EDC Logo copyMADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/17/18) — Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corp. is hosting a Resource and Expungement Expo 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 30 at Kentucky Career Center JobNet, 755 Industrial Road.

Individuals with criminal records can meet with second-chance employers and local attorneys, perform free record checks with the Kentucky Division of Reentry Services, and learn about various programs, training opportunities and processes for sealing Kentucky misdemeanors and certain Kentucky Class D felonies, MHCEDC announced. Hopkins Circuit Court Judge James Brantley is among the scheduled speakers.

“Retraining and placing people with criminal records and helping them thrive is perfectly aligned with our efforts in economic development, community improvement and enhancement of educational opportunities,” said EDC president Ray Hagerman. “Also, we encourage any organizations interested looking into becoming second-chance employers to attend. There is evidence to suggest that people with criminal records tend to stay in their jobs longer and advance at the same rate as any other worker, so this is a potentially valuable pool of in-demand workforce.”

In addition, co-sponsors of the Resource and Expungement Expo include the American Job Center, Kentucky Career Center, Western Kentucky Reentry Council and West Kentucky Workforce Board.

For more information about the event or if organizations are interested in being listed among a Hopkins County directory of second-chance employers, contact Ruthann Padgett at (270) 821-1939, extension 202, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Molly Deahl with the West Kentucky Workforce Board at (270) 821-9966 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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