• Feature Article


    Education is Vital to a Successful Workforce


    Kelli Pendleton
    Kelli Pendleton  
    President/CEO Christian County Chamber of Commerce


    Kentuckians have a lot to be proud of. We are home to the most talented basketball teams, fastest horses and best bourbon in the world. We are proud to show off our blue grass and big hats to all who come here to visit. We have a lot of to be proud of, but we have a lot to work on.

    Education is vital to a successful workforce. Business leaders and educators need to continue to work hand in hand to encourage our young people to realize their potential. We need to help students open their eyes to available opportunities and skillsets that may be more suitable to them. While participating in Leadership Hopkinsville, I heard people ask multiple times how to connect students with various employment opportunities. We have to continue our efforts in workforce education and capitalize on every opportunity to talk to young people about career opportunities in Christian County.

    I want our Chamber to be central to this effort. It is the crossroads of where education meets commerce, where military meets civilian, where vision meets reality.

    It is also important to be informed of the legislative issues shaping our region. As members, you will soon receive a survey via email regarding issues that affect our community. We hope you will take the time to take it so that we may forward the issues most meaningful to you to the state capital and the nation's capital. We are here to advocate on behalf of our business community and will continue to work hard on your behalf. You will also start to see more correspondence from the Chamber to you about local legislative matters. This is just to keep you informed on issues that could affect your business.

    Finally, I would like to wish our teachers great success this school year. I know you have a big job to do. Your dedication to shaping young minds will produce educated, productive citizens who go on to do great things....even greater than basketball.

    Kelli Pendleton