Taylor Burchett, a fairly new resident of Owensboro, KY works as the Disaster Recovery Coordinator at GRADD. In this highlight, Taylor describes the multiple opportunities that Owensboro has to offer.
Are you originally from Owensboro? If not, when did you move to Owensboro? Why did you move here?
I am originally from Scioto County, Ohio, just up the river a few hours. I moved to Owensboro in September 2020 to take a job with the Green River Area Development District. I spent four years at Georgetown College for school and loved my time in Kentucky. A friend from Georgetown who lives in Henderson passed along the GRADD job posting and I jumped on the chance to get back to the Commonwealth. I am thrilled to now be able to call Kentucky home!
What is your favorite thing about Owensboro?
My favorite thing about Owensboro is the people. I felt welcome here from the second I arrived. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, I feel that so many people have taken an extra step to show their hospitality toward me as a new resident. For my job, I also get to speak with many members of the community. This has been something I really enjoy.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about moving to Owensboro?
I would say go for it! Owensboro was never on my radar until I applied for a job here. I was so focused on my excitement for a new job opportunity and never took much time to come up with expectations for Owensboro aside from that. But I have already come to love it here. For me, the area is a great mix of city and country. If you can’t find the restaurant or store that you want here, you can easily find it close by. Owensboro feels like a wonderful place to establish yourself and I look forward to doing just that.
How do you enjoy spending your free time/weekends in Owensboro?
So far, I enjoy going to the farmer’s market, getting take-out from local restaurants, and walking by the river. A lot of my free time is spent already planning a small backyard garden for the spring! I am looking forward to exploring even more of what Owensboro has to offer.
What advice would you give to a young professional looking for a career in Owensboro?
Get to know people. Make connections. I haven’t been here long, but Owensboro already seems like a place that has many opportunities for young professionals such as myself. There are so many ways you can make an impact on this community and I would encourage you to be open to those opportunities.