Mike Hancock, Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, will be the featured speaker at the Kyndle Annual Celebration Dinner, set for May 7 at Ellis Park. Hancock has been instrumental in the State’s development of Interstate 69, which will serve as the event's primary theme.
"Gov. Steve Beshear, and by extension the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet under Mike Hancock, has been an unequivocal champion for getting I-69 built in Kentucky," Kyndle CEO Brad Schneider said. "It's a project that will positively impact Western Kentucky communities for the next century. I urge all Kyndle stakeholders and anyone who appreciates the hard work that's be done to bring I-69 to reality to join us on May 7 and help thank Sec. Hancock and his colleagues at KYTC for all they've accomplished and for continuing to push for I-69 projects still to come."
Under Hancock's leadership, Kentucky has shielded nearly 55 miles of I-69 in Kentucky already and has completed, begun or scheduled more than $100 million in improvements that will eventually create I-69 from Fulton all the way north to Henderson and beyond. Interstate shields on the Pennyrile Parkway from Nortonville to Henderson should be in place by the end of this year, officially converting that road to I-69 and placing Henderson, Webster and McLean counties on the national interstate system for the first time.
Hancock was named Secretary of Transportation in 2009 after previously serving as chief of staff to two former transportation secretaries. He also served as state highway engineer for KYTC. He recently served as President of the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) since 2009. Hancock currently serves as President of AASHTO and as Chairman of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board. A native of Caldwell County, Hancock graduated from the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering in 1978. He has worked for the transportation cabinet for more than 30 years.
The 2015 Kyndle Annual Celebration Dinner will begin with a reception and Love What's Local Expo at 5:30 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner and program beginning at 6:45. The cost of admission is $40 for Kyndle Stakeholders and $50 or non-stakeholders. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are currently available, as are tables for the Love What's Local Expo.
Winners of the 2015 Henderson County Distinguished Citizen of the Year and the 2015 Henderson Educator of the Year awards will be announced during the event. Nominations for these awards will be accepted until end of business on Aprill 22.