*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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Public Administration Division
Why the 'Work Ready' Tag Matters
By Robin Roenker
When business and industry site selection consultants come to Kentucky seeking potential locations to launch or expand operations, invariably they ask one question first: Is a skilled workforce available?
But the answer previously would be subjective at best – precisely quantifying a labor force’s skill level was difficult, if not impossible, for Kentucky’s economic development agencies, chambers of commerce and industrial foundations.
Not anymore, though.
A program first developed nearly a decade ago by a college entrance exam company to assess fundamental work skills has gained acceptance among site selectors, and the commonwealth was one of the first to incorporate it into its economic development communications strategy.
Kentucky’s Work Ready Communities initiative, launched in 2012, gives city and county officials a tool to inform potential employers about talent levels and preparedness of local workforces in a nationally recognized and quantifiable way.
Work Ready certification “gives us a lot more validity when we’re talking to site selectors and potential employers,” said Roxann Fry, an economic development consultant with the Tennessee Valley Authority and chair of the state Work Ready Communities panel charged with reviewing community proposals for certification.
“It enables us to say, ‘Yes, we do have a highly skilled workforce with a great work ethic,’” Fry said. “Before, it had been hard to put a number on that; it was more a ‘take my word for it’ kind of thing. But with Work Ready Certification, once we explain what that is and what it measures, it allows us to verify the quality of our workforce, and point to the numbers to prove it."
Kentucky INfrastructure Authority Draft 2016 SRF CW and DW Intended Use Plans
Draft 2016 Clean Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan
The Draft 2016 CWSRF IUP is available for public review and comment from May 15, 2015 through Jun 15, 2015. This public notice, posted on the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority website at kia.ky.gov and on the Division of Water website at water.ky.gov, serves to announce the availability of the IUP and to advertise that a public meeting to discuss the plan contents will be held on May 27, 2015, at 1:30 PM at the offices of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky.
Draft 2016 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan
The Draft 2016 DWSRF IUP is available for public review and comment from May 15, 2015 through Jun 15, 2015. This public notice, posted on the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority website at kia.ky.gov and on the Division of Water website at water.ky.gov, serves to announce the availability of the IUP and to advertise that a public meeting to discuss the plan contents will be held on May 27, 2015, at 1:30 PM at the offices of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky.
Click on the following links to download the Draft CWSRF and DWSRF IUP documents:
Community Development Block Grant
Submission Deadline Dates
The CDBG program provides assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services. With the participation of their citizens, communities can devote these funds to a wide range of activities that best serve their own particular development priorities.
All project activities must meet at least one of three national objectives:
•benefit to low and moderate income persons
•prevention or elimination of slums or blight
•meeting particularly urgent community development needs.
For the 2015 funding cycle, DLG will receive $22,343,047 for distribution. Funds are designated for various program areas including Community Projects, Community Emergency Relief Fund, Economic Development, Housing, Public Facilities Public Services (Recovery Kentucky).
CERF March 2, 2015 – January 29, 2016
Community Projects/Renaissance March 2, 2015 – August 3, 2015
Economic Development March 2, 2015 – January 29, 2016
Each year Kentucky is called on to compete with other states and urban areas to receive federal homeland security funding. The state provides the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with a comprehensive document that entails how homeland security funds will be used in Kentucky.
Following a comprehensive review at the federal level that takes into consideration the elements of risk and the effectiveness of the state’s programs, a specified reward is granted.
The Commonwealth uses a competitive grant application for state and local agencies to submit proposals. When these proposals are presented, a team of peer reviewers from across the state reviews the grant application in accordance with the state’s homeland security strategy and enhancement plan. The results are then submitted to a KOHS Executive Review Panel. From there, the grants are presented to the governor for a review and final award decisions.
EDA releases solicitation announcing funding for Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) released its solicitation announcing funding for the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs provide grant funds to help distressed communities access resources to advance key infrastructure and related projects that will lead to long-term job creation and private investment. EDA awards are competitively made. Competitive applications under this FFO will have a clear and eligible scope of work, committed Matching Share funds (generally 50% or 1:1 Matching funds are required), commitment letters certifying job creation estimates from private sector firms, and a clear link between the proposed project and the region’s CEDS and broad development goals. Upcoming grant deadlines for submission of an application are March 12, 2015 and June 12, 2015.
If you don’t own a bike, but have always wanted to check out the Parklands of Floyds Fork on two wheels, you now have an option! Explore More LLC began operations of “Pedal The Parklands” bicycle rentals in Beckley Creek Park on May 16, 2015.
Rentals are available at Creekside Center in Beckley Creek Park near the Egg Lawn and the Marshall Playground and Sprayground starting at approximately 9:00 am on Saturdays and 10:00 am on Sundays and Holidays. The last rentals of the day will occur at 5:00 pm. Available rentals include adult bicycles for men and women, children’s bikes, tandems, as well as towing and carrier attachments. Rates range from $8.00 an hour per children’s bicycle rental to $16.00 an hour for a tandem. Rentals of three hours will include a complimentary fourth hour. Add-A-Bike towing and Burley trailer attachments are rented at a rate of $5.00 an hour. The bicycle fleet is made up of top-of-the-line Trek equipment and all rentals come with a lock and helmet.
Jim Forsting, founder of Explore More LLC, is thrilled to offer this service in The Parklands.
“This company is founded on a passion for getting people outdoors and I couldn’t be more excited to partner with The Parklands to help further this common mission,” Forsting said, “I expect to deliver a high quality experience for all who rent with Pedal The Parklands.”
Scott Martin, Parks Director for The Parklands of Floyds Fork, shares Forsting’s excitement. “We know there is a demand for this service in The Parklands and we expect that this partnership will help make cycling possible for more Louisvillians and for visitors to the area,” he commented. “Opening up new, world-class, recreational opportunities is core to our mission and we’re confident Explore More will help us deliver on that goal this summer,” Martin added.
Explore More LLC will accept cash as well as all major credit cards. Rental service is planned through October of this year, weather permitting, and will begin again in April of 2016. Parklands Members who show their Membership card will receive a discount of $1 per hour. To learn more about supporting The Parklands, a donor-supported public park, through Membership, visit www.TheParklands.org/Member.
Pedal The Parklands Rental Rates:
Bike Per Hour*
*Bike helmets and locks included with all rentals
**Rent a bike for 3 hours and get the 4th hour free
***Parklands Members receive $1 off per hour
Fleet, hours, and rates subject to change. Rentals may be reserved by visiting the “Bike Pad” in Beckley Creek Park (located just inside the S. Beckley Station Rd. entrance) during Pedal The Parklands hours, or by calling Explore More LLC at 502-664-9860. A valid driver’s license is required as collateral during the rental period.
Directions and additional details may be found at www.TheParklands.org. Questions may be directed to Explore More LLC at 502-664-9860.
About The Parklands of Floyds Fork:
The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000-acre donor-supported public park system under development within the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville. One of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation, The Parklands is a dream realized by 21st Century Parks, a nonprofit organization established to create and preserve new unexcelled parks that serve as city-shaping infrastructure. The Parklands project is now 35 percent open, currently operating and programming the first two of four parks in Eastern Jefferson County. The entire system is on schedule to be completed in late 2015. 21st Century Parks is responsible for fundraising, land acquisition, construction, and long-term operations of the new park system. Community members may contribute to the annual fund by becoming a Parklands Member. Learn more at http://www.theparklands.org/.
KIPDA Transportation Celebrates Spring Fest 2015
Great food, live performers and cool crafts attracted a wonderful crowd at the fourth annual Old Louisville Spring Fest. Spring Fest was held May 14th and 15th on 1st Street, between Oak and Ormsby. On Friday evening, the KIPDA Transportation Division was set up to answer questions and talk to members of the public about their wants and needs. The weather was beautiful and many people stopped by to fill out comment forms or just chat about what they like about the transportation options available to citizens of Old Louisville.
Map-21 Deadline Extension
On May 19, 2015 the United States House of Representatives voted to extend the nation’s transportation law, MAP-21, for two months past its May 31st expiration to the end of July. The Senate subsequently approved the measure on May 23rd, and forwarded it to the President for approval . MAP-21 stands for Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century and was signed into law in 2012. It was the first long-term transportation plan enacted since 2005. Now there is another quagmire on dedicating federal funds for transportation.
The extension will maintain the program's current funding levels for public transportation, roads, bridges and rails through July 31st. Congressional leaders indicated that the extension is intended to provide time for Congress to secure funding for a long-term transportation funding bill. Although highway and transit program funding would have expired at month's end, the Highway Trust Fund had enough funds to pay for its obligations through July 31st.
Cultural Ticket to Ride Scores at the
One Southern Indiana Golf Tournament!
Ticket to Ride participated in One Southern Indiana’s Networking on the Greens golf scramble as a hole sponsor. The event was held on May 15th at Fuzzy Zoeller’s Champions Pointe Gold Club. 124 golfers from various regional businesses and local industry participated. Elizabeth Bowling and Alicia Russ had the opportunity to personally interact withand to educate golfers concerning Ticket to Ride’s RideShare program.
Cultural Passes Return
The hugely popular Cultural Pass, created last year to keep children learning and exploring over the summer, is back with an expanded list of participating attractions, Mayor Greg Fischer announced on May 22nd.
“We are dedicated to building a culture of lifelong learning in Louisville for everyone, from our youngest citizens to our wisest grandmothers and grandfathers,” Fischer said. “The Cultural Pass was an immediate success, helping thousands of youngsters visit engaging and inspiring places they’d never been, to learn, dream and stay engaged over the summer.”
The pass, a collaboration between Metro Government and cultural partners, admits one child/student (ages 0 through college) to attractions as diverse as the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft to the Kentucky Derby Museum to Yew Dell Gardens. If the child is under 16, one parent or guardian is also admitted.
Fischer said the list of participating cultural attractions has grown to 30 – nine more than last year. Passes are available starting today at all Louisville Free Public Library branches and Metro Parks Community Centers. The pass is valid May 31 through August 7.
Children who get their pass stamped by at least eight different institutions this summer will be eligible for prizes and other incentives.
The Cultural Pass made its debut last summer with 51,000 children and young adults taking part.
“The beauty of the pass is – those students learned,” Fischer said. “They learned about the science of gardening and plants; they learned about animals and endangered species; they learned about braille and they learned about history and performing arts.”
Fischer said there was also spinoff impact for participating organizations. The library saw a 16% increase in students completing Summer Reading and a 9% increase in children’s book circulation.
University of Louisville Professor Nat Irvin and his creativity team of Vision Louisville suggested the idea for the pass.
This year’s Cultural Pass is being funded primarily by the Gheen’s Foundation, with additional support from Louisville Metro Government and an anonymous donor.
Fischer said the Cultural Pass is one of the city’s many strategies to help prevent summer learning loss and to keep students engaged. The strategies also include more programs, hot meals and longer hours during the summer at Community Centers. They include connecting parents, students and families to the many out of school programs, from free arts classes to paid summer camps and everything in between. And they include SummerWorks, the Mayor’s summer jobs program, which is on track to provide 2,500 young adults a summer job, a mentor and a paycheck.
2015 Participating Organizations
Actor's Theatre of Louisville Behind-the-Scenes Tours
American Printing House for the Blind
Arts and Cultural Attractions Council
Arts Council of Southern Indiana Arts Center Gallery
Asia Institute - Crane House
Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest
Carnegie Center for Art & History
Frazier History Museum
Gheens Science Hall/Rauch Planetarium
Historic Locust Grove
Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Kentucky Derby Museum
Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft
Kentucky Science Center
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Local Speed | Speed Art Museum
Louisville Ballet School
Louisville Free Public Library
Louisville Youth Choir
Metro Parks & Recreation - Monday Movie Nights @ Iroquois Amphitheater
Metro Parks & Recreation - UPS / First Tee Youth Golf Course (Seneca)
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing
Stage One Family Theatre
Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Social Services Division
June is National Safety Month
June is National Safety month and the National Safety Council is raising awareness about things we can do in order to stay safe. The focus is on reducing causes of injuries so that we can stay safe at home and in our communities. According the National Safety Council some of the top cause of unintentional injuries and death include:
Poisoning - the most common poisons include prescription and over-the-counter medications, cleaning products and personal care products. In adults, prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of unintentional injury/ death.
Falls - the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older, according to Injury Facts 2015, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council. The good news is that falls are preventable and aging, itself, does not cause falls.
Drowning - the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4 and is the second leading cause of death for children 5-14 (Injury Facts, 2015)
Fires and burns - you can prevent fires in the home through simple steps. Make sure you have a properly working smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm; change the batteries at least once a year.
Weather-related emergencies – general precautions: have an emergency kit in your home and car, know how to shut off utilities; store important documents in a fire-proof safe.
Source: National Safety Council
What is a Centenarian? A Centenarian is a person who has lived to be or beyond the age of 100. This equates to 10 decades, 120 months, 5217 weeks and 36,524 days. Each year KIPDA’s Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living honors centenarians within our community. Since 2011, KIPDA has recognized hundreds of centenarians during their Older American’s Month Celebrations in May.
This year’s event was held on May 14th at Beargrass Christian Church in Louisville, KY. KIPDA recognized thirty-seven individuals from our seven county region who have achieved this astonishing accomplishment with ages ranging from 100 to 110. Ten centenarians and two family member representatives attended the event this year. Many of their friends and family members came along to help celebrate and honor this achievement.
The Centenarians who were unable to attend the celebration also received awards that are hand delivered to their place of residence so they too can share in the occasion.
Awards and recognitions of achievements were given to all thirty seven centenarians including a framed certificate, letters of recognition from President Barack Obama and Congressman John Yarmuth, and a Senate Citation from each individual Senator. Each centenarian has also been named as an Honorable Kentucky Colonel.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher declared that May 14th, 2015 was Centenarian Celebration Day and included a Proclamation from the City of Louisville. The centenarians in attendance were also given a “KIPDA Centenarian” embroidered throw. These awards can be displayed and enjoyed by both the centenarian and their family and visitors.
Representatives from the community gave warm regards to those in attendance and spoke of the many changes that have occurred during the last one hundred years. Barbara Gordon the Director of Social Services at KIPDA, Honorable Judge David Voegele Judge Executive of Oldham County, Christa Robinson Congressional Aide from Congressman John Yarmuth, and Cindy Venable Director of Louisville Metro’s Office for Aging and Disabled Citizens delighted the audience with stories, tributes and awards for each of their achievements.
The audience was entertained by the Masonic Home Bell Choir from Shelbyville Masonic Home, led by Kay Krug. The bell choir brought the audience to tears when while playing a song, another member of the choir dressed in civil war attire read a letter from an union solder to his wife. The emotion of the letter being read aloud to the silent audience was chilling. The RSVP Silver Notes closed the celebration with their show stopping songs and dances. Made up of retired individuals, these singers wearing shinning silver vests delighted the audience with several songs ranging from a tribute to Louisville, to Sisters the 1954 hit from the film White Christmas.
Preparations and planning is currently taking place within KIPDA for next year’s Centenarian Celebration Event with goals to be bigger and better than in previous years. With the help and support of our community the event celebrating the lives and accomplishments of these individuals will keep growing with leaps and bounds.
June is National Men's Health Month
June is National Men’s Health Month. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.