Thursday, November 17, 2011

Owensboro featured in the New York Times

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - A "New York Times" times article about Owensboro hit the newsstand, and the web on Wednesday.

The article showed how Owensboro is progressing on a number of projects.

Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne says this is a good time to be living in his community.

Leaders say many bigger cities are scratching their heads at Owensboro's continued redevelopment efforts and low unemployment rate.

Owensboro, and its surrounding communities have a population of less than 100,000 but the current tally of projects underway is nearly $1-billion.

Mayor Payne says city and county staff have worked hard trying to place Owensboro on the map.

Payne says the projects are just the start, "once you start spiraling back up, that circle gets wider and wider. Because more things you do the more things you can do and we're catching the attention of this nation. "

Payne says articles published recently in the "New York Times" and "American Executive" were the kind of attention they need to attract jobs and boost the local economy.

"While I want us to be a great place for people to retire, I also want it to be a dynamic place for young people to work and raise their family," Payne explains.

Payne says leaders will continue to focus on quality of life and education projects.