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Kentucky Chamber of Commerce initiative to help small businesses manage health care costs

With health care costs hitting small employers particularly hard, many Kentucky organizations have found themselves struggling to offer health benefits to their employees. The latest health plan offered through the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce aims to solve that problem through a new type of health plan that allows multiple smaller employers to join together to achieve savings. The health plan, called...

Georgetown College Board of Trustees names William A. Jones as 25th president

After a nationwide search, Georgetown College has announced William A. Jones as its 25th President. Dave Adkisson, Chairman of the Georgetown College Board of Trustees, said, “Will’s unequivocal commitment to Christian higher education, along with his impressive history of fundraising and growing enrollment at institutions like Georgetown, makes him the perfect fit for the College. The Board of...

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...

Commentary: Business and education leaders set four urgent goals for the coming decade

By Dave Adkisson and Aaron Thompson Kentucky must aggressively up its game if we’re going to compete for talent and quality jobs in today’s international economy. Top-flight education and the workforce it produces are key factors in the success of the state and its citizens, but we are struggling to educate and train enough people to be productive and responsible citizens and employees. The struggle...

Commentary: Consensus emerging behind reforming Kentucky’s troubled criminal justice system

By Dave Adkisson and Jason Bailey Special to KyForward Kentucky’s skyrocketing incarceration trendlines are bringing worry lines to legislators’ faces in Frankfort.  There is, however, a growing consensus and hope among various stakeholder groups, including jailers, the chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, civil rights advocates, prosecutors, think tanks, the business community and other...

Georgetown College announces Adkisson, Mills to head 2019 Board of Trustees leadership team

The 2019 leadership team for the Georgetown College Board of Trustees has been announced. Dave Adkinson Dave Adkisson, Class of 1973, becomes Chairman, and Bob Mills, Class of 1967, Vice-Chairman on January 1, 2019. Each will serve a one-year term. Adkisson, a trustee since 2014, is currently President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Commonwealth’s largest business association. As...

Dave Adkisson: It isn’t a question of being ‘for’ or ‘against’ pension reform, it’s a need for action — now

Everyone has an opinion on pension reform. The Kentucky Chamber has long advocated for serious pension reform—publishing reports, writing newspaper columns, urging legislative action, even putting our message on billboards. We have been sounding the alarm for years. And now it appears that Kentucky is getting close to taking meaningful action to address the pension crisis that threatens the economic...

Pair of legislative panels hear sobering accounts of impact of opioid crisis in Kentucky

At one Kentucky hospital, people are actually bringing in heroin and shooting up with patients. That’s one example of the “very desperate situation” the opioid-abuse crisis has created, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson said while testifying before a panel of state legislators Wednesday in the Capitol Annex. He was among more than 25 people from across the country who testified...

AT&T invests $700 million to improve local wired and wireless networks in Kentucky over three years

AT&T invested nearly $700 million in its Kentucky wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders. In 2016, AT&T made 846 wireless network upgrades in Kentucky. The AT&T...

Kentucky among 10 states to receive $2 million grant for career-focused education programs

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced that Kentucky is one of 10 states that will receive a $2 million grant to strengthen and expand career education pathways for students. These state grants, which will be distributed over the next three years, are part of the $75 million, five-year New Skills for Youth (NSFY) Initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase,...

Blueprint for College Readiness gives state 'A-' for getting nine of 10 policies in force

Kentucky is among the top states in the country when it comes to policies that promote college readiness and success among its students, according to a report released Oct. 29 by the Education Commission of the States.   The Blueprint for College Readiness features the first-of-its-kind analysis of the top 10 K-12 and higher education policies in the following areas:   · High school: College...

Officials say state poised to make ‘remarkable progress’ in improving Kentuckians’ health

  Kentucky’s health is “in dire need of improvement,” yet the state is poised to make remarkable progress in the coming years by building on its recent efforts to make all Kentuckians healthier. That was the diagnosis from the state’s public health commissioner to members of the “kyhealthnow” Oversight Team during its first meeting.   Kyhealthnow was created last month to reduce...

Dave Adkisson: State's widening skills gap illustrates need for common core standards

As we look to the future and think about the economic recovery, we can see the widening of a skills gap where the education and skill levels of Kentuckians don’t meet the requirements and supply of jobs. The challenge of filling this gap will become even more acute as thousands of baby boomers retire, leaving well-paying positions unfilled.   This bottom-line reality is the key motivation behind...

Dave Adkisson: Bipartisan atmosphere in the ‘new Frankfort’ enabled government to work

The closing of the 2013 General Assembly at midnight Tuesday was more remarkable than its warm, gushy opening the first week of January.   Remember January? The governor invited legislators to the mansion for dinner, making an important, if primarily symbolic gesture, toward the new legislature. Legislative leaders and the governor, speaking to more than 1,000 state business and political leaders...

Dave Adkisson: Bipartisan atmosphere in the 'new Frankfort' enabled government to work

The closing of the 2013 General Assembly at midnight Tuesday was more remarkable than its warm, gushy opening the first week of January.   Remember January? The governor invited legislators to the mansion for dinner, making an important, if primarily symbolic gesture, toward the new legislature. Legislative leaders and the governor, speaking to more than 1,000 state business and political leaders...