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Patterson named communications director for Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet

Secretary Don Parkinson of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet has named Cody Patterson as the Cabinet’s Director of Communications. “We are excited to have Cody join the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet,” said Secretary Parkinson. “He brings a fresh perspective and proven statewide experience to our mission of enhancing the Commonwealth.” Patterson served as the Communications...

Asbury introduces Work Ready Kentucky Certificate Program to train workers for jobs in film industry

The film industry in Kentucky needs more skilled workers. Asbury University unveiled an innovative workforce development initiative that will provide Kentuckians with the training necessary to work in the film industry. This certificate can be earned in a matter of weeks not years. It does not require completion of a two-year or four-year degree program. “Our goal as we created this training...

Kentucky Horse Park, U.S. Equestrian Federation sign lease to construct new headquarters

The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (US Equestrian) and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet announced that the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and US Equestrian have signed a 40-year ground lease on three acres of land, which includes the grant of an option to extend the lease for an additional 40 years at the conclusion of the initial term. The lease allows US Equestrian to...

Officials mark reopening of newly renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

State and local officals Wednesday held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, which is now open. A fire in March, 2016, forced officials to close the main lodge building, which included the park restaurant and lounge. The lodge rooms remained open during repairs and the restaurant moved to the conference center. “We are grateful that no one was hurt...

Kentucky Visitor’s Guide for 2017 features state map with path of Great American Solar Eclipse

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2017 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide. The guide features a state map with the path of the upcoming Great American Solar Eclipse highlighted. The 146-page guide has comprehensive information about attractions, lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment and recreation options in nine regions for visitors to the Bluegrass State. “The...

State Park Marina at Lake Malone condemned due to safety issues, remains open to public

Kentucky Department of Parks announced that, due to safety concerns, the state-owned marina at Lake Malone State Park has been closed. Deteriorating structures at the state’s marina include rotting boards underneath the main walk boards, disintegrated floating devices and dock board surfaces. “Unfortunately it is no longer safe for our guests to utilize this marina at Lake Malone,” Commissioner...

Kentucky Horse Park one of two official candidates for the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park as an official candidate to host the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games. The FEI has selected Lexington and Samorin, Slovakia as the final two Official Candidate Cities for its 2022 flagship Games. The FEI World Equestrian Games, which are held every four years, are comprised of competitions in all eight of...

Think Kentucky: Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet offers holiday gift ideas with Bluegrass tint

The Kentucky Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage is encouraging Kentuckians to give a gift with a Kentucky theme this holiday season. “The holidays are a perfect time to give gifts made in Kentucky to friends and family,” said Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage. “Throughout the state, shops feature uniquely Kentucky gifts from books, food, artwork, performances...

Kentucky State Fair Board names Rittenberry president, chief executive officer

The Kentucky State Fair Board has hired Jason Rittenberry as its next President and CEO. Rittenberry currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Circuit of The Americas. Jason Rittenberry (Photo Provided) Rittenberry replaces former President and CEO Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe who left in March, 2016 to be CEO of the San Diego Convention Center. A five-member search committee was appointed...

State officials announce $3.13 million in new renovations for five resort parks

Five Kentucky State Park resorts will receive an estimated $3.13 million in safety and aesthetic improvements over the next two years, officials announced Tuesday. The funding comes from $18 million approved this year by Gov. Matt Bevin and the General Assembly. The improvements include structural repairs, painting and interior and exterior upgrades. The work for the “Refreshing the Finest” campaign...

Bevin reorganizes Kentucky Horse Park Commission, announces six new members

Gov. Matt Bevin announced six new members to the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and a revamped commission structure. The reorganization of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission reduces the size of the board from seventeen to fifteen. It also increases the required number of members involved in the equine industry from two to four and required members involved in the tourism or commerce industry from two...

Kentucky Tourism industry sees strongest overall economic impact growth since 2005

Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson said Wednesday that Kentucky’s tourism industry has experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate the state has seen since 2005. Kentucky’s tourism industry generated $13.7 billion in economic impact during 2015, an increase of five percent over the previous year. The industry supported more than 186,000 jobs, including...

Former chair Patrick returns to lead Kentucky Horse Park Commission; two other members named

Secretary of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Don Parkinson announced Friday that Tandy Patrick will serve as the Chairperson of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission. Tandy Patrick, of Louisville, fills a vacant seat. An attorney with Bingham, Greenebaum & Doll LLC in Louisville and Lexington she will serve a term that expires Jan. 14, 2020. Tandy Patrick (Photo Provided) “The people of the Commonwealth...

Parkinson named Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet secretary, Holland will be Parks commissioner

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin announced Saturday the appointment of Don Parkinson of Louisville as Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet secretary. Parkinson is a longtime KFC/Yum executive with extensive experience in marketing, food service and the arts. Bevin also said Donnie Holland of Cadiz will serve as commissioner of the Department of Parks. Don Parkinson will be the new Secretary of the Tourism, Arts...