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Pitch competition gives potentially life-saving company a boost; more contests on the way

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  A potentially life-saving startup company has received a significant boost in accelerating its business.   Chris Bailey presented his company, GearBrake, to a panel of local judges during the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s entrepreneur pitch competition in Louisville …

Beshear touts Kentucky, SOAR initiative at White House rural opportunity conference

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In his keynote address at the White House Rural Council’s Rural Opportunity Investment Conference, Gov. Steve Beshear discussed economic opportunities in Kentucky with investors, rural business leaders and government officials and highlighted the Shaping Our Appalachian Region or SOAR initiative. …

Canadian pet foods producer breaks ground on its first U.S. kitchen located in Logan Co.

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Champion Petfoods USA Inc. broke ground Wednesday, July 23, on its first U.S. kitchen for producing its Biologically Appropriate pet foods in Auburn in Logan County.   Champion Petfoods, which specializes in Biologically Appropriate pet foods using fresh local ingredients, …

Jobless rates fell in 117 counties in June 2014; Boone’s 5.5% lowest, Jackson’s 16.5% highest

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Unemployment rates fell in 117 of Kentucky’s 120 counties between June 2013 and June 2014, while three county rates went up, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. …

Data Dimension to open sixth U.S. location in Mt. Sterling; new facility to bring 100 jobs

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Data Dimensions Corp. plans to open a data processing center in Mt. Sterling. A document management company, Data Dimensions expects to create 100 new jobs and invest $3.2 million into the project.   “This is an outstanding boost to the …

USDA guarantees $30 million loan for Owen Electric to build, improve 228 miles of line

Owen Electric Cooperative Inc., which serves 57,710 customers, has received a $30 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one of eight rural electric cooperatives to receive such funding.   “This loan guarantee to Owen Electric Cooperative will …

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky says it
is not part of payment card security breach

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Statement from Goodwill Industries of Kentucky regarding possible payment card security breach:   “Upon becoming aware of a possible data breach within payment-card processing systems for some of Goodwill Industries’ 2,900 retail stores around the nation, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky …

Country Boy Brewing releases first Kentucky Proud hard cider made by a microbrewery

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Lexington-based Country Boy Brewing is set to release the first ever Kentucky Proud Hard Cider made by a microbrewery. The release of the cider on Thursday, July 24, comes as Country Boy continues to expand production to its original microbrewery …

Central Ky. Regional Public Policy Group to go to nation’s capital to discuss energy issues

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Business, government and community leaders in Central Kentucky are gearing up for the Regional Public Policy Group’s annual Washington, D.C., Fly-In presented by Columbia Gas of Kentucky on July 23 and 24.   During the trip, attendees will meet with …

David Duttlinger reflects on first months
as head of beleaguered Bluegrass ADD

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  By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   David Duttlinger stepped into the churning turmoil at Bluegrass Area Development District last fall at the most difficult of times. The organization’s former executive director was under fire, forced to resign in the …