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 Agri-Tourism and History in Bourbon County

Article by Whitney Dickerson, Kentucky Bank
Horse farms, flowers, orchards, history, and more are prevalent when one spends a day in Bourbon County! With our class of 23 vibrant personalities, there was not one dull moment throughout the day. The day began at the beautiful Court House in the heart of the city with an introduction by Bourbon County Judge Executive Donnie Foley and a remarkable history lesson by Buck Pennington.

After a quick tour of the courthouse, we loaded the bus and headed out to explore the history of Claiborne Farm. While at Claiborne Farm, we had the opportunity to see a few horses and take pictures with Orb and WarFront. The horses were very friendly and energetic to say the least. It was a gorgeous day to tour the farm. In addition, we got to visit the stalls where the infamous Secretariat was cared for and also got to see his tombstone where he rests in peace.

Moving on from Claiborne Farm, our next destination was Reed’s Orchard. It was a beautiful day for apple picking, seeing the gifts of nature, and learning about the business. They have built a fabulous orchard with a ton of great jams, butters, and ciders to purchase. The owners provided us with a great history lesson of their orchard and have experienced many opportunities with regionalism along the way.

The next stop was Adena Springs Farm. Here, we were able to see more horses, including Awesome Again, Macho Uno, and Ghostzapper. We had lunch in the stables and were educated on the mating process of horses. After lunch, we took a bus tour around the farm and were able to see some of the mares getting baths. The entire farm was a beautiful site and landmark to visit within Bourbon County. There were so many acres of land and watching the horses run freely was very relaxing. After the tour of the farm, we traveled to Color Point to see the wide array of flowers that are grown in the county and distributed to places such as Lowe’s for resale.

After the tour at Color Point, we loaded the bus and headed to see Cane Ridge Meeting House. It was built in 1791, and is the largest log cabin church in the United States. It is a well-known historical site in Bourbon County. Although, it is a quaint location, the history behind it speaks highly of this grand landmark tucked away in the county. Our final destination was our wrap up with Mayor Mike Thornton at the Hopewell Museum. He spoke about initiatives and regionalism in the community. The day ended with a social hour at Bour-Bon, a new and elegant fine dining restaurant, in downtown Paris.