Kentucky shatters its previous record in 2017 — with $9.2 billion in corporate expansion, new business

Shattering its previous investment record, Kentucky announced $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017, bringing commitments to create more than 17,200 jobs, the most since 2000, Gov. Matt Bevin reported. “Kentucky’s record-setting performance this year in job creation and corporate investment is a direct result of the pro-business legislation, policies and programs...

Kentucky Economic Development Guide: 110+ pages about the state’s economy from Think Kentucky

The 2017 Kentucky Economic Development Guide is now available. Produced in partnership with Conway Inc., the 100+ page guide features articles, facts and figures about Kentucky’s economy and the state’’s recent economic development achievements. The guide includes a profile of the massive Amazon project in Northern Kentucky as well as features on such topics as logistics, the automotive industry,...

Think Kentucky: In a craft beer boom, Kentucky breweries lift up their industry and others

The Commonwealth saw eight new breweries open in 2016, more coming Special to KyForward from Think Kentucky Near first light on an overcast December morning, chilly patrons awaiting a special brew formed a line from the packed parking lot at Country Boy Brewing in Lexington into its brimming taproom. On paper plates they gathered biscuits and gravy, baked eggs, hash browns and cups of hot coffee before...

Applications for 2016 Kentucky Angel Investment tax credits available beginning Dec. 11

After leveraging $7.4 million this year for startups and small businesses in the state, the Kentucky Angel Investment Act Program will accept 2016 tax-credit applications from investors beginning Dec. 11. The program allows angel investors – people who provide funding for startup companies – to receive tax credits. Qualified investors can receive tax credits of up to 50 percent of their investments...

Made in Kentucky? The Bluegrass State manufactures more than just great bourbon

(Photo from Think Kentucky)   Staff report   What do Reynolds Wrap, Hot Pockets, Post-it Notes, Airheads and Gorilla Glass have in common?   They are all manufactured in Kentucky.   That’s right … it turns out Kentucky produces more than great bourbon (not to mention champion Thoroughbreds). In fact, the Bluegrass State is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers and, as...

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

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.   “We encourage you to ‘Think Kentucky,’” Beshear said. “Check out the many opportunities...

Ten minutes to millions? Entrepreneurs get chances to pitch Kentucky business ideas

(Photo from Think Kentucky)   Imagine having 10 minutes to pitch your business idea to a group of investors who could make your dream come true. Sound like a reality show? It is reality, right here in Kentucky.   Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the state will host eight regional pitch competitions this summer. Similar to the hit television show Shark Tank, these competitions will feature...