*Since there is the possibility that a meeting could be canceled, relocated or rescheduled please call the KIPDA office at (502) 266-6084 to confirm a meeting prior to attending.
Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency will make every reasonable accommodation to assist qualified disabled persons in accessing available services or in attending agency activities. If there is a need for KIPDA to be aware of a specific accommodation, you are encouraged to contact this agency at least one week in advance of the meeting so that suitable arrangements can be considered for the delivery of the service or attendance requirement prior to the activity.
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Area Development Districts
Let’s face it: Area Development Districts are often mentioned but frequently misunderstood. Most people have a vague idea of the function of these organizations – Kentucky has 15 ADDs – which are vital conduits funding many state agencies but also foster many facets of human services, community development and workforce development.
Perhaps only the employees immersed in the daily mission of Area Development Districts, and their individual governing boards’ members, have a true understanding of their profound impact on the agencies they benefit and the state as a whole. For that reason, The Lane Report sat down with Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts Executive Director Darrell Link and other officials to illuminate the inner workings of ADDs.
The first surprising fact is that Kentucky’s ADDs have been around nearly five decades. The 15 entities in the Bluegrass State’s network comprise a collaboration of a large, diverse constituency of all 120 counties and 418 cities. Kentucky’s ADDs are governed by 572 board members and employ 850 people.
The mission: better quality of life
“Our strategic mission is simple: Together (the ADDs) foster regional strategies, solutions and partnerships that improve the quality of life for all citizens living in the commonwealth,” Link said.
They do it by working with federal and state officials, local government shareholders, and private- and nonprofit-sector partners. Historically, ADDs were created to pursue three key roles in regional development:
• Area-wide planning, program development and program coordination functions.
• Assisting local governments in provision of local services.
• Promoting and actively pursuing a public/private partnership at the local level as the basis for developing and strengthening the local economy.
“ADDs are a model for good governance, transparency and accountability,” Link said. “Because our governing boards are comprised of judge/executives, mayors and prominent community citizen members, they are in a unique position to hold each other accountable. Every budget and dollar is accountable; every program and service is reviewed regularly; and every policy enacted is fully vetted, debated and voted on by the board. All meetings are public, and all information is available on our websites and upon request.”
Kim Huston, president of the Nelson County Economic Development Agency, has benefitted from the Lincoln Trail ADD for 15 years.
“What I respect most about LTADD is that it’s governed by a board made up of our region’s city and county leaders who determine what the needs are of our local communities,” she said. “For our eight-county region, LTADD has been the local entity that ensures implementation of the specific public purpose of each federal award and takes responsibility for the administration of these programs, thus taking the burden off local governments.”
Bardstown and Nelson County are aided and impacted by the LTADD, Huston said, via various projects, from establishing the first regional economic development program to assisting with infrastructure construction in industrial parks.
“The most important issue we are tackling right now, hand-in-hand with the LTADD, is workforce development and ensuring that we have competent and skilled workers to place in our ever-growing industrial operations,” she said.
Rhonda Whitaker, district manager of government and community relations for Duke Energy Kentucky, has seen firsthand the impact of the Northern Kentucky ADD via the funding it provides to her local workforce investment board.
“For adults, the career and training services provided are critical, especially as our ADD is able to help workers (and youth) possibly retool for those sectors where jobs are most in demand,” she said.
The NKADD has been a key partner, Whitaker said, in the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development Coalition, of which she serves as co-chair. Its aim is to promote and fill skilled jobs for employers who can’t find sufficiently skilled workers.
“Our coalition is working diligently to change the awareness and perception about manufacturing opportunities in Northern Kentucky, and to create new training opportunities to help close the gap on unfilled manufacturing jobs,” she said. “We are also seeking innovative ways to pool training dollars to provide more opportunities for those who may find it a challenge to pay for such costs. The ADD has played a vital role in these efforts.”
Executive Director Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts
Recreational Trails Program and
Land and Water Conservation Funds
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) applications are now available to download. The RTP deadline is March 31, 2016 and LWCF deadline is April 29, 2016. For questions please contact Felicia Harper at Felicia.email@example.com or call 502-266-6084.
City Approves Pipeline Ordinance
The Danville City Commission approved the first reading of a text amendment to a planning and zoning ordinance that will afford local authorities more control over the transport of hazardous materials via pipeline through the county.
In a unanimous vote, the City Commission approved changes proposed by the Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission that would require applicants wishing to move certain hazardous materials through pipelines in the county to first obtain a conditional use permit from P&Z’s Board of Adjustments.
To obtain a conditional use permit, applicants must prove their project fits in well with how the surrounding land is already being used.
Perryville City Council and Boyle Fiscal Court must also approve P&Z’s recommendations before the changes become law.
The text amendment to the ordinance, which City Commissioner Kevin Caudill said might “serve as a model for other communities,” is seen as a maneuver to try to thwart Kinder Morgan’s plans to repurpose an existing natural gas pipeline to transport natural gas liquids, or NGLs, from the fracking fields of Ohio and Pennsylvania to the Gulf of Mexico. More than 20 miles of Kinder Morgan’s proposed route travels through Boyle County.
At the very least, it is hoped the change to the ordinance will ensure better safeguards for the county should the conglomerate’s plan be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The proposal to abandon the transport of natural gas, the first step in repurposing the line to carry NGLs, which are highly volatile and could potentially cause extensive harm to humans, structures and the environment, is currently before FERC.
The ordinance, as amended, now stipulates that a pipeline carrying hazardous liquids would have to be found compatible with a variety of specific uses. Its proximity to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, water supplies, industries that use flammable or toxic gases, prime farm land, historic sites and other spots spelled out in the ordinance would have to be taken into consideration when weighing a conditional use permit.
City Attorney Stephen Dexter took the text amendments written by P&Z attorney Bruce Smith, Kentucky Resources Council attorney Tom FitzGerald and local attorney Mark Morgan and wrote the new ordinance.
Morgan said in November that the ordinance is patterned after a similar one in Colorado and, if approved, would be the first of its kind in Kentucky and all of the eastern United States.
P&Z Director Paula Bary said on Monday that they are already working with other communities that hope to follow suit with the city and county’s initiative.
Sarah Vahlkamp, who has led the charge in advocating against the pipeline, thanked the city for its approval of the text amendment.
“I’m speaking for all of the citizens of Boyle County who have been concerned about this for more than a year,” said Vahlkamp. “We have made so much progress. You have made so much progress.”
Morgan echoed VahlKamp’s sentiments.
“I want to thank you all for the leadership you’ve shown in addressing an ordinance that will allow some measure of local control and local fact finding prior to any land use of such magnitude coming into our community,” said Morgan.
Initially, P&Z wasn’t convinced it had any power to fight the pipeline or assert any control over the actions of Kinder Morgan. However, after conferring with FitzGerald and Morgan, P&Z attorney Bruce Smith came to the conclusion in July that if FERC approves Kinder Morgan’s plans, the company no longer would be exempt from Kentucky statutes pertaining to utilities, opening the door for local P&Zs to use newly created or amended ordinances to challenge the pipeline’s compatibility with other structures and even the water supply.
Should Kinder Morgan’s plan to abandon the pipeline to carry NGLs be approved, the pipeline would no longer be regulated at the federal level since natural gas liquids are not regulated under the Natural Gas Act.
According to FitzGerald, the only way it would come under federal jurisdiction is if Kinder Morgan decides to make the pipeline a “common carrier.” That means Kinder Morgan wouldn’t limit its use to its own company but would open it up to other companies to ship their product as well — an unlikely scenario.
Smith said at the time that he agreed with FitzGerald’s assertion that local governments do have the authority under KRS 100 to enact and enforce P&Z ordinances, especially considering the project is not a public utility serving the residents of Kentucky and therefore not under the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission, and is, therefore, not exempt from local zoning ordinances.
After arriving at that conclusion, the lawyers drafted the proposed revision to Boyle zoning ordinances, which was approved P&Z in November, followed by City Commission on Monday. It is expected that Boyle Fiscal Court will approve the text amendment on Tuesday, as will Perryville in the near future.
Cool & Connected: Announcement of Federal Planning Assistance for Broadband and Sustainable Community Development
Communities interested in using broadband service to help revitalize small-town main streets and promote economic development are encouraged to apply for Cool & Connected, a pilot program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service and EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities.
Through Cool & Connected, a team of experts will help community members develop strategies and an action plan for using planned or existing broadband service to promote smart, sustainable community development.
Quality broadband access can provide new opportunities for people and businesses. A growing number of communities have combined broadband service with other local assets such as cultural and recreational amenities to attract and retain investment and people, including young people. This can help diversify local economies. Such efforts typically require planning among community leaders, businesses, and internet service providers. The Cool & Connected program will provide assistance to this end, helping communities take advantage of new or existing broadband service to create walkable, connected, economically vibrant main streets and small-town neighborhoods.
Any community representative is welcome to submit a letter of interest to participate in Cool & Connected.
Special consideration will be given to small towns and rural communities that face economic challenges.
Special consideration will be given to communities in places where USDA has provided loans or grants in support of broadband or other internet-related services.
Deadline and where to send letters of interest
Submit your letter of interest to Ed Fendley at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Please include "Cool & Connected" and the name of your community in your e-mail subject line.
What to include in your letter of interest
Your letter of interest can be in the text of an email or an attachment. It should be no longer than two printed pages. If you want, you can provide additional letters of support from partners, but this is not necessary.
Community representatives are encouraged to describe community needs and challenges related to downtown revitalization or other place-based development, and how a planning process might help. You should indicate any areas of interest related to internet service and place-based development, such as:
Using new or existing broadband service to attract new types of businesses to main streets or existing rural communities.
Combining internet service with other local amenities to attract new investors, visitors, and residents.
Developing or marketing downtown Wifi zones.
Extending broadband service beyond anchor institutions in ways that promote main street development.
Selecting centrally located anchor institutions or community facilities that will receive broadband service.
Community representatives submitting letters of interest are also encouraged to indicate partners that can be expected to participate in a planning process, such as local internet service providers, local officials, business associations, or local schools or colleges.
Contact Us to ask a question, provide feedback, or report a problem.
The Kentucky Rural Health Coalition (KRHC), serving Barren, Bullitt, Hart, Henry, Metcalfe, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble, cordially invites you to its first inaugural meeting.
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Lunch will be provided
Where: Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office
1117 Frankfort Road
Shelbyville, KY 40065 https://shelby.ca.uky.edu
Goals of the KRHC
Increase opportunities for physical exercise
Increase access and affordability of fresh, healthy foods
Communicate the importance of nutrition and physical activity in preventing and managing chronic disease
On the Agenda:
Dr. Anna Faul and Dr. Joe D’Ambrosio, Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging
Barbara Gordon, Director, Division of Social Services, KIPDA
Mona Huff, Community Organizer, Henry, Trimble, and Shelby Counties
Kentucky Rural and Underserved Geriatric Interprofessional Education Program
Plan 4 Health
We need your input and hope you can make it. RSVP: Ramie Martin-Galijatovic, 502-852-8655, email@example.com
Consumer Protection Week
The National Consumer Protection (NCPW) week is March 6-12, 2016. The NCPW is a coordinated effort to encourage consumers to know their rights, make better-informed decisions, and avoid being fraud victims. Millions of people are affected by identity theft each year and recovering from it usually takes time and persistence. The Federal Trade Commission announced in January 2016 that IdentityTheft.gov has some new features that make it easier to report and recover from identity theft. When people use IdentityTheft.gov to report a problem, they now get a personal recovery plan that:
walks them through each recovery step
tracks their progress and adapts to their changing situation
pre-fills letters and forms for them
Scam artists use technology to trick people into giving out personal information or sending money and there are certain things we all can do or not do to avoid being victimized:
What to do:
Read your monthly statements
Know that wiring money is like sending cash
Remember there is no sure thing in investing
After a disaster, give only to established charities
Before disposing of old computers use a program that overwrites or wipes the hard drive
What not to do:
Don’t send money to someone you don’t know
Don’t agree to deposit a check and wire money back
Don’t reply to messages asking for personal or financial information
Don’t play a foreign lottery
Remember: If you think you may have been scammed, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and report scams to your state Attorney General.
Make a Life-Saving Fashion Statement By Wearing Red
National Wear Red Day For Women is a massive national public awareness day the first Friday each February, urging women, people from all walks of life, businesses, towns, schools, the media, buildings and landmarks to “go red” and “glow red” to bring attention to the leading killers of women – heart disease and stroke. On February 5, help us turn Kentucky and America RED and SAVE WOMEN’S LIVES from heart disease and stroke by wearing something red … a red dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse or shirt. Go Red For Women and show your commitment to reducing risk, improving health, and saving women’s lives. For a free National Wear Red Day Resource Kit or for more information on Glowing Red on Friday, Feb. 5, visit www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday.
World Cancer Day
February 4th, 2016 is World Cancer Day. The day is part of a three year campaign to reach and impact those affected by cancer. According to the movement’s website,
“Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.”
There are several big and small ways to get involved on World Cancer Day, including posts on social media and running your own World Cancer Day campaign. For more information on how you can help, visit www.worldcancerday.org/get-involved.
National Donor Day
Most people recognize February 14th as Valentine’s Day, but this day has special meaning for many individuals who have benefited from the generosity of organ donors. February 14 is also known as National Donor Day and focuses on five types of donations: Blood, Marrow, Platelets, Organ, and Tissue. According to the Department for Health and Human Services, there are over 120,000 individuals on a waiting list requiring an organ transplant. Last year, over 28,000 lives in the United States were saved through organ transplants and another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss. The donation made by one donor could potential save eight different lives.
Many states register potential donors through the Circuit Clerks Office at the time of renewing driver’s licenses or IDs. Individuals wishing to be an organ donor will receive a special logo on the license indicating their donor status. However, the best way to ensure your wishes are granted as a donor is to register with your state’s Organ Donor registry list. Technology advances allow the confidential registry to be accessed for verification of donor status; whereas, the donor’s physical driver license may not be available at the time when the critical decision of donating an organ must be made.
This Valentine’s Day, consider giving the gift of life by learning more about organ donations and transplants at www.organdonor.gov. If you live in Kentucky, visit donatelifeky.org to register online to be a donor and Indiana residents can register at donatelifeindiana.org.
February is American Hearth Month
American Heart Month statistics:
In the United States…
Fewer Americans have been dying of heart disease and stroke since the 1980s thanks to progress in medical therapies for patients with a history of heart disease and stroke and from lifestyle changes that are curbing the risk.
In every year since 1900 except 1918, CVD accounted for more deaths than any other major cause of death in the United States. Stroke still ranks fifth.
An estimated 85.6 million people in the U.S. are living with cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and chest pain.
Among U.S. adults, 32.6 percent—about 80 million—have high blood pressure.
Despite an overall 28.8 percent drop in cardiovascular disease death rates from 2003 to 2013, the high blood pressure death rate increased 8.2 percent over that same time.
Bicycling for Louisville, or B4L, had its 3rd annual kickoff on January 28th with a huge turnout of avid biking enthusiasts! The event was at the St. John NuLu Theatre on East Market Street from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The event was an opportunity to get together, network, and converse about the latest in bicycling technology, ideas and concerns. It included raffles, free pizza and local vendors. After the presentation, the band Appalatin provided music for the crowd.
Mayor Greg Fischer told attendees they had a strong ally in him and a strong fellow rider. He said he loves getting out on his bike. He noted the Big Four Bridge has been a great addition to the cycling facilities in Louisville and said when new trails open at the Parklands at Floyds Fork we will have over 50 miles of the 100 mile Louisville Loop completed. There are plans for more trails connecting downtown to waterfront. He said there is a bright future ahead for cyclists in Louisville. “Our city has tremendous momentum with our economy, with our built environment and with the cultural vibe going on, and bikes are a big part of that. Let’s keep rolling!”
The 38th Annual Kentuckians for Better Transportation Conference had a huge attendance, despite the snow! More than 530 people pre-registered for the Transportation Conference - an increase from the usual pre-registration numbers. Members from KIPDA Transportation Division were there for the informative conference. Originally scheduled for January 20, 21, 22, they were forced to cancel the Friday events because of snow.
On Wednesday evening attendees visited with more than 50 exhibitors, networked with peers, and heard from some phenomenal speakers. The morning sessions officially began Thursday with Kentucky State Senate President Robert Stivers (R-25th) who provided the audience with the Senate perspective on the current session of the General Assembly. Immediately following the Senate President was House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins (D-99th) who presented the House perspective on the session. Attendees then heard a Congressional update presented by Congressman Andy Barr (R-6th), Congressman Thomas Massie (R-4th), and Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13th) who updated members on the final passage of the long term surface transportation bill, and the need for a long term federal aviation authorization bill. The breakout sessions included “Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR),” “Update on Transit Grant Programs,” and “Aviation Systems Plan Update.”
At noon, Governor Bevin joined 500 attendees for lunch. He spoke for 22 minutes, using only a few notes, and provided his insight on the session. The Governor did invite attendees to make appointments to come see him and asked for ideas on how to fix any problems.
KIPDA Now Recording Transportation Planning Meetings
When the Participation Plan for the KIPDA Transportation Division was out for public review we received comments about the location of the meetings. The Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) meetings are held at KIPDA 11520 Commonwealth Drive, Louisville, KY 40299. The Transportation Technical Coordinating Committee (TTCC) meeting location rotates throughout the KIPDA region. In an effort to better engage the public in the transportation planning process a TPC Logistics Working Group was established. The meetings were attended by representatives from KIPDA staff, the Metropolitan Housing Coalition, HUD, TARC, Louisville Metro Public Works, KYTC, The City of Jeffersonville, The City of Jeffersontown, The City of St. Matthews and Citizens for the Advancement of Regional Transportation (CART).The group had excellent recommendations and was a great platform for discussion.
One of the requests was that meetings held at KIPDA be recorded and broadcast for the public to watch remotely. KIPDA recently installed equipment for video and audio recording. KIPDA Transportation has established a YouTube channel and will post TPC and TTCC meeting videos on that page.