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Arts Council marketer photographs every Kentucky county

Ed Lawrence has seen a lot of Kentucky as arts marketing director for the Kentucky Arts Council, the state agency in the Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet that helps bring the arts to people throughout the Commonwealth. Over his 20-year career of helping artists market their work and developing their businesses, he has visited many parts of the state.

On weekends and during vacation times, Lawrence has explored the back ​roads of every county in Kentucky to photograph the state's beautiful and varied landscapes. The end result is a coffee table book, “Kentucky 120,” which paints a photographic portrait of Kentucky, with each page featuring a scene of each of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

“I didn’t start out with the idea of making a book,” says Lawrence. “When I got my first digital camera 10 years ago, I would just go out and wander aimlessly taking photographs of scenes that interested me. Before I knew it, I had so many photos I had to find a way to catalog them. I decided to file them by county. At that point I had photos from about 25 or 30 counties under my belt, so it became a personal challenge to capture all 120 counties.”

After 10 years, his goal was met. Then the question became what to do with the thousands of photographs in stock. He had a fair amount of success selling his framed prints in galleries but that didn’t satisfy his desire to share the photographs with a broader audience. That is when the concept of “Kentucky 120” came into being. He narrowed his photo selection down to a few from each county and then enlisted several artist friends to make the final selection. In a sense, they became the curators of the book.

When asked if any more projects are underway, Lawrence says, “I don’t know. I never dreamed about how much work would be involved in this project. I have a lot of ideas; however my position with the arts council comes first. I’m pretty passionate about helping artists figure out how to make a living at what they love to do.”


Department of Criminal Justice Training celebrates 100th dispatch class

Law enforcement dispatchers from 13 communications centers across the state graduated May 22 from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. 

The 20 dispatchers comprised DOCJT’s 100th telecommunications academy class since its inception in 1999. The academy graduates’ five weeks of training consisted of 205 hours of academy instruction to satisfy mandated training requirements. Major training areas included identifying the role and responsibilities of the dispatcher, correct phone and radio procedures, handling emergency and non-emergency calls for service, emergency medical dispatch protocols and use of the state and national criminal databases.

Public Safety Dispatch Class No. 100 graduated nine trainees of distinction. In order to be a trainee of distinction, graduates must have a GPA of 95 or above, no failures or retests and no disciplinary action above a verbal warning.

Patricia Carter, former DOCJT Telecommunications Branch manager, served as guest speaker. Carter was the vision and drive behind the original telecommunications academy, and her tenacity led to mandated training for Kentucky’s dispatch personnel. Carter was passionate about promoting the job of a dispatcher into a career to be admired and respected and one in which to be proud. She stood by the philosophy that unless dispatchers were effectively trained, each agency would be endangering their responders. 

DOCJT also provides in-service and leadership training for Kentucky public safety dispatchers and law enforcement officers.
DOCJT is a state agency located on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. The agency is the first in the nation to be accredited under the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies’ public safety training program designation. DOCJT also earned accreditation through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training in 2013 – making it the nation’s only law enforcement training academy to achieve dual accreditation by two independent accrediting organizations.


Economic Development Cabinet communicators win top KAGC award

Communicators from across Kentucky earn honors in 2015 competition

The Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Research and Public Affairs won the “Communications Office of the Year” title in this year’s Kentucky Association of Government Communicators (KAGC) Awards of Excellence competition. 

Government communicators from across the state competed for KAGC awards, which were presented during the g​​roup’s spring conference May 15 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort. The awards competition is open to those involved in government communications at the local, state and federal levels.

The “Communications Office of the Year” award is given each year to the agency that wins the most KAGC awards among 20 categories, including writing, design, photo, audio, video and social media.

“We received a high number of entries from across Kentucky for the 2015 competition and saw many examples of excellence,” said KAGC President Rob Weber. “The entries from the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Research and Public Affairs stood out in the judge’s eyes for their creativity, innovation and fresh design.”

This is the third time that the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Research and Public Affairs has been dubbed “Communications Office of the Year.”

“The level of expertise and creativity among state government communicators is amazingly high, and the work we all do to inform and educate our audiences is vitally important,” said Joe Lilly, executive director of the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Research and Public Affairs. “To have our staff honored with this award is extremely gratifying. I’m proud of our team, but I’m also very proud of all government communicators who were able to showcase their excellent work.”

KAGC offers professional development opportunities to government communicators while promoting high standards of professionalism, networking opportunities, and recognition for the essential role good communications play in public service. The group holds monthly meetings as well as spring and fall conferences. For more information, go to www.kagc.ky.gov.​