Madisonville Seal 01 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/20/19) — Kentucky League of Cities announcced Madisonville has received the "City Government of the Year Award."

The KLC recognizes a city that has done something "transformational, and our recipient certainly demonstrates a city making efforts to bring the community together," KLC officials reported today in a press release.

The city of Madisonville received the honor for its intentional work in the area of community engagement, place building and local pride.

Mayor Kevin Cotton, who took office in January, has a vision to break down barriers to create a unified system of support that “will elevate every business, home and every person.” Cotton told the KLC the city functions as a team, and when every employee and official tries, good things happen.

With quality of life as the goal, the city of Madisonville capitalized on its existing assets such as its outstanding parks and recreation system, to create a series of special events to bring people together, KLC wrote. The city enhanced the existing summer Friday Night Live sessions with a series of acts that would appeal to everyone. The city also launched a program to honor local active duty and veteran men and women during the first ever Hometown Heroes Campaign. With the campaign, the city honored 52 local heroes with street banners, and concluded it with a free concert, attended by more than 5,000 people.

The mayor’s philosophy and the city’s efforts to engage, build up and celebrate its constituents are a running theme. Cotton stated, “We continuously look for opportunities to bring our community together. The struggles we find in local government are real, but it’s important that we’re looking at everyone in our community to bring their own strengths to Madisonville, and in turn, we want everyone to benefit from what our city can offer, now and in the future.”

The award is sponsored by Collins & Company Inc., which will provide a $1,000 donation toward a city project.

“Our awards recognize the great work that officials and employees are doing in our Kentucky cities,” said Jonathan Steiner, KLC executive director/CEO. “Our winners are exceptional examples of why cities are so important to the residents they serve, and to the commonwealth overall.”

The winners, selected by a panel of independent judges, will be recognized Wednesday during the annual KLC Conference and Expo in Covington.

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