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Leadership Lexington program applications available; make a difference in community success

In times of progress or times of crisis, catalytic leadership often makes the difference in a community’s future success. Lexington needs leaders now more than ever as the community navigates through a global pandemic and economic shutdown. It is also the community’s responsibility to develop future leaders and help them gain the knowledge and insight that they can leverage to make a positive impact. Leadership...

Lexington reaching out to local businesses for help with production of personal protective equipment

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and Ray Daniels, chair of the Commerce Lexington Board, issued a call to action on Monday to local businesses that can help produce the supplies the city and state will desperately need to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton is asking businesses to help provide needed medical supplies for the city and state. During...

Rep. Andy Barr updated Commerce Lexington on federal actions to help with COVID-19 impact

Earlier this week, U.S. Congressman Andy Barr updated a group of Commerce Lexington small business members on other federal actions to help with COVID-19 pressures on business.  Here is a brief summary of what’s happened so far:  • Cash flow: The Federal Reserve has taken steps to help support companies and banks providing financing for a wide range of economic activity. For companies, that...

Fayette County Public Schools, Commerce Lexington promote ‘Building Intentional Partnerships’

Nearly 75 professionals recently gathered for an informational and networking session called “Building Intentional Partnerships,” sponsored by Fayette County Public Schools and Commerce Lexington. “We want resource partners to meet businesses and for all of us to start working together and forming relationships,” said Marilyn Clark, manager of the district’s office of Economic Development...

Commentary: Skilled-workers law would be a boon for Kentucky businesses, say Chamber executives

By Dave Adkisson, Brent Cooper, Kent Oyler and Bob Quick Special to KyForward Earlier this year in a speech discussing immigration, former President George W. Bush declared Americans need to “dial down the rhetoric, put politics aside and modernize our immigration laws.” The Kentucky business community agrees. Kentucky businesses know we need to get past the rhetoric and divisiveness of the issue...

Applications are open for Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Lexington class; here’s how to apply

Commerce Lexington is seeking applications for Leadership Lexington, an 11-month program, from September through June, and a prestigious leadership development program. Deadline to apply is May 15. The program involves a mandatory overnight orientation retreat August 15 and 16 then a full-day session lasting eight hours each month from September through June.  A Get Acquainted Reception will be held...

Community leaders, volunteers honored during Commerce Lexington annual dinner Thursday

About 1,000 business professionals, community and regional leaders, and elected officials attended the 2019 Commerce Lexington Inc. Annual Dinner presented by Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance at Lexington Center on Thursday, January 24. This event gave a look back at 2018, highlighted some of the key goals of the organization, and recognized Commerce Lexington’s most involved members, volunteers,...

Commerce Lex releases ’19 public policy statements — on taxes, health care, education, energy, and more

From taxes and regulation to health care and education to energy and environmental issues, government impacts all aspects of economic development.  Commerce Lexington Inc. works on behalf of its members and the business community as an effective public policy voice at all levels of government to improve Kentucky’s business climate.  Developed by Commerce Lexington’s Public Policy Council,...

Bluegrass delegation explores Bowling Green during Commerce Lexington’s annual Kentucky Regional Tour

A delegation of about 45 Central Kentucky business, education and community leaders visited Bowling Green earlier last week during the tenth annual Commerce Lexington Inc. Kentucky Regional Tour presented by UK HealthCare. Since 2009, this two-day tour enables participants to listen and learn from business leaders and elected officials in other areas of the Commonwealth, share ideas, and express their...

CommerceLex’s Kentucky Regional Tour going to Bowling Green area October 29-30

In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition of visiting other regions of Kentucky with the intention of listening and learning from business leaders and elected officials in other communities. This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour on October 29-30 will take Central Kentucky leaders to the Bowling Green area. Bowling Green is the third-largest city in Kentucky and serves as the center...

Commerce Lexington names 39th class of Leadership Lexington — 50 people of varied backgrounds

Since 1979, Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Leadership Lexington program has been cultivating Lexington leaders, producing over 1,400 graduates from this highly informative, educational and results-oriented leadership development program. The program recently completed in 2018 was the 39th class of Leadership Lexington. Graduates of the program have impacted our city in areas such as public art, childhood...

Leadership Lexington presents first-ever State of the Classroom Forum for conversation on issues

Area residents will have the opportunity to hear from state policy influencers on education during the first-ever State of the Classroom Forum from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on April 19 at the Frederick Douglass High School (FDHS).   Opening remarks will be made by Jonathan Miller, former Secretary for the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet and education reform advocate. A panel discussion and...

Commentary: Chambers, including Commerce Lex, support basic provisions of Senate Bill 1 on pensions

With a major pension reform bill moving through the legislative process, we write on behalf of Kentucky’s business community in strong support of the basic provisions of Senate Bill 1 and commend our state leaders for addressing this issue that has long plagued our state. Kentucky has one of the worst funded public employee pension systems in the country. In other words, the state doesn’t have...

University of Kentucky to hold 29th annual Economic Outlook Conference Feb. 6 at Gatton College

By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward Will the bullish stock market of the past year continue throughout the rest of 2018? Is the outlook positive or negative for Kentucky’s economy? What impacts will the newly enacted federal tax policy have on government spending? Questions like these and many more will be addressed by a panel of experts on Tuesday, Feb. 6, as the University of Kentucky hosts the...

Commerce Lexington releases 2018 public policy statements, as state lawmakers to return to Frankfort

Commerce Lexington Inc. has released its 2018 public policy statements, which will guide the organization’s advocacy efforts throughout the year at the federal, state and local levels of government. The statements are developed by Commerce Lexington’s Public Policy Council, which is comprised of more than forty volunteer members, representing a broad spectrum of the organization’s 1,700-plus...

UK, Lexington set to celebrate business innovation during Global Entrpreneurship Week Nov. 13-19

By Eric Hartman and Carl Nathe Special to KyForward It all begins on Monday — the University of Kentucky, the city of Lexington and Lexington-based startup entrepreneurs, small businesses, investors and service providers will join in the worldwide celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017. A total of 15 events celebrating entrepreneurship will take place on campus and at venues throughout...

Following devastating 2016 fire, Blue Grass Stockyards resumes business in new facility

A 70-year Lexington tradition, interrupted by a devastating fire in January 2016, will be back in business next week, as sales begin at the new Blue Grass Stockyards in Fayette County. Mayor Jim Gray, Councilmembers and members of the Blue Grass Stockyards family cut a ribbon to officially open the new facility Friday. “This is a proud day in our city,” Gray said. “This $600-million-a-year business,...

Omni Achitects named 2017 Commerce Lexington Small Business of the Year at annual luncheon

Commerce Lexington Inc. has named Omni Architects the 2017 Small Business of the Year at the annual Small Business Awards Luncheon last week at Keeneland. The recipient of this year’s Legacy Award, Omni Architects was chosen for the honor from eight different category winners. The company now has the opportunity to be considered for state and national recognition through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Co-founded...

Commentary: Our experiences frame what we understand about ourselves — and the world around us

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward Consider the story of a teacher I recently heard about: Young and enthusiastic, she faced a classroom in Los Angeles with the task of teaching them about negative numbers. She struggled. And they couldn’t grasp it, no matter how many times she would try to explain the concept. A short time later she returned home to her native Minneapolis, teaching another class...

Large delegation from central Kentucky headed to Minneapolis for annual Leadership Visit

Commerce Lexington Inc. and many of its key community leaders and business professionals will embark on the organization’s annual Leadership Visit presented by the McBrayer Law Firm. About 180 people are scheduled to participate in this week’s trip to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region Wednesday through Friday to study the area’s successes and challenges in the hopes of further enhancing the...