America in Bloom is the only national awards program that sends specially trained judges to personally visit participants. In addition, each participant receives a detailed written evaluation that may be used as a guide to future improvements.
Hopkinsville received a two bloom rating out of a possible five and a special mention for overall impression.
Jack Clasen and Meg Whitmer, AIB judges, visited communities of similar populations and spent two days touring each town, meeting municipal officials, residents, and volunteers. Other competitors in the 30,000 to 40,000 population category were Santa Paula, CA; Saratoga, CA; and St. Charles, IL.
Judges said, “Hopkinsville is a city with energy and enthusiasm looking forward to the important and rare opportunity to be at the epicenter of a solar eclipse in August, 2017. Visitors from around the world will converge on Hopkinsville to view the eclipse. City leaders are wise to prepare for the eclipse by using the event as a short term goal to improve the physical beauty of the city while also developing a longer term strategy of developing Hopkinsville into a more vibrant city.”
America in Bloom executive director, Laura Kunkle, said, “America in Bloom is helping towns and cities of all sizes achieve their potential. Every year our participants raise the bar, and the accomplishments and progress shown by this year's group is again remarkable. These are, without a doubt, some of the best places to live in America.”
The Hopkinsville Beautification Commission is acting on the recommendations of the AIB judges beginning with the Banners on the Boulevard project launched last month and with plans for improving the overall attractiveness of Ft. Campbell Boulevard over the next two years.
About the Hopkinsville Beautification Commission
The Hopkinsville Beautification Commission was created by city ordinance on January 15, 2008. The Commission plans, oversees and administers city landscape, cleanup and beautification efforts and programs including grant applications; management, recruiting and coordinating of volunteers; and education of the public regarding beautification issues. The Commission administers the community-wide landscape and beautification plan in cooperation with government and non-government agencies and organizations in Christian County, Kentucky. Our mission is to promote the public interest and to enhance quality of life by creating a more appealing, pleasant and inviting place in which to live, work, and play.