SHEPHERDSVILLE - This year’s Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce Dinner was a resounding success with over 200 in attendance.
Local movers and shakers had the opportunity to network and show their support for the chamber as they gathered in Salt River Hall for the annual dinner held at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.
During the event, two exceptional individuals were recognized for their contributions to the chamber and the county.
Johnson & Johnson senior site manager, Mike Griffith was awarded the chamber’s Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding leadership, his many accomplishments and his efforts to help develop Bullitt County’s economy.
Griffith’s community involvement includes United Way, Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, Bounty of Hope and the Boy Scouts of America.
Kart Kountry director of sales and marketing, Katrina James Jackson was awarded the Barbara Cahoe Memorial Award for demonstrating exceptional dedication and commitment to the chamber in a selfless manner, just as the award’s namesake had.
Jackson, a lifelong Bullitt County resident, serves as president of the chamber Women’s Steering Committee and has worked at Kart Kountry for many years.
Prior to the award ceremony, Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts inducted the newest class of the chamber Board of Directors with a swearing in ceremony.
Kicking off the event, Bullitt County native and director of the research and statistics division of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Ron Crouch, served as guest speaker.
Crouch remarked on the ever-changing demographics of the county, state, nation and world, as he explored what that meant for the future.
He touched on the changes in population throughout the world, citing that family sizes were getting smaller in the United States, particularly the Southeast where he said the fertility rate was below replacement level, pointing out that Kentucky was one of the states least likely to have children.
Crouch said that a declining aging population was not a prescription for a sound economy.
The speaker highlighted economic changes that could be an advantage for the county and the state, stating that a significant percentage of domestic migration was moving to the Southeast.
Crouch, a long-time Mount Washington resident, claimed that the upper south, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia had the most potential for progress, with its geographic position, resources and growing population, pointing out that Bullitt County is in a position to do great things.
“Be aware of the changes that are going on,” he said.