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Horse Country, Inc. launches first edition of passport for guests of equine attractions across Central Ky.

Horse Country, Inc. has announced the launch of its first-ever passport. The free souvenir is modeled after a traditional passport, allowing guests to collect stamps at various locations visited throughout Horse Country’s membership in the Bluegrass region. Horse Country, a not-for-profit founded in 2014, is a one-stop shop for guests to book tours at equine attractions throughout Central Kentucky....

Education & Workforce Development Cabinet launches state’s first interactive workforce dashboard

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) has launched the state’s first interactive workforce dashboard in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) and Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB). The Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) Dashboard is an interactive tool designed to display near real-time workforce information for Kentucky’s 10 LWDAs....

Public Service Commission rejects South Kentucky RECC power purchase deal with Morgan Stanley

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has rejected a proposal by South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. to enter into a long-term agreement to purchase power through Morgan Stanley Capital Group, Inc. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC found that the deal with Morgan Stanley violates South Kentucky’s obligation to purchase most of its electricity from the East Kentucky Power Cooperative...

PSC completes tax-related changes to Kentucky Power Co. rates; residential monthly bills to decrease

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has completed its review of the effect of federal corporate income tax reductions on the rates of Kentucky Power Co. and ordered further reductions of those rates. In a pair of orders issued last week, the PSC approved changes that will have the net effect of reducing an average monthly residential bill by $5.90 for the remainder of 2018. The rates approved today...

Kentucky earns national engineering award for design of Versailles Road interchange project

Representatives for the American Council of Engineering Companies and Louisville-based Qk4, Inc. presented the prestigious ACEC Engineering Award of Excellence to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet leaders during a ceremony in Frankfort this week for a roadway project that significantly improves safety and traffic flow in Lexington near the Keeneland Race Course. The ACEC national award recognizes the...

Community Trust Bank established scholarship fund for daughter of fallen Pikeville officer Scotty Hamilton

Community Trust Bank has announced the establishment of a scholarship fund for Brynlee Hamilton, the infant daughter of City of Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton who was killed in the line of duty on March 13. Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton was killed in the line of duty march 13. He is pictured here with his wife, and infant daughter, Brynlee (Photo from Community Trust Bank) Anyone...

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...

Secretary of State honors DV8 Kitchen with Corporations of the Commonwealth Award

Lexington’s DV8 Kitchen is in the business of good food and second chances. That mission and the owners’ passion for building up their employees through positive support led Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week to honor DV8 with her office’s Corporations of the Commonwealth Award. “The mission of DV8 is something that inspires everyone,” said Grimes. “We...

Susan Elkington named president of Toyota Kentucky, succeeding Wil James who is retiring

Toyota is announcing the latest in a series of female-led appointments with Susan Elkington slated to take the helm of Toyota’s largest plant in the world, located in Georgetown beginning in 2018.   As president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), Elkington will oversee a $7 billion operation, which employs over 8,000 people, and in a year, can produce as many as 550,000 vehicles...

WKCTC invites girls fifth through high school to 2017 Kentucky Girls STEM Conference

Girls in fifth grade through high school are invited to the 2017 Kentucky Girls STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Conference at West Kentucky Community and Technical College November 18. The fun learning experience, which is free and open to the public, will focus on inspiring the students to pursue STEM careers. The event will be held in WKCTC’s Emerging Technology Center...

City of Paducah receives Voice of the People Award based on increases in Citizen Survey results

At last night’s Celebration of Service Reception, the National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) presented the City of Paducah the 2017 Voice of the People Award for Transformation in Recreation and Wellness. City Manager Jeff Pederson and Assistant to the City Manager Michelle Smolen attended the conference and accepted Paducah’s award....

Kentucky introduces new certification program to focus on energy resiliency and security

Resiliency and security are two important topics to consider in our changing energy landscape. Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) is addressing both of them, launching a new program in partnership with Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI). The program, called PEER, or Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, is a comprehensive certification program for measuring and improving...

Kentucky League of Cities names annual award winners at annual conference in Northern Kentucky

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has announced its annual awards for Elected City Official of the Year, the City Employee of the Year and Enterprise Cities Awards for innovative city programs and projects. The winners were recognized at the KLC Conference & Expo in Covington. KLC will make formal presentations locally to all winners in coming weeks. The Elected City Official of the Year...

Finance and Administration Cabinet announces operator contract for Beaver Dam Rest Area

The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet on Monday announced the contract award to Martin and Bayley, Inc. to renovate and operate the Beaver Dam convenience rest area located on the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway near Madisonville. Martin and Bayley, Inc., experienced convenience rest area operators in five states, has a 20-year contract to renovate, fit up, reconstruct, operate and...

Auto parts manufacturer Holley Performance Products to build $9.15 million facility in Franklin

Holley Performance Products Inc., a top name in automotive racing and performance parts manufacturing and marketing, will establish a $9.15 million facility in Franklin, creating 30 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced last week. “We are excited to see the economic impact of Holley Performance Products’ newest operation,” said Gov. Bevin. “Holley is a storied name in the American tradition...

Owensboro electronics producer MPD, Inc. honored for more than 1.25 million accident-free work hours

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited MPD, Inc. in Owensboro Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,256,157 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “I want to congratulate MPD, Inc. on earning its first Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working 1,256,157 hours without a lost-time...

Ky. companies to hire more than 5800 in 2016 according to Cabinet for Economic Development

By Claire A. Johnson KyForward intern Companies in Kentucky plan to hire 5,849 employees this year, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The optimistic number reflects the variety of future job opportunities awaiting Kentuckians. “People can find engaging jobs and careers in a broad range of industries, from automotive to aerospace to food and beverage distribution and logistics...

Seven small businesses win awards, honored as ‘Thoroughbreds’ by Commerce Lexington

Commerce Lexington Inc. and Forcht Bank will honor the “Thoroughbreds” of the small business community at the Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon Friday, Sept. 20, at Keeneland Entertainment Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   CLI began honoring the contributions that small businesses make to the local economy in 1986. In a press release about the 2013 event, small business owners...

Lexington’s first-in-state smoking ban paves the way for more than one-third of Ky. towns

More than one-third of Kentuckians are now protected by smoke-free workplace laws since Lexington became the first in the state to enact anti-smoking legislation 10 years ago.     In 2003, Lexington was not only the first in a tobacco state like Kentucky, but was also one of very few in the Midwestern and Southern United States.   Now, over half of the country has some form of smoking...

10th anniversary of Lexington smoke-free
law, first in state, celebrated at Applebee’s

On Monday, July 1, Lexington celebrates its 10th year smoke-free in restaurants and public places at where else but a restaurant – Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar.   Mike Scanlon, CEO of Thomas and King, Inc. which owns Applebee’s, hosts Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, State Rep. Susan Westrom, Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney and Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy Director...