Bluegrass Tomorrow, Inc.
P. O. Box 34185
2532 Regency Rd. Suite 103
Lexington KY 40588
Contact Information
Nonprofit Bluegrass Tomorrow, Inc.
Address P. O. Box 34185
2532 Regency Rd. Suite 103
Lexington, KY 40588
Phone (859) 277-9614
Contact Name Rob Rumpke
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1994
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Bluegrass Tomorrow
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Lexington, KY  40588
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Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

Bluegrass Tomorrow is in the "Quality of Life" business.  Our mission is to connect, unify, and motivate the current and future stakeholders of the Bluegrass Region to preserve, protect, and promote those activities in Central Kentucky that positively affect the Quality of Life enjoyed, desired, a deserved by the citizens and their communities.  These include, but are not limited to, our shared natural and cultural heritage, as they relate to land use, transportation, education, sustainability and recreation, all based on and contributing to a diverse and thriving economy.

Background Statement

Bluegrass Tomorrow was formed in 1989 by a coalition of business and conservation interests to promote coordinated growth planning for the central Bluegrass Region of Kentucky on the premise that growth planning is the key to building and sustaining stronger communities.

The organization's was originally deeply rooted in preservation and conservation issues, most notably preservation of the region's horse farms and bluegrass soils.   In these years, Bluegrass Tomorrow focused on promoting comprehensive planning and was responsible for brainstorming and beginning the original discussions on property for development rights (PDR) and created the Bluegrass Conservancy.

In its second decade, Bluegrass Tomorrow evolved into more of a "smart growth" planning organization focusing on developing great sustainable communities, vibrant downtowns, respect for the environment, transportation alternatives, housing affordability, corridor planning and enhancing our unique architectural legacy.
Bluegrass Tomorrow published "Tools for Implementation of a Planned Regional Vision" in 1995 and the "Bluegrass Corridor Management Planning Handbook" in 2000.

In 2006-07, the organization sponsored a study, hiring noted regionalist Myron Orfield and his company Amergis, to study the regional economy and revenues in local governments, which resulted in the publication of the "Bluegrass Regional Economic Analysis" or (the Green Book).  Two major government summits also took place as a result of this study.

In 2008, in response to feedback from the summits and the revenue study, the organization implemented the "Bluegrass InnoVision 2018" Report (the Orange Book) which studied trends, data points, and innovations in 22 similar metro regions with a flagship university at their core.  This report was presented and discussed in 2009 to over 1,200 regional stakeholders who participated in focus groups, work sessions, and two summits.  The Top 10 Innovations To Advance the Bluegrass were the result.

Impact Statement
Recent Benchmark Accomplishments 
Developed through the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium the Academic Leadership Academy, which develops academic leadership in our region. Over 150 graduates from 12 colleges and universities over the last three years, 2013-2015.
Created the new IdeaFestival Student Day at Eastern Kentucky University.  900 middle and high school students attended in 2015, focusing on college & career awareness through a unique Career Maker Faire. 
Formation of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, a collaboration of 12 higher education institutions to develop a seamless college and career readiness system that links high school guidance to college career centers, to career one stop center for adults, 2012
InnoVision 2018, studied innovations in 22 similar metro regions with a flagship University.  From this project the “Top 10 Innovations To Advance The Bluegrass” was developed (2008-2009).

Bluegrass Regional Economic Analysis, studied the regional economy and revenue system  (Myron Orfield) (2006-2007).

Bluegrass Corridor Mgt Planning Handbook, with the Ky. Transportation Cabinet, a guide for decision makers, engineers, to ensure that Kentucky’s roads are among the safest, most efficient and beautiful in the nation. (2000).

Needs Statement
1.  Funding of two IdeaFestival Student Days at Eastern Kentucky University and Centre College in 2018.
2.  Funding of Bluegrass Forever Green "Conversations with the Region"  in 2018 including:  Health & Wellness, Transportation, Waste & Recycling .
3.  Funding of Annual Celebration of the Bluegrass in 2018.
4.  Funding of Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium support services.
5. Funding of Bluegrass Trails Alliance support services.
Levels:    Visionary Trustee $10,000 a year
               Leadership Trustee $7,500 a year
               Partnership Trustee $5,000 a year
               Matching Trustee: Match (or double) your contribution amount
               from 2010 for a commitment that begins at $2,000.
The Vision Society will be invited to meet twice a year to act in an advisory capacity to Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, to provide input and guidance on the advancement of our vision, mission and making sure we are on target with our programs and initiatives.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Higher Education
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Geographic Areas Served
Anderson County
Bourbon County
Boyle County
Clark County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Garrard County
Harrison County
Jessamine County
Lincoln County
Madison County
Mercer County
Montgomery County
Powell County
Scott County
Estill County
Nicholas County
Footprint is 18 counties of Central Kentucky (Bluegrass Region), the first tier, and second tier of counties surrounding Lexington-Fayette.
Board Chair
Board Chair Claude Christensen
Company Affiliation City of Sadieville
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Rebecca Barnes Lexington Legends
Anna Bennett St Joseph
Larry Brandstetter Brandstetter Carroll
Tony Busseni Town & Country Bank
Greg Caudill Farmers National Bank
Mayor Claude Christensen City of Sadieville
Bobby Clark Sustainable Business Ventures/Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise
Molley Foree Davis Third Rock Consultants
Luther Deaton Central Bank
Blaine Early Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Ben Fister GRW Engineers, Inc.
Marlene Helm Fayette County Schools
Nathan Henderson RJ Corman Railroad Group
Bob Hewett Retired
Debbie Hoskins Lancaster Grand Theatre
Dr. Augusta Julian Bluegrass Community & Technical College
David Kennedy UK Federal Credit Union
Greg Kessinger First State Financial
Kyle Lake Prosper Media Group
Susan Lancho Kentucky American Water
Brack Marquette Columbia Gas of Kentucky
Kim Marshall Central Bank
Bert May Dinsmore & Shohl
Allen Norvell Blue & Co., LLP
Kathy Plomin Davis & Plomin Mechanical
Nancy Polk Normandy Farm
Louis Prichard Kentucky Bank
Susan Rayer Transylvania University
Chuck Redwine Traditional Bank
Dr. John Roush Centre College
Amy Scarborough AT & T
Amy Scarborough AT & T
Mark Shake United Way of the Bluegrass
Bruce Simpson Stoll Keenon Ogden
Daryl Smith Kentucky Utilities
Amy Sohner Bluegrass Greensource
Billy Van Pelt Van Pelt Consulting
Bob Williams Messer Construction
Craig Williams Chemical Weapons Working Group
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 42
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 NA
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 33
Female 21
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mayor Claude Christensen
Company Affiliation City of Sadieville
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2017
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments We are proud that 52% of our board members are from outside Fayette County and 39% are women
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Robert F. Rumpke
Term Start May 2008

Rob Rumpke, a 35-year marketing and association management veteran whose career has spanned from the Cincinnati Reds to Host Communications to the President/CEO of the Kentucky Tourism Council to his own company where he managed the Richmond and Woodford County Chambers of Commerce, has been named the new President/CEO of Bluegrass Tomorrow, Nelson Maynard, Chairman of Bluegrass Tomorrow has announced.

Rumpke, 50, who has served on the Bluegrass Tomorrow Board of Directors for the last eight years and has been its executive committee secretary, has been very involved in central Kentucky's regional development initiatives over the last decade.

He has been instrumental in bringing the regional chambers like Richmond, Woodford County and others into the regional planning discussions. His involvement includes various Commerce Lexington, Bluegrass Tomorrow and the Bluegrass Area Development District committees and projects.  He also served as chairman of the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board for the Bluegrass Area Development District for six years.

Co-CEO Dawn Brockman
Term Start Sept 2017
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 59
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Vice President, Operations
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
1.  Bluegrass Forever Green "Conversations With The Region" in 2017.
a. Energy
b. Land Use/Planning
c. Transportation
d.  Agriculture/Food
2.  Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium
a. IdeaFestival Student Days at Eastern Kentucky University and Centre College for High School and Middle School Students.
b. 2017 Academic Leadership Academy.  Sessions at Morehead State University in March and Asbury University in October.
c. Academic Leadership Academy Alumni "Politics in Education" event in Frankfort and the General Assembly on February 15. 
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments

Last year we implemented the inaugural ALA and 42 faculty “Fellows” completed the leadership training. Because your institution is a member of the Consortium, we are seeking up to five participants from your campus for the ALA in 2015.


The purpose of the ALA is to encourage younger faculty to consider leadership career paths and to provide guidance in developing the skills that are requisites for effective institutional leadership to ensure a sound and successful future for the institution. The desired outcome is to create a cohort of leaders for Central Kentucky’s institutions of higher education that have the proficiencies to work with their colleagues by effectively employing quality leadership skills and being able to have insight into the overall role of the university so as to strategically lead the next generation of learners.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2010
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $158,400.00
Projected Expenses $148,400.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$3
Membership Dues$108,733$158,034$101,750
Special Events----$52,270
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$94,711$87,825$106,250
Administration Expense$49,073$45,493$45,893
Fundraising Expense$21,524$57,246$46,061
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.011.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses57%46%54%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue----88%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,402$19,405$120,206
Current Assets$7,411$19,122$19,721
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$9,391$13,936$17,019
Total Net Assets$11,448$5,469$3,187
Form 990s
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2014 IRS Form 990
2013 2013 tax document
2012 990 form
2011 2011 990
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
2006 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address P. O. Box 34185
2532 Regency Rd. Suite 103
Lexington, KY 40588
Primary Phone 859 277-9614
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Robert F. Rumpke
Board Chair Claude Christensen
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Sadieville