Pennyrile Area Development District
A Regional Planning & Development Agency
Posted on October 3rd, 2016

​This week marks the beginning of a month long celebration of residents' rights. Spend time this month honoring residents living in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, sub-acute units, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities. Residents' Rights Month is a time for celebration and recognition offering an opportunity for every facility to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity, respect, and the value of each individual resident. The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2016 is "My Vote Matters" with the goal of highlighting residents' right to vote and participate in the political process.  To learn more about Residents' Rights Month 2016 click here.

Resident's Voice
As a part of Residents' Rights Month, the Consumer Voice held the annual Resident's Voice Challenge where residents from across the country submitted stories, artwork, poems, and photos representing this year's theme. We received many thoughtful responses which can be viewed on our website.

Posted on September 29th, 2016

The Pennyrile Area Develpment District is hosting a Lender Seminar: "Non-Traditional" Lending Programs on October 20, 2016.  The seminar will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and lunch will be provided.  The seminar is open to all commercial lenders and community/economic development organizations.  Presenters include:
Small Business Administration (SBA)
MSU Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
UDA - Business Services
Community Ventures
Pennyrile Area Development District
and more...
Or you may also RSVP to Cheri Farmer at (270) 886-9484 or
Lender Seminar

Posted on September 29th, 2016

​The 2016 Pennyrile Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease was held Saturday, September 24th in Hopkinsville. Before the Walk there were information booths; testimonies from persons with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, and advocates; announcements for those raising the most money in the different team categories. 

The Pennyrile Area Development District’s Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living Division manned a booth and gave out information related specifically to care of persons with dementia as well as services in general for the elderly and/or disabled.

Several hundred people turned out on a warm morning and walked around the Justice Center and along a two mile path going through downtown Hopkinsville. The participants celebrated the efforts of all the caregivers and the people who raised funds. This year over $95,000 was presented to the Alzheimer’s Association for research to end Alzheimer’s. That was about $3000 over last year. The Pennyrile Walk has traditionally raised more funds per capita than most others in the nation.

Posted on September 13th, 2016

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville.  Federal and State reports were provided by Marti Wiles, Senator Mitch McConnell, Jason Hasert/Senator Rand Paul, Emily Taylor, TVA and Katie Moyer, DLG.  Several PADD staff reports were presented including Water/Wastewater Updates and Call for Projects, Eclipse Planning, Participant Directed Services and Home & Community Base Waiver, Workforce WorkReady certifications, Hiring Heroes, job fairs and Right of Choice program. The Board re-appointed Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble and Crittenden County Citizen Member Bart Frazer as the board representatives to the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts. Jason Vincent, Executive Director, announced the resignation of Mayor Frank Stafford, City of Mortons Gap and welcomed Chris Phelps who was appointed as Mayor by City Council on September 8th.  Mayor Phelps stated he is honored to be appointed to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Stafford and he will continue to support efforts for the betterment of Morton’s Gap and the Pennyrile Region.  On Mayor Stafford’s behalf, he expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the PADD Board of Directors, PADD Staff and Legislators. 
Jamie Lawrence, Water Management Coordinator
Pat Lee, GIS Manager & Kyle Cunningham, GIS/Community Development Specialist
Karen Wallace, Right Choice Program
Chris Phelps, Mayor of Mortons Gap

Posted on September 12th, 2016

​Each year in September we pause to honor our nation’s senior centers. The 2016 National Senior Center Month theme, Find Balance at Your Center!, highlights how senior centers are providing programs that focus on the whole person allowing seniors to live healthier lives and stay involved in their communities. I have had the pleasure of visiting senior centers around the country and I have seen firsthand how these community hubs are linking older adults with critical programs and services.

Click here to read more.

Posted on September 12th, 2016

Naturefest at Jeffers Bend will be held Saturday, September 17th from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  The theme this year is Naturefest - Family Event for Health and Wellness.  Admission is $10 per car or $15 per bus - up to 25 people or $30 per bus - 26 people or above, or $5 per car for Military with ID.

Many activities have been scheduled for the day.  For more information, call Pennyrile RC&D/Jeffers Bend at (270) 885-5600.

View the brochure here

Posted on August 29th, 2016

​Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor's Office

Contact: Amanda Stamper
Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo

Gov. Matt Bevin Presents 2016 Spirit of Kentucky Award to Todd County Career Path InstituteRegional Partnership Honored at 41st Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2016) - Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo today presented the 2016 Spirit of Kentucky Award to the Todd County Career Path Institute. The institute was created through a partnership of local elected officials and community members that pooled resources to construct the regional technical training facility. The award was presented as part of the 41st Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference.

“We commend the local officials and community members who made this dream a reality for our Todd County citizens. I am so proud of the unselfish teamwork that led to the creation of this Institute. What a great example of Kentuckians pulling together,” said Gov. Bevin. “The Todd County Career Path Institute provides training that is critical for developing a highly skilled and qualified workforce that will attract and retain jobs in southwestern Kentucky.”

Todd County’s Board of Education pursued resources to construct a technical training facility for over 30 years as Todd County High School vocational students commuted by bus an hour a day to the Russellville Vocational School. Financing soon developed through collaboration by local elected officials and with the help of the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance, to focus the training facility toward high school and adult training opportunities.

The Todd County Career Path Institute project was funded utilizing a combination of public resources, including Economic Development funds, Community Development Block Grant funds and local funds from the Todd County Fiscal Court. The project was a cooperative partnership between the Todd County Fiscal Court, Christian County Fiscal Court, Todd County Board of Education, Todd County Industrial Foundation, the Hopkinsville Community College and the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance. It is the first of its kind in Kentucky.

The Institute provides training for students and adults in key regional workforce needs such as welding, program logistic controllers, electrical circuit training, robotics, hydraulics and pneumatics. Equipment has been installed and the Institute opened May 10, 2016. Classes start in Fall 2016 and will be taught by Hopkinsville Community College faculty. The 16,000 square foot facility is located behind Todd County High School.

Todd County suffers from lower than state average educational attainment levels, lower than state average income levels, and higher than state average unemployment rates, at 9.3 percent unemployment. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, approximately 35.8 percent of the jobs in Todd County are manufacturing or trade/transportation/utilities. Over the past 14 years, Todd County has lost approximately 1,100 of these jobs due to plant downsizing, relocation, or closure. With continued large industry development adjacent to Todd County, some estimates for future job creation range from 2,000 to 5,000 new jobs in the coming years. With the addition of these new jobs comes the need for a highly skilled and qualified workforce.

“Congratulations to our Todd and Christian County colleagues on this exceptional regional partnership and on this well-deserved award,” said Commissioner Dunahoo. “Through partnerships across county lines between business and industry, educational institutions, and community leaders, this project could be replicated in our other communities to promote and maintain a quality standard of living for our citizens.”

Spirit of Kentucky Award
The Spirit of Kentucky Award is given annually to sponsors of a public project that demonstrate cost effective coordination of government resources among multiple government groups.
Nominations for the Spirit of Kentucky Award were submitted to DLG for consideration. Projects eligible for nomination include those of government, public service, private non-profit or quasi-governmental groups or agencies.

Governor’s Local Issues Conference
The Governor’s Local Issues Conference brings together over 800 county and city local government officials and community advocates from across the Commonwealth for education and networking through a variety of workshops and general sessions. The conference is currently being held August 24-26 at the Galt House in Louisville. For a detailed agenda and program, please visit

Photo caption (attached): Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo today presented the 2016 Spirit of Kentucky Award to the Todd County Career Path Institute.

Posted on August 19th, 2016

The Pennyrile Area Development District would like to congratulate ​Broadbent B and B Foods of Kuttawa.  They are the owner of the Grand Champion Ham at the Kentucky State Fair.  The Pennyril ADD, among others, proudly assisted Broadbent B & B with the expansion of their business.

Posted on August 15th, 2016

​Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Pennyrile Area Development District

​Presented by Ms. Amye Bensenhaver, Former Assistant Attorney General and Trace Kirkwood & Kris Justus, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Open Meetings/Open Records : 9:00 - 12:00 Noon CDT
Open Records Act: Purpose and Construction , General Requirements, duties in Responding to Open Records Requests, Copying costs Formatting Statutory, Exceptions to the Right of Inspection, Legal Challenges, Role of the Attorney General.
Open Meetings Act: Purpose and Construction, General Requirements, Duties in Responding to Open Meetings Complaints, Statutory Exceptions Authorizing, and Requirement for, Closed Sessions, Regular and Special Meetings/Video Teleconferencing, Legal Challenges, Role of the Attorney General.

Lunch “on your own”: 12:00—1:00 p.m. CDT (Restaurant list will be provided) ​

Records Management: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. CDT 
Basic principles of managing public records, Use of retention schedules, Destruction of obsolete records. Electronic Records: Maintaining & Preserving Electronic Records, Management E-Mail Records

​Who Should Attend
City and County Officials, Public Agency Employees or Representatives, Attorneys Representing State or Local Government Agencies, SPGE’s, Education Administrators

Training Credit approved through the KY County Officials Training Program (DLG), KY City Officials Training Center (KLC) and Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) for Government Attorneys and Kentucky Department of Revenue for Property Valuation Administrators.


Posted on August 12th, 2016

​LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Fifty community leaders have successfully completed the year-long Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a program of the Delta Regional Authority. The Executive Academy is a training program that brings together business and community leaders from each of the eight states of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions for a collaborative leadership development experience, emphasizing regional approaches to growing local economies and creating opportunities for the people of the Delta region.

Each graduate completed leadership development coursework and field studies in the year-long program that included five sessions in Delta communities and one session in Washington, DC.

Four DLI fellows represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky this year:
Brandi Harless of PaducahMark Lee of MadisonvilleMayor Carolyn Townsend of DixonChris Wooldridge of Murray“These four local leaders are devoting their time and talent to create a better Kentucky,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “As graduates of this rigorous leadership program, they will now have new skills and resources to help move their communities forward and strengthen local economic development opportunities.”

In addition to the program certificate, participants graduate with an industry-recognized certification in Crucial Conversations. Present for the ceremony were Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill, Alternate Federal Co-Chairman Mike Marshall, and Sandy Dunahoo, commissioner of the Department of Local Government and Governor Bevin’s designee to the DRA Board.

“For our communities to grow and support strong economies that create opportunities for Delta residents, we need local leaders that understand the local and regional challenges that we face as well as the networks and resources that can help identify solutions and address these challenges,” Chairman Masingill said. “The Delta Leadership Institute’s dynamic programming and ever-growing alumni network are helping to meet this need and empower our region’s leaders to make the Delta a better place to live and work.”

About Delta Regional Authority
The DRA is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. Through the Rural Communities Advancement Program, the DRA has provided leadership development to more than 400 community leaders over ten years and strengthened regional collaboration with its Delta Leadership Institute.

Picture Caption (left to right): Sandy Dunahoo of the Department of Local Government, Brandi Harless of Paducah, Mark Lee of Madisonville, Chris Wooldridge of Murray, and Chris Masingill and Mike Marshall of the Delta Regional Authority.

Click Here to Learn More About Delta Regional Authority

Posted on August 5th, 2016

On Thursday, August 4th, Rep. Myron Dossett of Pembroke and a group of dedicated professionals representing first responders from the Pennyrile Area Development District traveled to Frankfort to discuss the importance of Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Kentucky.
Citizen Corps and CERT are volunteer organizations that focus on preparing individuals through education, training and service to make communities better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health crises, and disasters of all kinds.
“Kentucky and the nation benefit greatly from volunteers that selflessly donate the precious gift of personal time to groups like Citizen Corps and CERT,” remarked KOHS Executive Director John Holiday. “It’s organizations like these that empower individual citizens through their volunteerism to maximize survivability for themselves, their families and their communities in the event of an emergency.”
The delegation, representing the Citizen Corps Council, shared stories of the tremendous impact these groups have made in rural communities across the Pennyrile ADD.

Posted on August 4th, 2016

​The Pennyrile Region is better prepared for disasters with the recent approval of their local hazard mitigation plan, which is a long-term strategy to reduce the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters.

The plan identifies hazards and potential hazards in the Pennyrile Region, and it creates a framework to help community officials make decisions that may ultimately protect lives and property.

The plan also outlines a strategy for implementing mitigation projects in The Pennyrile Region. Through projects such as drainage basins and floodplain land acquisition, The Pennyrile Region
is taking proactive steps to lessen the impact of future disasters and the costly expenses associated with them.

History shows that the physical, financial and emotional losses caused by disasters can be reduced significantly through hazard mitigation planning. The planning process encourages communities to integrate mitigation with day-to-day decision making regarding land-use planning, floodplain management, site design and other activities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reviews and approves state, tribal and local hazard mitigation plans, which are required as a condition for states and communities to receive certain types of disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. State mitigation plans must be approved every five years, and local and tribal mitigation plans must be approved at least once every five years.

Posted on August 3rd, 2016

The Small Business Tool Kit will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, August 17-18, 2016, in Caldwell, Christian, Lyon, Todd, and Trigg Counties. There is no cost to attend these one-hour presentations. Those who should attend include bankers, investors, CPA’s, accountants, small business owners and anyone who works with small business owners to help them become successful. Attendees will learn about free resources available through the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development including the Kentucky Innovation Network, Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit, Kentucky Small Business Credit Initiative, and the Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit.
Marilyn LeBourveau, Project Manager for the Office of Entrepreneurship of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development will present a summary of the programs offered to small business owners and investors. Loretta Daniel, Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network at Murray State University, will also discuss free assistance of business planning, marketing research, financial assistance, and more. There will be a question and answer time after the presentation.
​To register for one of these workshops, go to Meeting locations for each of the five sessions are listed on the event website. Deadline to register is Monday, August 15, 2016. Seating is limited. For more information, contact the Kentucky Innovation Network Office at Murray State University at (270) 809-6071 or email Loretta Daniel at

Posted on August 1st, 2016

​All of us at ACL are celebrating a historic milestone for Americans with disabilities and older Americans: the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA made clear that people with disabilities of all ages should experience equal opportunity, independent living, economic self-sufficiency, and full participation in all aspects of society. From curb cuts and accessible buses to the integration of people with disabilities in schools, workplaces, businesses, and neighborhoods, the ADA has made our communities more accessible and more inclusive.

We hope you will join us in celebrating these accomplishments. Just as importantly, we hope you will join us in continuing the work of making the ADA’s vision a reality for all Americans.

As President Barak Obama made clear in his proclamation celebrating the ADA’s anniversary: “… we know our work to expand opportunity and confront the stigma that persists surrounding disabilities is not yet finished: We have to address the injustices that linger and remove the barriers that remain.”

The ADA National Network and its ten regional ADA Centers are one great tool for this work. Funded by ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the ADA National Network provides a comprehensive “one-stop” resource for information, guidance and training on the ADA.

The network has developed an ADA Anniversary Toolkit which includes a  timeline and overviewof the ADA as well as ideas for celebrating the anniversary.

Last year, ACL celebrated the 25th anniversary of the ADA with a guest blog series featuring reflections from a number of disability community leaders. Here are just a few highlights:
Stay tuned to ACL’s Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week for ADA resources and stories.

Posted on July 22nd, 2016

​Attorney General, Andy Beshear spoke to a group of citizens today in Madisonville regarding scams and consumer protection.
Information was provided regarding how to report a scam, and how to sign up for Kentucky's "No Call" list.
To learn more about how to protect your family from scammers, contact the Office of the Attorney General at 888-432-9257.
You may also contact the Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living at 866-844-4396.

Posted on July 21st, 2016

​FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 19, 2016) – Brewco Marketing Group, a Central City based experiential marketing agency, will grow its footprint in Muhlenberg County with 18 new jobs and a $600,000 investment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

“Brewco has become a permanent fixture at NASCAR and other major events in recent years, and it’s encouraging to see the company expanding its operations in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin. “This project, bringing 18 new jobs in addition to the 10 committed to last year, promises to make a long-lasting positive impact on the Central City community. We are thankful to Brewco for this investment and look forward to our continuing partnership. ”

Due to recent and anticipated growth, Brewco’s construction plan involves two phases. Phase I will repurpose 2,500 square feet of an existing warehouse into administrative offices. Phase II will add an 8,500-square-foot production facility to the company’s campus. 

Brewco plans to hire 18 full-time employees for its fabrication shop, front office and touring programs. The company also plans to purchase new equipment to accommodate additional clientele, including the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. 

“We have been fortunate to have a team of skilled craftsmen that can meet the demands of some of the most recognizable corporate names in the world including McDonald’s, General Motors, Swedish Match North America, Compassion International, Kohler, Kimberly-Clark and General Mills, to name a few,” said Shane Kennedy, president and general manager of Brewco. “With the help of our existing client base and our new clients coming on board in 2017, we are poised for significant growth, necessitating us to grow our workforce, expand our facilities and purchase additional equipment to meet the growing demand for our products and services.”

Brewco creates unique and memorable brand experiences, placing products directly in the hands of target audiences through customized marketing campaigns. Brewco has quickly become one of the leading experiential marketing agencies in the nation, with a strong client portfolio. 

Founded in 1997, the company grew from a Kentucky-based NASCAR team to a national force in the growing experiential marketing arena with facilities in Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. The company currently employs a total of 147 people across all areas of operation.

Sen. C.B. Embry, of Morgantown, thanked Brewco for its investment and said he expects the expansion to be a boon to the community.

“As a returning investor in Kentucky jobs, I thank Brewco for its continued interest in our state,” Sen. Embry said. “I welcome Brewco’s expansion of its Central City operation and look forward to the new opportunities brought to the region.”

Rep. Brent Yonts, of Greenville, said Brewco has been a great corporate partner to Muhlenberg County for years.

“Brewco Marketing Group has been a great asset to our community, and this latest news comes as no surprise, given its success over the years,” said Rep. Brent Yonts, of Greenville. “Its work has also been the catalyst for other economic development projects in the area, further proof of its positive impact. I want to thank its leaders for investing even more, and I’m proud our state and local governments could play a role in creating these jobs.”

Central City Mayor Barry Shaver said the project highlights Brewco’s dedication to the community.

“The city of Central City is excited to hear of the expansion of our local Brewco Marketing facility,” Mayor Shaver said. “The need for increased storage expansion shows their dedicated and hard-work efforts have paid off for this ever-growing business, which will include upwards of 18 new employees. (This is) a proud day for Central City and Muhlenberg County.” 

Muhlenberg County Judge-Executive Rick Newman commended Brewco for its contribution.
“It is exciting to know Brewco Marketing is expanding their business in our county with the addition of another facility,” Judge Newman said. “Anytime you can add 18 new jobs to your existing workforce it is a welcome sight. We commend Brewco Marketing for all they do and have done to contribute to Muhlenberg County’s economy.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Brewco in late February for tax incentives up to $480,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.  

In addition, Brewco can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies are eligible to receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. Last year, the Kentucky Skills Network trained more than 84,000 employees from more than 5,600 Kentucky companies.

For more information on Brewco Marketing Group, visit

A detailed community profile for Muhlenberg County can be viewed at
Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.

Posted on July 14th, 2016

​“The Older Americans Act clearly affirms our nation’s sense of responsibility toward the well-being of all of our older citizens. But even more, the results of this act will help us to expand our opportunities for enriching the lives of all of our citizens in this country, now and in the years to come.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke these words 51 years ago today as he signed the Older Americans Act (OAA) into law. In the decades since, the OAA has indeed enriched the lives of many as the foundation for a system of services and supports that helps millions of older adults continue to work, play, and volunteer in their communities, to the great benefit of all. The OAA underpins a promise to preserve the right to live independently, with dignity, making everyday decisions according to our individual preferences and goals across our lifespan.

In April of this year, Congress passed and the President signed a reauthorization of the OAA, reaffirming our nation’s commitment to the health and well-being of older adults. This was the latest of many milestones for the law over the last 51 years.

​Learn about earlier milestones and the OAA’s impact on older adults today (click on either image below for the corresponding full-size, accessible infographic PDF):

Posted on July 11th, 2016

​PADD held their monthly Board of Directors meeting on Monday, June 11, 2016. Members of the PADD Management Team presented information about programs and services. The FY 2017 proposed budget was presented and approved by the full Board. Two changes were recommeded by the Executive Commitee to the PADD Bylaws and were approved by the Board of Directors. Several Federal and State reports were provided. Jason Vincent, Executive Director, welcome new PADD Board Member, Mr. Chris Phelps. Mr. Phelps has been appointed as designee for Mayor Frank Stafford, City of Mortons Gap.

Posted on July 11th, 2016

​Do You Receive Scam Calls?
Please join Attorney General Andy Beshear
to learn about scams and what you can do to protect yourself.
When: Friday, July 22, 2016
Where: Hopkins County Cooperative Extension Office
75 Cornwall Dr., Madisonville
Time: 10 A.M.

Posted on July 11th, 2016

​The Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors elected four of their members to serve as officers for the next two fiscal years at the July 11, 2016 Board of Directors meeting held in Hopkinsville, KY.

The new officers are: Board Chair – Ms. Lori Harper of Christian County; Vice Chair - Judge Executive Donnie Carroll of Hopkins County; Secretary – Mayor Scott Marshall, City of Guthrie; and Treasurer – Judge Perry Newcom of Crittenden County.

​The Pennyrile Area Development District is the statutory regional planning and development organization for west Kentucky's nine county Pennyrile region, which includes Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg counties.
​(Pictured L to R: Lori Harper, Judge Executive Donnie Carroll, Judge Executive Perry Newcom, and Judge Executive Steve Tribble; not pictured: Mayor Scott Marshall)