The incoming leader of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance wants to hear Kenton’s plans for the future. Jon Cross, who takes over Oct. 1 as president/CEO of the Alliance, said he wants the city to join with the Alliance in planning for 5 to 10 years down the road. “We’re trying to build a model community in Hardin County,” he said.
As part of that approach, the Alliance is modifying the county’s longtime phrase, “A Great Place To Call Home” to “A Great Place To Live, Work, Prosper.” Cross said the Alliance wants people to build, live, learn and invest in Hardin County. He said the Alliance is “bringing people through all the time” who are looking for a place to start a new business.
“We want to show them a vibrant, vibrant community.”
One problem is Kenton and other communities in the county are running out of available real estate for new industry. Cross said Kenton needs to think about ways to expand the city limits to create more available land. Another issue in Kenton is the need for future housing.
“We need more turn-key properties” for business managers and leaders, Cross said.
He noted a superintendent told him about the difficulty in hiring new teachers because of the lack of new housing. Cross said the extension of Morningside Drive on the city’s east side for the new Kenton Elementary School opens a new area for housing.
Noting the upcoming retirement of Becky Potts as the city’s economic development contractor, Cross said, “You need to think of us as part of your team. It’s a great opportunity to build our relationship.”