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KLCDirect Businesses Consider Kentucky Cities a BIG CA TCH! A Kentucky League of Cities Publication Read how KLC’s Cornerstone Partner Program is benefiting cities and businesses. IN THIS ISSUE Cornerstone Partners 3 From the Field 5 From the President 6 December 2006 vol. 8 issue 11 KLCDirect A Kentucky League of Cities Publication CONTENTS December 2006 KLC Sponsors Leaders hip FRONT PAGE NEWS MEMBER NEWS Kentucky Award Cornerstone Partner Program 1 Source for City Election News 4 Congratulations to Former Governor INSURANCE NEWS FROM THE FIELD Wendell Ford! Another Benefit of KLCIS 2 Vic Hellard Award 5 r the KLC is proud to sponso 2006 Leadership Kentucky CORNERSTONE PARTNERS FROM THE PRESIDENT ard to Gov. Wendell “Flame of Excellence” Aw Listing of Cornerstone Partners 3 A Year of Opportunities 6 ished in 2002 honors Ford. The award, establ an, who bravely goes an outstanding Kentucki y for others. before and lights the wa FRONT PAGE NEWS KLC Cornerstone Partner Program - Benefiting KLC Member Services Kentucky Cities and Kentucky Businesses Team - At Your Cornerstone Partners Understand the decision makers throughout city hall - Service! Value of KLC's Members clerks, mayors, councilmembers, city 1 managers, parks and recreation directors, Contact KLC's Member Services team for "With annual expenditures of more than $2.5 assistance in your city or with general billion each year, Kentucky cities have utilities superintendents, public works questions about KLC membership, programs phenomenal purchasing power," said Robin officials, public safety officers, and many or services. Cooper, director of Member Services and a more. former city official himself. "KLC's Proceeds derived from the program Cornerstone Partner Program markets the huge help to underwrite KLC membership potential and importance of "city" business." programs including convention and Cooper said the program was redesigned in training. 2006, based on member and vendor feedback, to "These are companies that have better meet the needs of KLC members as well demonstrated they want city business as participating companies. and want to support KLC members As Cornerstone Partners, businesses take and programs," said Cooper. Robin Cooper Robyn Miller advantage of numerous sales and marketing The KLC Member Services team works Director of Member Services opportunities throughout the year with KLC's year-round to attract businesses to the Cornerstone Member Services Manager member cities. The result is more exposure for Program. To recommend a company that does them, and more resources and competition for business with your city as a Cornerstone Partner, cities. contact Tammy Lyons at 1-800-876-4552 or The program provides targeted sponsorship email@example.com. and marketing opportunities for a wide range of 2006 KLC Convention Provides New Arlene Nance Joe O’Nan Experiences and Breaks All Records Convention & Member Services Special Events Coordinator Thanks to more than 135 exhibit booths and KLC made a number of changes to Manager hundreds of company representatives, the 2006 the Expo and Exhibit Hall format KLC Expo was the biggest and best ever! after conducting focus groups of Convention delegates networked and gathered KLC members, as well as past and current exhibitors after the 2005 convention. City officials said they appreciated the convenience of a large expo to identify and research reputable companies that provide products and services to municipalities. The 2006 Expo offered appealing new products including utility boats, fire engines and police Anthony Wright Tammy Lyons cruisers. Another new addition this year was Community Cornerstone the transit bus simulator that offered the Development Partner/Exhibit experience of driving a city bus. Advisor Hall Coordinator "It's like one-stop shopping for municipalities and we are proud to offer this venue during our Contact any KLC staff member at www.klc.org > Staff annual meeting," said Sylvia L. Lovely, KLC directory. information on hundreds of products and Executive Director/CEO. services to take back to their cities and As a result of the success, KLC Exhibit Hall exhibitors accomplished their goals of showcasing their products and services to their Coordinator Tammy Lyons said companies are CORNERSTONE target audience - municipal decision makers. already inquiring about the October 10-13 FACTOIDS 2007 KLC Convention & Expo in Northern The KLC Cornerston Kentucky. e Partner Program supports memb er services ! including convention an d training and Contact Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-876- education including the City Officials 4552 for more information about next year's show or Academies and City Officials to recommend any additional products or services you Orientations. would like to see in the 2007 Expo Exhibit Hall. KLC represents 24,00 0 elected and appointed officials and de cision makers. Cities in Kentucky repres ent $2.5 billion in annual purchasing po wer. The Cornerstone Pa rtner Program helps keep your dues do wn. FINANCE NEWS KLCDirect OFFICERS Simpsonville City Hall Signals Prosperity David L. Willmoth, Jr. Mayor of Elizabethtown, President Glenn V. Caldwell Mayor of Williamstown, First Vice President Connie Lawson Photo courtesy of Jim Irish, Sentinel-News Mayor of Richmond, Second Vice President Bradley H. Collins Mayor of Morehead, Immediate Past President Sylvia L. Lovely Executive Director/CEO, KLC EXECUTIVE BOARD Jerry E. Abramson Mayor of Louisville Metro Butch Callery Mayor of Covington Donald E. Elias City Administrator of Murray Stephen Gilmore Mayor of Ashland Simpsonville's beautiful new city hall is a recent project financed through KLC Financial Services. Teresa Ann Isaac Mayor of Lexington Dedicated with a public ceremony and open house in August, the 1,600 square foot building will include a Tony Massey multipurpose section including a kitchen and community room. City Manager of Frankfort Michael D. Miller "Simpsonville is making a statement that we are no longer just a drive through on the road, said City Mayor of Jackson Manager David Eaton. "We are a city on the move." William Paxton Mayor of Paducah For information on how you can take advantage of KLC's Financial Services program, contact Garrett Drakeford Robert E. Shubert (email@example.com) or Nancy Wylie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 1-800-876-4552. Mayor of Jenkins JoAnne Smith Mayor of Horse Cave Everette Varney 2 Mayor of Georgetown INSURANCE NEWS Elaine Walker Mayor of Bowling Green J. P. Wiles Another Benefit of KLC Insurance Services Mayor of Somerset The voice of Kentucky cities. Safety Grants again top $150,000 KLCDirect is published monthly by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC). KLC is a voluntary association of nearly 400 cities and provides a multitude of services to assist in improving local government. Please address any correspondence to KLC Direct, Kentucky The Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS) has again this year awarded more than League of Cities, 100 East Vine Street, Suite 800, Lexington, Kentucky 40507-3700. Phone $150,000 in safety grants to 90 Kentucky cities for 2006. (859) 977-3700 or 1-800-876-4552. Fax (859) 977-3703. www.klc.org. KLCIS grants provided funds for safety equipment, training, police car video systems and other E D I T O R I A L S TA F F Publisher, Sylvia L. Lovely equipment that helps cities improve public and city employee safety. Since the safety grant program began Editor, Terri Johnson in 1999, KLCIS has awarded in excess of $1.2 million. Design/Layout, Ulysses C. Hayes "The success of our insurance program allows us to reinvest much of that revenue in our community Director of Communications, Bobbie Bryant safety," said Sylvia L. Lovely, the League's executive director/CEO. For a full list of KLC staff visit www.klc.org. Unlike commercial providers, KLCIS is a pool, owned by its members. Proceeds from the success of the By providing pertinent information, the Kentucky League of Cities does not necessarily endorse the views, services, programs or initiatives described in the listed references or websites, nor is program are reinvested in those communities and used to provide programs such as our loss control and the Kentucky League of Cities responsible for any statements or material contained therein. 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Source: 77 Ways to Beat Colds and Flu, A People's Medical Society Book, by Charles Inlander and Cynthia Moran The Kentucky League of Cities wishes to acknowledge and thank these Cornerstone Partner Companies for their investment in programs and services that benefit Kentucky cities and citizens. GRANITE LEVEL 3 Adams Stepner, Central Bank & Trust Co. Collins and Company, Inc. 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In addition to our Vice President - Public Funds offering a full range of property investment, mortgage, trust and General Liability municipal law practice, we have 8100 Burlington Pike and casualty coverages through insurance services. attorneys who concentrate in Medical Bill Review Florence, KY 41042 multiple distribution channels. practicing civil rights, Now serving more than 100,000 859-283-8522 With over 3.5 billion in statutory Loss Control Services governmental tort liability and customers in Kentucky, Central surplus and 17.2 billion in assets, email@example.com employment law. The firm also Bank features a variety of personal Drug Free Workplace the company's financial strength has attorneys who handle general and business deposit accounts, Administration Fifth Third Bank’s Public Funds ratings are among the strongest litigation; real estate and finance; world-class online banking and a awarded by A.M. 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This means over 1,500 November during which the Kentucky Research Department spearheaded the incumbents are returning to office next year, Retirement System Board of Directors voted collection of the 2006 general election and just over 900 elected city officials will be for a dramatic increase in County Employee information, obtaining 99 percent of city new to the job. Retirement System (CERS) employer election results within three days. KLC could A listing of city election winners is available contribution rates, effective July 1, 2007. The not have collected this amount of information to current KLC members through our new rate for CERS non-hazardous will be without the help of city clerks and mayors member library at http://members.klc.org/ 16.17% (up from 13.19) and the hazardous from across the state, and we very much library. duty rate will jump to 33.87% (up from appreciate the assistance. For more information on election results, to 28.21%). 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Lovely moderated a panel entitled other local government organizations about "Leadership & Civic Engagement - How can the punishing impact of the skyrocketing Photo courtesy of Mike Sunseri, LRC Kentucky's communities marshal the civic pension costs, the KRS Board opted for a five- energy required to shape a more prosperous year phase in of the new employer future?," which was the Legislative Research contributions. Commission’s (LRC) featured session during The KRS actuary told the Board that the rate its annual meeting held in Lexington. The of health care inflation and the new accounting interactive panel also included Tom Prather, rules from the Governmental Accounting executive vice president, NewCities Institute, Standards Board are major factors pushing Dr. Gloria S. McCall, vice-chancellor for the retirement costs to these levels. The new Sylvia with Long-Term Policy Research Kentucky Community and Technical College employer contribution rates were unanimously Center Board Vice-Chair and State Budget System, and Mac Wall, executive director, approved but one board member warned that Director, Brad Cowgill. KET. retirement costs are now rising so fast that they will put some local governments out of In recognition of her lifetime contribution business. Photo courtesy of Mike Sunseri, LRC to public service, Sylvia L. Lovely, president of the NewCities Institute and executive KLC will continue to monitor the situation director/CEO of the Kentucky League of and is available to assist cities with questions. Cities, received the Vic Hellard, Jr. Award. The award was presented at the Long-Term Policy Research Center’s annual conference in November. 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Past KLC President Mayor Tom Peyton Hogue Award by the (in) Jefferson Holocher of Fort Mitchell, serves on the County League of Cities. The award was National League of Cities Transportation and named in honor of the late Peyton Hogue, Mayor Lewis Hicks, Infrastructure Committee on behalf of the longtime mayor of Anchorage, Kentucky and Kentucky League of Cities. He recently filed KLC board president. It recognizes public City of LaCenter, KY a report to KLC with the following notes: service for the betterment of Kentucky cities. Caveats he noted from the meeting include Died November 27, 2006 The City of Augusta was recently that The US Transportation System, which recognized by KET and the Kentucky includes roads, rail and ports, is at or near Historical Society as one of the late historian capacity, that many states across the nation are Dr. Thomas Clark’s favorite 11 places in using more and more private and public Kentucky. Called, the “Treasures Tour,” partnerships to make transportation Augusta, was recognized along with improvements and that states are reinstituting Cumberland Gap, the Speed Art Museum, tolls to pay for road improvements. Shaker Village and several other high profile Mayor Susan Barto of Lyndon was landmarks and locations. recently named the recipient (winner) of the CALENDAR OF EVENTS Educate, Celebrate, Participate - Register at www.klc.org City Officials Academy - We Have you registered for the “Real invite you to join us for one of the Kentucky Thing?” League of Cities most popular and valuable programs, the City Officials Academy (COA). We Don't miss the 8th Annual Kentucky received so much positive feedback on the previous Municipal Environmental Safety and academies in 2003 and 2005, we have expanded the Health Association (KMESHA) program and added a second location. 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For overall feedback, contact T Johnson at 1-800-876-4552, ext. 3784, or email@example.com. FROM THE PRESIDENT Let’s Make 2007 a Year of Opportunities! The new officers for the Kentucky League of Cities a unified voice in Frankfort. This will be particularly important on issues 6 Board of Directors were sworn in at the 2006 KLC concerning the rising cost of health care and pensions, as well as revenue Convention & Expo in October. Following the great options and local decision making for cities. leadership of Morehead Mayor Brad Collins will be a tough assignment, as we all applaud his wonderful Thank you so much for your support as we begin this exciting new year as leadership. I'm proud to serve alongside the other Cities United! officers named to the Executive Board, Williamstown Mayor Glenn Caldwell as first vice president and Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson as second vice president. 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