Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 31, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lanny Brannock
Public Information Officer

Officials get valuable training and information to strengthen their communities

FRANKFORT, Ky.--The 32nd Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference wrapped up today with city and county officials from across the state heading home with new tools and information to deliver growth and prosperity to their communities.

The conference held August 30-31, at the Galt House East in Louisville, was designed to give local officials training and information through a wide variety of workshops.  This year’s theme, Mission Possible: Delivering Growth and Prosperity to Communities, was the focus of more than 30 different workshops officials could attend. Governor Ernie Fletcher was the conference’s keynote speaker.

“Each year, this conference provides local officials top-notch training and up-to-date information,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Local officials can now go back to their communities with new tactics and techniques to make their communities better places to live and work.”

The conference began on Thursday, August 30, 2007.  Office of the State Budget Director Brad Cowgill, (Ret.) Major Alecia Webb-Edgington, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and State Auditor Crit Luallen were just some of the featured presenters.        

Session topics included grant writing, open records law, immigration law, planning and zoning, agriculture policy, economic development, improving public safety, product development and many others.           

The Governor’s Local Issues Conference is made possible through the Kentucky Local Issues Conference, Inc. Board, a non-profit organization comprised of members from the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo), the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KCADD), the Kentucky Judge/Executives Association (KJEA), the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) and the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association (KMCA).