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Community Connectors project recognizes those who ‘get things done’

Today, Central Kentuckians came together to recognize Bluegrass Community Connectors. The project recognized 144 individuals for their commitment, though six asked to remain anonymous.

These individuals were identified through a public nomination process. The project began in August 2011. More than 5,000 nominations were received during a five month process from late August through January which sought input from all areas of the regional community. While people throughout the state were identified, the majority of nominations were from a 10 county area in Central Kentucky: Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford. Each of these communities identified trusted leaders who get things done.

The purpose of the Bluegrass Community Connectors Project is to identify great civic connectors in the Bluegrass region who make significant things happen in our communities.

"Change can only come about by a committed group of citizens," said United Way President Bill Farmer. "We want these individuals to know their commitment to our community is important to all of us. And we want them to have the opportunity to get to know each other - to build relationships that can result in true change in our community."

During today's event, Connectors had the opportunity to meet for the first time as a group. These Connectors discussed the importance of their recognition, issues facing the community and how they, as recognized leaders, can work together to improve Central Kentucky.

"When you put smart people together, when you put people who are doers and active leaders together, great things happen," said Lyle Hanna, president of Hanna Resource Group and a volunteer leader in the Bluegrass Community Connector Project. "When you put one and one together, often you get three."

The Bluegrass Community Connectors were identified as:

Denise Adams
Lisa Adkins
Karen Anderson
E. Joy Arnold
Steve Austin
Angela Baldridge
Robbi Barber
Teresa Barton
Cathy Boone
Ron Borkowski
Ed Burtner
Maria F. Bush
Bonnie Clark
Nancy Calix
Sandra Noble Canon
Chief David Charles
Opal Clark
Beverly Clemons
Carmen Combs
Jack Conner
David Coomer
John Cooper
Kip Cornett
David Cozart
Judy Crowe
Marilyn Daniel
Ms. Terry Davidson
Kenny Davis Jr.
Luther Deaton
Jessica Dodgen
Diana Wells Doggett
Richard Eads
Jim Embry
Bill Farmer
James Ferrell
Tommy Floyd
Eric Geary
Marion Gibson
Yvonne Giles
Lisa Gilliam
Emanuel Gilpin
Linda Gorton
Jim Gray
Lauren Greathouse Burlile
Dean C. Hammond Jr.
Lyle S. Hanna
Tom Harris
Debra A. Hensley
Christy Hiler
Lynn Hisle
Mike Hockensmith
Liza Holland
Janet Holloway
Phil Holoubek
Grant Horner
Jim Host
Lori Rowland Houlihan
Erin Michelle Howard
Andrea James
Mark Johnson
Carol Jones
Steve Kay
Kris Kimel
David Kitchen
Deborah Moore Knittel
Jodie Koch
Greg Lakes
Bud Lane
Cay Lane
Gina Lang
Bill Lear
Kent S. Lewis
Pierce Lyons
Sherry Maddock
Bruce T. Manley
Tom Martin
Ronda May
Jay McChord
Everett McCorvey
Kim Menke
Griffin Van Meter
David Montgomery
Dianna Moore
Ms. Robbie Morgan
Aaron Mosley
Knox Van Nagell
Laura Nagle
Jim Newberry
LaFleesha Patton
Tracy Pearce
Rebecca Peck
PG Peeples
Van Meter Pettit
Graham Pohl
Becky Priest
Brian Privett
Ryan Quarles
Bob Quick, CCE
Ginny Ramsey
JoEllen Reed
John Rennels
Pam Rice
Harry Richart
Rona Roberts
Warren Rogers
Dan Roller
Robert Ryan
Ben Self
Pauline Shackleford
Stu Silberman
Austin Simms
Mike Sparks
David Sperow
Alan Stein
Nancy Stone
Kim Sweazy
Harold Tate
Fran Taylor
Isabel Gereda Taylor
Pam Thomas
Randy Thomas
Lee Todd
Tanya Torp
Darby Turner
Tim Turner
Rev. Dr. Keith Tyler
Gabe Uebel
Brian Walton
Theodore Ware, Jr.
Therese Warrick
Kevin Weaver
Dudley Webb
Woodford Webb
Jon Weece
Dan Wills
Anthony Wright
Lu Young
Jacqueline L. Zeller

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