CARROLLTON, Ky. (February 2004) To become more attractive
to developers, industries and potential new business owners, Carroll
County must continue to improve its education, quality of life, housing
and health care services. That was part of the message presented Jan.
21 during the annual shareholders meeting of the Carroll County Community
by Don Ward
director Joseph Graves.
Using a committee approach, members of the CCCDC presented their
findings after conducting several surveys of businesses in the county
at the organizations luncheon meeting, held at Gen. Butler State
Resort Parks Conference Center.
Patrick Jennings, Kentuckys newly appointed Deputy Commission
of Agriculture, made the keynote address in place of Commissioner
Richie Farmer, who could not attend. Then various committee chairmen
outlined the survey method and listed their findings.
Then CCCDC executive director Joseph Graves gave a summary of the
organizations accomplishments from last year and its goals for
As the states third smallest (geographically) and with a population
of only 10,000, Carroll County has a lot going for it, but we must
do more, Graves told the group.
Listing the positives of 2003, Graves said retail sales increased
126 percent in the past five years, well above the state average of
87 percent. He cited a statistic showing Carroll County as rating
No. 5 in the country for expansion by European companies. He said
the annual Relay For Life in Carrollton to benefit the American Cancer
Society is annually ranked in the top 10 in the Northern Kentucky
Region in proceeds. And the Carrollton Kroger store received the top
rating among Kroger stores throughout the Mid-South Division.
On the downside, Graves noted the announced mid-2004 closing of Kentucky
Ladder, but he vowed to work to bring in new jobs for displaced workers
by luring new business to the county. He said an announcement is expected
soon in that regard. The CCCDC also has offered to provide arbitrators
to help settle the Ameriform labor strike, which continues.
Graves noted several changes taking place in Carrollton, notably the
demolition of two tobacco warehouses on Highland Avenue, and the new
retail complex at the intersection of Hwys. 42 and 227. You
can watch for even more development to take place at the old Blue
Gables Court location next year, he said.
Finally, Graves noted the new road widening of Hwy. 227, the redesigned
intersection at Hwys. 42 and 227, and the paving of streets throughout
town, all of which have improved traffic flow, he said.
Committee chairs also made brief reports. Bill Welty presented the
findings of the Quality of Life committee; Malcolm Carraco discussed
commercial issues; and Mike Gordon addressed concerns by local industries.
In his report, Welty cited the growing Hispanic population in the
county. His committee recommended producing a brochure in Spanish
to better educate and direct Hispanic residents about the services
offered in the county.