Owensboro Seal 01 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/18/14) — More than 100 people turned out for the kick-off event of a year-long long-term planning project for Owensboro.

“Owensboro 2065” is the brainchild of the Owensboro Economic Development Corporation and the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.

It focuses on key topics identified by the groups’ board members as concerns for the community, including the areas of health, education, transportation and energy.

At the seminar, guests heard from a panel of speakers regarding each of the topics.

EDC President and CEO Madison Silvert and Owensboro President Amy Jackson told SurfKY News the main goal of the project is to develop a list of recommendations on how to “meet the challenges head-on.”

Silvert said the challenges include a lack of interstate highways, health and obesity issues, and most importantly, the determination that the region is one of the most “energy-intensive” areas in the country.

“That was a real ‘red-alert’ kind of moment,” Silvert said of the findings.

Silvert and Jackson said they hope the meeting will encourage citizens within the community to get involved with one of the four focus groups that will be studying each issue to make recommendations.

“We want them to feel propelled to action, to know there’s no goal that can’t be pursued,” Jackson said when asked what she hopes the audience takes away from the day-long session.

“And that they can do it,” Silvert quickly added, noting the outcome of the study will have a direct effect on the challenges.

Silvert said the next step in the process is to divide the guests into groups covering each topic, something that will happen over the next few weeks. He and Jackson said they hope those who attended will invite others to participate as well.

Dennis Beard
SurfKY News

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