Inspiration can be found anywhere. In a church. In a painting. Even in a hospital. The Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is one place Pulaski County officials are looking for inspiration in to improve their economy.
"This is the way you gain knowledge," says Pulaski Co. Judge Executive Barty Bullock. "You see how other people do things and maybe we can gain some knowledge on some improvements we can do at home."
They're learning how Owensboro redeveloped, what to build, and how to pay for it. Bobby Clue of the Somerset-Pulaski Co. Chamber of Commerce says millions go to Lake Cumberland, but he wants more in places like downtown Somerset.
"It's the same right now as it was 40 years ago. It's not growing at all," he says. "There's very little retail right now in our downtown. It's not a huge draw. When you have tourists come into town, most of them probably don't even know where our downtown is."
Past trips, like last year's visit to Bowling Green, gave them inspiration. One idea they brought back to their home county was tax increment financing.
"It's something that we're looking at and we've brought back to our own community to help finance some of our downtown projects," Clue says. "It's a tremendous opportunity and it's something we're looking into right now."
Pulaski County officials also made stops at the Owensboro Convention Center and riverfront.