Sharon Butts, the EDC’s executive director, said that the committee leadership for four of the five priorities identified in the last community vision session have been set and that organizational meetings will be held in the coming weeks.
Paul Fourshee will chair the group working on small business, downtown attraction and recruitment; Lucas Chestnut will chair the group working on small business entrepreneurship; Carl McCammon will chair the group working on tourism attraction development; Don Leibee will chair the Trigg leadership committee; and Bob Brame will chair the county-wide land use planning committee.
A chairperson hasn’t been found for the broadband committee, Butts said, adding that each of the committees will be autonomous.
“It’s such an exciting topic, but we can’t get anyone to volunteer for it,” said Dan Bozarth, EDC chairman.
The commission also talked about the projects that Business Incubation Projects of Western Kentucky is working on (see article on page A8).
Butts, who is also on the Business Incubation Projects board as an individual, said she was excited about the potential the projects have for helping burgeoning small businesses in the area. Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey and Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries also approved of it.
“Whether it will transpire or not, we’ll see, but entrepreneurship is something our community needs,” Butts said.
Bozarth said that while it was a great idea, he doesn’t know how they’re going to get the $3 million grant that will be required, and hopes that members of that board will meet with the EDC in the near future.
Bill Stevens, executive director of the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism Commission, told the commission that while his commission has urged him to spend large amounts of money on tourism, they might not be able to afford all of the advertisements they’ve bought.
Stevens didn’t have exact numbers but said he thinks they will have a budget shortfall and added that the tourism commission might need some additional money, possibly from the city or EDC.
The tourism commission is funded via the transient room tax, which hotels and motels pay every quarter. Humphries suggested that having hotels and motels pay every month might help the commission see how much they have to spend.
In other business, Butts said that EDC members will join others from around the area for a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Hopkinsville Chamber office with the Tennessee Valley Authority and the State of Kentucky about recruiting companies related to Hemlock Semiconductors.
Humphries said it is most important that all of the communities work together in their recruitment efforts.
Butts also said that the Canadian recruiting efforts are showing some prospects, adding that this is a regional tourism venture that TVA and the state are assisting with.
The commission also unanimously voted to approve a sign for the tourism building, a sign that the Cadiz-Trigg County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Commission have both approved.
After an executive session, the commission voted to give Humphries and Bailey voting rights on the commission and voted to approve up to $5,000 toward the expansion project at Transcraft.