (Department for Local Government) and Mr. Tony Wilder, Executive Director of Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts.

Legislative updates were provided on the 2023 session of the KY General Assembly.  Representatives Mary Beth Imes (District 5) and Walker Thomas (District 8) gave brief summaries of the expectations in the spring session.  Representative Randy Bridges (District 3), Melinda Gibbons-Prunty (District 15), and Wade Williams, member elect of the House of Representatives (District 4) also made a few comments.

Outgoing Board Members and Legislators were recognized by Judge Todd Mansfield and presented plaques by PeADD Board Chair, Judge Hollis Alexander, in appreciation of their service and support as a board member.  Outgoing Board Members who were present included Mayor John Choat of Eddyville, Mayor Jan Yonts of Greenville, and Mayor Wendell Lynch of Hopkinsville, and Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander of Trigg County.  Judge Alexander was also recognized for his service as the current PeADD Board Chair.  Representative Melinda Gibbons-Prunty was recognized for her support to the Pennyrile region since January 2017.

Not present were Mayor Chris Smiley of Dawson Springs, Judge-Executive Steve Tribble of Christian County, Judge-Executive Curtis McGehee of Muhlenberg County, Judge-Executive Larry Curling of Caldwell County, Judge Executive Wade White of Lyon County, and Representative Lynn Bechler who were also recognized for their service and support.

Mr. Jason Vincent, PeADD Executive Director, thanked Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park for their hospitality and expressed his appreciation to the legislators for their continued support of the Area Development Districts.  He welcomed the new legislators and local officials stating that he looks forward to working with them soon.  Mr. Vincent recognized the PeADD staff and declared his appreciation of their efforts over the past year.

On behalf of everyone at Pennyrile ADD, Mr. Vincent thanked Clifty Creek Restaurant staff and Park Manager Melisa Voges for a delicious meal and wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.