Pennyrile Area Development District
A Regional Planning & Development Agency
Posted on February 7th, 2019

Hopkinsville Community College is committed to entrepreneurial development as an essential component of economic growth and workforce solutions. To enhance and expand our efforts, we are working with our business, industry and economic development partners throughout the region to host a conference for entrepreneurship, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 8:30am-2:30pm. The conference includes breakfast and lunch, and promises to be an enriching experience for entrepreneurs of all stages, as well as their service providers.

Posted on February 5th, 2019

The TEFT Demonstration

Testing Experience and Functional Tools in
Community-Based Long-Term Services and Supports

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded nine states grants to test quality measurement tools and demonstrate e-health in Medicaid community-based long-term services and supports (CB-LTSS).  States could participate in one or more of the four demonstration components.  Kentucky participated in all four components of TEFT.  The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Aging and Independent Living conducted round two testing of the Functional Assessment Standardized Items (FASI) component.  DAIL will present the results of the field-testing conducted by the Northern Kentucky and Pennyrile Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living.

Posted on January 14th, 2019

The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, January 14, 2019 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. Vice Chair Scott Marshall welcomed everyone to the meeting with a special welcome to the new PADD Board Members. Federal reports were provided by representatives of Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul and Congressman James Comer. State reports were provided Senator Robby Mills, Representative Walker Thomas and representatives from the Department for Local Government and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Staff reports were also provided. Calhoun & Company, PLLC presented the FY 18 Audit. Pennyrile ADD received a clean, unmodified audit report with no findings. The PADD Board voted to approve the FY 18 Audit Report as presented. Mr. Bart Frazer gave a Nominating Committee Report with a motion to rotate current officer positions of Board Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary per Pennyrile ADD Bylaws with a recommendation to elect Judge Hollis Alexander, Trigg Co., to fill the vacant position of Treasurer. Motion seconded and carried. Installation of Officers followed with Judge Steve Tribble administering the Oath of Office. Mr. Jason Vincent reported the PADD Executive Committee met earlier today and reviewed the FY 19 Budget Amendments, which were approved by the Board as presented. A Corporate Resolution and Transportation Resolution 2019-01 were also approved as presented.

Posted on January 10th, 2019

Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living welcomes Mark Hrudicka as a new student intern. Mark is a senior Social Work major at Murray State University and will intern with the AAAIL through his graduation date in May 2019.

Mark is a 22 year veteran of the United States Army and Kentucky National Guard.

Welcome Mark!

Posted on January 9th, 2019

Pennyrile Area Development District was presented the Edward Jones Quality Service Award for recognition of Outstanding Community Commitment by the Christian County Chamber of Commerce on January 9, 2019.

The Pennyrile Area Development District was established in 1969 to work with local officials, business leaders, special districts, and citizens on many different programs and projects. PADD is very active in a multitude of areas the impact our communities, with one focus in... mind…to make life better for our 220,000 citizens.

PADD is owned, operated, governed by our citizens through a 38 member board of directors. The board includes judge executives, mayors, and private citizen leaders from each county we serve. The total service area covers 9 counties and 33 cities.

PADD has, since the beginning, been the convener of our region to address a multitude of issues reflecting the needs and challenges of a particular point in time. Statewide, there are 15 ADDs that provide the framework and system whereby the Federal, State, and Local levels of government all come together. PADD was created by a statute and is considered to be a unit of local government.

The staff, now consisting of approximately 40, are the individuals that perform the day to day work in the major program areas. PADD’s mission is to provide the region with 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.

Over the past several years, PADD has taken leadership roles on a number of initiatives supporting the growth of Fort Campbell and surrounding area, assisting individuals who are transitioning from the military, and programs that enhance home-based support services for veterans. We are proud of the work being done to support the men and women who put their lives in harm’s way each and every day.

Pennyrile Area Development District is proud to be selected as a recipient of this prestigious award!

Posted on January 8th, 2019

The Department for Medicaid Services (the Department) is reminding stakeholders that the formal public comment period for amendments to the Commonwealth’s 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs began Monday, January 7, 2019.

You can view the amended waiver applications and a summary of the updates on the Department’s Division of Community Alternatives website at You will find the documents in the "Additional Information" section of the site. The Department is also hosting a series of webinars this week to highlight the proposed amendments to the waivers. You can find a schedule, along with information on how to submit your public comments, in the public notice that the Department issued in December 2018

The formal public comment period will remain open until February 6, 2019, at 11:59PM. The Department looks forward to receiving your feedback.

Posted on January 3rd, 2019

​Applications are currently being accepted under the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Recreational Trails Program, and Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Management Grants Program.  Cities, counties, state and federal agencies are eligible to apply for funds under these programs. 
​The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides federal grant funds to protect important natural areas, acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural areas and passive parks.  The minimum request is $25,000 and the maximum is $250,000.  The LWCF is a 50/50 matching reimbursement program.  Applications for the LWCF will be accepted until May 30, 2019. 
​The Recycling, Composting and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Management Grants Program is funded by the Kentucky Division of Waste Management. The funds are to develop an integrated recycling infrastructure, manage Household Hazardous Waste, public education programs and composting projects. Any county, waste management district, city, urban-county government or to other political subdivision of the state or any combination of the above, including school districts, shall be eligible to apply.  The grant is a 75/25 match grant. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. EST on April 5, 2019.
​The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is funded by the Federal Highway Administration.  It can be used to provide assistance for acquisition of easements, development and/or maintenance of recreational trails and trailhead facilities for both motorized and non-motorized use.  The RTP benefits communities and enhances quality of life.  All trails that receive money under this program must remain open to the public and maintained for perpetuity.  The minimum request under this program is $25,000 and the maximum is $250,000.  The RTP is a 80/20 matching reimbursement program.  Applications for the RTP will be accepted until May 1, 2019.
​Interested parties may contact Angie Crawford or Ashley Johnson at the PADD office at (270) 886-9484 for application information.  

Posted on December 27th, 2018

​The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of workers for temporary jobs available nationwide in advance of the 2020 Census.

By visiting applicants have the opportunity to apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors and census takers. The positions will be located across 248 Area Census Offices nationwide and offer flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends.

Available jobs:
  • Recruiting Assistants travel throughout geographic areas to visit with community-based organizations, attend promotional events and conduct other recruiting activities.
  • Office Operations Supervisors assist in the management of office functions and day-to-day activities in one or more functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
  • Clerks perform various administrative and clerical tasks to support various functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
  • Census Field Supervisors conduct fieldwork to support and conduct on-the-job training for census takers and/or to follow-up in situations where census takers have confronted issues, such as not gaining entry to restricted areas.
  • Listers and Census Takers work in the field. Some field positions require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require interviewing the public, so employees must be available to work when people are usually at home, such as in the evening and on weekends.
Applicants will be placed in an applicant pool for 2020 Census field positions for positions they qualify for and will be contacted as work becomes available in their area. For more information, visit or contact 1-855-JOB-2020. Applicants may also contact the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
For more information, please visit or the Census Bureau’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. 

Posted on November 30th, 2018

Business Development Manager

The Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts has a contract opportunity for a Business Development Manager. 
The KCADD is a statewide alliance of the 15 Area Development Districts (ADDs). The KCADD serves to strengthen Kentucky’s ADDs, enhance regional economic prosperity, and improve the consistency and quality of ADD programs to ensure they add value to the Commonwealth, regional, and local initiatives. For over 40 years, the ADDs have been a catalyst of change is almost all aspects of life throughout the Commonwealth and in its individual regions. By working in concert with federal and state officials, and the Commonwealth’s local government shareholders, and its private and nonprofit sector partners, ADDs and KCADD have worked with the sole intent of serving Kentuckians.   
This position is a Personal Service Contract with the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KCADD).  Duties will include raising revenue and expanding business opportunities that allow the Area Agencies on Aging (housed within Kentucky's 15 Area Development Districts) to achieve and sustain our mission.  These goals shall be achieved by creating and executing an ethical business strategy to expand existing funding relationships and identify and secure opportunities with new business partners such as integrated health systems, managed care organizations and large employers through grants, business service contracts and/or private-pay services.
The qualified Business Development Manager shall meet the following qualifications: 
Bachelor’s degree required in Business Management, Public Administration, Nonprofit Management or other related field or substantial commensurate experience in similar roles in this field.Minimum of three years of fundraising/development experience in the health care, human services, aging, disability or managed care field.Demonstrated success leading business strategy development, business-to-business partnering and organizational fundraising in the fields of social services, health care, aging, or disability.Additional qualifications are detailed in the job description which can be obtained by emailing Tony Wilder at [email protected] 
Pre-requisite job training and personal transportation is required by the KCADD to carry out contract functions. Excellent communication, organizational, and computer skills are a must.   Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to Tony Wilder, Executive Director, Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts, 501 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY  40601. It is preferred that materials be sent electronically to Mr. Wilder at [email protected]. Deadline for submission is 4:30 PM Eastern Time, December 31, 2018. Website:

Job Description

​JOB TITLE:  Business Development Manager                       
REPORTS TO:  KCADD Executive Director – Contractor Position Statewide
GENERAL SUMMARY: The Business Development Manager (BDM) will be responsible for raising revenue and expanding business opportunities that allow the Area Agencies on Aging (housed within Kentucky's 15 Area Development Districts) to achieve and sustain our mission.  These goals shall be achieved by creating and executing an ethical business strategy to expand existing funding relationships and identify and secure opportunities with new business partners such as integrated health systems, managed care organizations and large employers through grants, business service contracts and/or private-pay services.  The BDM must be highly skilled in marketing, communications, writing and advocacy and must possess business management skills and the ability to develop working relationships with health care and delivery systems (hospitals, home health and clinics) to expand access to home and community-based supports.
  1. Identify, contact and develop business opportunities (i.e., long-term services and supports, care transition and other evidence-based programs) with integrated health systems such as physician-hospital organizations, accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, and managed care organizations including Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and dual-eligible plans, commercial insurers, large self-funded employers and state-owned plans.
  2. Assess the 15 AAAIL's to identify strengths and weaknesses, potential partners, private pay opportunities underserved areas, etc. through a strategic plan process.
  3. Actively participate in N4A's Aging and Disability Business Institute.
  4. Develop program sustainability strategies to ensure financial viability of programs and services.
  5. Development, planning and implementation of comprehensive business development plan including targeted goals, objectives, methods, quantifiable outcomes and timelines for private pay opportunities, working with health systems and health plans, etc. to achieve agency sustainability.
  6. Collaborate with ADD directors and AAAIL directors to recognize opportunities and threats and develop strategic actions.
  7. Guide initiatives to pursue funding, grant opportunities and additional investments for AAAIL's.
  8. Build partnerships and strategic alliances that will extend the organization’s brand in the community and increase avenues of support.
  9. Mentor AAAIL staff on identified actions and outcomes and how to achieve, communicate and work with potential business partners and community stakeholders to reach strategic goals and objectives.
  10. Develop and execute a comprehensive marketing plan in collaboration with the ADD and AAAIL Directors.
  11. Possess a working knowledge of Medicaid, aging and disability programsCoordinate meetings with ADD directors and AAAIL Directors to report on activities.
  12. Any other duties as assigned.
Demonstrated success leading business strategy development, business-to-business partnering and organizational fundraising in the field of social services, health care, aging or disability.

Posted on November 29th, 2018

​Governor Matt Bevin announced on November 27 that the KY Innovation Office has selected Murray State University and its partners to establish a regional hub to serve, attract and cultivate more innovative entrepreneurs and startup businesses in west Kentucky.  Partners throughout the region will collaborate on initiatives to launch a Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) hub.  RISE hubs are part of KY Innovation’s 120-county effort to modernize Kentucky’s support for high-tech, high-growth-potential businesses.  West Kentucky’s consortium will build on successes of area tech startups, focus on regional collaboration to support early stage businesses through capitalization and commercialization, and develop the region’s culture for supporting entrepreneurs and innovative startups.  The west Kentucky innovation hub will receive $428,684 in state funding, representing a nearly threefold increase in annual funding over the prior Kentucky Innovation Network office model. 
Support organizations for west Kentucky’s RISE hub are located in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Henderson and Murray.  In addition to Murray State University CTSM and SBDC and the Technology Council of West Kentucky, the Pennyrile and Purchase Area Development Districts will also act as lead partners.  Partners will provide businesses and entrepreneurs a full range of services including business planning, investor-financing readiness evaluations, software development vetting, and advising on the incorporation process, tax and permitting obligations, IP protections and partnership agreements.

Posted on November 17th, 2018

​We are excited to announce that Forgotten Angels, with The Pennyrile Area Development District, received a grant from Walmart Giving.  We can’t wait to put this grant to use to help ensure a bright Christmas for 320 of our areas Forgotten in Personal Care Facilities.  Pictured is Hopkinsville Walmart Store Manager, Josh, and District Ombudsman, Cindy Tabor. We want to give a big shout out to Josh and everyone from Wal-Mart for making this possible!!  You guys really ROCK! 
Many Angels are still available for adoption at 300 Hammond Dr. 
#BetterTogether, #WalmartGiving, #Walmart, and #HoptownWalmart

Posted on November 9th, 2018

​In honor of Veteran’s Day, Pennyrile Area Development District is proud to recognize two staff who have honorably served our country.
​Belinda Babb, Family Caregiver Coordinator, Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living, served in the Army National Guard for eight years from 2001-2009 as an Automated Logistical Specialist (92A).  Belinda was honorably discharged as an E5 Sergeant.
​Craig Morris, Regional Planning Coordinator, Community & Economic Development, served in the United States Army for three years from 1979 to 1981 as an Intelligence Analyst with the 2nd Armored Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.  Craig was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant.

Thank you to all of our veterans for your service!!!

Posted on November 7th, 2018

​November is National Family Caregiver Awareness Month, where caregivers are acknowledged for the care they provide. In the United States, more than 60 million caregivers are providing care to someone who is ill, disabled, or aging. In 2000, the Older Americans Act was amended to include the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). It funds a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. For further information about this program or other programs available through the Pennyrile Aging and Disability Resource Center, please call 1-866-844-4396 or 270-886-9484.November is National Family Caregiver Awareness Month, where caregivers are acknowledged for the care they provide. In the United States, more than 60 million caregivers are providing care to someone who is ill, disabled, or aging. In 2000, the Older Americans Act was amended to include the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). It funds a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. For further information about this program or other programs available through the Pennyrile Aging and Disability Resource Center, please call 1-866-844-4396 or 270-886-9484.

Posted on November 1st, 2018

​The Forgotten Angels Project will be gearing up again for its 12th year, serving residents in “Personal Care Homes”.  Residents in PCH’s are usually younger and sometimes suffer with mental illness rather than physical limitations.  We focus on this group of residents because they seem to be most forgotten by friends, family and society.  Even more despairing is that these residents are only allowed $60.00 a month personal spending money.

​You may be asking “How does this work?” This year we are asking residents for only one wish, $25.00 and under.  The Forgotten Angel is then placed on the tree anonymously.  People from the community come to the PADD office and obtain a Forgotten Angel (or several) off the tree.  Later they return with a Christmas bag stuffed full with the residents wish and other stocking stuffers.

The Stocking Stuffer list has changed (see the back of this letter).  We are doing away with most of the personal hygiene items and are asking instead for any sort of SNACKS or board games / activities.  Stocking Stuffers are generally all sorts of snacks, games, stationary and socks / gloves.  Many people load a large Christmas bag full of these extra goodies along with the personal item requested and return it to the PADD office where all the gifts are bagged by PADD staff and volunteers.  Some people choose to bring in donations from the list or make monetary donations. We ask that all gifts be returned, unwrapped, to the PADD office, no later than Thursday, December 13th, 2018.

As the holiday season approaches, we hope that you will help us provide a touch of joy to those in need.  It is truly amazing to see how our community gets involved in giving so much to these Forgotten Angels.  Each year as the donations begin to pour in, I remain stunned at your generosity.  I’m very proud to be a part of this community and look forward to serving our Forgotten Angels in 2018 with your help.

To adopt an angel or if you have any questions please contact:
Cindy Tabor
Pennyrile District Ombudsman
300 Hammond Drive
Hopkinsville, KY  42240
Office - 270-886-9484
Fax – 270-886-3211
[email protected]

Posted on November 1st, 2018

​​Congratulations to Cindy Stonebraker for becoming a Certified Ombudsman with the Pennyrile Ombudsman Program.  Cindy is an AmeriCorps member that is providing services to the Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living.  We welcome Cindy to the Ombudsman family and look forward to advocating for residents in Long Term Care.  If you have questions or concerns for a love one living in a nursing facility, please contact Cindy Tabor, District LTC Ombudsman at 270-886-9484 or [email protected].

Posted on October 29th, 2018

​This contest is designed to stimulate entrepreneurial activity and greater awareness of the
resources available to grow entrepreneurs in Christian County. All winners will be selected on
an objective basis as determined by the criteria set forth below. You must read and comply with these rules to enter the The Christian County New Venture Competition. This competition is void where prohibited by law.

Who can enter the Competition?
The Competition is open to all participants who meet the
following criteria:
  • The plan must be an original idea for a business not in operation as of July 1, 2018.
  • The principal business operations of the business must be located in Christian County, KY.
  • Company officers/members are 18 years or older at the time of entry and are legal residents of the United States, preferably Kentucky.
  • Businesses can be any business legally authorized to operate in Christian County.
  • Company members cannot be directors, officers, or employees of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce or any immediate family members of any of the above are disqualified.
  • You may enter with the intention of your involvement with your business idea being part-time or full-time.
  • Contestants from previous years are eligible to apply if their business meets all other criteria. Eligibility is open to contestants who won 2 nd place, 3 rd place, or did not place.  First place winners are not eligible to compete again.
​When can I enter?
Registration is due by the Business Plan Workshop on November 5, 2018

Posted on October 24th, 2018

​​A Fall Festival was held at the Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson Kentucky on October 23rd from 10-2 pm, in honor of Residents Rights Month.   Americorp Member and Certified Ombudsman, Cindy Stonebraker attended the event.  The festival was held outside at the Pavillion and included a meal of Chili, Hotdogs, drinks and deserts.  Game stations, including bean bag toss, were set up for residents, visitors and families.  Deputy VA Commissioner, Heather French Henry, was crowned honorary Queen of WKVC.  A great day was had by all in attendance.

Posted on October 18th, 2018

​Madisonville’s free Nov. 1 Cultivating Small Business seminar will help small-business owners explore their financial opportunities

​Community Ventures, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Murray Small Business Development Center, Pennyrile Area Development District, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Small Business Administration and Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development set to present
MADISONVILLE, Ky.—The Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation today announced the Cultivating Small Business seminar, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Central Nov. 1 in Room 107 at the Steve Beshear Center for Postsecondary Education at Madisonville Community College. Small-business owners will have the opportunity to learn about financial options available to them, such as micro-loans, revolving loans, incentives for on-the-job training, tax credits and techniques for determining their financial needs. Seating is limited, and registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch.
Scheduled speakers at Cultivating Small Business include:
  •  Michael Ashcraft with the U.S. Small Business Administration;
  • Ron Burkins with Community Ventures;
  • Robi Fauser-Fink with the U.S. Department of Agriculture;
  • Amy Frogue, Molly Deahl and Jason Vincent with the Pennyrile Area Development District;
  • Marilyn LeBourveau with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, and
  • Chris Woolridge with the Murray Small Business Development Center. 
“This is an impressive lineup of speakers who are assembling to lay out the opportunities and resources available to small-business operators in our area,” said Ray Hagerman, president, Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation. “The seminar will effectively serve as a rare one-stop shop for valuable financial information and networking for small businesses.”
For more information about the Cultivating Small Business seminar—sponsored by Farmers Bank & Trust—please contact Riley Dever with Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development at (270) 821-1939 or [email protected]. To register or view a detailed agenda, please visit
About the Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation 
Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation ( is a non-profit corporation governed by an independent Board of Directors. The corporation is located at 38 West Arch Street in Madisonville, Kentucky. Its purposes include, but are not limited to, the following: to engage, directly or indirectly, in economic development, community improvement, educational opportunity enhancement, and culture improvement activities within the Madisonville and Hopkins County area, and to maintain, enhance, improve and enlarge the employment base of the citizens and the residents thereof, and to improve, expand and support any and all types of community improvement, cultural and educational opportunities for said citizens and residents.

Posted on October 10th, 2018

​The PADD Board of Directors met on Monday, October 8, 2018 in Hopkinsville, KY. Federal and State Reports were provided by Amelia Wilson(Congressman James Comer), Rebecca Rittenhouse (DLG), and Rep. Walker Thomas. Staff reports were provided by Craig Morris, Amanda Stokes and Sheila Clark.

Guest speaker Ms. Juva Barber, Executive Director, Kentuckians for Better Transportation, gave a slide presentation highlighting statistics from air, rail, road, transit and water modes of transportation that drive Kentucky's economy. The transportation network faces challenges in maintaining infrastructure for the future which requires investments/funding of more than $5M per year. The Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition supports the long-term, sustainable funding mechanism that provides adequate revenues for all modes of transportation.

Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, expressed appreciation to all those who made the 30th Annual Pride of Pennyrile Industry Event a success and provided information regarding the upcoming Complete Count Training on October 22, 2018 from 11am to 2pm at the PADD Office. In observance of Veteran's Day, the November 12th PADD Board of Directors meeting will be canceled. 

Posted on September 28th, 2018

​Despite the weather, participants enjoyed the 30th Annual Pride of the Pennyrile Industry Appreciation Event on Thursday, September 27, 2018! Over 35 companies were represented from the nine counties we serve that provide approximately 3,000 jobs for the people in our communities.

Commissioner Donnie Holland, KY State4 Park Systems, welcomed everyone as the event kicked off with a delicious lunch provided by Lake Barkley State Resort Park. During dinner, emcee Lee Conrad, Higgins Insurance, expressed appreciation to those businesses and industries who make an investment and significant impact on our economy through their employment, payroll, and purchased goods/services in the Pennyrile region.

PADD began organizing this event in 1988 in collaboration with local economic development professionals, volunteers and community representatives. Thanks to Lake Barkley State Resort Park, those businesses who generously donated door prizes, and many thanks to the phenomenal support of our sponsors