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,...

Bluegrass regional leaders connect with Congressional delegation during D.C. Fly-In

More than 50 business, government and community leaders from 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 6-7. During the trip, attendees will meet with members of Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation and their legislative staffs to learn about and discuss critical issues facing the nation and...

Deadline for exhibitors for Soiree and Bluegrass Emerging Entrepreneurs Showcase nearing

If you or your organization is interested in being an exhibitor at the Soirée and Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging Entrepreneurs and University Researchers (SPARK) on Wednesday, May 25, the time to take action is now. The exhibitor application deadline is Thursday, May 12. Click here for the exhibitor application. The Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network and the Von Allmen Center for...

Applications now being accepted for Commerce Lexington’s leadership program

Applications are now open for Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Lexington program. Since 1979, the Leadership Lexington program has cultivated Lexington leaders, producing over 1,300 graduates from this highly informative, educational and results-oriented leadership development program. Graduates of the program have impacted the city in areas such as public art, childhood literacy, healthy living,...

Commerce Lexington Inc.’s third annual Emerge Conference for business leaders set for April 19

An outgrowth of a past Commerce Lexington Inc. Leadership Visit, the third annual EMERGE Conference presented by Forcht Bank will engage the next generation leaders of Central Kentucky, connecting young professionals to each other and to the community. The conference will take place on Tuesday, April 19, at Lexington Center’s Thoroughbred Ballroom, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This full-day conference...

Commerce Lexington, Gatton College of Business partner to offer executive MBA scholarship

Through a partnership formed between Commerce Lexington Inc. and the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, a scholarship in the amount of $15,000 will be available to a Commerce Lexington member to help eliminate a portion of the cost of the UK/UofL Executive MBA program, beginning in August 2016. The goal is to provide an opportunity for an advancing corporate leader...

Nick Rowe is back home where he belongs, as head of KyAm Water — and everybody knows his name

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor Nick Rowe should just hang a big banner at the Kentucky American Water headquarters on Richmond Road, and it should read “I’m back. Right where I belong.” That’s how everybody around the place feels about it anyway. Including Nick. Yes, make that “Nick” too. A visitor checking in at the lobby says to the veteran security guard, Ed, “I’m here to see...