Taylor Duke Selected as Marketing/Events Coordinator for Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation
Former KNE Staffer Will Handle Duties for Rec Dept. Sportsplex, and Public Works
The Hopkinsville Division of Parks and Recreation has selected Taylor Duke as the new Marketing-Events Coordinator for the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex, Rec Department and Public Works. Duke, 23, lives in Hopkinsville and has been a reporter for the Kentucky New Era.
In her new role, Duke’s primary responsibility will be developing social media, marketing and sales for the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Hopkinsville Sportsplex as well as all other Parks and Recreation events and facilities. She will work out of the Sportsplex offices and will also serve as a Public Information Officer for the city’s Public Works Department.
“Simply put, I am excited! As a semi-new Hopkinsvillian, I can see why so many love to call Hopkinsville home. Every day I continue to work and live here, I fall a little more in love with this city,” said Duke. “Taking on this role with Parks and Recreation and the Sportsplex is a dream. I’m ecstatic to be part of the effort that is moving to make Hoptown a more exciting place to live and visit.”
Originally from the San Francisco Bay area of California, Duke has a sports background from her collegiate career at University of the Cumberlands where she participated in track and field and was a member of the dance and cheerleading squads. She is also an award-winning journalist from her time as editor of CU school newspaper, The Patriot. Duke has also been a freelance social media consultant, including working on social media for the Hopkinsville Brewing Company.
“During interviews it was obvious that Taylor has quickly developed a great love of Hopkinsville. She has already learned a great deal about the community from covering it as a member of the press, which will make her transition smooth. Her personality and sports knowledge, along with her communication and social media skills, will help our team’s ongoing efforts to be effective in letting everyone know about local recreation and leisure activities and special events. Taylor’s experiences from growing up and living in other communities will bring a fresh perspective to share innovative events throughout our department,” said Tab Brockman, Parks and Recreation Superintendent.
Duke was selected from a field of 39 applicants from five states that included 12 from Hopkinsville. The finalists were asked to create a unique event and prepare a comprehensive marketing plan to support the event. The field was reduced two times and Duke was selected from a field of four finalists.
She will begin her duties with Parks and Recreation on August 2. Duke replaces Chris Jung, who left in June to accept a similar position with Jenny Stuart Health.