Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor’s Office for Local Development accepting nominations for Spirit of Kentucky Award

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Ricki Gardenhire
Public Information Officer

           The Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) is now accepting online nominations for the third annual Spirit of Kentucky award.

            GOLD Commissioner Steve Robertson said the award recognizes projects that meet several criteria, including a regional impact and the use of multiple funding sources. “With limited budgets and resources, service agencies need to partner on community development projects that have a widespread positive impact on Kentuckians’ quality of life. This award recognizes those partnerships and provides examples to local governments and other entities on how to proceed with projects in a cooperative way.”

Eligible projects include those of any government, public service, private non-profit or quasi-governmental sponsor/participant.  The project should demonstrate multi-jurisdictional cooperation that addresses a local need, problem or opportunity. The cooperative effort being cited must have been affected via formal and documented arrangement(s).

            The deadline for nominations is Monday, July 31, 2006. Nominations must be submitted online at The award will be presented at the Governor’s Local Issue Conference, slated for Sept. 14-15, 2006 at Louisville’s Galt House East.

            Past winners of the Spirit of Kentucky award include the Barren River Regional Training and Teleconferencing Center and the Lincoln Trail Area Development Districts’ Emergency First Response Equipment Purchase.

For additional information on the Spirit of Kentucky award, please contact Whitney Simpson at (800) 346-5606, extension 239.