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More than 700 attendees expected for 90th annual Kentucky State Fire School this week in Lexington

More than 700 are expected to attend one of the longest continuously running fire schools in the nation, the 90th annual Kentucky State Fire School (KYSFS), which returns to Lexington June 6-9 at the Lexington Convention Center. “It’s an honor to continue to be a part of this special fire school legacy,” said Kentucky Firefighters Association (KFA) President Pat Thompson. “This event brings...

Lexington’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration called a catalyst for inspiration, hope

By Gail Hairston University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and other community sponsors present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, at Heritage Hall in the Lexington Convention Center. Actor, poet, singer, composer and author Daniel Beaty will serve as the keynote speaker on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Photo from...

Registration open for 42nd Kentucky Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment

Early-bird registration is now open for the 42nd Kentucky Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, which will be held Oct. 11-12 in Lexington. This annual conference offers opportunities to hear about the future of Kentucky’s energy and environmental policies. Attendees will receive a chance to engage in networking, participate in discussions, and talk with Kentucky’s environmental...

Sullivan University System named among Best Places to Work in Kentucky for the fourth time

The Sullivan University System has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky. Sullivan was one of 30 companies in the state selected in the large-sized employer category – those employing 500 or more employees in the United States – as part of the 14th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky Program. “We are extremely proud of our selection as one of the best places to work in...

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...

UK hosting annual hemp field day Sept. 9 in conjunction with national hemp conference

The University of Kentucky industrial hemp agronomic science group will present their annual field day Sept. 9 in conjunction with the 2017 Hemp Industries Association’s Hemp Conference, which is Sept. 8-11 at the Lexington Convention Center. The field day is from 10 a.m. EDT until noon at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm and is open to the public. Preregistration is not required for the field day. Photo...

Kentucky Proud vendors contribute distinctive flavor to Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Guests at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, set for April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center, are sure to find unique items from the best visual and craft artists in the state. While visitors peruse the artwork on display in the exhibition hall, they can also enjoy tasty food products from Kentucky Proud vendors, like Lexington’s Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream. A perennial favorite among...

Kentucky Arts Council hosting third annual Creative Industry Summit Nov. 30 in Lexington

The Kentucky Arts Council’s third annual Creative Industry Summit, Nov. 30 at the Lexington Convention Center, will continue building on the success from the previous two conferences, adding even more programming about emerging creative endeavors in the Commonwealth. The summit will feature morning plenary presentations and afternoon workshops on a broad array of topics for those who work in...

Lexington Hyatt Regency debuts newly enhanced meeting and event space, renovated guestrooms

Hyatt Regency Lexington — Southern sophistication tucked in the heart of horse country debuts a multi-million-dollar renovation to its 366 guestrooms, 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, hotel lobby and restaurant, BlueFire Bar & Grill. Connected to Rupp Arena, Lexington Convention Center and Lexington Complex shops, the reimagined Hyatt Regency Lexington presents guests with...

Kentucky Crafted: The Market gives artists opportunity to sell Kentucky-made products

  Buyers and representatives of retail businesses interested in offering fine art and Kentucky-made products to their customers can register now to attend Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2015 at the Lexington Convention Center.   Produced for more than 30 years by the Kentucky Arts Council, The Market is open exclusively to the trade from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 6.   “The...

Kentucky Crafted: The Market showcases state’s wealth of artistic talent March 7-9

  Staff report   More than 200 Kentucky artisans will present their work at the Lexington Convention Center March 7-9 for Kentucky Crafted: The Market. A Kentucky tradition for 32 years, the market showcases high-quality art, fine crafts, literature, music, film and speciality foods during the signature event presented by the Kentucky Arts Council.   The market opens to the public on...

Lexington mayor reveals architectural firms vying to reinvent Rupp, convention center

Rupp Arena (Photo from UK)   Four outstanding architectural firms want to design Rupp Arena, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced today.   “These are firms with the imagination to reinvent Rupp Arena and ignite the surrounding blocks with a new level of excitement and activity,” Gray said.   Gray and members of a selection committee appointed by Lexington Center Corp. announced the...

Sweet Sixteen basketball coming to town,
and with it more traffic, extra travel time

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Tournament is coming to Lexington, and with it thousands of basketball fans.   For Lexington residents and visitors the tournament will mean more traffic in the downtown area, and on the major thoroughfares leading to the Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena. This traffic impact will be most noticeable on Saturday March 9, when both the tournament...

Alltech ‘game changers’ debate role
of media, social networks in agribusiness

  With the world population continuing to grow and approach its estimated cap of nine billion people, sustainable agriculture and the growth of the food industry has become increasingly vital.   And the media may play a role in solving this future crisis, said three “game changers.”   On Tuesday — the second full day of its 27th annual “Game Changers” International Animal Health...