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KHRC unanimously approves CDI request to purchase Turfway Park; details, renderings revealed

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) Tuesday unanimously approved a Change of Control Request that will allow Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) to purchase Turfway Park. The request was supported by Jack Ohio LLC, an affiliate of JACK Entertainment LLC (“JACK”) and Hard Rock International. The Turfway Park Grandstand as it exists today is seen in the top...

Commentary: Skilled-workers law would be a boon for Kentucky businesses, say Chamber executives

By Dave Adkisson, Brent Cooper, Kent Oyler and Bob Quick Special to KyForward Earlier this year in a speech discussing immigration, former President George W. Bush declared Americans need to “dial down the rhetoric, put politics aside and modernize our immigration laws.” The Kentucky business community agrees. Kentucky businesses know we need to get past the rhetoric and divisiveness of the issue...

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...

Power in Numbers symposium shines spotlight on opportunity identified in Transfer of Wealth study

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Power in Numbers symposium at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Training and Education Center in Erlanger Tuesday focused on philanthropy and how a collaborative community effort can capitalize on an emerging opportunity. Joseph Clabes, president of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, explains the opportunity identified in the organization’s Transfer...

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...

Rise in HIV among N.Ky. drug users sparks outbreak fears; officials renew calls for syringe exchanges

Health officials in Northern Kentucky have renewed their cry for syringe exchanges following a huge surge in cases of the human immunodeficiency virus among intravenous drug users in Kenton and Campbell counties. “HIV cases were up nearly 50 percent to 37 in 2017; the HIV cases among drug users rose 260 percent to 18,” reports Terry DeMio, who covers drug abuse for the Cincinnati Enquirer. The...

With hundreds of protestors outside, McConnell, panel discuss region’s pressing federal issues

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s appearance in Covington Thursday was a study in contrasts. Hundreds of demonstrators filled Seventh Street, carrying signs and chanting slogans, such as “Ditch Mitch” and “This is what democracy looks like,” in unison. Inside the Hotel Covington, things were much more reserved. McConnell was the keynote speaker...

Kentucky Senate unanimously approves bill
to address state’s exploding heroin epidemic

Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green (right), congratulates Sen. Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, after the Kentucky Senate unanimously approved an anti-heroin bill McDaniel sponsored. (Photo from LRC Public Information)   Saying they’ve heard the call to fix Kentucky’s exploding heroin epidemic, state Senate members passed a bill without opposition that would provide more treatment for abusers...

Judy Clabes: ‘myNKY’ campaign, survey, game focused on community strategic plan

  Great communities don’t happen by accident. They require a plan shaped by the hopes, dreams, wants and needs of the community.– myNKY.org   An ambitous 40-page blueprint for Northern Kentucky’s future published in 1996 was the result of months and months of community discussions and focus groups and gatherings – a tribute – not to a political process – but to the...

Northern Ky. Chamber plans Girls Day Out with local science, tech, engineering firms

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is currently coordinating STEM Girls Day Out, which will be hosted at various local businesses on June 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is designed to promote STEM careers, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers for young female students from the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area.   This event, targeting female students from grades...

N. Ky. Chamber of Commerce president: Brent Spence Bridge project needs leadership

(Photo from River City News)   By Michael Monks Special to KyForward   Steve Stevens, president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, took to YouTube to call for more leadership in the region’s effort for a new Brent Spence Bridge. Stevens takes aim at legislators from Northern Kentucky that oppose legislation for public-private partnerships which the Chamber and other business...