A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Secretary of state to begin accepting Boots to Business program applicants beginning Aug. 1

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday said her office will begin accepting applicants Aug. 1 for her office’s Boots to Business initiative the General Assembly passed earlier this year. Through Boots to Business new business entities which are 51-percent owned by a military veteran or active service member, including members of the National Guard, are eligible for fee waivers...

Baptist Health names Wisconsin healthcare executive Patrick Falvey as new chief operating officer

The executive vice president and chief transformation officer of one of the country’s top performing healthcare systems has been named chief operating officer (COO) at Baptist Health. Patrick Falvey will begin work Sept. 4. He comes from Advocate Aurora Health in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the 10th largest not-for-profit integrated healthcare system in the country, serving about three million patients...

Better Business Bureau reminding Kentuckians to use caution in contracting repairs after recent storms

The Better Business Bureau is urging Central and Eastern Kentucky home and business owners who suffered property damage and flooding issues from this weekend’s severe storms to research what companies they hire to help rebuild and repair damage. “Disastrous events like the winds and heavy rains that hit the area can act as a magnet for out-of-town contractors to come offering their services. Some...

Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital now one of three with national certification

Norton Children’s Hospital has received national recognition for its treatment of children with diabetes. The Joint Commission, a national healthcare accrediting organization, has awarded the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital with a Certificate of Distinction for Inpatient Diabetes Care. Norton Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the University of Louisville, is...

Baptist Health Floyd Pathway designation sets international milestone for Baptist Health system

Baptist Health Floyd recently announced its’ Pathway to Excellence (Pathway) designation making Baptist Health the only health system worldwide to currently have every affiliated hospital hold designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Each hospital within Baptist Health now holds Pathway to Excellence or Magnet Recognition Program status with ANCC. In 2014, Baptist Health’s...

Churchill Downs announces increase in number of historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) announced today that it has received approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to increase from 600 to 900 historical racing machines for the opening of its new Derby City Gaming facility. KHRC also conditionally approved the Ainsworth Game Technology historical racing operating system and an initial group of game themes for the Derby City Gaming machines....

Keven Moore: The pedestrian scramble — be sure to look both ways before crossing with the crowd

Last fall, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, in partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced the implementation of Lexington’s first all-way pedestrian crosswalk, also known as a “pedestrian scramble” at the intersection of Prall Street and South Limestone. When I first read about this...

Kentucky Career Center offers Federal Bonding Program to encourage hiring of at-risk job applicants

The Kentucky Career Center is now offering a $5,000 six-month fidelity bond at no cost to employers or job seekers through a U.S. Department of Labor program that encourages hiring of hard-to-place applicants in eight categories, such as individuals with criminal records or those with poor credit records. The Federal Bonding Program allows employers to insure their business against theft, forgery,...

LBAR announces $1.29 billion in Bluegrass real estate sales in first half of 2018

Real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors positively impacted the Bluegrass economy as of June 30 with 6,418 reported sales totaling $1,288,808,869. “Although the number of total closed units is down, we have seen an increase in overall closed sales volume,” said 2018 LBAR president John Groft. “This is largely a factor of the six percent increase...

Kentucky officials to recruit aerospace jobs during visit to Great Britain’s Farnborough Air Show

At Great Britain’s Farnborough International Airshow this week, Gov. Matt Bevin and Cabinet for Economic Development leaders Terry Gill and Vivek Sarin, along with local and regional Kentucky development professionals, will seek to attract new companies and create jobs in Kentucky’s burgeoning aerospace industry. “Kentucky is a top-flight location in the US for aviation and aerospace engineering,...

Metronet announces hiring of key personnel to oversee Lexington service area expansion

As part of its efforts to make Lexington the nation’s largest gigabit city, MetroNet today announced the hiring of several key players to their Lexington team. These founding team members will represent and help grow MetroNet in Lexington. • Darrick Zucco, General Manager. Zucco is a Senior Business Executive with 20 years of strong general management, new business development, product management,...

Kentucky Utilities earns top honors in customer satisfaction, J.D. Power study reveals

Kentucky Utilities was recently named the top ranking mid-sized utility in Midwest residential customer satisfaction. The honorable distinction was awarded by global market research company J.D. Power following the company’s newly released 2018 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. The study, now in its 20th year, measures customer satisfaction with electric utility companies...

Lexington’s DV8 Kitchen providing a second chance to people with drug and alcohol addiction

A Lexington restaurant was recently profiled in The New York Times for its efforts in giving people in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction a second chance. DV8 Kitchen opened last September and not only hires people in treatment for an addiction, “but also focuses its entire business model on recovery, using the restaurant setting as a tool for rehabilitation,” the Times’ Priya...

The Plantory accepting applications for Fall 2018 Get On Board citizen education Program

The Plantory announces they are now taking applications for their fall Get On Board program. Get on Board is a bi-annual course designed to increase diversity in the city’s various governing boards by giving citizens the tools to be effective and well-prepared board members. Classes cover topics ranging from diversity and inclusion, fundraising, public speaking, financial and legal responsibilities,...

Appalachian Hospitality Group playing vital role in Harlan County’s future with operation of historic inn

By Joshua Ball For Kentucky Today Travis Warf’s first job was a dishwasher at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn. Some three decades later, he runs the historic inn located in this small community in Harlan County. “I knew there was something special about this place when I worked here as a teenager,” said Warf. “The building is steeped in history and tradition, and is something that, I believe, can...

Keven Moore: Relaxing current drug-testing policies a bad move from risk-management prospective

As a risk control and safety consultant who fields risk management-related questions on a daily basis, it amazes me each time I am asked, “Should we continue to drug test our employees?” During the last three decades, pre-employment and random drug testing the workforce has been a means to weed out costly, dangerous and undesirable employees. But now employees that smoke weed are becoming more...

Startup RH Resolute Distillery to invest $9.7 million in previously unused Hickman facility for new location

RH Resolute Distillery Inc. plans to locate in a previously unopened distillery in Hickman, creating 17 jobs with a $9.7 million investment. The company plans to finish construction and outfitting of a previous distillery project and begin distilling for the bulk spirits market by late summer. Initially, the operation’s production will target 400 barrels per week and increase to a projected maximum...

Kroger already expanding distribution center in Florence and adding 250 full-time associates

Only nine months after opening, a Kroger distribution center in Florence will add 250 full-time associates as the company invests nearly $18 million at the facility to support its e-commerce and digital services. “The facility has been a great success for the company since it opened, and we are excited to expand and continue our growth with the support of Boone County and the state of Kentucky,”...

Kentucky Travel Industry Association announces merger with Hotel and Lodging Association

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) announced that the Kentucky Hotel and Lodging Association (KH&LA) has merged into KTIA. This merger follows national trends of trade associations merging to eliminate duplicative efforts while strengthening existing associations through the unification and coordination of actions within the industry. Members of the KH&LA voted to merge their...

U.S. Chamber launching campaign against tariffs; NKY Chamber, Toyota say jobs threatened

By Judy Clabes KyForward.com The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a campaign against President Donald Trump’s tariffs — and the possibility of an emerging all-out trade war. The national Chamber says that $1.5 billion in Kentucky exports are threatened and that 539,000 Kentucky jobs are supported by global trade. When the U.S. imposed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Canada...