What is Christian County Vision 2030?

Christian County Vision 2030 is both a process and a product. The process: engaging with people who live, work, learn and play here to better understand our community’s potential and opportunities. The product: a shared community vision and action plan for achieving identified community priorities. The ultimate goal: to develop a community plan by and for the people who call Christian County home today and those who will want to call this home in the years ahead.

Visioning Background

Christian County has engaged in visioning on two prior occasions: Hopkinsville-Christian County Vision Plan (2005-2015) and a more recent vision plan update (2015-2020). Many positive outcomes have been achieved through visioning. But we can do even better.

We want to engage as many people as possible, from every walk of life. We want to hear from all voices on any and every topic that matters to you. We want to build this new community plan together so that it reflects our community as a whole.

We also want to create a sustainable community partner network that can and will help us solve our most pressing challenges and take advantage of our most important assets. We want to know how YOU think the greater Hopkinsville-Christian County area should look, feel and function in the future.

Christian County Vision Success Stories

  • High school graduation rate raised to 93% (2017)
  • $4.3M grant to develop career pathway training
  • New programs to teach soft skills training
  • Growing library investment and users
  • Renovated Museum and Alhambra Theater
  • Increasing representation of minorities and women on public boards
  • Youth destinations: Skate park, Tie Breaker Teen Night and Sportsplex
  • Youth leadership: Mayor’s Youth Council, Leadership Program, HYPE, Internships
  • Community brand enhanced via eclipse event (90% said they would visit again)
  • Eclipse = 116K visitors, $30M new revenue
  • Hopkinsville Transit ridership doubled in 2 years
  • 3 miles of sidewalks installed
  • GIG City, other initiatives to grow internet access
  • Decrease in unemployment; increase in payroll
  • Shop Local campaigns
  • New shopping centers

Who is Coordinating This?

The Christian County Chamber of Commerce is coordinating this initiative with generous donations from:

  • Planters Bank
  • Walmart Distribution
  • Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority
  • Heritage Bank
  • Sisk Auto Mall
  • Hopkinsville Electric System
  • Atmos Energy
  • Jennie Stuart Medical Center
  • Higgins Insurance
  • City of Hopkinsville
  • Christian County Government

The process will be guided by a volunteer Task Force representing government, business, social services, education, sustainability, recreation, and other community interest areas. Professional assistance will be provided by a visioning consultant, J Robertson and Company.

Legacy Vision Implementation Sponsors

We are grateful to the following organizations, businesses and individuals for their ongoing support of Christian County visioning over many years.

  • Planters Bank
  • Christian County Government
  • Pennyrile Electric
  • HWEA
  • Danfoss
  • Wal-Mart Distribution Center
  • Continental Mills
  • Heritage Bank
  • Cayce Mill Supply
  • City of Hopkinsville
  • Christian County Public Schools
  • Hopkinsville Electric System/Energy Net
  • Higgins Insurance
  • Hopkinsville Milling
  • Pennyrile Radiology
  • United Southern Bank
  • Center of Insurance
  • Christian & Todd Co.
  • Board of Realtors
  • Commonwealth Agri-Energy
  • Agri-Chem, Inc.
  • H&R Agri-Power
  • Hopkinsville Junior Auxiliary
  • Dan & Henrietta Kemp
  • Chris & Melissa Spurr
  • Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble
  • English Lacy & Company
  • Eston & Jo Glover
  • RJ Williams, Inc.
  • Leslie Carroll
  • Brandi Alexander
  • Craftsman Residential

How Do I Get Involved?

How do I get involved?

Between June and September 2019, the Christian County Vision Task Force will be conducting a wide range of public involvement activities, including:

Idea Boxes

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Project Timeline

As depicted in the graphic below, the first phase of visioning will take place between May and November 2019. By the end of 2019, the consultant will present all community input to the Task Force, sorted into Vision “focus areas.” The Task Force will then develop proposed strategies and actions that would actualize community priorities. The community will then have an opportunity to review and vote on their favorite ideas in the spring of 2020. A complete Vision and Action Plan document will be produced by mid-2020.

Timeline

Document Library

Relevant project materials and documents will be posted here as the project progresses. Please check back periodically for updates.

  • Data Profile – this PPT provides various trend and point-in-time highlighting various community challenges and opportunities we can work to address through visioning and subsequent action.
  • Christian County Vision Plan Update – our 2015 vision plan update
  • Beaverton Community Vision – an example of what a Vision and Action Plan might look like for Christian County, based on the Beaverton, Oregon model.