Freudenberg Filtration Technologies Undertakes Beautification Project Downtown
On September 21, 2018, under the leadership of Tamica Martin, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies spearheaded the Founders Square landscaping beautification project. Approximately 15 employees of Freudenberg delved into the heart of the Downtown Renaissance District, at the intersection of 9th & Main Streets to contribute their time, talent and services toward ongoing downtown revitalization and beautification efforts. They were interested in undertaking a community service project in conjunction with their corporate day of service and selected this beautification project to assist with preparing the area for the inaugural Hoptown Harvest Festival that was held September 27th – 29th in Downtown Hopkinsville.
Employees picked up trash, raked, weeded, transplanted existing flowers and planted over 200 bundles of pansies in the 10 landscaped beds that flank Founders Square and the Downtown Farmers Market. They were accompanied by a few volunteers from the Hopkinsville- Christian County Adult Leadership Alumni Association, who have agreed to take on the landscaped area as their “Adopt -A- Spot” for the next 2 years. And, just as the volunteers were finishing up their work in the dirt, employees of the Grounds Maintenance Division of Hopkinsville Public Works were hanging banners on the decorative, vintage light posts that border the area. Coincidentally, the banners were painted just a few weeks ago by the 2018 Hopkinsville-Christian County Youth Leadership class. The downtown banners have been an ongoing project of the youth leadership group as part of Arts and Humanities Day and the adult leadership group as part of Arts & Heritage Day. The Hopkinsville Art Guild and Gallery members design and prep the banners to be painted by the leadership groups and they have ranged from Christmas & Holiday scenes to flowers, produce and other agricultural products to downtown buildings and scenes.“Freudenberg has been a part of the Hopkinsville community for over 40 years. We are excited to be a part of an initiative that will be enjoyed by the community as a whole, and could not have thought of a better project for our annual Service Day,” stated Tamica Martin of Freudenberg Filtration Technologies.
"Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County is proud to contribute and support Hopkinsville downtown revitalization and beautification efforts in conjunction with other organizations such as Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, Hopkinsville Art Guild and Gallery, and the Downtown Renaissance District Program. Members of the Adult and Youth Leadership programs, as well as Leadership Alumni, are excited to have the opportunity to invest their time and talents for the betterment of our community,” stated Cheri Farmer, Chair, Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County.
The Local Development Corporation oversees the Downtown Renaissance District Program, whose mission is to undertake community development activities in the Downtown Renaissance Area to provide an attractive, accessible, sustainable, walkable, business-friendly hub that honors our past and welcomes our future. Funding for the Downtown Renaissance Program is made possible from the City of Hopkinsville’s annual allocation to the Inner-City Residential Enterprise Zone (ICREZ) Program and the Downtown Renaissance Program.