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KIPDA December 2014 Newsletter
December Monthly Meeting Schedule
Healthy Reentry Coalition Meeting: Monday,December 1st @ 3:00PM in the Burke Room Salt River Regional Wastewater Workgroup 60% Public Presentation: Thursday, December 4th @ 6:00 pm in the Burke Room Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council Meeting: Wednesday, December 10th @ 10:00AM in the Burke Room Transportation Technical Coordinating Committee Meeting: Wednesday, December 10th @ 1:00PM Location TBD Healthy Reentry Coalition Meeting: Monday, December 15th@ 3:00PM in the Burke Room Healthy Reentry Coalition Meeting: Monday, December 29th@ 3:00PM in the Burke Room
Grant County Judge/Executive Darrell Link will become the new Executive Director for the Kentucky Council of Area Districts on January 1st, 2015.
Link has served as Judge/Executive of Grant County since 1999 and presided as former President of the KY County Judge Executive Association. Graduating Northern Kentucky University with an AAS in Business Administration, and prior to his election as Judge/Executive, Judge Link worked as a manager for AT&T. He is actively involved in many civic and community organizations including Northern KY ADD Board of Directors.
"Judge Link will be a great addition to the ADD family across the Commonwealth. As opportunity presents itself, please join us as we welcome Judge Link to the team serving local governments and our respective regions," - Jack F. Couch, KIPDA Executive Director.
KIPDA Annual Board Meeting and Luncheon
KIPDA hosted its Annual Board Meeting and Luncheon at the Marriott Louisville East on November 25th. Attendees heard from speakers Tony Wilder (Commissioner of the Department for Local Government), Jack F. Couch (KIPDA Executive Director), and the 2014 KIPDA Board Chairman Jeff Gahan (New Albany Mayor).
Barbara Gordon, KIPDA Director of Social Services, presented The Highlands Community Ministries Senior Center with the SE4A (Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging) Award.
Four KIPDA staff members were recognized for their years of service:
·Jennifer Wahle, Network Administrator, 15 years
·Adam Forseth, GIS Department Manager, 20 years
·Michelle Wade, ADRC Team Leader, 20 years
·Bev Claxon, Administrative Secretary, 20 years
KIPDA would like to introduce the 2015 officers for the KIPDA Board of Directors:
·Bernard Bowling, Saint Matthews Mayor – Chairman
·Jerry Powell, Trimble County Judge Executive – Vice Chairman
·Jack Coffman, President of the Clark County Board of Commissioners - Secretary/Treasurer
Trimble County Receives Work Ready In Progress Certification
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that Boone, Campbell, Hardin and Kenton counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities and Fleming, Grant, Johnson, Martin, Ohio, Perry and Trimble counties have achieved Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress status.
The Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification program from the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB) and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skill necessary to staff existing jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require.
HCM Senior Services Outreach Program for Older Persons
HCM Shaffer Enrichment Center-Life Long Learning and Arts Model
In July of 2001, a fiery redhead named Roz Shaffer realized a vision for a senior center that would engage and enrich the lives of those aged 60 plus. The Highlands Community Ministries Senior Center, located at the Douglas Boulevard Christian Church, opened and has been thriving ever since. In 2006, Roz retired and the Center was renamed the HCM Shaffer Enrichment Center to honor her vision and service to it as well as to attract younger seniors under the age of 60. Now housed in the purposed Historic Woodbourne House, older persons of all ages can participate in exciting health promoting, with educational and recreational act ivies all surrounded by 19th century charm. The Center serves over 800 unduplicated clients annually and that number continues to grow thanks to the wide range of programs, classes, and services that are offered.
Milton-Madison Bridge Wins NADO 2014 Excellence in
Regional Transportaion Award
Add another award to the list of accomplishments for the new Milton-Madison Bridge! the longest slide bridge in North America was dedicated in October and it was chosen as a recipient of the NADO 2014 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award. NADO is the National Association of Development Organizations. The association and its' members promote regional strategies, partnerships, and solutions to strengthen the economic competitiveness and quality of life across America's local communities.
KIPDA Transportation Visits Henry County Senior Center
Getting public comments and explaining the transportation planning process is vital in making sure all citizens in the KIPDA region are informed and understand their significance. On November 12th, a member of the KIPDA Transportation staff visited the Henry County Senior Center to discuss the Henry County Highway Plan projects and the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan.
It seems hard to believe that the KIPDA region was once without regular transit service, because TARC is obviously necessary and integral to so many people's lives. But it was not until the elections of 1974 that the voters of Jefferson County approved a referendum to fund public transit. The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) provides public transportation in the Greater Louisville area with bus routes in Jefferson, Bullitt, and Oldham counties in Kentucky and Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana.
On November 10th, dignitaries from local, state, and federal levels celebrated the 40th anniversary of TARC at Union Station.