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The Homeplace of Henderson Assisted Living and Memory Care Set to Break Ground

Whitney Risley, Henderson Economic Development
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The Homeplace of Henderson Assisted Living and Memory Care along with Henderson Economic Development will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, February 28th at 10 am at the corner of Green River Road and Osage Drive.

The groundbreaking is a direct result of Patrick and Jessica Beaven’s vision for our aging population. The Homeplace of Henderson -- made possible by support from 12 local investors -- will be a unique residential care community featuring 60 private apartments, including 24 apartments dedicated solely to providing memory care services for local seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The project represents an economic investment of over $9.5 million dollars and is expected to generate nearly 50 new jobs.

The Homeplace of Henderson received development plan approval in September 2019, rezoning approval in October 2019, and detailed site plan approval last month, each from Henderson’s Planning Commission. “The City and County has been working with the Beaven’s on this project leading up to the groundbreaking,” stated Mayor Steve Austin this is a great resource that will be offered in our community and we are looking forward to their completion.” The development, located on Henderson’s north-side, will establish a multigenerational community, where a senior living facility, residential neighborhoods, and a golf course will co-exist for mutual benefit. The project is set to be operational in the Spring of 2021.

The Homeplace will provide quality service and state of the art technology. Initially, the community will offer memory care and assisted living but plans to expand the development to include Independent Living and Active Adult Living in the near future. The project will encompass nearly 60,000 square feet and has been designed with help from veteran local architect, Tim Skinner. The Beaven’s, while seeking the necessary approvals, have been hard at work ensuring design details provide the desired environment while accommodating the care people deserve. “In my experience with seniors, many struggle with the idea of leaving their home. We hope to cultivate a warm environment that feels as much like home as possible. We intend to create a home versus a hotel,” said Jessica Beaven.

“Congratulations to the investors and family members who are making this possible. The community will benefit from this facility and we are proud such a traffic business is being created by Hendersonians and we wish them the best of luck, said Henderson County Judge Executive Brad Schneider.”

“The growth of this project will provide our community with a great resource along with added jobs and investment, said Tony Krampe, Market President of Old National Bank and Chair of Henderson Economic Development board. Community development is an important piece to economic development. Thank you for choosing Henderson!”

Come join the community as we celebrate the groundbreaking for Homeplace of Henderson Assisted Living and Memory Care on February 28th at 10 AM. Please park on Osage Drive as the event will be at the corner of Green River Road and Osage Drive.



Tony Krampe, Board Chair Missy Vanderpool
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The Board of Directors of Henderson Economic Development is pleased to announce the selection of Missy Vanderpool as the new Executive Director.

Ms. Vanderpool will serve as the organization’s first leader. “After a thorough and deliberate selection process, the Board of Directors is delighted that Missy will lead the new Henderson Economic Development,” said Tony Krampe, Board Chairman.

Ms. Vanderpool most recently held the position of Association Executive Director for the Henderson Audubon Board of Realtors for the past five years. Prior to that, Ms. Vanderpool spent six years as a REALTOR® with Century 21 Collier and Company.

Throughout her career, Ms. Vanderpool has demonstrated a passion for Henderson and the ability to build positive relationships in the community. She has worked on numerous collaborations with community leaders and forged strong working relationships with leaders throughout the state.

Her background reflects extensive involvement in community volunteer activities, including: Downtown Henderson Partnership Executive Board, Chair of the Henderson Vision Committee, and memberships on the Downtown Master Plan Committee, the Economic Vitality Committee and the Junior Achievement Board of Directors. She is also a Henderson Leadership Initiative Fellow.

Ms. Vanderpool holds an Associate of Science degree in Business Management from Henderson Community College. As a REALTOR®, she has earned her Certified Executive designation and as Executive Director for the Henderson Audubon Board of Realtors, is a Certified Professional Standards Administrator. A Henderson County native, she and her husband, Matt, reside in Henderson with their two children.

“Missy will be a key asset as we navigate through the evolving and expanding needs for economic development in the Henderson region,” said Tony Krampe. “She is well regarded in our area and her experience and connections within the business community and within the state will help us achieve our goals and objectives for economic development.”

KCCE Board Spread 2019 2020FRANKFORT, KY, September 23rd, 2019– The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) is proud to announce its board of directors for the 2019 – 2020 year.

Continuing in service on the Executive Board are: Board President: Andrea Miller, Lincoln County Chamber, President – Elect: Sandra Wilson, Paducah Area Chamber, Secretary: Virginia Davis, Hart County Chamber, Treasurer: Jordan Gibson, Southeast Kentucky Chamber, Immediate Past President: Deanna Herrmann, London – Laurel County Chamber

Continuing in service on the Board are: Cindy Banks, Winchester – Clark County Chamber, Betsy Clemons, Hazard – Perry County Chamber, Jill Cutler, Mercer County Chamber, Carla Wright, Greater Louisville Inc.

New Board Members are: Lynda Bebrowsky, Commerce Lexington, Samantha Brady, Bardstown – Nelson County Chamber, Tomi Clifford, Cynthiana – Harrison County Chamber, Kelli Pendleton, Christian County Chamber, Ellen Redding, Henderson County Chamber, Christie Rogers, Northern Kentucky Chamber

The newest members are nominated by the membership and approved at the annual meeting that was held during the KCCE Annual Conference last week. KCCE board members serve a three-year term.

KCCE is dedicated to the professional development and grassroots advocacy of local chambers across the state. It is a membership driven organization with its headquarters located in the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in Frankfort.

In June 2019, the KYNDLE Policy Board, which is the governing board of directors for the entity, formed a special task force to review the organizational components of KYNDLE.  The goal of the task force was to help determine the optimal structure for the organization to provide the best return on investment for its economic development stakeholders and chamber members.  

Since June, this task force met frequently to review the organizational structure of KYNDLE.  On Thursday, September 12th, they presented their analysis and made their recommendation to the KYNDLE Policy Board – which the board formally accepted.  The recommendation was made to amend and reorganize the existing KYNDLE structure.  Two separate entities will emerge from the reorganization – one entity to perform the Henderson Chamber of Commerce operations and one entity to perform the Economic Development operations.  Once the transition of those operations and the reorganization have been completed, those operations will no longer be performed under the KYNDLE umbrella and the KYNDLE name and brand will be discontinued. 

This change will provide more efficient services and a greater return on investment for both the chamber members and the economic development stakeholders.  For the Chamber side, it will continue to serve the business community in our region through network opportunities, advocacy, and economic sustainability efforts. It will also continue developing a sustainable structure of membership benefits, demonstrating business support and enhancement. 

For the Economic Development side, although economic development will be more specifically aligned with Henderson-Henderson County, the emphasis & importance for regional economic development – working with the immediate surrounding counties & neighbors in all directions (north, south, east & west) – will absolutely continue.  Economic Development will continue to support existing industries, implement and expand workforce development strategies in our Henderson region, and communicate opportunities available for industry outside our region and state.  Economic Development’s strong working relationship with local, regional, & state economic development officials will continue. Policy Board members will be visiting or contacting all existing economic development investors individually to provide more detail about the changes.  

During this transition, the daily operations of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development of Northwest Kentucky will continue as normal under the existing KYNDLE umbrella until necessary structural changes have been made & fully implemented.  The KYNDLE Policy Board will work together to create the organizational structure for the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, including forming what will be the new chamber board.  Ellen Redding, as Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, will continue to oversee its operations.  On the Economic Development side, with assistance from local city and county government and input from existing investors, the Policy Board will work together to create the organizational structure for the new economic development entity and what will be the new economic development board.  At this time, Tony Iriti will remain as KYNDLE CEO to assist with the transition and economic development operations, however, a search committee will be formed immediately to start the process of hiring a new executive for the economic development entity.  

“A great deal of thought and consideration was given by the task force before making its recommendation and by the Policy Board before accepting such a bold change to the KYNDLE organization.  We are excited about these changes and feel they are the correct & necessary ones to make at this time.  The benefits from these changes moving forward should greatly enhance both organizations independently,” stated KYNDLE Policy Board Chair, Tony Krampe.  

It is anticipated these structural changes will be completed and ready for implementation by January 1, 2020.  

For more information contact: Tony Krampe, KYNDLE Board Chairman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Algona, Washington: EZ-ACCESS is pleased to announce their expansion into Henderson bringing new business and additional jobs.

Work has begun on the 50,000 square-foot building located on Klutney Park Place Drive, which will serve as an additional facility for EZ-ACCESS, a manufacturing company headquartered near Seattle.

In addition to its corporate location, the company also has a plant in Morganfield in Union County, which will continue distribution/operations and employment of approximately 70 people. Operations Manager Mike Willett states that opening the Henderson facility will bring a wide range of new manufacturing-related jobs to the area and also provide the company the extra breathing room needed to keep up with production demands. At its peak, the Henderson facility expects to employ approximately 35 people. Additionally, the company continues to expand in their current locations.

EZ-ACCESS, a division of Homecare Products, Inc., is all about accessibility and serves the nation with a wide variety of access solutions for homes and commercial buildings. From modular and portable ramps to patient transfer and vertical platform lifts, along with multi-story custom stair systems, they provide ezaccess logoresidential, commercial, industrial, and recreational industries with the solutions they need to ensure durable, safe, and convenient access.

To help serve East Coast customers quicker with less transportation costs, the company opened their Morganfield location 10 years ago. “We are extremely happy with our experience in the state of Kentucky and have decided to expand in the same region,” says Don Everard, owner and CEO of EZ-ACCESS.

“EZ-ACCESS and the Everard family have become very important and respected members of the tri-county business community. We appreciate their confidence in both Union County and Henderson County and we look forward to continuing to do whatever we can for them to grow and prosper here,” says Henderson County Judge Executive Brad Schneider

“EZ-ACCESShas been a good citizen and a community asset in Union County for a number of years and we are very happy to welcome them to Henderson,” said Henderson Mayor Steve Austin. “They have been very successful in their product manufacturing, and, the bonus is, their products are extremely helpful to their customers.”

The Henderson plant is expected to focus on production of the company’s aluminum commercial line, including its TITAN™ Code Compliant Modular Access System as well as the FORTRESS®OSHA Stair System. Production of residential ramps will continue to be done in Morganfield. Staffing for Henderson is set to begin by the end of October and full production is anticipated to be in place by the first of the year.

“The Henderson location will provide EZ-ACCESSquick interstate accessibility to meet their customer demands for the two product lines they will bring to this location” said Tony Iriti, Kyndle CEO. “We are happy to welcome EZ-ACCESSto Henderson.”


Established in 1984, EZ-ACCESS is a family owned and operated company and is the leading manufacturer of ramps, lifts, and stairs, having introduced, trademarked, and manufactured the EZ-ACCESS product line for 35 years. Their commitment to exceptional customer service and innovative products is an enduring promise to their customers and the driving force behind their success. For information on the complete EZ-ACCESS line, please visit www.ezaccess.comor call 1-800-451-1903.