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Leadership LaRue County – Building a strong foundation for the future of LaRue County

Leadership LaRue County was formed in 2005 to provide educational experiences for present and future leaders to develop knowledge of their community, to foster appreciation for their community, and to encourage civic involvement.

The program is designed to:

* Provide emerging leaders with the information and skills necessary to take on leadership roles in their workplace and community;

* Foster interest in and promote educational, civic, and social service activities in their community, &

* Promote the education and training of individuals with a variety of occupations and  interests in the community for leadership and involvement in public affairs by establishing effective communication and peer relationships among them.


The Program

Leadership LaRue was organized by a committee of the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, in an effort to develop the knowledge and expertise of LaRue County’s present and future leaders.

The program begins with a one-day retreat for team-building. The next eight months include intensive one-day sessions relating to critical issues facing the community, culminating in a final graduation ceremony for the Leadership Class.

Each session includes lectures, group discussions, tours, and other activities. Experienced leaders and authorities from their respective fields of endeavor will present a wealth of information.

Each class will be asked to plan a project which they feel will meet a significant community need.



Attendance at all sessions and graduation is mandatory. No one missing more than two day sessions will graduate. Retreat is mandatory.



Tuition for Leadership LaRue is $350. This fee covers program costs, administrative expenses,  refreshments, meals and overnight stays when scheduled.



September: Leadership  Retreat

October: Local History &  Heritage Tourism

November:  Health & Human Services

December:Economic Development & Industry

January:  Education

February: State Government & the Legislative Process

March: Local Government & the Law

April: Agriculture: Past, Present & Future

May:  Fort Knox Trip/Graduation at Annual Dinner


Who Should Apply

Persons who have demonstrated strong leadership abilities in their workplace, or through civic or volunteer activities are encouraged to apply.

A Leadership LaRue County Committee, composed of members of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and other individuals,  will select candidates for each year’s class, and information on the application is kept confidential.

To apply for Leadership LaRue County, please contact the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce at (270) 358-3411.

LaRue County Chamber, Its Members Prepare for 2012 Tourist Season

Check out our article that was in the LaRue County Herald this week:


As the economy continues to show signs of recovery, the LaRue County Chamber and its members are looking ahead to the 2012 tourist season with great enthusiasm.

“We think it’s going to be the best year since the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial,” said Jessica Davis, Chamber executive director.

“The importance of tourism to our local economy cannot be understated.  It creates jobs, generates revenue and exposes our community to people from around the country and around the globe,” Davis added.

According to Kentucky Tourism Industry, direct expenditures related to Tourism in LaRue County in 2010 exceed $5.1 million and there were 263 jobs in the county related to tourism.

The public’s fascination with Lincoln’s legacy drives tourism here.  The National Park Service reports that in 2010 the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park saw more than 177,000 visitors.

And The Lincoln Museum sees nearly 30,000 paid museum tours annually.  In 2011, the museum had visitors from 49 states and 37 countries. Museum Director, Iris LaRue attributes other nearby tourist attractions such as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the National Corvette Museum and Mammoth Cave with bringing even more visitors to LaRue County as one of several stops on their tour.

“These same visitors shopped in our stores, ate in our restaurants, filled gas tanks and saw everything that LaRue County has to offer,” said Stefanie Rock, President of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Pat Durham, chamber board member and owner of The Sweet Shoppe, credits 75% of his business to tourism and estimates seeing 15-20 visiting families each day.

The chamber is proud to be Hodgenville and LaRue County’s welcome center and is taking that job seriously with capital investments in an updated website ( ) and an active social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

“We encourage all businesses to join us by putting out the welcome mat as we get ready for another successful tourism season in Hodgenville and LaRue County,” said Davis.

Welcome New Chamber Members!

The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome five new members! Make sure to check them out! Also, stay tuned for details about ribbon cutting ceremonies for each new member, one of which will be this Friday!

Please help us welcome:


Aflac Insurance  Independent Agent James Beery

Contact: James Beery

[email protected]

622 Hubbards Lane

Bardstown, Kentucky 40004



Allegro at Helmwood, LLC

Contact: Katrina Valliant/Steve Sanford

[email protected]

[email protected]

108 Diecks Drive

Elizabethtown, Kentucky 42701



Blazin Xpressions

Contact: Joshua Singer

[email protected]

1353 Dangerfield Road

Hodgenville, Kentucky 42748

(270) 361-8426


Melanie Wells Photography – Open House Friday, February 24, 2012, 10-2pm (Ribbon Cutting 10:30am)

Contact: Melanie Wells

[email protected]

212 North Lincoln Blvd.

Hodgenville, Kentucky 42748



Todd’s Lunch Box

Contact: Todd Akin

[email protected]

105 South Walters Avenue

Hodgenville, Kentucky 42748


Great turnout for February Membership Luncheon!

There were about 50 people that attended  the February Membership Luncheon! Was it the informative presentation, the chance to network or the great food that brought them out? We are not sure, but what we do know is that everyone that attended left feeling that the experience was valuable.

Lisa Williams, with the Kentucky Innovation Center, spoke about what she does at the Innovation Center and how it can benefit the citizens of LaRue County. She told us about various grants that are available to people with new ideas and the different services that the Innovation Center offers to this area. Ms. Williams told us that there are many innovators in LaRue County and there are some great ideas that come from this area. A great piece of information that she shared is that the Kentucky Innovation Center is doing very well! They are creating jobs and having a real impact on the local economy.

Todd’s Lunch Box catered our luncheon and the food was wonderful! Todd’s Lunch Box is located across from the Hodgenville Post Office and they are open for lunch. The address is 105 South Walters Avenue. To contact them for more information, call 270-872-3161.

Our March Membership Luncheon will be held on March 21, 2012, noon, at The Lincoln Museum Community Room. Stay tuned for more details.

“Your Innovation Center–Serving Entrepreneurs, Inventors and Investors”

Just a friendly reminder that our February Membership Luncheon is tomorrow, at noon, in The Lincoln Museum Community Room.  You are invited! As always, we expect to have a great presentation, great food and plenty of time for networking. Here are the details for this month’s luncheon:

Guest Speaker: Lisa Williams, Kentucky Innovation Center – “Your Innovation Center–Serving Entrepreneurs, Inventors and Investors”

Co-Sponsored By: Fort Knox Federal Credit Union and Melanie Wells Photography

Click here to register to attend the February Membership Luncheon.

Chamber Offers Bundle of Sponsorship Opportunities

DonLaRue County Bundle Up Winter sponsorship‘t miss your chance to “Bundle Up This Winter” with the LaRue County Chamber! Our bundle plan allows you to bundle your membership and other sponsorship opportunities so that you can save some money and the Chamber will have your commitment for the year 2012.

Contact Jessica at the Chamber office (270) 358-3411 for more information or you can email her at