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Software executive, Versailles native Ace Heinle named new executive director of Woodford Forward

Woodford Forward has named Ace Heinle as the organization’s new Executive Director. A Versailles native with over 200 years of family history in Woodford County, Heinle has experience with organizational management and sales, farm management, and government advocacy. He returns to his family farm in Woodford County after working as a software executive in Washington, DC and Paris, France. Ace Heinle Heinle’s...

More than a pretty face, UK study demonstrates agriculture’s impact on Woodford County’s economy

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Very few would dispute the beauty of Kentucky farmland in the lushness of spring. But a study by the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky shows that agriculture is more than just a pretty face. In Woodford County, agriculture and the businesses that support it are responsible for one out of three jobs and $565...

Because ‘Woodford County has so much
to offer,’ new advocacy group springs to life

Staff report   A group of Woodford County citizens and business owners have formed an advocacy organization to promote the link between quality of life and economic development in the county.   Billy Van Pelt, who has long been engaged in advocacy for quality land management, will serve as CEO of the group.   Woodford Forward is a nonprofit social welfare organization. Its mission:   By...