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Gary Mathis Hired as New Carroll County Community Development Director

Gary Mathis has been hired as the Carroll County Community Development Corporation’s (CCCDC) Executive Director, CCCDC President Bill Osborne announced today. The Kentucky native brings over twenty-five (25) years’ experience in economic and community development practice as the former “Community Development Director” for the City of Scottsville and Allen County, as an entrepreneur and founding partner in Mathis & Associates, as a Local Government Advisor for the Kentucky Department of Local Government and a Grant writer for the Barren River Area Development District. In those positions he has been a working partner in the creation of jobs, in the redevelopment of neighborhoods, in the expansion of water and sewer lines and in housing development creation. He has written and administered over $20 million in Community Development Block Grants, as well as other foundation and federal grant and loan programs. His most recent efforts in Scottsville, Kentucky was with the J. M. Smucker’s Company which has grown from its initial development in 2005 with 60 jobs to now over 600 jobs through two expansion projects. Mr. Mathis contributions to this effort where in offsite infrastructure grants, site development approvals, and grant writing and administration of a Food-grade warehouse. Mr. Mathis other efforts in Scottsville have been in community mapping and web site design, both skills that will be needed in the ongoing effort to improve the CCCDC web site and the marketability of Carroll County.
Mr. Mathis attained his Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Western Kentucky University. He also attained an Associates of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the Community College of the Air Force while serving in the USAF from 1980 – 1988. He holds several certifications including: Kentucky Licensed Level 1 Building Inspector, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Administrator and Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council.

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Carroll County Receives Work Ready Community in Progress Designation

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On May 14, 2015, the Kentucky Work Force Investment board awarded Carroll County the Work Ready Community In Progress designation for our efforts in address the work force needs in Carroll County.

Kentucky’s Work Ready Community program has the most rigorous certification program in the nation to allow communities to demonstrate their workforce quality. This is an opportunity to differentiate our county and help Carroll County compete to attract jobs now and in the future.

The criteria include high school graduation rates, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, community commitment, educational attainment, soft skills development and Internet availability.

For more information on the Work Ready Communities program visit: workready.ky.gov

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North American Stainless to Make $150 Million Expansion of Ghent Facility

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A major expansion is in the works in Carroll County. Gov. Steve Beshear today announced that North American Stainless (NAS) plans to invest $150 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Ghent.

The expansion, which is the company’s 11th since it began operations in Kentucky in 1990, will include the addition of 36 new jobs. The company also is celebrating its 25th year of operating in the Commonwealth.

“North American Stainless and its parent company Acerinox S.A., continue to invest in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “This announcement demonstrates the company’s continued confidence that we are the ideal place for their operation to succeed. I want to thank NAS for growing in Kentucky and creating dozens of new jobs.”
NAS plans to add a bright annealing line and a cold rolling mill. The bright annealing line will process material from the rolling mill after degreasing the surface of the strip and heat treating it in a controlled atmosphere, giving the material a bright finish. The line includes skin pass and tension leveling to provide additional surface quality and flatness before completing with side trimming to customer specifications.

Source: Thinkkentucky.com