Spirit Of Kentucky

The Peggy Satterly Spirit of Kentucky Award is presented to the sponsors of a successful project that is a result of multiple government agencies working together in a cost-effective manner. Selection criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Utilization of innovative and/or multiple funding sources.

2. Successful regional impact during the most recent 12-month period.

3. Efficient use of public resources and funding sources.

4. Innovative or resourceful cooperation of two or more jurisdictions of government or authority.

5. Transferability of technology, contractual arrangement or management activity.

The selected project will be announced at the 45th Annual Governor's Local Issues Conference August 25-27, 2021.

For more information, contact Mary Palmer at mary.palmer@ky.gov.
Southern Kentucky Film Commission Receives 2018 Spirit of Kentucky Award

Southern Kentucky Film Commission Receives 2018 Spirit of Kentucky Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 15, 2018) – The Southern Kentucky Film Commission is the recipient of the 2018 Spirit of Kentucky Award, the Department for Local Government (DLG) announced on Wednesday.

The award, presented during the 43rd annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference in Louisville, is given annually to the sponsors of a public project that strengthens a community through collaboration and thoughtful use of resources, among other criteria. DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo presented the award during the Governor’s Luncheon on the second day of the conference.

The winning project represents an innovative and collaborative effort to diversify the economy of seven southern Kentucky counties: Barren, Christian, Cumberland, Edmonson, Hart, Monroe, Warren and Washington counties. Representatives from the counties worked together to attract filmmakers to Southern Kentucky, helping to spur regional economic development.

“The members of the Southern Kentucky Film Commission saw an opportunity to come together, think outside the box and learn about an industry with which they were previously unfamiliar,” Commissioner Dunahoo said. “Members of the commission have successfully recruited filmmakers who have fallen in love with Kentucky’s natural beauty and Southern hospitality. I commend the members of the Southern Kentucky Film Commission for their dedication and collaboration to provide new opportunities to the area.”

Southern Kentucky Film Commission president Terry Martin, who also serves as judge-executive of Hart County, said Southern Kentucky has what the film industry is looking for: beautiful natural scenery, charming small towns, four temperate seasons, and a workforce with a strong work ethic and willingness to learn.

“It is an economic boon for the area, especially for hotels and restaurants and with the sales, occupational, property and rent taxes that the producers pay,” Martin said. “There’s a lot of tax money that they roll into the area, which really helps local businesses.”

“The whole commission is so excited to have won the Spirit of Kentucky Award,” Martin said.

The 43rd Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference brought together more than 800 attendees, most of them elected officials, public servants and business leaders. Over the course of three days, expert presenters explored issues of importance to local officials and their communities.

Nominations for the Spirit of Kentucky award were submitted to DLG for consideration. Projects eligible for nomination include those of government, public service, private non-profit or quasi-governmental groups or agencies.

2019 Nominations

Please submit projects for consideration by July 1, 2019. The award will be presented at the 44th Annual Governor's Local Issues Conference over August 28 - 30, 2019, at the Galt House in Louisville.

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Nomination Form

Nominating Organization:
Date of Nomination:
Name / Title of Project Being Nominated:
Name(s) of Sponsor(s) for Example: City, County, Agency, or District:
Contact Person:
Contact Phone:
Project Commencement Date:
Is the project active at this time?
Yes No
List the units / sub-units of government that were involved in the effort:
1. How does this project demonstrate cost-effective utilization of public resources? Describe the resource savings / conservation which resulted from this project.
2. What are the funding sources of the project? List all funding sources, amounts and percentages of the total project budget.
3. What local issue(s) provided the primary reason for conception of this project? In what way has this project addressed the issue in a creative or innovative way?
4. Describe the impact of this project on the participating communities during the past 12 months. Include discussions of impact on local government fiscal matters, socio-economic conditions of community(ies), and community quality of life. To what extent has there been a positive impact on communities beyond those who have formally participated?
5. In what way is this project especially suited to the communities that have participated to date? Describe how the activities and administration of this project may be duplicated, with similar benefits, by other communities in Kentucky or elsewhere. What major adaptations would likely be required for the project to be duplicated elsewhere?
6. Explain additional considerations why this project should be favorably considered for receipt of the Commissioner's Spirit of Kentucky Award.