March 2018

We recently held the high school Idea Competition and were thrilled with the level of effort the youngsters put into it. I am very encouraged about the future of this community based on what I saw. We congratulated and rewarded the winners and encouraged the others to stay after it and keep up the good work. The rewards are nice, but the competition itself is worth participating in and these kids showed me they can compete. Competition makes us better and keeps us focused and sharp. I loathe hearing people complain about bad officiating, lack of a level playing field, and (my favorite) how damaging to our self-esteem that losing can be. Hogwash. Competition (and sometimes losing) makes us better. In our economic development world, there is always competition and I am grateful for it. We may win some and lose some, but we won't be outworked. Speaking of hard work, let me be the first to congratulate the Kentucky Wildcats on winning the SEC Tournament over my alma mater, the University of Tennessee. I think the Cats taught my Vols a valuable lesson about playing well and playing hard for 40 minutes.
I can't sum up the value of competition any better than the words of the late and beloved Tennessee Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt, "There is always someone better than you. Whatever it is that you do for a living, chances are, you will run into a situation in which you are not as talented as the person next to you. That's when being a competitor can make a difference in your fortunes."  Let's be better competitors. It will make a difference in our community's fortunes.

Good luck to the 'Cats (and Vols) in the NCAA Tournament!
Women's Luncheon

The Madisonville Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation believes that women find their strength from supporting other women. Every year for the past three years MHCEDC has offered a Women's Luncheon where women leaders of all stages in their leadership journey come to learn, grow and connect so they can confidently advance their careers and grow their businesses. Maybe not everyone will walk away wanting to start a business, but our hope is that if it is something you are considering, you will be empowered by other women to take that plunge. 

This year you have an opportunity to nominate a fellow coworker that goes above and beyond every day. Think of someone that challenges you and lifts others up and is a mentor to other employees. We are accepting nominations until April 15th, 2018. Please take a few moments and nominate someone who impacts your life daily. The winner will receive two tickets to the luncheon and a gift basket full of local goodies.

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2018 Idea Competition

MHCEDC President Ray Hagerman says, "We are excited about this year's ideas. Bright young people are the future of our community and we look forward to helping them take the first step toward achieving their dreams." The Idea Competition was held on March 8, 2018 at Kentucky Innovation Station, with the aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their ideas in front of a three-judge panel.

Winners of the Idea Competition took home cash prizes totaling $1750. Congratulations to the 2018 Idea Competition Winners.

1st Place - Joshua Plain, Cryptocurrency
2nd Place - Emily Couchman, Chicken Tracker
3rd Place - Houston Knox, Mad Pops

Manufacturing Month

To celebrate Manufacturing Month, we will spotlighting  Hopkins County manufacturers. We want to create a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.  Manufacturing Month helps to promote manufacturing as a viable career in Kentucky. It is an opportunity to celebrate Kentucky manufacturing for its leadership and innovation. Please help us by filling out the information form below. 

Houston Knox

Houston Knox is the President and CEO of The Knox Company. He is a teen entrepreneur who attends high school at Madisonville North Hopkins. At North he serves as the Executive Vice President as well as President of FBLA. The Knox Company founded its first business in 2016 (Rawhide Men's Accessories) and thanks to the IDEA competition it will found its sixth business in spring of 2018 (Mad Pops). Houston is someone who believes in the future of students and the future of Hopkins County. He is a proud chamber ambassador and hopes to help in anyway possible to make the "entrepreneurial revival" a continued reality. Once Houston graduates he plans to go to college to receive a double major in business and government studies in a hopes to work in economic development and possibly one day seek office to better serve the people.
Houston Knox:

Madisonville Hopkins County Economic
Development Corporation

Phone (270) 821-1939 

President- Ray Hagerman
Vice President of Operations- Ruthann Padgett 
Marketing & Social Media Specialist- Riley Dever 
Kentucky Movers & Makers Director - Eddie Milum
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