It is hard to express the love those of us who call Nicholasville home have for this city and how we want it to
grow in the best ways possible. That includes the Nicholasville Board of Commissioners and city employees. In addition
to typical municipal services, we are focused on providing opportunities – for more jobs, culture, entertainment, and
everything that’s important to a thriving community.
When I think of Nicholasville, I think of downtown. Growing up here, I remember all the kids connecting with each other in town at least once a day. Today, with all of the great restaurants downtown, new and established stores and events, people are meeting to socialize and connect over a meal, browsing through stores and participating in fun activities.
The arts also are drawing folks downtown. More than 300 people signed in during the Creative Art League’s first Gallery Hop, and the Old-Time Radio Show saw two sold out performances.
With the holidays not far behind us, the St. "Nich" Christmas Fest is fresh on many of our minds. It was a December day filled with contests and events ranging from Polar Express Story Time and Pancakes, to an Ugly Sweater 5K, and the St. "Nich" Christmas Parade. From end to end, Main Street was lined with people awaiting the arrival of floats from the many organizations that participated and, of course, Santa Clause. The event was a tremendous success and we’re already making plans to make it an annual tradition.
The St. "Nich" Christmas Fest was just one of many successful events Nicholasville held in 2014 that brought people together. The Kentucky Wine and Vine Fest, ranked as a Top 10 Event by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, saw its 11th year. Visitors from near and far enjoyed music, food, and wine from across the Bluegrass and beyond. The continued success of "Kentucky’s premiere showcase for vineyards and winemaking" will see another great year on May 30, 2015.
The commissioners and I share an optimism and excitement for the future of Nicholasville. My service to the community as commissioner and vice mayor allowed me to see the strides Nicholasville has made recently. As mayor, I believe we will keep up the momentum for the years to come.
Not only did the city recently earn an AA bond rating, allowing us to borrow money at a much lower rate when financing is needed, but more businesses are considering a move to Nicholasville. New businesses mean a better economy for the city, as well as fewer residents traveling out of town for work.
With this new year, the City of Nicholasville will continue to work with other Jessamine County leaders to continue to create a community that people not only want to visit and come back to when they leave, but one that they will also choose to stay in because the quality of life just can’t be beat.
A lifelong resident of Nicholasville, Mayor Pete Sutherland has more than 30 years of business experience. He was the owner-operator
of Sutherland Chevrolet until selling the dealership in 2009. He then joined Jonah Mitchell Real Estate as a Realtor. He now serves as
business manager for Holy Spirit Parish/Newman Center at the University of Kentucky
As a Nicholasville city commissioner and mayor pro-tem, Mayor Sutherland has worked with the Electric and Meter Departments to better serve the utility needs of residents.
He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, earned an associate degree from Marion Military Institute in Alabama and studied at Vanderbilt University as well as the General Motors School of Marketing and Management. He earned Realtor and Kentucky life insurance licenses in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Mayor Sutherland’s leadership and volunteer activities have included Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce, Brookside Elementary PTO, Jessamine County’s select soccer program, Nicholasville Rotary Club, Nicholasville Police Department outreach programs, the Bluegrass Sportsmen’s League and Right to Life of Central Kentucky. He is active in St. Luke Catholic Church, along with his wife Sylvia, and is the father of five and a grandfather of eight children.