In This Issue
Owensboro-Daviess County leaders regroup, redefine, and recharge toward a more effective economic development mechanism
Owensboro lags behind other similar-sized Kentucky cities on some economic development measures, an Advocate examination has revealed. Owensboro is at a chronic disadvantage in attracting large manufacturers because it is not located near a major interstate and is too far from such major cities as Nashville, Cincinnati, and Lexington to get much “spin-off” business from their big companies. Thus it can’t rely on the traditional economic development strategies that are still working reasonably well for communities such as Bowling Green and Hopkinsville.
Framing the Issue:
Examining local options to meet the growing need
While public officials, insurance and drug companies, doctors and hospitals wrestle with state and national strategies to provide health care for the growing number of uninsured Americans, we examine steps that can be taken at the local level to get more people the care they need.
The Changing Face of Owensboro:
Language instruction, socialization, humanitarian assistance, and cultural exchanges are among the steps needed to embrace diversity in our community
Only about 1,000 people in Daviess County are foreign born, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, which provides the latest figures available. That’s about one percent of the total population and the majority of those immigrants moved here from Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Still, that number – 915 to be exact -- has almost tripled since 1990, when the census identified only 352 foreign-born people who settled here.
Viewed from an airplane, it is even more deplorable. The plush green of the Appalachian Mountains ends abruptly, exposing a gray, moon-like surface. Now there are only twisting haul roads and rubble, a vast lifeless plateau. It goes on for miles. There are no longer valleys between the mountains. Everything that isn’t coal from what was atop the oldest and most diverse broadleaf forest in North America has been blasted apart and shoved over the side, clogging and polluting streams, dispersing wildlife, dismissing an ecosystem.
Citizens share views on Social Security reform; Baseball stadium ranks highest on projects survey
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