Smart growth conference a ‘grand success’

Published 4:33 pm Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The conference, “Planning Our Tomorrow,” held on Nov. 1 at Centre College, was a grand success! Over 100 citizens came together to learn and discuss the future for economic development, reimagining downtowns, and preserving agriculture in Boyle County.

On behalf of the conference planning committee, I would like to thank all who made this event possible.  

President Rob Rumpke of Bluegrass Tomorrow, Director of Planning and Zoning Steve Hunter, CVB Director Jennifer Kirchner, and Centre College Vice President and CFO Brian Hutzley provided excellent leadership throughout the planning process. We appreciate the support of the governing bodies of Boyle County, as well as the Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission.

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The 13 outstanding speakers from around Kentucky provided insights into various topics, such as current economic and agricultural status, smart growth, infill, methods of preservation financing, importance of farming, sustainability and rural and small town development.

Centre College provided an attractive and comfortable venue as well as a buffet lunch. The audience of interested citizens, many elected officials and representatives from various agencies and groups both local and state participated in wide-ranging and helpful discussions.

In addition, we thank Wilderness Trail Distillery, Minuteman Press, The Advocate-Messenger, WHIR, Boyle County Public Library, Farmers National Bank, Central Kentucky Federal Savings  Bank, Dry Stack Coffee Co. and Smart Growth Boyle for their support.

Boyle County continues to be a progressive community attracting new residents, businesses, and industries. The successful conference, “Planning Our Tomorrow,” will help ensure that this reputation remains intact.   

Sarah Vahlkamp