Looking back over the last nine months, it’s hard to believe how far we have come. From a small gathering of concerned citizens in a barn on Clintonville Road, to a burgeoning organization with thousands of supporters, the growth of the Coalition has been remarkable.
Our work to promote smart growth, sustainable economic development, and government transparency is anchored by the belief that our community is extraordinarily special. It deserves to grow thoughtfully, and in a way that enhances our unique quality-of-life which attracts residents, tourists and job-creators alike.
Good policy starts with good understanding: good understanding of sound development principles; of objective research and data; of our community’s cultural currency and natural resources; and most importantly, of how our citizens want their community to grow and develop.
Land-use policy is transformational because it affects us all—from the farmer on Combs Ferry Road to the business owner on Main Street. It impacts the economy, the environment, infrastructure, finances, and tax policy among many other areas. It is the stage upon which we live, function, and thrive. The Clark Coalition exists to give you – the citizens – a voice in the forums where land-use policy is made: at City Hall, the Court House, and beyond. We’re here to keep you informed, engaged and represented.
Clark Coalition is more than just an advocacy organization, we are a community partner. We know that the tools needed to make sound growth decisions are a challenge when government resources are limited. Only with the appropriate data, research and analysis, can our local officials make educated decisions that result in real progress for all of us.
To address this need, we are teaming up with several highly-respected organizations, such as the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, and CEDIK – the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky. Their leading- edge research will inform and enlighten the significant land-use discussions happening right now in our community.
Many issues are on the table, and we have much work to do. The threat of widespread, industrial- scale solar development locating throughout our endangered rural area persists. Other challenges are also on the horizon, as we face serious questions about how we will grow in the months and years to come.
This work is about having a thriving community rooted in the heart of our iconic and dynamic Bluegrass landscape in Winchester-Clark County. Together, we will achieve this vision, through good growth, good jobs and good government...for all of us.
We extend a sincere thank you to all of our supporters who make this fundamental work possible. Because of you, our future remains bright.