Pennyrile Area Development District
A Regional Planning & Development Agency
Posted on March 22nd, 2017

​Nora “Mae” Ladd celebrated her 100th birthday on March 18, 2017 at the Renaissance Center, Cadiz, KY.  A party was held in her honor where Senator Stan Humphries presented her with a Citation in recognition of her 100th year birthday.  There were many family and friends from the community who joined in this wonderful celebration.  Cindy Tabor, District Ombudsman, was also privileged to be invited to her party in this celebration of life. 

Posted on March 21st, 2017

​A delegation from Pennyrile Area Development District met with Secretary Elaine Chao at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 20, 2017.  Discussion with Secretary Chao and her staff included I-69, Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway Interstate Designation, US 641, Land Between the Lakes and Infrastructure planning.

Posted on March 13th, 2017

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville. In addition to staff reports regarding Community & Economic Development, Pennyrile AAAIL, and West KY Workforce, Federal and State reports were presented by State Representative Walker Thomas, Rachel McCubbin/U.S Senator Rand Paul's Office, and Amelia Wilson, U.S. Congressman James Comer's Office. Mr. Gregory Copley, East KY Regional Office, UK Center of Applied Energy Research, shared information regarding an Energy Savings Performance Program with the Department for Local Government and upcoming High Performance Public Facilities Workshops on March 22nd at Hazard Community & Technical College and on May 24th at Madisonville Community & Technical College. Keynote Speaker Dr. Brian Van Horn, M.P.A., Ed. D., Associate Provost for Murray State Univeristy Regional Academic Outreach (RAO), gave a slide presentation overview about RAO as a regional service unit that provides lifelong learning to virtually anyone, anywhere. RAO has four regional campus locations providing 21 bachelor and master degree programs, 23 online programs, and an Integrated Studies program. Despite challenges such as changing times, budget challenges and peformance funding, Dr. Van Horn expressed his appreciation for making higher education a priority in western Kentucky.

Posted on March 13th, 2017

The Pennyrile Area Development District is taking bids on two (2) 2014 Ford Interceptors in which have recently been declared as surplus by the PADD's Executive Committee.  

The approximate mileage on each vehicle is listed below:
Gray 2014 Ford Interceptor - 90,000 miles
Silver 2014 Ford Interceptor - 87,000 miles

Bids will be received through the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on March 31, 2017.  We are limiting the bidding to cities, counties, and units of local government.  No bids under $6,500 will be considered.  PADD reserves the right to reject any or all bids.  There will be no formal bid opening meeting.  All bids will be available for inspection after the cutoff date.

The vehicles can be inspected at the PADD office during regular working hours, which are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please call either Jason Vincent or Alisha Sutton if you would like to schedule an inspection.

Posted on March 8th, 2017

​The quarterly meeting of the Pennyrile Advisory Council on Aging met on March 8, 2017. Council members and guests received updates from AAAIL staff regarding programs, services, waiting lists and upcoming events.
The guest speaker was Doug Foster with Honor Flight- Bluegrass Chapter. He provided information and history on the Honor Flight and how Veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam may apply.
If you know a Veteran who may be interested, please contact Jill Collins at or call 1-866-844-4396.

Posted on February 17th, 2017

Posted on February 10th, 2017

​The Todd County Fiscal Court has been awarded $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the Todd County Health Department Expansion Project.  The project will consist of a 3,970 square foot addition to provide space for staff that will allow them to increase productivity, improve service capabilities, and centralize their operations with an opportunity to grow in additional service areas.
The City of Guthrie has been awarded $100,000 in CDBG funds for the Koppers Natural Gas Line Project.  The project will construct a natural gas line to Koppers Industries to allow them to convert wood fired boilers to gas fired boilers, resulting in the creation of approximately 5 new jobs.

Posted on January 30th, 2017

​May is Older America’s Month.  To celebrate Older American’s Month, the Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is requesting information to help us locate and honor all older persons 100 years of age and older throughout the Pennyrile district.  The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living will provide a recognition plaque for those individuals who are or will be 100 years of age or older on or before December 31, 2017.
To learn more about this special project, please contact Jill Collins at or call 866-844-4396. 

​If you know of a Centenarian in your community, please contact the Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living to provide their name, birthdate and contact information using the form below.

Posted on January 27th, 2017

​Sixty percent of nursing home residents have no visitors--no family or friends to check on them or cheer them up. Research shows that long-term care residents receive better care when they have regular outside visitors.
With just a few minutes each week, YOU could change a resident's life, and help improve the quality of care they receive.
Learn more at our Friendly Visitor Orientation
Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2:00-4:30 pm
Pennyrile Area Development District
300 Hammond Drive
Hopkinsville, KY  42240
Please RSVP to Cindy Tabor
or 270-886-9484

Click Here to Download the Flyer

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
Be Ready.  Protect your family.  Sign up for Scam Alerts.

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.