Philanthropy Is Vital to Growth

Joe Fowler used to be the CEO of United Way of Central Kentucky, but he's now retired, and he's written a column for the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce that's drawing attention.

It's called "Philanthropy in the Age of Big Government," and it focuses on how government can work with the private sector to create jobs and boost the economy.

Fowler's take: "It's incumbent upon each one of us in the community to seize these opportunities," he writes.

"If we fail to take the initiative in supporting our most vulnerable neighbors during this period of economic growth, no one else will do it for us.

The arrival of thousands of new residents in our community can enhance support for crucial community programs.

However, as a community, we must demonstrate to our new neighbors that giving back is an integral part of our identity.

When community businesses invest in philanthropy, they leave a lasting impact and secure their legacy."

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