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Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces New Broad-Reaching Constituent Services Initiative
Press Release Date:  August 17, 2004
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche
Jason Keller
502-564-2611
 

LINK to help Governor Fletcher unite Kentucky

Frankfort, KY:   Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today the addition of the Local Initiatives for a New Kentucky (LINK) as an integral part of the Governor’s Office’s ability to provide the best constituent services possible to folks from Paducah to Pikeville.    

“I understand that many people who live far from Frankfort may have limited access to the Governor’s Office,” said Governor Fletcher.  “LINK representatives are successfully working to bridge any potential gaps and create a direct line between far reaching communities and my office.”

Governor Fletcher unveiled LINK at the Governor’s Local Issues Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  In keeping with the commitment made in the campaign, LINK consists of seven regional offices throughout the Commonwealth, which are staffed with representatives from those regions.  Frequent, announced field office hours for each of the LINK regions enable all Kentuckians to have the opportunity to voice their concerns and share opinions and suggestions about how state government can improve. 

“Bringing real service to all the people of Kentucky was one of my top priorities, which I shared with voters during my campaign,” Governor Fletcher added.  “Unveiling LINK follows through with my commitment to connect with all constituents.”

LINK offices are located in the following areas:  West Kentucky (Madisonville), Cumberland (Somerset), East Kentucky (Morehead), Lincoln Trail (Elizabethtown), Metro Louisville, Northern Kentucky (Fort Mitchell), and Bluegrass (Frankfort).  LINK field representatives travel throughout their regions and hold monthly hours.  These office hours are open to the public and allow people to speak face to face with their regional representatives.

“It’s impossible to always address the needs of Kentuckians by staying in Frankfort,” said Governor’s Office for Local Development Commissioner Darrell Brock.  “To fully understand the dynamics of constituents’ concerns, you must be in their communities, observing firsthand the situations they face.”

The Governor’s LINK representatives in each respective region are: Eddie Spraggs in Western Kentucky, Willard Hansford in the Cumberland region, Grayson Smith in Eastern Kentucky, Brian Smith in the Lincoln Trail region, John Stanton in Northern Kentucky, Terry Ammerman in the Bluegrass region, and Mary Krol is serving as the Deputy Regional Representative in Metro Louisville until a full-time representative is found.

For more information about LINK, contact information for regional representatives and a listing of office hours, please visit the Governor’s Office for Local Development website at www.gold.ky.gov.

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Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005