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Kentucky Main Street program encourages Kentuckians to shop local during the holidays

The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet (TAH) is partnering with the Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) for a special holiday promotion highlighting small businesses in Main Street communities across the Commonwealth. Kentucky Main Street works to encourage downtown revitalization and economic development through preserving historic buildings. KYMS features 29 participating local programs...

Kentucky Department of Tourism launches ‘Stay Close. Go Far.’ campaign to promote in-state travel

The Kentucky Department of Tourism (KDT) has launched its “Stay Close. Go Far.” campaign. The marketing initiative is aimed at supporting local tourism partners, communities and businesses by producing inspiring content that reminds Kentuckians they do not have to travel far to experience all the beauty, history and adventures the state has to offer. “As we continue to remain diligent...

Kentucky to distribute federal funding to arts organizations impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced that Kentucky has received more than $450,000 in funding to provide novel coronavirus prevention, preparedness and response assistance to nonprofit arts organizations throughout the commonwealth as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. “As Kentucky starts to rebuild, we must provide support for businesses and organizations that have...

State, federal officials visit Western Kentucky to observe experimental method to combat Asian carp

Tens of thousands of pounds of carp were removed from Smith and Pisgah bays Monday as part of experimental harvests of Asian Carp in Kentucky Lake. (Photo from KDFWR) State and federal officials joined local partners at Pisgah Bay Monday to observe first-hand an experimental research method to address the Asian carp population at Kentucky Lake. Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

Shawnee Park boat ramp project will provide Kentucky access to Ohio River in Louisville

One of Louisville’s signature parks is adding a new feature certain to draw more visitors to the area and enhance the opportunity for the recreational enjoyment of the Ohio River. A public boat ramp and accompanying parking area planned for Shawnee Park will provide boaters with convenient river access below McAlpine Locks and Dam and the renowned Falls of the Ohio. On Friday, Kentucky Tourism, Arts...

Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne featured on cover of Kentucky’s 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism unveiled the 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide cover featuring Kentucky native and Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne. This issue includes many Kentucky artists highlighting 2020 as the Year of Music in Kentucky. “Tourism and hospitality create and support thousands of jobs and help to grow our economy across the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Our...

Governor-elect Andy Beshear makes high level staff appointments, including Cameron to AG vacancy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov.-elect Andy Beshear has announced more high level staff appointments. • La Tasha Buckner, who was named earlier as general counsel, will also serve as his Chief of Staff. • Holly McCoy-Johnson was chosen as Secretary of the Finance Cabinet. • Tom Miller, a former State Revenue Commissioner for eight years, will be returning to that post. • Mike Berry, who recently...