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APRIL 2014 PADD BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Members of Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors, guests, and staff met on Monday, April 14th at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. Keynote Speaker, Secretary Thomas O. Zawacki of the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, shared details of four of his twenty strategic initiatives for the next two years which focus on Work Ready Communities, Implementation of Model Career Centers, Training and Development within Career Centers, and developing plans to ensure continuity of the West Kentucky Workforce while increasing production and effectiveness. Commissioner Beth Brinly, Department of Workforce Investment Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, was also in attendance and shared information regarding activity at the Federal level. Staff reports were also given and a report from Board Members who attended the 2014 NADO Washington Policy Conference in March.
REGIONAL ENTREPRENEUR CONFERENCE
The 3rd Annual Regional Entrepreneur Conference was held on March 12th at Hopkinsville Community College with over 100 attendees! Attendees enjoyed Keynotes, Sherman Mohr of Nashville and Lincoln Crum of Louisville, 8 break-out sessions and a fantastic lunch panel of local entrepreneurs telling their stories! If you missed it stay tuned for more information on a 2-day entrepreneur’s conference in Madisonville tentatively scheduled for November 14th & 15th at Madisonville Community College. For more information, contact Sandy Richey, Entrepreneurial Coach at PADD, 270-886-9484.
March PADD Board of Directors Meeting
The Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors met today, March 10th, at 12:00 Noon at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. Kentuckians for Better Transportation Executive Director, Ms. Juva Barber, was the keynote speaker. Ms. Barber stated KBT's Mission is to unite leaders and citizens to achieve a safe and sustainable transportation system for improved economic development and quality of life across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She shared information about the many modes of transportation KY is fortunate to have such as aviation, highways, public transit, railroads and waterways. Ms. Barber also noted that Hopkinsville is home to one of three existing bowling ball manufacturers in the world, Ebonite, which utilizes aviation, highway, and rail infrastructure modes of transportation. Staff reports regarding transportation, entrepreneur networking, and citizen corps activities were also presented.
Ms. Juva Barber, Executive Director, Kentuckians for Better Transportation
2014 LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST
General Assembly Members gathered for the 2014 Legislative Breakfast on February 13th at the Capital Annex Cafeteria in Frankfort, KY. The event was hosted by the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KCADD). Legislators were in attendance and met with fellow Kentuckians from across the state. Following the breakfast, a legislative briefing was held where Senate President Robert Stivers and House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins shared their thoughts as to the issues that would be addressed during the legislative session. PADD staff and board members had the opportunity to visit with local legislators and discuss priorities for the cities and counties in the Pennyrile Region.
Gov. Beshear Announces Contract Award to Construct Kentucky Lake Bridge
Project entails modern, 4-lane bridge to carry U.S.68/KY80 over lake
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced the award of a contract to build the first of the much-anticipated twin Lake Bridges in the tourism-rich Jackson Purchase of western Kentucky.
The $131.5 million project, awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to Johnson Brothers Corp., of Fort Worth, Texas, will result in a modern, four-lane bridge to carry U.S. 68/KY 80 over Kentucky Lake and serve as the western entrance to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.
“Replacement of the bridges over Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley has been a priority of my administration because of their importance to the tourism industry of western Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “Land Between The Lakes, and indeed our entire ‘Western Waterland’ region, is not only a cultural and recreational treasure. It also is an economic engine.”
The new bridge will replace the venerable but narrow and functionally obsolete Eggners Ferry Bridge, which was built in 1932 and long ago ceased to meet modern design standards for the amount of traffic it must accommodate. The Eggners Ferry, joining Marshall and Trigg counties, has two lanes, each 10 feet wide, with no shoulders. The new bridge will have four travel lanes, each 11 feet wide, plus 4-foot shoulders and a 10-foot-wide pedestrian/bicycle path.
The larger Lake Bridges Project also includes replacement of the Henry Lawrence Memorial Bridge on Lake Barkley – a near twin of the Eggners Ferry. The KYTC is aiming to award a contract for the second bridge by December 2014.
In the Kentucky Lake region, approximately two miles of U.S. 68/KY 80 will be widened from two lanes to four lanes from Aurora, in Marshall County on the western shore, to just east of Kentucky Lake, where the project will connect to the four-lane roadway in the Land Between The Lakes. In the Lake Barkley area, the project will widen approximately 1.5 miles of U.S. 68/KY 80 from two lanes to four lanes from just west of Lake Barkley to just east of the lake.
Like the Eggners Ferry, the Lawrence Memorial Bridge, also built in 1932, no longer meets traffic demands in the region. Plans for the new bridge over Lake Barkley call for a design similar to that of the new Kentucky Lake bridge – four traffic lanes instead of two, with shoulders and a bicycle/pedestrian lane.
The recent award is the second for the Kentucky Lake project, which consisted of two construction contracts. The first, awarded earlier this year to Jim Smith Contracting, of Grand Rivers, was to construct the fill for the western and eastern causeways in the location of the new bridge alignment. Part of the $25 million project also included a new bridge over a lagoon on the west side of Kentucky Lake, just north of U.S. 68/KY 80 and adjacent to the Kenlake State Resort Park campground. Work still continues on this portion of the project.
Once completed, the Lakes Bridges Project will provide a continuous, four-lane route from Aurora to Cadiz, crossing both lakes and Land Between The Lakes. It also will be part of a four-lane corridor from Mayfield to Bowling Green.
Additional information on the project is available at www.lakebridges.com.
2014 Small Business Awards
The Christian County Chamber of Commerce and Hopkinsville Water Authority presented the 2014 Regionalism Award to Pennyrile Area Development District (PADD) at the 2014 Small Business Awards breakfast on February 11, 2014 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. The award was sponsored by Robinson Construction and recognizes PADD for its economic achievement and civic contribution in the Christian County community. Mr. Jerod Kaufman of Robinson Construction presented the award to PADD Executive Director Jason Vincent.
(Pictured L to R: Tom Sholar, Jill Collins, Amy Frogue, Jason Vincent, Sheila Clark, and Cheri Farmer)
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