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Communities around Kentucky making push to transform spaces for social distancing

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service One neighborhood in Louisville’s south end is working to reimagine a public corridor in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to balance public health and safety while allowing local businesses the opportunity to thrive. The Beechmont Neighborhood Association has received a $31,000 Community Challenge grant from AARP to create a more pedestrian-friendly main...

Kentucky Department of Tourism launches ‘Stay Close. Go Far.’ campaign to promote in-state travel

The Kentucky Department of Tourism (KDT) has launched its “Stay Close. Go Far.” campaign. The marketing initiative is aimed at supporting local tourism partners, communities and businesses by producing inspiring content that reminds Kentuckians they do not have to travel far to experience all the beauty, history and adventures the state has to offer. “As we continue to remain diligent...

Commentary: Legislators look to address COVID-19 liability concerns during 2021 regular session

By Rep. Regina Huff, Rep. Derek Lewis, Rep. Chad McCoy, and Rep. Steve Sheldon Special to KyForward Over the past five months, hundreds of businesses, churches, schools, nonprofits, and other important institutions across our state have voiced concern that they may be sued despite making good-faith effort to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. Frankly, given the tremendous uncertainty about the virus...

Kentucky health chief tells businesses that masks are key; lawyer tells how to enforce mandate

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The state’s top physician often says that basic public-health measures – like washing our hands, staying six feet apart and wearing a mask – are all we have right now to thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus until we get a vaccine. But masks are the most important, he indicated Friday. “That single measure is felt to be really a linchpin...

Kentucky Chamber announces new accident and critical illness insurance program for businesses

In an effort to help businesses and their employees be better prepared for the unexpected, the Kentucky Chamber has announced a partnership with The Standard to offer members accident and critical illness insurance for their employees. Critical illness insurance gives employees a choice of affordable options for easing the financial burden that can come with a serious illness. Accident insurance can...

Kentucky residents, businesses help build new solar array; LG&E and KU add more solar generation

Just ahead of the sunny summer season, LG&E and KU, together with their customers, are expanding renewable energy generation in Kentucky by adding more locally-grown solar energy to the grid. The company recently completed construction of the second 500-kilowatt section at its Solar Share facility in Simpsonville. With the addition of the new 1,300 panel array, customers participating in the program...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce to provide sanitizer to businesses

As Gov. Andy Beshear outlined the plan for Phase 1 of reopening Kentucky’s economy on Wednesday, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce are partnering to help businesses make sure they have the hand sanitizer needed to protect Kentuckians as they reopen. In the last few weeks, members of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association have produced and donated more than 125,000...

Mowing to begin along state highways; political and business signs prohibited on right of way

Mowing season along Kentucky state highways is just around the corner. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and its contractors are preparing to cut grass on state right of way. State forces and contract crews will be mowing roadsides, and crews will be removing litter on some highways as well. KYTC officials ask Kentuckians to do their part by keeping the state right of way clear of temporary signs...

Fund helping Appalachian businesses receives big boost from James Graham Brown Foundation

Businesses and nonprofits in rural and mountainous areas of Eastern Kentucky are among the hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing. A new fund set up in late March to help these Appalachian organizations has received a big boost with a $500,000 contribution from the James Graham Brown Foundation. This brings the Regional Response & Recovery Fund, established by...

Ashli Watts: State businesses are stepping up in the fight against COVID-19; we will get through this

I don’t think any of us could have imagined what has transpired over the last week. The coronavirus has not only plagued the world as a public health pandemic, but it has very quickly devastated our economy and upended our normal business and daily routines. Our new reality includes shocking statistics like more than 9,000 people filing for unemployment insurance benefits in Kentucky in a single...

Kentucky State Police accepting donations for ninth annual ‘Cram The Cruiser’ holiday food drive

The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their ninth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 21. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.10. “Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem,” said KSP spokesperson Sgt. Josh Lawson. “There is no area of the state where...

Bourbon County agriculture student Nelson Paul raises $7,000 for Farms To Food Banks

Bourbon County agriculture student Nelson Paul presented the Kentucky Association of Food Banks with a $7,000 donation for the Farms To Food Banks at Monday’s meeting of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles’ Hunger Task Force at Feeding America – Central Kentucky in Elizabethtown. Paul, a graduate of Bourbon County High School, is studying at Bluegrass Community and Technical College...

Rep. Mike Denham: When making the state better, business, employment go together

  FRANKFORT – Although there is no doubt that we still have a long way to go to recover fully from the national recession that began seven years ago, there have been some encouraging signs in recent days.   Early last week, for example, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the economy grew by five percent between July and September, the fastest quarterly uptick in a decade.   A...