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Commerce Lexington names 39th class of Leadership Lexington — 50 people of varied backgrounds

Since 1979, Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Leadership Lexington program has been cultivating Lexington leaders, producing over 1,400 graduates from this highly informative, educational and results-oriented leadership development program. The program recently completed in 2018 was the 39th class of Leadership Lexington. Graduates of the program have impacted our city in areas such as public art, childhood...

Leadership Lexington presents first-ever State of the Classroom Forum for conversation on issues

Area residents will have the opportunity to hear from state policy influencers on education during the first-ever State of the Classroom Forum from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on April 19 at the Frederick Douglass High School (FDHS).   Opening remarks will be made by Jonathan Miller, former Secretary for the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet and education reform advocate. A panel discussion and...

Commentary: Chambers, including Commerce Lex, support basic provisions of Senate Bill 1 on pensions

With a major pension reform bill moving through the legislative process, we write on behalf of Kentucky’s business community in strong support of the basic provisions of Senate Bill 1 and commend our state leaders for addressing this issue that has long plagued our state. Kentucky has one of the worst funded public employee pension systems in the country. In other words, the state doesn’t have...

University of Kentucky to hold 29th annual Economic Outlook Conference Feb. 6 at Gatton College

By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward Will the bullish stock market of the past year continue throughout the rest of 2018? Is the outlook positive or negative for Kentucky’s economy? What impacts will the newly enacted federal tax policy have on government spending? Questions like these and many more will be addressed by a panel of experts on Tuesday, Feb. 6, as the University of Kentucky hosts the...

Commerce Lexington releases 2018 public policy statements, as state lawmakers to return to Frankfort

Commerce Lexington Inc. has released its 2018 public policy statements, which will guide the organization’s advocacy efforts throughout the year at the federal, state and local levels of government. The statements are developed by Commerce Lexington’s Public Policy Council, which is comprised of more than forty volunteer members, representing a broad spectrum of the organization’s 1,700-plus...

UK, Lexington set to celebrate business innovation during Global Entrpreneurship Week Nov. 13-19

By Eric Hartman and Carl Nathe Special to KyForward It all begins on Monday — the University of Kentucky, the city of Lexington and Lexington-based startup entrepreneurs, small businesses, investors and service providers will join in the worldwide celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017. A total of 15 events celebrating entrepreneurship will take place on campus and at venues throughout...

Following devastating 2016 fire, Blue Grass Stockyards resumes business in new facility

A 70-year Lexington tradition, interrupted by a devastating fire in January 2016, will be back in business next week, as sales begin at the new Blue Grass Stockyards in Fayette County. Mayor Jim Gray, Councilmembers and members of the Blue Grass Stockyards family cut a ribbon to officially open the new facility Friday. “This is a proud day in our city,” Gray said. “This $600-million-a-year business,...

Omni Achitects named 2017 Commerce Lexington Small Business of the Year at annual luncheon

Commerce Lexington Inc. has named Omni Architects the 2017 Small Business of the Year at the annual Small Business Awards Luncheon last week at Keeneland. The recipient of this year’s Legacy Award, Omni Architects was chosen for the honor from eight different category winners. The company now has the opportunity to be considered for state and national recognition through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Co-founded...

Commentary: Our experiences frame what we understand about ourselves — and the world around us

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward Consider the story of a teacher I recently heard about: Young and enthusiastic, she faced a classroom in Los Angeles with the task of teaching them about negative numbers. She struggled. And they couldn’t grasp it, no matter how many times she would try to explain the concept. A short time later she returned home to her native Minneapolis, teaching another class...

Large delegation from central Kentucky headed to Minneapolis for annual Leadership Visit

Commerce Lexington Inc. and many of its key community leaders and business professionals will embark on the organization’s annual Leadership Visit presented by the McBrayer Law Firm. About 180 people are scheduled to participate in this week’s trip to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region Wednesday through Friday to study the area’s successes and challenges in the hopes of further enhancing the...

People in the News: Commerce Lexington promotes Tyra; Blankenship to receive Medal of Excellence

Commerce Lexington Inc. has announced that Tyrone Tyra has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Community and Minority Business Development. He has spent the last 22 years working for economic development agencies and has led Commerce Lexington’s Community and Minority Business Development Program since 2005. Tyrone Tyra His responsibilities at Commerce Lexington Inc. include helping companies...

Career Exploration Day: Bryan Station students paired with local businesses for hands-on experience

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward In a hands-on Career Exploration Day, businesses from across Central Kentucky introduced themselves to freshmen and eighth-graders checking into job opportunities and possibilities for life after Bryan Station High School. A subgroup from the Leadership Lexington class organized the expo, which will become an annual event starting this fall in partnership with...

Leadership Lexington development program now accepting applications for latest class

Since 1979, Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Leadership Lexington program has been cultivating Lexington leaders, producing nearly 1,400 graduates from this highly informative, educational and results-oriented leadership development program. Graduates of the program have impacted our city in areas such as public art, childhood literacy, healthy living, downtown way-finding signage, hunger relief and more. The...

Business community, regional leaders convene for Commerce Lexington annual awards dinner

More than 1,000 business professionals, community and regional leaders, and elected officials attended the 2017 Commerce Lexington Inc. Annual Dinner presented by Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance at Lexington Center on Thursday. This event gave a look back at 2016, highlighted some of the key goals of the organization, and recognized Commerce Lexington’s most involved members, volunteers,...

New Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington names colors, ‘Stallions’ as team mascot

Frederick Douglass High School’s principal, Lester Diaz, declared 2017 the year of the Stallion and introduced the colors for Lexington’s newest public high school as Keeneland green and orange. “We are in the middle of designing a truly special place for students,” Diaz said in prepared remarks at a Monday news conference in Hamburg. “Our school will be the kind of place that cares about...

Commerce Lexington’s Greathouse recognized with KAED Professional of the Year Award

Gina Greathouse, Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Executive Vice President of Economic Development, was recently honored with the Kentucky Association for Economic Development’s (KAED) James J. Coleman Community Professional of the Year Award at its fall conference. The award recognizes practitioners who have made significant and/or innovative contributions to the field and their service area during...

SPARK recognizes entrepreneurial community for creating 307 jobs, raising over $65.3 million

As part of Lexington’s sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, SPARK, a Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (BBDP) initiative, held its annual Entrepreneurial Celebration on Thursday and announced that the Central Kentucky entrepreneurial community created 307 new jobs and raised $65.3 million in capital funds in Fiscal Year 2016. The companies, employing a total of 1,090 people, reported...

Commerce Lexington group to take ‘Regional Tour’ to Eastern Kentucky to learn more about SOAR initiative

In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition of visiting other areas of Kentucky with the intention of listening and learning from the leaders in each of the cities and locations visited. This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour presented by East Kentucky Power Cooperative on October 24-25 will make a return to portions of Eastern Kentucky with an agenda and itinerary centered around...

Leadership Lexington Youth Program includes 33 juniors from Fayette County Public Schools

The Leadership Lexington Youth Program (LLYP) encourages high school juniors to interact with community leaders and explore various careers, business opportunities, and post-secondary options. Students are chosen for the eight-month program after a competitive application process in the spring. The Class of 2016-17 features 45 outstanding students, including 33 from Fayette County Public Schools....

Commerce Lexington named Chamber of the Year by Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Commerce Lexington Inc. was named “Chamber of the Year” in the large chamber category (Category 4) during the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) annual convention in Savannah, Georgia. At an awards program Wednesday, Commerce Lexington Inc. President and CEO Bob Quick and a portion of its staff accepted the honor from ACCE, after competing against other category finalists,...