Kentucky housing market bounces back in October after September slump, follows national trend

After slipping a bit in September, the housing market in Kentucky picked up in October following the national trend for the month. The number of homes sold in October rose 1.8 percent to 4,421 sold versus 4,342 sold in 2016. For the year, the number of homes sold jumped to 45,236, up from 43,905 in 2016, for a 3 percent increase. At this pace, 2018 is on track to break last year’s record for the...

Frost Brown Todd’s Crockett to join LG&E, KU senior team as O’Brien announces February retirement

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company announced today that John R. Crockett III, chairman of Frost Brown Todd, will join the utilities in early January as general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary. The company also announced that Dorothy O’Brien, who has been serving as interim general counsel, will stay on until the end of February to ensure...

Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association to meet in Louisville for 2018 Spring Training

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward The green industry will gather in Louisville Jan. 24-25 for the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association’s annual Spring Training Conference. The University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture will co-sponsor the event, and many of the sessions are taught by UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment experts. “KNLA is thrilled to partner with UK...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association names Lauren Monnet new director of membership

Lauren Monnet has been named as the director of membership and owners concierge at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Lauren Monnet Monnet joins TOBA after serving as the fundraising and development manager for a national healthcare non-profit organization in Lexington, Ky. Monnet was born and raised in Tulsa, Okla. and graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where she double...

Big Rivers Electric Corporation’s Wilson Station receives Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Big Rivers Electric Corporation – Wilson Station in Centertown was presented a Governor’s Safety and Health Award on Thursday for recording 250,047 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey congratulated Wilson Station on its 15th award of this kind. “Congratulations to Big Rivers Electric Corporation – Wilson...

Kentucky Realtors 2018 legislative priorities includes tax reform, community development initiatives

Kentucky Realtors released its 2018 Legislative Priorities detailing the legislative initiatives of the real estate and small business community for the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Kentucky Realtors (KYR) knows that homeownership has positive impacts on neighborhoods, communities, and the overall vibrancy of the Kentucky economy. KYR advocates for policies that increase access...

Appriss to create 200 additional jobs with $11.3 million headquarters expansion in Jeffersontown

Appriss Inc., which provides data and analytics services to help clients address safety, fraud, risk and compliance issues, will expand its Kentucky presence by 200 jobs, investing $11.3 million as it relocates its headquarters within Jefferson County. “Appriss is a leading employer in Kentucky whose innovative technology serves the law enforcement, justice, security and healthcare communities,”...

Keven Moore: Legionnaires’ Disease requires extra protection against potential, big losses

In a recent column, I stressed the frequency that Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks still occur some 41 years later after 221 people were hospitalized and 34 people died from an outbreak that occurred at a Philadelphia convention for the American Legion; where the Legionella bacterium earned its name. This week I decided to emphasize the degree of risk that this disease poses for business owners, corporations...

Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants CEO Penelope Gold announces retirement Nov. 30

Penelope “Penny” Gold, who has helped transform the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants (KyCPA) into the Commonwealth’s leading advocate for Kentucky’s accounting professionals, has announced her retirement from the organization effective Nov. 30, after more than 14 years of service. Under Gold’s leadership, KyCPA positioned itself as a proactive and influential force working...

Kentucky Main Street Program reminding shoppers to Shop Small as holiday gift-buying season begins

Small Business Saturday has quickly become synonymous with the first Saturday after Thanksgiving as a means to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses. This national Shop Small marketing campaign also coincides with holiday events and activities already planned in many Kentucky Main Street (KYMS) communities. “Small Business Saturday reminds us that during one of the busiest spending...

Keven Moore: Get ready for Black Friday invasion, and protect yourself from hazards of shopping

The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is the biggest shopping day of the year, where people team up and devise coordinated invasion plans to get their hands on those doorbuster shopping deals and where elbows are flying as eager shoppers try to box out their opponents. It’s where well-organized families coordinate recon missions well in advanced to collect the proper Intel,...

Restaurant chain Taco John’s signs development deal to bring 12 new locations to Central Kentucky

Taco John’s and its iconic Potato Olés are coming to Central Kentucky. The Mexican quick-service brand is bringing its fresh ingredients and bold flavors to at least 12 new locations across the state. “I’m from Western Kentucky where everyone loves eating at Taco John’s,” said new Area Developer, Bradley Paxton. “This opportunity is a perfect fit for my business partner and I and a great...

Market remains strong as Keeneland November sale closes with increases in overall average, median

Fierce competition for quality horses among an exceptionally deep buying bench generated healthy results as Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale concluded Saturday. Buyer confidence carried forward from the September Yearling Sale, spurring premium prices; increases in average and median; and the sale of 18 horses for $1 million or more, led by the $6 million paid by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier...

Automotive supplier Taeyang to invest $15.6 million, establish 76 jobs in Simpson Co. manufacturing plant

Taeyang Metal Industrial Co. Ltd., manufacturer of fasteners and cold-rolled steel products for the automotive industry, will invest nearly $15.6 million and create 76 full-time jobs to establish a manufacturing plant in Franklin. The facility will be the company’s first in the United States. “Taeyang is a well-respected, global company in the automotive industry and we are grateful that its executives...

Bus manufacturer New Flyer of America to invest $40 million in Shepherdsville plant, create up to 550 jobs

New Flyer of America Inc. will create up to 550 full-time jobs as it invests $40 million to lease and upgrade a facility for bus parts fabrication in Shepherdsville. “New Flyer’s decision to locate in Kentucky further distinguishes the commonwealth as a top location for engineering and advanced manufacturing in the US,” Gov. Bevin said. “The significant number of jobs coming to Shepherdsville...

Five counties earn Work Ready certification from Education and Workforce and Development Cabinet

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner announced Friday that Barren and Taylor counties have been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Communities. In addition, Harlan, Laurel and Scott counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. “Everything we aspire to economically is contingent on our communities having a skilled workforce that...

Aleris Corporation opens $400 million aluminum rolling facility expansion in Hancock County

Aleris Corp. and local leaders in Hancock County on Thursday celebrated the opening of a $400 million expansion that brings the company’s Lewisport mill new capacity, equipment and expertise to produce aluminum auto body sheet for the automotive industry. “This investment by Aleris Corp. at its Lewisport mill is a tremendous compliment to the community and to Kentucky,” Governor Matt Bevin...

LBAR receives national grant for expanding housing opportunities through rent assistance project

The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) has received a $15,000 grant from the National Association of Realtors’ Housing Opportunity Program to support activities that create and expand affordable housing opportunities. LBAR also donated $1,500 to the project. Through the Rent & Deposit Assistant (RDA) Project, the grant will be used to pay a deposit and first month’s rent for...

Dominion Senior Living celebrates grand opening of first Kentucky community in Richmond

Dominion Senior Living recently held the grand opening of its new personal care and memory care community, Dominion Senior Living of Richmond. The senior living community hosted a ribbon cutting and open house at the community, located at 200 Meridian Way. The free public event featured door prizes and delicious Kentucky-themed refreshments for guests to enjoy. Representatives from Dominion Senior...

LG&E, KU among more than 100 utilities marking week-long utility scam awareness campaign

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are proud to stand with more than 100 U.S. and Canadian utilities to expose the tactics scammers use when attempting to steal money from utility customers and to educate customers on how to protect themselves. The awareness efforts are part of LG&E and KU’s participation in Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS), a consortium...