Leadership Central Kentucky


Leadership Central Kentucky is a program to: educate and inform individuals on issues and opportunities for all of our region’s communities; create awareness and understanding of how each county’s actions affect the others; and to help foster a regional vision for the Bluegrass. Its vision seeks to build a network of committed, informed and progressive citizens connected across institutions and county lines. These leaders of the new century embrace and embody the philosophy that our region will realize its highest potential through working together.

The Leadership Central Kentucky Board seeks to identify those individuals most likely to utilize their regional leadership abilities for a long-term benefit. Applicants must either work or live in any of the following eight counties: Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford. Approximately twenty-four individuals will be selected to participate in the program. These leaders and potential leaders will be active in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organization. Attention is taken to reflect the diversity of the Bluegrass Region’s communities.

Participants will be chosen by the Leadership Central Kentucky Board based upon the information completed on the application. They will be seeking a diverse class, professionally, geographically, ethnically and gender-wise. Preference will be given to individuals who have successfully completed a local leadership program.

A mandatory Orientation kicks the program off the third Thursday and Friday in August and thereafter, the third Wednesday September through May, class members travel to one county per month with a focus on community and regional topics such as transportation, education, economic development, quality of life, public advocacy, and agri-tourism, . These topics are covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, interactive exercises and class discussions.

Sessions will last an average of eight hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sessions will be located throughout the region. Times and locations will be sent prior to sessions. Participant is responsible for their own transportation to the county. Once in the county, bus transportation is provided between venues. Any participant missing more than two regular full day sessions, in half-day increments, will not graduate from the program

Tuition for Leadership Central Kentucky is $600, payable no later than August 11, 2014. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. If financial assistance is sought please attach a letter officially requesting a scholarship and stating your reasons. The scholarship request must accompany the completed application to be considered. Requests for scholarship assistance are completely confidential. (Note: no full scholarships are awarded.)


• Broaden perspectives and understanding of the Bluegrass Region
• Meet local, regional and state leaders
• Develop and expand network of contacts
• Visit county sites and facilities
• Gain exposure to both current county and regional issues and developments
• Build friendships and working relationships with class members


2014-15 Class Presented By

Unified Trust

Leadership Central Kentucky Class Studies Regional Transportation & Growth During Visit to Jessamine County

Article by Camden Skidmore, Your Community Bank
On the brisk morning of November 19, the Leadership Central Kentucky class traveled to Jessamine County to study transportation and growth in the Bluegrass. After a breakfast and networking session at the Jessamine County Chamber with the Leadership Central Kentucky Board of Directors, we traveled to the Valley View Ferry, which has been in existence since 1785. It serves as the primary route for some Jessamine County residents to get back and forth from Madison County. Our class was treated to a chilly ride across the river on the ferry called “John Craig.”

Upon our return to the chamber, we heard from the Jessamine County Transportation Task Force and other District 7 officials about the controversial I-75 connector, and specifically the importance of regional cooperation in the project. After a question and answer session, we heard about regional public transportation partnerships from Roger Kirk with Blue Grass Community Action Partnership.

We then visited the impressive facilities of the R.J. Corman Group. Craig King, President and CEO, gave us a brief history of Rick Corman and the company he built. Then, Nick Edelen gave a detailed presentation on the impact of rail on the movement of goods in the U.S. and the big part that railroads will play in the future of transportation.

Our next stop was Highbridge Spring Water Co. just outside of Wilmore. We were able to go deep inside the old limestone mine, learn about the crystal clear spring that acts as its water source, and see the bottling/packaging facility. While in the mine, Jeff Baier, Director of Business Development, gave us a tour of Kentucky Underground Storage Inc., Highbridge’s sister company that uses the natural security of the underground mine as a secure storage for valuable documents.

Once back in the sunlight, we made the short hop over to the bridge that is the namesake of this small community. Built in 1877 to carry trains between Lexington and Danville, High Bridge stands 308 feet over the Kentucky River and is the tallest bridge above a navigable waterway in North America, an engineering feat of that time. Director of Wilmore Public Utilities, Dave Carlstedt, gave us a walking tour of the park and the beautiful views over the palisades. The day concluded with a Class Social Hour at Tap House on Main Street in Nicholasville.