Pennyrile Area Development District
A Regional Planning & Development Agency
Posted on January 13th, 2017

​The Attorney General’s Office of Senior Protection is continuing its efforts to protect our most vulnerable Kentuckians through public outreach initiatives that are designed to educate and empower seniors across the Commonwealth.  In 2016, we participated in over 80 presentations focusing on emerging scams and the effects of financial exploitation of our seniors.  This year, we are excited to announce that the Office of Senior Protection, in partnership with AARP Kentucky, will be kicking off an “Interfaith Traveling Series” initiative.  We will be traveling the Commonwealth to bring church groups the most up to date information on scams, how they work, and how to avoid victimization.

A celebration will be held at the Capitol Rotunda on Friday, February 17th at 10:30 a.m. ET with a reception to follow.  At this celebration, Attorney General Andy Beshear will unveil a full calendar of events and the churches to be visited.

Posted on December 13th, 2016

​The PADD Board of Directors held its Annual Christmas Luncheon on Monday, December 12th at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Ms. Gina Winchester, KY Department of Parks, welcomed guests. Federal reports were provided by Mr. Tim Thomas (Congressman Mitch McConnell), Mr. Jason Hasert (Senator Rand Paul), and Ms. Sandy Simpson (Congressman James Comer). A look ahead to the 2017 Legislative Session was provided by Senators C.B. Embry, Jr., Stan Humphries, Dorsey Ridley, Whitney Westerfield and Representatives Lynn Bechler and Jim Gooch, Jr. PADD Board Chair Lori Harper presented Representative Brent Yonts with an award from the PADD Board of Directors in appreciation of his Outstanding Service to the Citizens of the Pennyrile region. Representative- Elect Walker Thomas stated he is honored to represent District 8 and is looking forward to serving the citizens of the Pennyrile region in this capacity. Legislators shared that much of the focus in this session will be on legislation such as economic development and job creation, tax modernization, pension reform, US 641, I-69 and Breathitt Parkway completion, juvenile justice reform, and coal severance tax. With a short 30 day session in January, priority legislation will take precedence. Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, expressed his appreciation to all the Legislators for their leadership and support of Pennyrile ADD.
Gina Winchester
Gina Winchester, KY Department of Parks
Senator C.B. Embry, Jr.
Senator C.B. Embry, Jr.
Senator Stan Humphries
Senator Stan Humphries
Senator Dorsey Ridley
Senator Dorsey Ridley
Senator Whitney Westerfield
Senator Whitney Westerfield
Representative Lynn Bechler
Representative Lynn Bechler
Representative Jim Gooch, Jr.
Representative Jim Gooch, Jr.
Representative Brent Yonts
Representative Brent Yonts
Representative Elect Walker Thomas
Representative Elect Walker Thomas
Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director
Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director

Posted on November 15th, 2016

Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on November 14th at 12:00 Noon at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. Federal and State reports were provided and information was shared regarding availability of Area Development Funds, 2016 CEDS Annual Update, Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living, and the 2016 NADO Conference. The Board approved a resolution toadopt the PADD 2016 Update of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy document. Guest Speaker Marion Brown, Executive Director, Sanctuary, Inc., presented information about the programs and services provided to domestic violence and sexual assault victims in the Pennyrile region. Jason Vincent, PADD Excecutive Director, welcomed new PADD Board members Mr. Wade Berry, Mayor's Designee - City of Marion, and Mr. Brian Ahart, Mayor's Designee - City of Cadiz. Mr. Vincent stated the PADD Executive Committee met prior to the Board meeting and appointed Mr. Eddie DeArmond to fill the vacant position on the Pennyrile Development & Governmental Center, Inc. Board of Directors. The Annual Christmas Board Luncheon & Legislative Update will be held on Monday, December 12th at 11:30 a.m. at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.​

Posted on November 4th, 2016

​The Forgotten Angels Project will be gearing up again for its 10th 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?”  We obtain a list of residents that includes a personal item they request. 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 request and other stocking stuffers.
We have a Stocking Stuffer list of items, please see the back of this letter.  These items are basic items that you and I generally take for granted.  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 Friday, December 9th, 2016.
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 began 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 2016 with your help.
To adopt an angel or if you have any questions please contact:
Cindy Tabor
Pennyrile District Ombudsman

Posted on November 2nd, 2016

"Our Nation was founded on the fundamental ideal that we all do better when we look out for one another, and every day, millions of Americans from every walk of life balance their own needs with those of their loved ones as caregivers."
“This month, and every month, let us lift up all those who work to tirelessly advance the health and wellness of those they love. Let us encourage those who choose to be caregivers and look toward a future where our politics and our policies reflect the selflessness and open-hearted empathy they show their loved ones every day.”

- President Barack Obama, October 31, 2016
President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. You can view the text of the proclamation here and see additional background, including this year’s Theme for National Family Caregivers Month.
Caregiver Action Network (the National Family Caregivers Association) is the organization that chooses the theme for National Family Caregivers Month annually and spearheads celebration of NFC Month nationally.
National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November – is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. Caregiver Action Network began promoting national recognition of family caregivers in 1994. President Clinton signed the first NFC Month Presidential Proclamation in 1997 and every president since has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November.
Day in and day out, 90 million family caregivers in this country fulfill a vital role on the care team. No one else is in a better position to ensure continuity of care. Family caregivers are the most familiar with their care recipients’ medications and treatments; and they understand best their dietary and exercise needs.
Caregiver Action Network coordinates National Family Caregivers Month (NFC Month) as a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. Celebrating Family Caregivers during NFC month enables all of us to:
·         Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
·         Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
·         Educate family caregivers about self-identification
·         Increase support for family caregivers

Posted on November 1st, 2016

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) is available for review and comment.  Click image below to view document.

Posted on October 31st, 2016

​The Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, November 9th at the Pennyrile ADD office, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (local time). This is a very important meeting as some changes will be announced and new members are introduced.

Director Jarred Ball from Kentucky Office of Homeland Security will be speaking on behalf of Executive Director Holiday about emerging threats and future trends. We look forward to seeing you there!

​Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in
first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster
relief, and community safety.

Posted on October 31st, 2016

​PADD Receives NADO 2016 Innovation Award for Veteran’s Directed Home and Community Based Services Program

​The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is the first and only AAAIL in Kentucky to become an approved provider through the Veteran’s Administration Readiness Review process. The Pennyrile is a provider of Veteran’s Directed Home and Community Based Services. These services are designed to enhance home-based services for veterans. The program offers eligible veterans a flexible budget to purchase services to assist them to live independently at home in the community. Program services include a functional assessment, home-based services, options counseling, support services, and financial management. The program offers service to veteran’s in the Pennyrile, Green River and Purchase districts. The program is made possible in part, through an agreement with the Marion, Illinois Veterans Administration Medical Center.

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2016 Annual Training Conference, held October 15-18 in San Antonio, TX. The 2016 class of award recipients consists of 96 projects spanning 28 states. These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO and Esri and include project summaries, funding information, and partners. The Story Map is available online at:

Posted on October 31st, 2016

​The Todd County Fiscal Court and the Pennyrile Area Development District received a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the Todd County Career Path Institute at the October 2016 NADO Annual Conference.

The Todd County Career Path Institute is 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, the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance, and the Pennyrile Area Development District, and is a first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Todd County Career Path Institute project specifically consisted of the construction of a new 15,765 sq. ft. self-contained building that houses program administration space, instructional space, workshop space, toilet rooms and utility space. The building design accommodates programmatic changes which may occur over time due to the evolving needs in workforce training. It is possible that the workshop areas can be reconfigured. The new building is sited to allow for expansion, allowing for program growth
and/or reconfiguration.

The Todd County Career Path Institute began offering classes in the fall semester of 2016 to residents of Todd County, as well as surrounding counties in the region through the Hopkinsville Community College service area. Initial programming includes certification tracks for Machine Tool, Industrial Maintenance, and Welding; Soft Skill training will also be a critical component of the programs offered at the facility. Each program has the capacity to graduate 30 students annually in each of the three programs; these students will graduate with an industry recognized certificate in those fields that will allow them to be employed immediately.

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2016 Annual Training Conference, held October 15-18 in San Antonio, TX. The 2016 class of award recipients consists of 96 projects spanning 28 states. These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO and Esri and include project summaries, funding information, and partners. The Story Map is available online at:

“Since 1986 through its Innovation Awards program, NADO has recognized the transformative work regional development organizations perform every day. Award-winning projects showcase best practices across the country in regional development that support prosperous communities, stronger local economies, and improved quality of life for residents,” said 2015-2016 NADO Board President Jeffrey Kiely, Executive Director of the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, located in Gallup, New Mexico.

Posted on October 31st, 2016

Scammers Want Your Money & Personal Information
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Please join the Attorney General Andy Beshear
as he shares how to protect yourself against scams.

When:    Friday, November 4, 2016
Where:   PACS Christian County Senior Center
1402 W. 7th Street, Hopkinsville, KY
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

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