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Bluegrass Tomorrow’s annual Vision Awards breakfast will honor BCTC’s Augusta Julian Feb. 5

Bluegrass Tomorrow’s annual Vision Awards breakfast, a Bluegrass tradition, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Marriott Resort Griffin Gate, with registration starting at 7:15 a.m. Augusta Julian Augusta Julian, who is retiring from Bluegrass Community & Technical College, headlines the List of Vision Awards recipients. She will receive the Josephine Abercrombie Award. Other award winners...

Bluegrass Tomorrow’s ‘Conversation with the Region on Education’ held discussion, agreed on principles

Bluegrass Tomorrow One of the key principles of agreement that came out of The Conversation with the Region on Education, at Eastern Kentucky University was: “Education is transformational, not transactional, and for generations to come education will transform students, communities and the Kentucky Economy.” The event which was attended by 65 college and university presidents in the region, superintendents,...

Bluegrass Tomorrow to hold annual fundraiser at The Kentucky Castle; check out Chef Henderson’s menu

From the meticulously tended raised beds of herbs to the rolling fields The Kentucky Castle is committed to showcasing the best of Kentucky in food and drink offerings. The Bluegrass Tomorrow Celebration of the Bluegrass dinner will be a true Farm to Table experience by Chef Jonathan Henderson, the Castle’s Executive Chef, to be held October 11 at 5:30 p.m. The event is Bluegrass Tomorrow’s...

IdeaFestival Student Day for middle, high school students coming to Norton Center on March 29

IdeaFestival Student Day is returning to the Bluegrass Region March 29, highlighted by the unique Career Maker Faire which focuses on helping students with their college and career awareness. IF Bluegrass will take place at the Norton Center for the Arts, presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, an initiative of Bluegrass Tomorrow.  IF Bluegrass, a one-day festival, is free to middle...

Bluegrass Tomorrow to recognize 2017 Vision Award winners February 6 at Marriott Griffin Gate Resort

Herb Miller of Columbia Gas, Scott County Judge Executive George Lusby, President John Marsden of Midway University, Larry Jones of Community Trust Bank, and KY Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, are among the honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Awards Breakfast February 6 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington. George Lusby The annual Vision Awards Breakfast is a time-honored...

IdeaFestival Bluegrass will offer special Youth Day & Career Maker Faire on April 21 — free to students

Middle and high school students from across the Bluegrass region will convene at IdeaFestival Bluegrass for the first ever Youth Day & Career Maker Faire on April 21. The event will be held at the EKU Center for the Arts and is presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium and Bluegrass Tomorrow. Miss Kentucky Clark Janell Davis will be a special presenter for the IF Youth Day on April...

Bluegrass Tomorrow, Higher Education Consortium bring IdeaFestival back with star-studded cast

IdeaFestival returns to the Bluegrass Region highlighted by the keynote addresses of Jad Abumrad of NPR’s Radio Lab and author Rich DeMillo, noted for his work on the revolution in higher education. IF Bluegrass will take place at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts, April 21-22, presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium and Bluegrass Tomorrow. IF Bluegrass begins...

River Blast 2015: ‘Regional celebration’ of
the Kentucky River aimed at whole family

River Blast is a ‘regional celebration’ of the Kentucky River. It’s Saturday from noon-10 p.m. at Fort Boonesborough State Park (Photo from Bluegrass Tomorrow)   Swing Street and Dublove headline the live entertainment scheduled for the second annual River Blast festival Aug. 1 at Fort Boonesborough State Park near Richmond.   Organized by the Kentucky River Water Trail...

Jones, Cassity top list of honorees for annual Bluegrass Tomorrow Vision Awards Oct. 30

Former First Lady Elizabeth “Libby” Jones and Jessamine County Judge Neal Cassity will be presented with Bluegrass Tomorrow’s most prestigious Vision Awards at its annual awards program October 30.   Libby Jones will receive the 2013 Josephine Abercrombie Award for her untiring service to the equine and agriculture industry, the Bluegrass Conservancy, the American Farmland Trust and...

Inaugural River Blast festival aims to ‘bring public back’ to Kentucky River for fun times

It should be a blast on the Kentucky River when Conch Republic and Dublove headline the inaugural River Blast festival Aug. 16   Organized by the Kentucky River Water Trail Alliance and benefiting Bluegrass Tomorrow and Kentucky Riverkeeper, the festival at Fort Boonesborough State Park in Richmond is free and open to the public (a $5 donation is suggested for parking). The festival, presented...

Finish off summer by the water with a bonfire, fireworks, races and more at River Blast 2014

  Staff Report   On Aug. 16, the festival is coming to the river.   River Blast 2014 is an all-day KY River Water Trail Alliance special event with a goal of bringing awareness to the Kentucky River resource.   (Photo provided) Kentucky American Water presents River Blast 2014, which aims to be “a unique river event that rivals ‘Water Fire’ in Providence (Rhode Island), riverfront...

Bluegrass Tomorrow begins 25th anniversary
with annual meeting to which public is invited

Bluegrass Tomorrow begins a celebration of its 25th Anniversary with an annual eeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Keeneland’s Kentucky Room.   Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.   The event, “A Celebration of the Past, Preparation for the Future,” is open to the public. Tickets are $25 each.   Register by sending a check payable to Bluegrass Tomorrow, P.O. Box 34185, Lexington,...

‘Dream It, Achieve It’: BG Tomorrow’s higher education conference moves ideas forward

Report from Bluegrass Tomorrow’s second Higher Education Consortium Presidents Conference:   The importance of parental involvement, authentic learning experiences and teacher collaboration were some of the key takeaways for more than 200 educators and business leaders who gathered recently for the second Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium Presidents Conference, part of Bluegrass Tomorrow’s...

KSU’s riverboat to be ‘floating science lab,’ river museum adds tourism, learning value

Kentucky State University is set to launch the Kentucky River Thorobred, a floating science Lab that will complement the university’s aquaculture program, on Friday. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Kentucky State University President Mary Sias, an innovative leader, had a vision that would fully complement the university’s aquaculture program of distinction,...

Vision Awards honor several for making Bluegrass a ‘better place to live and work’

Kentucky State University’s new floating laboratory on the Kentucky River, Knox van Nagell of the Fayette Alliance, Bluegrass Greensource, and the National Park Service Rivers Trails Conservation Assistance Program, are among the honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Awards Breakfast on Oct. 31 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington. The Breakfast, which is open to the public for...

Vision Awards honor several for making Bluegrass a 'better place to live and work'

Kentucky State University’s new floating laboratory on the Kentucky River, Knox van Nagell of the Fayette Alliance, Bluegrass Greensource, and the National Park Service Rivers Trails Conservation Assistance Program, are among the honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Awards Breakfast on Oct. 31 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington. The Breakfast, which is open to the public for...

Bluegrass Tomorrow is seeking nominationsfor 2013 Vision Awards in eight categories

  Bluegrass Tomorrow, the Central Kentucky organization from the 6th Congressional District devoted to the preservation and thoughtful development of the region, is seeking nominations for its annual Vision Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 13, for the awards to be presented Oct. 31 at the 2013 Vision Awards Breakfast at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington.   The eight...

Bluegrass Tomorrow receives ADD grant
to support work of education consortium

Representatives from Kentucky universities and colleges signed the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium charter agreement on Feb. 29, 2012. (Photo from EKU)   Special to KyForward   A $35,000 grant to Bluegrass Tomorrow will support the ongoing work of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium (BHEC).   The grant comes from the Bluegrass Area Development District, a 17-county regional...