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Commerce Lexington announces addition of Klever, Vandegrift to Economic Development Division

Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Economic Development Division recently filled two positions on its team, including project manager and administrative and marketing positions. Cheryl Klever Cheryl Klever has been named as project manager for Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Economic Development Division. For the past seven years, she has worked in the nonprofit sector to develop relations, connect community...

International magazine honors LG&E and KU in elite group for economic development, job creation

Site Selection, the international economic development magazine, has named LG&E and KU among an elite group of the top 20 utilities in the U.S. for corporate facility investment and job creation in their territories in 2018. The evaluation included a field of approximately 3,300 electric utilities across the country. “We strive to bring growth and expansion to the territories we serve, and it’s...

Five economic development projects announced by Gov. Matt Bevin will bring 1,600 jobs to state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A series of five economic development announcements by Gov. Matt Bevin’s office last week means the creation of up to 1,600 new jobs across the state in the coming years. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc., an air cargo company, will move its operations center from Florence to Erlanger near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, with a $34.1 million investment...

A&W Restaurants to locate global headquarters in Lexington’s new industrial park at Coldstream

The new global headquarters for A&W Restaurants, Inc. — which is celebrating the centennial of its founding this year — will likely be the first company to locate in Lexington’s new industrial park at Coldstream Research Campus. Linda Gorton“We’ve put a strong plan in place to attract new business and help local businesses grow at Coldstream,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “It’s great...

U.S. Department of Commerce selects Governor Matt Bevin to lead January economic mission to India

The U.S. Department of Commerce has selected Gov. Matt Bevin to lead an economic development delegation to India in mid-January to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019, also providing an opportunity to discuss and promote Kentucky as a must-see location for corporate investment and job growth. The delegation, which includes the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and co-leaders of the Kentucky...

2018 National Citizen Survey results indicate City of Paducah’s residents enjoy ‘high quality of life’

The City of Paducah has received the results from the National Citizen Survey that was mailed earlier this year to 1,500 randomly-selected households within the Paducah city limits. The survey asks questions about a community’s livability which includes city services, civic participation, governance, and various community characteristics. On the conclusion page in the Community Livability report,...

UK’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky earns national award

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The honor recognizes CEDIK’s excellence in extension economics education programs, in particular, the...

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED President Dan Tobergte announces retirement after 28-year career

Daniel E. Tobergte, J.D., CEcD, announced Friday that he is ending his 28-year tenure with the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation effective August 2 to pursue new opportunities. Tobergte commenced his work as a Vice President with Northern Kentucky Tri-ED in June 1990, beginning as Senior Vice President, rising to Executive Vice President in 1999 and as President/CEO from November 2004 until...

Afni Inc. plans expansion of Warren County call center; will hire 86 new employees

Customer engagement company Afni Inc. plans to create 86 full-time jobs as it invests nearly $316,000 in its Bowling Green call center to support new retail clients. Afni’s Scottsville Road facility’s will undergo its’ second expansion since opening in 2000. The facility will be modified and have new equipment installed. The newly-hired customer service representatives will support a...

Danville area on Governor’s Cup Top-10 Micropolitan list for attracting economic development projects

Boyle and Lincoln counties have yet again landed a spot in the top-10 “micropolitan” areas for economic development in the U.S., according to the 2017 “Governor’s Cup” rankings published by Site Selection magazine, a leading economic development publication. 
The Danville Advocate-Messenger reported that Site Selection ranked the “Danville Micropolitan Area” 10th in the nation for attracting...

Sandra Wilson: Kentucky film incentives are a success story and a great recipe for success

The Kentucky film industry is a success story in the making. Since the General Assembly adopted a new incentive structure in 2015, Kentucky has benefitted from a 900% increase in the number of productions shot in the Bluegrass State. Click image for Kentucky Film Association website. Those productions have led to the creation of hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in direct investment in...

Kentucky’s 2017 corporate investment hits $9.2 billion creating 17,200 jobs; highest mark in 17 years

Shattering its previous investment record, Kentucky has announced $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017, bringing commitments to create more than 17,200 jobs, the most since 2000. “Kentucky’s record-setting performance this year in job creation and corporate investment is a direct result of the pro-business legislation, policies and programs we’ve enacted over...

Swedish Match expanding Owensboro operation, creating 36 jobs on $41 million investment

Swedish Match, a smokeless tobacco products manufacturer, will add to its Owensboro production facility with a more than $40.9 million investment and create 36 full-time jobs. “In a significant contribution to Kentucky’s historic economic growth, Swedish Match has chosen to invest further in Daviess County,” Governor Matt Bevin said of the announcement. “The advanced manufacturing capabilities...

Murakami mirror systems expansion in Taylor County to employ 20 on investment of $2.7 million

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday that Murakami Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc., which makes automotive vision systems, will build a more than $2.7 million, 20 employee warehouse on its Taylor County campus. “This investment by Murakami highlights the increasing strength of Kentucky’s automotive sector, which employs more than 100,000 people statewide,” Bevin said. “It shows ongoing confidence in...

Kentucky Economic Development Guide: 110+ pages about the state’s economy from Think Kentucky

The 2017 Kentucky Economic Development Guide is now available. Produced in partnership with Conway Inc., the 100+ page guide features articles, facts and figures about Kentucky’s economy and the state’’s recent economic development achievements. The guide includes a profile of the massive Amazon project in Northern Kentucky as well as features on such topics as logistics, the automotive industry,...

Economic development in Kentucky has accounted for record $5.8 billion so far this year, Bevin says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – Kentucky is experiencing a record amount of economic development this year, said Gov. Matt Bevin. The governor said on Friday that, up until now, the most successful year was 2015 with $5.1 billion in new investments. But this year, “We are already in excess of $5.8 billion dollars, and we’re still not through the month of May. On top of that, there’s...

Whitworth Tool Inc.’s $3.6 million reinvestment project to create 50 new jobs in Hardinsburg

Whitworth Tool Inc., a manufacturer of precision-machined components for the tool and die industry, plans to invest $3.58 million in its Hardinsburg headquarters, creating 50 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Wednesday. “We are grateful to the owners of Whitworth Tool for their decision to reinvest and add more jobs here in Kentucky,” said Bevin. “Companies, like Whitworth, have gained...

U of L Forum to focus on west Louisville’s economic development future

An Aug. 26 economic development forum will focus on what west Louisville needs, how to finance projects and ways to turn community vision into reality. The University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences is offering the public event, “The Future of Our Community: West Louisville Economic Development Forum, Part II,” from 8:30 a.m. registration to 2:30 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center,...

Bevin’s first international trip includes stops in Germany, France and Belgium

Gov. Matt Bevin will attend the Hannover Messe Fair in Hannover, Germany this week as part of a five-day trip through Europe to strengthen existing ties and build new relationships with business leaders. At Hannover Messe, Bevin and other state officials will meet on Tuesday with companies that have Kentucky facilities, as well as prospective businesses, before traveling in Germany, France and Belgium...

Advanced Business Solutions plans Louisville expansion; Legend Lumber to locate in Nelson Co.

Gov. Matt Bevin announced a pair of business expansions for Kentucky Monday that will result in total investments of about $6 million to go with the creation of about 40 full-time positions. Advanced Business Solutions (ABS), which designs and implements software for the medical and banking industries, plans to buy a nearby building to expand its Louisville operations with a $2.5 million investment...