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CDI Vice President of Operations Mike Anderson named 14th president of Churchill Downs Racetrack

Churchill Downs Incorporated on Tuesday announced Mike Anderson has been named the 14th President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. Anderson brings to the role 24 years of proven strategic and operational leadership experience at CDI, having recently served as Vice President of Operations, where he led the planning, construction and opening of over $300 million in capital projects across the Company’s...

Community Ventures offers new eCommerce platform Opllo aimed at helping small businesses sell online

Small businesses in Kentucky now have an easy and inexpensive way to sell their products online, thanks to a new Community Ventures initiative called Opllo. “Opllo, short for Operation Local, is a ‘beta’ eCommerce platform that will help local retailers reach a broader customer base. Opllo helps these business owners by allowing them to bypass the usual cost and technical burdens...

Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit returning for 2021, applications start on January 4

January marks the return of the Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit (KAITC), a program designed to spur capital investment in startups and small businesses based in the Commonwealth. While the program will begin accepting Qualified Investment applications Jan. 4 from investors for 2021 tax credits, qualified investors and qualified small businesses must apply for and receive certification prior to...

Keeneland Association names Rubicon exclusive sustainability partner in five-year agreement

Rubicon, a software company that provides smart waste and recycling solutions to businesses and governments worldwide, has announced that it has been named the exclusive waste, recycling, and sustainability partner of the Keeneland Association. The term of the agreement is five years. Keeneland is taking a leadership position in the racing industry with its zero-waste effort, which is the latest addition...

Civic, community leaders from across state celebrate Leadership Kentucky Class of 2020 virtual graduation

The Leadership Kentucky Class of 2020 graduated virtually December 10. Forty civic and community leaders from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky celebrated completion of the program via Zoom after seven months together. Since 1985, Leadership Kentucky graduates have brought an enlightened and informed perspective to their communities and companies, serving as important catalysts in the unified effort...

Keven Moore: Ho, ho, ho, Santa Claus is on his way and doesn’t want to bring the virus along

A few days ago, our nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, declared that Santa Claus was exempt from COVID-19 because of all the good qualities that he possesses, as well as his innate immunity. But then we later we learn in the New York Post this past Monday that Santa visited a nursing home in Belgium and was responsible for spreading more than his good cheer with his visit...

Community Trust Bank announces promotion of Tonya Lanae Johnson to Market Senior Retail Lender

Community Trust Bank has announced long-time employee Tonya Lanae Johnson has been promoted to the position of Market Senior Retail Lender at the Mt. Sterling Main Office at 110 North Maysville Street. Tonya Lanae Johnson (Photo from CTB) Johnson’s responsibilities will include providing consumer, residential, and commercial lending options to new and existing clients, as well as offering a variety...

Brown-Forman Corporation, Pabst Brewing Company enter long-term sales and distribution agreement

Kentucky-based Brown-Forman Corporation has announced a partnership with Pabst Brewing Company (“Pabst”), one of the country’s largest independent brewers, for an exclusive long-term agreement to handle sales and distribution of Brown-Forman’s Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails brand within the United States and in domestic military markets. The partnership will create greater scale for Jack...

Kentucky Lottery reports strong sales for first five months of FY21 led by scatch off, internet purchases

Kentucky Lottery sales have remained robust for the first five months of FY21, according to information provided to the Lottery’s board of directors at their regular meeting last week. Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison reported sales from July through November were $579.6 million, which is $140.2 million (31.9%) more than the same period in the prior year, and $65.9M (12.8%)...

EviroFlight announces plan for $20 million expansion at Maysville production facilty

Gov. Andy Beshear and leaders from EnviroFlight LLC announced last week the company’s plans to add 40 jobs in Maysville with a nearly $20 million expansion. EnviroFlight, which produces black soldier fly larvae for animal and plant nutrition, established its Kentucky production facility just two years ago. “As a key contributor to the commonwealth’s agritech industry, it’s...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College offers Healthy at Work training for businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many businesses in need of assistance with keeping their places of work safe, healthy and productive. In response, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Workforce Solutions is offering online Healthy at Work training for businesses. The Healthy at Work fully online training provides up-to-date information on COVID-19 risk factors and protective actions to...

Kentucky Downs turf course gets first major renovation since 1990; will be ‘spectacular’ for 2021

Kentucky Downs — whose unique all-grass meet in September offers among the highest purses in the world — recently completed the first major renovation of its turf course since the track was laid out in a field as a steeplechase course in 1990. The project involved nearly half of the 1 5/16-mile kidney-shaped course. A swath five-eighths of a mile long and 63-feet wide around the spacious far turn...

Keeneland catalogs 1,588 horses for 2021 January Sale; to feature Sam-Son, Pompa, Spry dispersals

Keeneland has cataloged 1,588 horses for its 2021 January Horses of All Ages Sale, which will include dispersals of Sam-Son Farm, Paul Pompa Jr. and Spry Family Farm during the four sessions of the sale, to be held Jan. 11-14. Keeneland will continue to offer online and phone bidding to enable buyers to participate in the January Sale remotely while employing onsite COVID-19 protocols similar to those...

Commentary: Kentucky General Assembly must prioritize business recovery in legislative session

By Ashli Watts, Brent Cooper, Sarah Davasher-Wisdom and Bob Quick Special to KyForward 2020 has been a year like no other, filled with unprecedented challenges and continued uncertainty. As we entered this new decade, Kentucky’s economy was growing, unemployment was low, and our workforce participation was rising. This growth ended when COVID-19 hit, and businesses were forced to close, scale back,...

New survey reveals prevalence of aggressive driving; motorists urged to keep cool this holiday season

Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed anger, aggression or road range behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to data gathered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Speeding tops the list, with men being the biggest culprit, though women are not far behind. With everyday stress already compounded by the pandemic, and now the holiday season potentially elevating tensions on the...

Utilities reminding Kentuckians to be aware of increase in scam activity during the pandemic

Louisville Gas and Electric Company, Kentucky Utilities Company and Old Dominion Power Company have joined more than 145 fellow U.S. and Canadian utilities last month for the fifth annual Utility Scam Awareness Day to raise consumer awareness on how to recognize scams and offer advice to avoid them. These efforts have become more important this year during the pandemic, as reports of scams have risen...

Despite COVID-19 impacts in past year, Kentucky agricultural receipts hold steady to 2019 levels

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic made for a tumultuous year in Kentucky agriculture, but the state’s agricultural receipts will likely hold steady to 2019 levels. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2020 farm cash receipts to be $5.5 billion, equaling 2019 receipts. The economists estimate that...

Keven Moore: As the pandemic continues, are temporary outdoor dining structures really safe?

As a second surge of COVID-19 cases spreads across Kentucky, indoor dining is once again restricted. As the weather begins to turn colder, restaurants in a last-ditch effort to survive are scrambling to erect tents to continue to serve patrons in an outdoor dining environment. I respect their efforts and up until now, restaurants have been able to rely on their sidewalks and outdoor patios to allow...

Award-winning Director of Broadcast Services G.D. Hieronymus to retire from Keeneland on Feb. 1

G.D. Hieronymus, who has served as Keeneland’s Eclipse Award-winning Director of Broadcast Services since 2000, has announced his retirement effective Feb. 1, 2021. Hieronymus will continue to work during Keeneland’s spring and fall race meets and on special projects for the track and its industry and philanthropic partners. G.D. Hieronymus “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this...

AAA: National gas price average edges upward following Thanksgiving; Kentucky up a penny

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the national gas price average has edged upward. At $2.12, it is two cents more than a week ago, but remains cheaper compared to last month (-2 cents) and last year (-46 cents). Across the country, motorists in nearly 30 states are paying more at the pump than they did last week, with states along the I-95 corridor seeing the largest jump: Delaware (+15 cents), Maryland...