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Bluegrass Area Development District announces passing of Nicholas Co. Judge-Exective Mike Pryor

Bluegrass Area Development District has announced that Nicholas County Judge-Executive Mike Pryor has passed away. Mike Pryor (Photo from BGADD) Below is a statement released today from BGADD: Mike Pryor first became involved with the ADD as an appointed commissioner to the Nicholas County Water District. The Water District was striving to extend waterlines into unserviced areas. After one Board...

Woodford Judge-Executive (the Bear from Nonesuch) John Coyle dies suddenly on Sunday; he was 63

John Coyle, Woodford County Judge-Executive, died suddenly Sunday afternoon. He was 63. ‘Bear’ had served as the county’s judge-executive since 2007 and had previously served as sheriff. Visitation will be Thursday, 3-8 p.m. at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, 161 Broadway, in Versailles and on Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Versailles United Methodist Church, 230 Paynes Mill Road. Funeral...

Prominent animal welfare strategist Dr. Sara Pizano committed to making a difference in county shelters

On Oct. 1, the Joanie Bernard Foundation began work on a needs assessment, facilitated by nationally known animal welfare strategist and veterinarian Dr. Sara Pizano. Pizano spent much of October acquiring data and statistics for the Bluegrass. She made her first visit to the area the week of Oct. 22, when she toured several shelters in the area and met with officials and staff in each of the counties,...

BGADD announces partnership with Cincinnati-based Joanie Bernard Foundation for animal welfare study

The Joanie Bernard Foundation, a Cincinnati, Ohio based cat welfare funding organization, on Tuesday announced its sponsorship of Team Shelter USA, LLC to conduct an animal welfare needs assessment in the seventeen county Bluegrass Area. The project is partnering locally with the Bluegrass Area Development District (BGADD) and Making a Difference Now (MADN) to complete the survey. Diane Parrish of...

Craig McAnelly retires after 28 years with the BGADD, receives rare ‘Bluegrass Vision Award’ send-off

Craig McAnelly who worked tirelessly for economic development in the Bluegrass region has retired from Bluegrass Area Development District after 28 years. He served as associate executive director, Industrial & Business Devlopment. At BGADD’s quarterly meeting, David Duttlinger presented McAnelly with only the fourth-ever Bluegrass Vision Award for his service, on behalf of the board. David...

Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems says Danville perfect for a ‘Supersite,’ partners with BCTC, BGADD

When you think of Danville, high-tech aeronautics may not the first thing to come to mind. This beautiful small town with its antique stores and craft boutiques lining the streets. Boyle County has a booming manufacturing industry nestled among the picturesque rolling hills. Several industries are located in this small region, including a top manufacturer for aircraft brakes, Meggitt Aircraft Braking...

New Blue Sushi Saki Grill to open at The Summit in August, gets help with job interviews from BGADD

Blue Sushi Sake Grill, a modern sushi concept by Flagship Restaurant Group, will open its first Lexington location this August at The Summit at Fritz Farm. Bluegrass Area Development District is assisting with the Lexington launch. Ethan Linville, Business Services Manager for the Bluegrass Area Development District, worked with Chad Pinkstaff, General Manager of Blue Lexington, to utilize BGADD...

Older Americans Month celebrates redefining the meaning of aging, independent living

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best. Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A nurse for 55 years who dreamed of travel, at age 75 Hillary became the first African American woman to set...

Tommy Mullen: Animal control officer about the business of saving lives in Estill County

A recent report by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment on the condition of animal shelters in the Commonwealth, came to the official conclusion of what those in animal welfare have known for a while: things are bad. Kentucky ranks 50th in animal welfare in the nation. Counties across the Commonwealth are overburdened with maintaining many civic areas, meaning shelters...

Historic Boone Trace project promotes tourism in region while providing recreational opportunities

Boone Trace was the historic road that Daniel Boone was contracted to construct into the new western frontier from Virginia through Cumberland Gap. The Boone Trace project is a long-term, multi-county plan that will encourage both tourism in the area and promote recreational opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts. Boone trace is distinct from the Warrior’s Path and the later constructed Wilderness...

Fifth annual ‘i know’ expo examining issues related to aging set for Lexington Center on April 2

The 5th Annual i know expo will be held Sunday, April 2, 2017, in downtown Lexington at the Lexington Center. The i know expo is a free event for people of all ages and life stages: living out their golden years; taking care of someone they love; coping with difficult health situations” or for individuals who would like to begin planning for their future. The i know expo aims to empower the...

Keeping a Positive Attitude: Hard work, persistence pays off for Brown thanks to Amteck training

Between 2010 and 2012 things couldn’t have gotten much worse for Pete Brown. Starting in 2010, he found himself on probation, unemployed, and in two motorcycle accidents in a six short months. Those two accidents didn’t sit well with his probation officer who revoked his probation, sending Pete to prison for a year. That was pretty close to rock bottom for him. When Pete was released on June 1st...

BGADD installs news board leadership, recognizes service at annual meeting; Pryor is chairman

New officers of the Bluegrass Area Development District (BGADD) were installed at the board’s annual meeting. The new officers are Chairman Judge Mike Pryor (Nicholas County); Vice-Chair Judge Harold McKinney (Boyle County); Treasurer Mayor Brian Traugott (Woodford County); and Secretary Judge Mike Williams (Bourbon County).  The board consists of 72 individuals made of up 17 County Judges,...

Keeping a Positive Attitude: Retraining program helps Brenda Jones restart her career after layoff

For 29 years Brenda Jones rose through the ranks at Brake Parts, Inc. working her way from Timekeeper to Staff Accountant. She served the company for nearly half her life as a faithful employee through nearly three decades of name changes, technology changes, and personnel and she was comfortable. She had planned on retiring with them. That modest goal ended when she found the company was downsizing...

Craig McAnelly: A catalyst who makes things happen, he’s the perfect example of the real power of local

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor He’s a soft-spoken, patient guy, loves “handshake” deals and working with good people, hates being the center of attention – and has under his belt at least eight industrial parks, millions of dollars in new businesses and no telling how many good-paying jobs for central Kentucky workers. To him, it’s just “public service” – the kind that “makes a difference...

Business and workforce come together through Amteck partnership to meet need for electricians

Amteck, a prominent electrical contractor based in Lexington, has partnered with the Kentucky Career Center–Bluegrass over the past few years to assist in their recruiting efforts. The partnership has been a successful one, as business and workforce come together to meet the need for qualified electricians. When the company identified difficulty in finding individuals, who were both interested and...

Tis the Season: Reach out to your neighbors who may be lonely during the holiday season

Bluegrass Area Development District Not everyone can look forward to the fun-filled, family-centered holiday season that marks the festive, celebratory image — from sugar plums dancing in dreamy heads to bright lights and beautifully wrapped packages to cookie baking in the oven and chestnuts roasting before open fires. A nice tableau, if you can actually get into it in real life. But the 2016 Home...

Advanced Green Components joint venture turns to KY Career Center for help filling jobs; still hiring

By Staci May Bluegrass Area Development District Advanced Green Components (AGC) began as a joint venture between Showa Sako and Sanyo Companies in 2013, but the company and many of its people extend much further back. They have deep roots in Clark County and a solid history of investing in the people there. When they began their $15 million joint venture, they purchased new equipment and a new building,...

With family to support, John Mayfield took new direction toward better job through KY Career Center

By Staci May Bluegrass Area Development District If you had asked John Mayfield a few years ago where he pictured himself today, you would have gotten a very different vision from the reality of his life in 2016. Just two short years ago, John was working as an assistant therapist for mentally and emotionally challenged youth. He had worked at that job for 14.5 years and loved it. He loved the company,...

Berea Mayor Steven Connelly: Everywhere you look, there’s a deep-seated sense of community

By Kristy Robinson Horine Special to KyForward Steven Connelly can stand just about anywhere in Berea and point out tangible evidence of the spirit of the people. A young couple pushes a stroller down a sidewalk. Visitors greet one another on the street to share their hand-crafted finds. An architect spreads out his building plans and shares his ideas with a member of the citizen’s advisory committee. Everywhere...