Governor's Office for Local Development
2005 Governor’s Local Issues Conference Brings Over 500 Local Officials

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 08, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

             The 30th Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference, held August 4-5, 2005, at the Galt House East in Louisville, sent city, county and special district officials home with tools and information to strengthen their communities.  This year’s theme, Building Strong Communities, was the focus of the 33 different workshops that officials had the opportunity to attend.  Additionally, local officials had the chance to meet with Governor Ernie Fletcher and several of his top cabinet executives.

            “The Governor’s Local Issues Conference is a great opportunity for local officials to hear the state’s top experts on a variety of topics that are relevant to their communities,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Each community leader is able to take back what they’ve learned in order to implement stronger vision and more efficient local government.”    

            The conference began on Thursday, August 4, 2005.  Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Environmental and Public Protection Secretary LaJuana Wilcher, State Auditor Crit Luallen and Teresa Barton, executive director of the Office of Drug Control Policy were among the many notable speakers for Thursday’s workshops.  Additionally, Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence addressed the crowd for the annual luncheon, which featured the recognition of the 113 Renaissance on Main cities and the Spirit of Kentucky Award winner, the Lincoln Trail Area Development District.

            Friday morning, Governor Fletcher arrived to address the crowd.  After he spoke, he and several officials of his cabinet mingled with local officials to discuss issues that were a concern for local governments. 

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