Bluegrass Tomorrow unites the stakeholders of the Bluegrass Region to enhance a diverse and thriving economy, to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the region, and to achieve quality of life solutions related to land use, transportation, education, sustainability and recreation.
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.
Bluegrass Regional Economic Analysis, studied the regional economy and revenue system (Myron Orfield) (2006-2007).
Rob Rumpke, a 28-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.
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.
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