Date of release: October 23, 2017
Mayor Brandi Harless is out of the office today and most of tomorrow sharing with other organizations and communities the strides Paducah has made in the topics of wellness and tourism.
Today Mayor Harless is attending and speaking at the Data! Fostering Health Innovation in Kentucky and Ohio 2017 conference in Erlanger, Kentucky. The event is a partnership between Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky to inform attendees about how organizations are using data to improve health. Mayor Harless will be speaking at the session titled City Leadership, Health, and Data.
One way that Paducah has worked to improve the health of its citizens is through the Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park. Through community partnerships, donations, and grants including a $400,000 grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the Health Park has transformed from an open space of six acres to a park with the theme of healthy living. It has a playground, 1/3 mile walking trail, outdoor fitness area, and community garden. A splashpad and a restroom facility are in the design phase.
Mayor Harless says, “In Paducah, we look at our existing assets and engage community members to create beautiful spaces that entice people to enjoy the outdoors and fitness. The Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park is a perfect example of a community partnership. The Purchase Area Connections for Health Coalition that I helped develop before becoming Paducah’s mayor worked with the City to obtain funding for the Health Park. Furthermore, children helped design the playground and hundreds of volunteers spent a week constructing it. Phase I is completed with Phase II on the way.”
On Tuesday, October 24, Mayor Harless will be in Louisville for the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s Annual Conference. Mayor Harless will serve on a panel of mayors and county judge-executives to discuss the value of tourism to their communities.
Mayor Harless says, “Tourism plays a vital role in Paducah’s economy. We are known internationally due to our creative spirit and our designation as a UNESCO City of Crafts & Folk Art. However, we are also known locally due to our location at the confluence of two major rivers and near the beautiful Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.”
The Annual Conference is October 23 through 25. For more information about the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, visit http://www.ktia.com/.