Dear Kyndle Stakeholders and Friends,
Thank you so much for your support of our organization. In preparing this message, the Kyndle team and I reviewed all the activities, events, initiatives, celebrations, announcements we'd been involved in this year, and the list made me so proud.
My buttons are busting, as they say, but not because of what Kyndle staff did in 2015 (although I'm certainly happy with that). What I found truly gratifying is what Kyndle, our board and council members, committee members, Ambassadors, partners and other volunteers accomplished while working together for the good of our communities, to help our neighbors, colleagues, families and friends.
That is the essence of Kyndle, cooperative effort for our Stakeholder businesses, the people they employ and our four counties. And 2015 will go down as a year in which those actions led to amazing progress.
A full accounting of Kyndle's 2015 Year in Review is available here . I encourage you to check it out. It'll help our Stakeholders and others understand the variety and importance of Kyndle's work. The review also shows why we believe investing in Kyndle as a chamber member, economic development investor or both is such a valuable move.
From 42 new miles of Interstate 69, to the announcement by area companies of 454 new jobs and more than $75 million in investment, to implementation of "Big Ideas" in the Henderson Vision Plan, to support for our public schools, to milestones in early childhood literacy efforts, to coaching and encouragement for entrepreneurs, just to name a few. 2015 saw plenty of victories.
Obviously, we still have challenges. The region needs a more abundant and more skilled work force. We must do all we can to maintain a competitive tax and regulatory climate that welcomes new business and development. We must join with other regions of Western Kentucky to make certain our state and federal government understand and address our common needs and desires.
But we can overcome those challenges the same way we achieved the successes - by working together, and helping each other. I know we will. That's why I'm so proud to call Kyndle Country home.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Brad Schneider, CEO