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    Owensboro2012U.S.A.Greater

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    Patient and Family CenteredA comforting, soothing atmosphere will enable patients to heal in a low-stressenvironment, while helping to put families at ease. Opportunities for wellness,prevention and health-related activities will be a priority.

    Easy to NavigateAs a regional medical center, the new hospital must be easily accessible by patientstraveling from surrounding counties. Once inside, patients and visitors will easilyfind their way through the building.

    Efficient Staff and Patient FlowThe new OMHS hospital will offer a functional design that enables clinicians toprovide patients with the safest and highest quality care. The standardization ofpatient room layouts throughout the facility will increase both staff efficiency andpatient safety.

    Safe EnvironmentSafety for patients, visitors and all staff is a priority and necessary to providequality care and make continued advancements.

    Advanced TechnologyAn environment that will support highly developed and changing technology isnecessary to grow and make continuous improvements in patient care.

    Flexible, AdaptableSpace will be used efficiently and construction will allow for future expansion tomeet changing healthcare needs.

    The structure for the new 477-bed OMHS hospital stands nine stories tall and hasreshaped Owensboros eastside skyline.

    Opening in 2013, see our vision for design and construction:

    See a view from our construction cam, visit us at omhs.org.

    New skyline today. New hospital tomorrow.

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    Were seeing stars. Five to be exact.

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    The Evansville Management TeamM. Lynn Cooper, President

    First Security would like to congratulate our employees and thank our customers for helping us earn a coveted 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial, Inc.,* the nations leading independent bank rating rm, giving us the distinction of being one of the strongest banks in the nation. Its the highest rating any bank can achieve. How have we earned our 5 Stars? Weve quadrupled our banking locations and doubled our asset size. Weve grown more in percentage of loans in the past two years than any other bank in our markets, and weve created 79 new jobs in just the last 3 years. Check us out online at www.FirstSecurity.net.

    First Security Bank has been rated 5-stars* by BauerFinancial Inc., the nations leading independent bank rating rm. See www.bauernancial.com

    What an exciting time to call Owensboro my home. The annual Owensboro magazine provides our residents, visitors and new citizens an overview of the many things that make Owensboro so special. Our visionary entrepreneurs and some of our wonderful businesses are highlighted, which exhibit the enthusiasm that moves Greater Owensboro forward.

    With more than 1,000 members, the Greater Owensboro Chamber is a solid voice that has a mission to create economic activity within our region. As you will read, our agriculture community is embracing technology and providing better ways to run their operations. The development of downtown, the expansion of existing business, and the prospect of having access to an interstate positions Owensboro to control its own destiny in building a community with much to offer.

    So what other things excite me about Owensboro? The people. With a strong work ethic and focus on family we have great determination to do things smarter and better than anyone else. There is no doubt that our award winning school systems and progressive colleges and universities support our communitys belief that one of our best investments is our youth.

    I welcome you to be part of our community. Be a part of our future and Think Big with us!

    Michael Beckwith2012 Board Chair

    Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

    From the Chair

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    OwensbOrO 2012U.S.A.Greater

    An official publication of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

    DowntownDesigning Downtown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Bold design ideas for a convention center, hotel and riverwalk will shocase the beauty of the Ohio River and draw business and tourism downtown.

    Taste for Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12While major rennovations have created buzz, two downtown restaurants have been thriving since long before a revitalization plan was in place.

    Arts & EntErtAinmEntMusic Fesivals Flourish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14From the free, summer event Friday After 5 to the annual ROMP Bluegrass Roots and Music Festival, music festivals are alive and well in Owensboro.

    Center Stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16Local performers have joined forces to create Back Alley Musicals, the newest theater group on the Owensboro arts scene.

    Owensboro Attractions and Cultural Events . . . . . . . . . . . 18Kentuckys Festival City offers events and attractions all year.

    wEllnEssCenter Offers Hope for Cancer Patients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22New and advanced treatments for cancer patients at Owensboros Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center give those with lung cancer a reason to hope. The state-of-the-art treatment has been called surgery without a scalpel by some.

    sports & rEcrEAtionArea Recreational Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24Owensboro has been named Sports Illustrateds #1 Sportstown in Kentucky. Heres a listing of Owensboros world class sports and recreation facilities from sports complexes to golf courses to show you why Owensboro was chosen.

    trAnsportAtionUpgraded US 231 Gives Owensboro Advantage . . . . . . . . 28A new four-lane limited-access connector on U.S. 231 (26 miles of roadway now called the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Parkway) opened in March 2011 as the result of nearly 30 years of lobbying at the state and federal level by officials from both the Kentucky and Indiana sides of the river. Transportation is a major piece of any economic development strategy; with the new road providing better access, Owensboros economic development efforts have gotten a shot in the arm.

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    Airport Sees Growth. . . . . . . . . . . .30The Owensboro region has a new jewel that is getting admiring glances from other communities. After all, only two other cities in the state have one. Its the 8,000-foot runway at Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport. Thats just one of many projects marking the airports growth.

    AgriculturETechnology Helping Farmers. . . . . . . . . . . .32Owensboro farmer Tony McCarty and others in the area are turning to new technology like precision agriculture guidance systems to keep them on the straight and narrow.

    EntrEprEnEurshipTechnology Helping Farmers. . . . . . . . . . . .32Owensboro area farmers turning to new technology like precision agriculture guidance systems to keep them on the straight and narrow.

    nEighborsWelcome to the Neighborhood . . . . . . . . . .40Growing with entrepreneurial opportunities, industry and home-grown small businesses, Owensboros economy thrives, establishing a solid housing market largely unaffected by national trends.

    Moving In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47Helpful information for new residents.

    K-12 EDucAtionHigh-Tech Tools . . . . . . . . . . . .52Owensboro Public Schools are using MacBook Air laptops in grades 5-12 to give students the digital advantage.

    Preparing for Success . . . . . . . . . .54The mission of the Daviess County Public Schools district is to prepare students to succeed for life REAL life.

    Bringing Faith to Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56Owensboro Catholic Schools are committed to instilling values, morals and proper attitudes.

    Private Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57Several small private schools enhance the educational choices in Owensboro.

    postsEconDAry EDucAtionCollaboration Creates Options . . . . . . . . . . . . .58Owensboro has several postsecondary institutions, each with many options. With high enrollments, new staff and achievements, Brescia University, Kentucky Weslyan College and Owensboro Community and Technical College all have reasons to c