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Venture Connectors announces 10th annual Venture Sharks semifinalists; preliminary round April 17

Venture Connectors has chosen nine semifinalists to compete in the preliminary round of its 10th annual Venture Sharks business competition on Wednesday, April 17, at Saints Pizza Pub & SkyBar, 131 Breckinridge Lane. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and pitches begin at 5 p.m. During the event, all nine entrepreneurs will present their business plans to a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the...

Keeneland to preview 167 horses catalogued to April sale Monday; sale set for Tuesday afternoon, April 9

A total of 167 horses, including 73 juveniles and 94 horses of racing age, are cataloged for Keeneland’s April Sale, to be held Tuesday, April 9, at 2 p.m. ET. Two 3-year-old fillies, Crafty’s Dream and Sass Machine, were recent supplements to the April Sale. Crafty’s Dream, by Bodemeister, was a two-time winner last year at 2. At 3, she finished second in the Beyond the Wire Stakes and third...

JACK Entertainment to sell Turfway Park and JACK Cincinnati Casino to Hard Rock, VICI for $780M

From Northern Kentucky Tribune Following a strategic assessment of its business portfolio, JACK Entertainment LLC (“JACK Entertainment”) today announced that it has entered into multiple contracts to sell JACK Cincinnati Casino and Turfway Park to Hard Rock International and VICI Properties for $780 million, pending regulatory approval. VICI will simultaneously enter into a favorable triple-net...

Auto component supplier Piston Automotive plans $1.5 million expansion to Louisville facility

Auto components supplier Piston Automotive LLC will invest $1.5 million for an expansion of its Louisville operation, which will create 50 full-time jobs. “Our investment in the Louisville facility is a direct result of growth with one of our key customers, Ford, the support we’ve received from the community and the hard work our employees have put in to make Piston Automotive successful,” said...

Keven Moore: Pedestrian fatalities increasing; look up from your phone to see some safety tips

For the last the nine years I have had an adult kid attending either at the University of Kentucky or Eastern Kentucky University. Often times I will find myself on campus attending some event, dropping something off or seeing to some other declared emergency for one of my kids. Each time I am driving around campus I am amazed to see how many of these students are walking across intersections or walkways...

Dale Taulbee named assistant v.p. for Community Trust Versailles-Frankfort-Georgetown market

Larry Jones, Central Region President of Community Trust Bank, has named Dale Taulbee an Assistant Vice President, Business Banking, in Community Trust’s Versailles-Frankfort-Georgetown Market. Dale Taulbee Taulbee’s responsibilities include providing consumer, residential, and commercial lending options to new and existing client relationships by offering financial solutions to individuals and...

LSI Industries to created more than 20 new jobs in Kenton County half-million-dollar expansion

LSI Industries, a partner in developing superior image solutions through world-class lighting, graphics, and technology capabilities, is expanding its Kentucky manufacturing facility. Chris Reinersman, Mayor of Independence, announced the half-million-dollar expansion, which will lead to the creation of 22 new jobs in the community. “We are thrilled that LSI is choosing to expand its operations...

BBB Trends: Read, understand tax-refund loans — Is it worth it? What if your tax filing is wrong?

If you are one of the few who hasn’t filed your taxes yet, be on the watch for advertisements with a tempting offer: “file your taxes with us, and we’ll give you an advance on your return.” Some ads target consumers in need of loans to buy a car or pay off debt. BBB received more than 3,550 against tax return preparation businesses across the United States and Canada in 2018. Common...

Eastern Kentucky residents gather to develop strategies for economic, community revitalization

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward “We must believe in our community and in our youth and create opportunities for our youth to remain in our communities and become leaders,” Jackson County Judge-Executive Shane Gabbard said, reflecting the spirit of the conversation at the gathering of eastern Kentuckians this week. “We must blur the county boundaries and develop partnerships with vision utilizing...

February sees record home sales across Kentucky; median sale price up 7 percent over last year

Kentucky home sales in February soared six percent over the 2018 number. Units sold reached 3,323 which is the highest level since 2016 and sets a new record for February. Click to enlarge With larger numbers of homes selling early in the year, rebounding inventory numbers will take a temporary hit. Nationwide, existing-home sales also surged 11.8 percent which is the largest month-over month gain...

Nucor announces plans for $1.35 billion plate mill in Brandenberg, one of state’s largest-ever investments

Steel products producer Nucor Corp. has announced the company’s plans to build a $1.35 billion steel plate manufacturing mill in Meade County, creating more than 400 full-time. The project will rank among the state’s largest-ever single investments. “The new plate mill will grow our company’s already significant presence in Kentucky. With this announcement, Nucor is currently investing more...

Henderson Community College to host Disney Institute professional development course April 10

Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development course, Disney’s Approach to Quality Service, to Henderson on Wednesday, April 10. Sponsored by Henderson Community College, the one-day event will help area professionals begin to examine how they can differentiate their service to become a provider of choice and understand the processes necessary to develop a culture that consistently...

Keven Moore: Change is good — but include your insurance agent to go in the right direction

What is the definition of heaven? Well, for me I could say – for a brief time until Bud Selig and Major League Baseball woke me out of my dream – it was the day I was hired at Roeding Insurance in 2001 and later learned that we insured the Cincinnati Reds and they needed my loss control assistance. As a loss control consultant, I have been in and out of all sorts of businesses and industries, adding...

Ivanka Trump to make ‘workforce development’ visit to Toyota Manufacturing in Georgetown Thursday

Staff Report Ivanka Trump, advisor to the President, will be visiting Toyota Manufacturing in Georgetown on Thursday morning. She will be welcomed by Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America, Gov. Matt Bevin, and Susan Elkington, president of TMMK. Trump is making a “workforce development” visit. “We are excited to once again welcome Ivanka Trump to the Bluegrass State, as we showcase...

Ky launches upgraded Work Ready Communities Dashboard; added features include county profiles

The Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) launched a newly updated Kentucky Work Ready Communities Dashboard to provide a comprehensive view of education, workforce and economic information for all 120 Kentucky counties. The Kentucky Work Ready Communities Dashboard consolidates data into a single online resource to give applicants easy...

Keeneland catalogues 81 horses of racing age, 72 juveniles for first April sale since 2014

Keeneland has cataloged 81 horses of racing age as part of its April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale, to be held Tuesday, April 9, beginning at 2 p.m. The digital Horses of Racing Age Sale catalog is available online. The digital catalog features Daily Racing Form past performances, and Thorograph and Ragozin sheets. Sellers also have the opportunity to submit professional...

WKCTC organizes group for fact-finding mission to South Carolina; focus on economic development

More than 20 city and county officials, educators, and community and business leaders will leave Paducah early on March 28 on a chartered bus, embarking on a two-day, fact-finding trip to Greenville, S.C. The trip, organized by West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is one part of a two-part initiative the college has launched to compliment not only Paducah/McCracken County’s economic...

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson announces plans to retire in October

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Adkisson will retire effective October 2019 after a long tenure at the state’s business advocacy organization, the Chamber announced Thursday. A nationwide search for Adkisson’s replacement will begin immediately. Under Adkisson’s leadership, the Kentucky Chamber has doubled in size, increased its staff to 40 professionals including a team of...

JA Miss Business workshop connects local high school students with professional women

Dozens of high school students learned more about themselves and how best to design their life path at the second annual JA Miss Business, a workshop hosted by Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass. This daylong event encourages young women to seek meaningful and dynamic leadership careers and to embrace mentorships and professional development activities. “We really want them to know that no matter...

Keeneland appoints owner, breeder Everett Dobson to succeed William S. Farish as trustee

Prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder Everett Dobson, who serves on the boards of several Thoroughbred industry organizations, has been appointed a Keeneland Trustee. Dobson succeeds Lane’s End Farm owner William S. Farish, who has been a Keeneland Trustee since 2006. Farish will remain on Keeneland’s Board of Directors. Dobson was named to Keeneland’s Board in September 2018. He joins Claiborne...