Monday, 15 October 2012 16:37

The cities of Horse Cave and Glasgow were recognized with Enterprise Cities Awards by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) during its annual Conference & Expo on Friday, October 12 in Lexington.

The Enterprise Cities Awards, given since 1999, go to municipalities in four population categories that have demonstrated entrepreneurship, innovation and excellence in local governance.  Entries are judged in seven key areas:  innovativeness or creativity of the project, long-term value to the community, adaptability to other cities, use of public/private partnerships, ability to achieve project benchmarks, community-citizen participation and program efficiency.

“Cities learn from each other,” said Jon Steiner, KLC executive director/CEO. “In these challenging times, it is a priority that communities are innovative and resourceful to serve citizens and promote their local uniqueness.  These cities have demonstrated the kind of initiative that can serve as examples for all Kentucky cities.”

This year, sponsorship from Collins & Company, Inc. allowed KLC to make a $1,000 donation to all four winners and a $250 donation to runners-up in support of their projects.

City of Glasgow – “Glasgow’s Going Green”   Just over a year ago, Glasgow set the goal to expand its recycling services.  The city created a multi-faceted recycling program designed to encourage and promote recycling in Glasgow and surrounding communities.  The result was “Glasgow’s Going Green” which refocuses, coordinates and expands recycling opportunities by taking advantage of new technologies and processes.  The program promotes “reuse and recycle” by not only reducing the amount of waste going into the landfill, but also by finding value in items traditionally discarded.   It now includes residential and commercial recycling, curbside recycling and drop-off sites and public and private partnerships.

New equipment was purchased to sort and collect the recycled items more efficiently, recycling carts were clearly labeled and placed in parks to collect recyclable material and a three compartment dumpster was purchased to separate glass, paper and cardboard. Glasgow’s “green” initiative is providing a valuable service to residents while helping the environment and generating “green” in the form of revenue for the city.

City of Horse Cave – Hidden River Cave Trail  The recently completed Hidden River Cave Trail marks the pathway above the cave that lies below Horse Cave’s historic downtown.  The trail markers tell the story of the city since its founding, but also go back literally thousands of years educating visitors about the cave and its ecology.   To complement the trail, the city also developed a cell phone tour and a website that features historic photos and oral histories about the culture in a city with a cave as its basement.  The city’s clever use of modern technology brings Horse Cave’s history to new audiences young and old.  Best of all, the Hidden Trail involved members of the community throughout the project’s development.   As a result, it led to pride and enthusiasm about sharing Horse Cave’s rich history.

Congratulations to these fine communities who received these honors



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