1) Today's official dedication of I-69 along what used to be the Pennyrile Parkway from its former intersection with the Western Kentucky Parkway up to its intersection at the 425 bypass in Henderson County is a true team victory. A combination of private sector advocates and public sector officials at the local, state and federal levels made possible the designation of our region's very first interstate highway. And Kyndle has been at the forefront of the advocacy effort for both the road and its Ohio River bridge. When you support Kyndle with your time, talent or investment, completing I-69 in Kentucky is an example of just one of the initiatives you help make come true. Thank you.
2) In 2007, a group of 12 chambers of commerce in 10 counties came together to form Chamber Leadership Initiatives for Northwest Kentucky, or C-LINK. The group's goal was to cooperate on issues of regional importance, and I-69 was identified early on as a top priority. Members of the C-LINK board, many of whom are volunteer business people, have spent the years since, traveling on their own time and their own dime to advocate for I-69 and other things that concern us all. A sister organization, the West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance (WKRCA), made up of chambers from Christian County west, formed just a couple years after C-LINK and also chose I-69 as its top focus. The hard work and gentle persuasion of C-LINK and WKRCA reps over the years have been crucial to the realization of I-69. Both groups are tremendous examples of the power of grassroots action and regional partnership.
3) Two years ago, Kyndle and the Southwest Indiana Chamber brought elected officials and business leaders from the Evansville area and Northwest Kentucky together to form BridgeLink, an advocacy group whose sole goal is the pushing for the I-69 bridge to be built. In a short amount of time BridgeLink has become an effective voice for the necessity of the bridge and has helped offer solutions to both Indiana and Kentucky in constructing and financing it. BridgeLink will have a large role to play in seeing the completion of that all-important span.
4) Join us at Rookies in Henderson from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday night to watch Kyndle's Fire Pit, our own version of the hit entrepreneur pitch TV show Shark Tank. More than a dozen budding businesspeople will make pitches to our Fire Starters (our Sharks). The winner will get a bunch of in-kind services and some cash to help them make their idea a success.
5) The Henderson County Fiscal Court will have final reading of its proposed occupational/net profits taxes at its regular meeting Tuesday. Should be an interesting vote. We appreciate Judge-executive Hugh McCormick and other members of the fiscal court who took time in recent days to meet with various groups of business owners to explain the need for the new taxes and accept some feedback.
6) Say a prayer for the families impacted by the eventual closing of Sebree Onton Mine No. 9.
7) Got to love this. Breanne Parker, a 10-year-old from Island, donated 347 books from her personal collection to the McLean County Library.
8) Check out Downtown Morganfield's Open House and Christmas Festival on Nov. 22.
9) What a green, liberal, vegan learned about climate change: The science is not settled.
10) Lots of great Kyndle events, seminars and funs stuff coming up. Check out the calendar here.