Pennyrile Area Development District
A Regional Planning & Development Agency
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

Posted on September 26th, 2018

Posted on September 21st, 2018

Posted on September 21st, 2018

​The purpose of POW/MIA Recognition Day is to ensure that America remembers to stand behind those who serve and to make sure we do everything we can to account for those who have never returned.
Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities. It is traditionally observed on the third Friday in September each year. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.
The flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post offices, VA medical facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and the White House.
A Pentagon ceremony featuring members of each branch of military service is held annually on National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

​Presidential Proclamation on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2018
Click here for President Trump's Proclamation


Posted on September 18th, 2018

​We have been notified through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the FY2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) Open Application Period that will open on September 24, 2018.
Fire Departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations can apply for Operations & Safety, Vehicle Acquisition, and Regional Projects.
The deadline for applications is October 26, 2018.
There are several mandatory requirements that must be met to participate in the program.  If you have an interest in applying, please contact Ashley Johnson or Angie Crawford at the PADD office (270-886-9484 or 1-800-928-7233).  More information can be obtained at

Posted on September 17th, 2018

​First 72 On You – Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

​Barbara J Fox
[email protected]
KY FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2018)

The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), has launched First 72 On You information campaign during the month of September – National Preparedness Month (NPM), to increase emergency preparedness efforts for Kentuckians and their families. This week’s spotlight is on preparing older adults for disasters and emergencies.
Older adults may be more vulnerable than younger adults during a disaster because they are more likely to have impaired physical mobility, decreased hearing and vision, chronic health conditions or social and economic limitations that may interfere with their ability to prepare for and respond to disasters.
“Emergencies and disasters can be particularly stressful on seniors,” said Dr. Jeffrey Howard, DPH commissioner. “Take responsibility by planning for emergencies before they happen. Being prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours after an emergency or disaster strikes will lessen anxiety and provide peace of mind so you will be able to do what needs to be done to take care of yourself.”
Planning for emergency preparedness measures for seniors should take into consideration some additional precautions to include:
Maintain a supply of personal, health and home supplies, including a two-week supply of prescription medications, enough ready-to-eat food and water to last at least three days, first aid supplies, matches, spare batteries and a waterproof container for essential documents. Be sure to rotate the stock of items in your kit so they have not exceeded their expiration date.
Individuals with mobility issues should plan on how to evacuate or discuss with care providers. If you use a motorized wheelchair, have a manual wheelchair as a backup.
Those blind or visually impaired should keep an extra cane by the bed and attach a whistle to it. Be cautious when moving, as paths may have become obstructed. Also have a predesignated person and a plan in place in case evacuation becomes necessary because many blind individuals depend on public transportation that may not be operating during an emergency.
Deaf/hard of hearing individuals should keep extra batteries for hearing aids with emergency supplies. Store hearing aids in a container attached to a nightstand or bedpost so they can be located quickly after a disaster.
If your relative receives assistance from a home healthcare agency, find out how they respond to an emergency. Designate backup or alternative providers that you can contact in an emergency.
Individuals with disabilities should contact their local fire department and/or police station now to inform them that they have a disability so that this information could be kept by the agency in case of a disaster.
Throughout September, DPH has been spotlighting preparedness topics to include overall preparedness for families and older adults. Preparedness for pets will be spotlighted during the week of Sept. 24-28. Additional information about the campaign will be posted on the CHFS Facebook page: where Kentuckians are encouraged to like and share posts among their networks of friends.
The nationwide effort of NPM is organized each year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage citizens to prepare and plan for emergencies in their homes, business and schools. This yearly observance was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness awareness in the U.S., a fitting time to join the effort to help communities prepare for emergencies, such as natural disasters and potential terrorist threats, and to encourage individuals to take action.
For more information about preparing for and responding to emergencies visit
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and healthcare programs, including the Department for Medicaid Services, the Department for Community Based Services the Department for Public Health, the Department for Aging and Independent Living and the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full- and part-time employees located across the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.

Posted on September 12th, 2018

​Join us for a FREE “Cultivating Small Business Seminar” on November 1, 2018.  We have exciting speakers conducting workshops which will help you build and expand your business!  Be here by 8:30 for registration and a light breakfast.  We will be providing networking along with a delicious Innovation Luncheon.  The seminar will end at 2:30 PM.  Seating is limited, so make your reservation now!    Register Here

8:30am- 9:00am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome - Audrey Lillpop, Farmers Bank & Trust
9:05am- 9:20am
Madisonville Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation 
Micro Loan Program, 1 Million Cups
Small Business Development Center – Chris Wooldridge 
Consulting and Research
Community Ventures Corporation – Ron Burkins
Financing options available 
Pennyrile Area Developmet District  - Amy Frogue/Jason Vincent                                              Revolving Loan Program
Pennyrile Area Development District, Business Liason - Molly Deahl                                   
On-the-Job Training
Small Business Administration – Michael Ashcraft 
Web Tools, Financing
Farmers Bank Innovation Luncheon
Cabinet for Economic Development – Marilyn LeBourveau
Small Business Tax Credit, Exporting, Small Business Credit Initiative
USDA – Robi Fauser-Fink
2:30 pm
Wrap up

Posted on September 11th, 2018

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, September 10, 2018 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. Judge Executive Donnie Carroll, PADD Board Chair, introduced U.S. Senator Rand Paul who posed the question "Is the world getting better or worse?". He shared statistics related to poverty, life expectancy, unemployment, and discussed the benefits of keeping government small, allowing people to manage their own money efficiently, taking control of who writes regulatory legislation, and finding a balance of environment and economy to do our best to protect the planet. Federal, state and staff reports were provided. Guest Speaker Andria Barkett, Program Administrator, Kentucky Department of Corrections, gave a slide presentation overview of the Western Kentucky Reentry Council (WKRC) which helps reintegrate justice involved individuals into our local communities by promoting successful rentry through advocacy, economic support and local resources.

Posted on August 14th, 2018

​The monthly meeting of the PADD Board of Directors was held at Baptist Health Madisonville (BHM). Baptist Health Madisonville President, Rob Ramey, welcomed guests and shared historical and current facility information stating they are making improvements to provide excellent rural health care services while facing economic challenges. The best way to succeed is to work collaboratively. PADD Treasurer, Denise Sutton, presented the Financial Report. Federal and State reports were provided by Rep. Jim Gooch, Rachel McCubbin (Paul), Amelia Wilson (Comer), Morgan Alvey (McConnell), Mark Welch (KYTC), and Marta Elliott (USDA).

Staff reports were presented by Amy Frogue, Jill Collins, Sheila Clark and Molly Deahl. Ray Hagerman, President, Hopkins Co. EDC, shared successes in Hopkins Co. thanks to their partnership with PADD and shared information about two upcoming events.

PADD Chairman Judge Donnie Carroll introduced guest speaker, Kim Humphrey, Director of Employee & Community Programs, Alliance Coal Company - River View Coal, shared information about the coal industry, its economic impact, and production facts.

Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, reported several board members and guests had the opportunity to take a tour of Warrior Coal Mine prior to the board meeting and he expressed his appreciation to Kim Humphrey for coordinating the tour.

Posted on July 31st, 2018

​John Holiday, Kentucky 911 Service Board Chair and Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, announced the grants awarded for the board’s 2018 grant cycle. The following agencies in the Pennyrile area were chosen for funding: City of Marion $70,000 (dispatch phone system); Pennyrile Emergency Assistance Board (Caldwell County) $63,000 (replacement of 911 phone system); and Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court $3,900 (integrated protocol software). The 911 Services Board provides direct grants or matching money to: establish and improve E911 services in the Commonwealth; provide incentives to create more efficient delivery of E911 services by local governments; and to improve 911 infrastructure by wireless carriers. A complete list of grant recipients can be viewed on the Kentucky 911 Service Board web page:  Congratulations to all our worthy recipients in the Pennyrile area!

Posted on July 12th, 2018

​On Wednesday, July 11, 2018 KDVA Commissioner Brigadier General Benjamin Adams presented WWII Veteran and former POW Staff Sgt Dudley Riley the medal the 94-year-old earned but never received. He served in the North Africa Campaign and was captured there.
Riley, a resident of the Joseph “Eddie” Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson, wrote a book about his experiences before, during and after the war, titled Farm Boy, Soldier, Daddy: The Journey That Led Him to Where He Is Today.
KDVA Veterans Benefits Field Representative Johnny Allen helped Riley obtain the medal he never received, and arranged for BG Adams to present the medal to Riley in a surprise ceremony today.  There was standing room only for this honorable occasion.

Posted on July 10th, 2018

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville, KY. The board elected four of their members to serve as officers for the next two fiscal years and approved the 2019 Fiscal Year Budget. Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, recognized outgoing Board Chair Lori Harper for her service to the PADD Board of Directors and expressed appreciation for her dedication and contributions and welcomed incoming Board Chair Judge Executive Donnie Carroll (Hopkins Co.). Federal and state reports were provided and the FY 2019 Work Plan was presented by members of the Management Team. New board members Mike Cherry (Caldwell Co), Mayor John Choat (City of Eddyville), and Judge Todd Mansfield (Todd Co) were welcomed.
Outgoing board chair, Lori Harper, recognized
Incoming board chair, Judge Executive Donnie Carroll,  welcomed
New board member, Judge Executive Todd Mansfield (Todd County)
New board member, Mayor John Choat (City of Eddyville)
New board member, Mike Cherry (Caldwell County)

Posted on July 10th, 2018

​The Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors elected four of their members to serve as officers for the next two fiscal years at their July 9, 2018 Board of Directors meeting held in Hopkinsville, KY. Judge Executive Steve Tribble administered the Oath of Office.

The new officers are: Board Chair – Judge Executive Donnie Carroll of Hopkins County; Vice Chair – Mayor Scott Marshall, City of Guthrie; Secretary – Judge Executive Perry Newcom of Crittenden County; and Treasurer – Mrs. Denise Sutton of Lyon County.
​Pictured L to R: Judge Executive Perry Newcom, Mrs. Denise Sutton, Judge Executive Donnie Carroll, Mayor Scott Marshall and Judge Executive Steve Tribble

Posted on June 19th, 2018

​Mayor Carter Hendricks and the Tri Counties Elder Abuse Council celebrated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at the Pardue Lane Dog Park on Friday, June 15, 2018.  Mayor Hendricks released 9 purple balloons representing the 9 counties in the Pennyrile District.  The event was held in partnership with Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation “Movies in the Park”.  The council provided snacks and information about Elder Abuse Awareness and how to report it.

Posted on June 15th, 2018

​World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018 was celebrated today by the Hopkins/ Muhlenberg Elder Abuse Council in downtown Madisonville.  The council along with several community partners came together and bagged over 250 large bags of food that was collected during May – Older American’s Month.  These bags will be given to seniors in the Hopkins county area that may need a little assistance.  Mayor Jackson attended the event and read a proclamation in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Thanks to our many partners that made all this possible.