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Mateus resigns from the HMCIDA

The Harrodsburg Herald of Harrodsburg, Kentucky

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Authority Discusses Audit, Strategic Plans And Hams

Lois Mateus has resigned from the board of the Harrodsburg/Mercer County Industrial Development Authority (HMCIDA). Mateus, a former president and secretary, has served almost two full terms with the board. Her resignation was announced at the authority's meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

Mateus is originally from Harrodsburg and a UK graduate. As a senior vice president at Brown-Forman, she is credited with the restoration of many of the company's historic properties, including the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles.

While Mateus retired in 2008 after 26 years with Brown-Forman, she still acts as a consultant with the company.

"Her consulting role with Brown-Forman makes it impossible to attend meetings," explained HMCIDA Chairman John Trisler.

The board also reappointed Phil Crump to another term.

In other action, the HMCIDA Welcomed 4-H members Lexey Goodlett and Calla Taylor, who told members about the country ham auction to be held at the Exhibit Building at the Mercer County Fairground on Oct. 20.

In January, they purchased uncured "green" hams, which they cured until August. They took their finished hams to the Kentucky State Fair for judging. Goodlett said there were 800 participants. Her ham finished second and Taylor's finished third.

The hams will be sold at the next month's auction. Taylor said the ham she cured last year fetched over $400.

Taylor and Goodlett were also there to practice their speech-making skills.

Both started out as clover-buds with the 4-H. Taylor has belonged for five years while Goodlett has been a member for 9 years.

"Before I started giving speeches I was deathly afraid of talking in front of people," Goodlett said.

Learned the authority's audit should be ready by November.

"We can show you every dime we spent," said Executive Director Dick Webb.

Webb said they were running under budget so far this year Updated the strategic work plan to help Mercer County qualify as a work ready community. Webb said the application should be ready before Christmas.

Announced the first annual Industry/Education Appreciation Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, at Beaumont Inn.

Next Meeting: Monday, Nov. 9, @ 4:15 p.m. Diamond Point Welcome Center. Phone: 734-0063 Website:

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Original Publication Date: September 24, 2015

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