See inside Western Kentucky University’s newly opened academic hub

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky A new kind of library is now open on the Western Kentucky University campus. The ribbon was cut today on The Commons at Helm Library, which blends spaces for studying, socializing and collaborating into one modern academic hub unlike any other in the state of Kentucky – or even the […]

Op-Ed: Check your checks – mail fraud is on the rise

By James A. (Ja) Hillebrand, Chairman and CEO of Stock Yards Bank & Trust The following op-ed was written by James A. (Ja) Hillebrand, who is Chairman and CEO of Stock Yards Bank & Trust, a community bank serving Kentucky and Indiana since 1904. An old-school type of fraud is making its way back into […]

Hungry for more: Kentucky’s food and beverage industry continues to thrive

By the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development After a record year in 2021 that saw Kentucky set all-time highs in investment and job growth, it is no surprise that many of the commonwealth’s major industries continue to thrive and build on its unprecedented momentum. One of the key industries seeing consistent growth and success is […]

Ford donates nearly $42,000 from timber harvest to Glendale Volunteer Fire Department

By Brooke Porter, Building Kentucky Ford Motor Company donated nearly $42,000 to the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department, generated from the proceeds of timber sales harvested at its BlueOval SK Battery Park site. The donation increases the department’s annual average budget of $80,000 by more than 50 percent. “It’s awesome that they are willing to help […]

New homeowner loan program offers forgivable mortgages for home improvement

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Stock Yards Bank & Trust has partnered with Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund to help homeowners pay for needed repairs and replacements at home. The new Stock Yards Bank Home Improvement Grant offers forgivable mortgages to those with low-moderate income to make home repairs including replacing HVAC systems, doors, windows, […]

Looking beyond the Bluegrass

By Chad Carlton, Building Kentucky When you grow up in a special place like Kentucky, it’s easy to limit our gaze to the place we call home. After all, what could be better than living, working and playing here? Fortunately for our state’s future, leaders in business, civic and government sectors are looking beyond the […]

Louisville-based community banks announce merger

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Stock Yards Bank & Trust has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Louisville-based Commonwealth Bank & Trust. Combining the strengths of these two community banks that are deeply rooted in Kentucky further solidifies Stock Yards Bank’s position as a premier financial institution in the region. “As community bankers, we […]

Introducing the new BuildingKentucky.com: Sharing more positive news about Kentuckians who are building the Commonwealth

By Rachel Nix, Managing Editor of Building Kentucky We’re dedicated to building Kentucky. That includes everything from sharing positive news about literal bridge builders to covering stories about the people who are connecting others to build figurative bridges. And now our platform is getting even better to reach more community advocates, resource providers and thought […]

Global Game Changers celebrates real-life superheroes with September 11th school curriculum

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on front-line workers in hospitals, senior living centers, classrooms and parents at home. These real-life superheroes were in our communities every day putting their health at risk to improve the well-being of others. Global Game Changers (GGC), a Kentucky nonprofit student empowerment and academic program, […]

Five pro tips for employee productivity and wellness in the workplace

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Many employees are migrating back to corporate offices and cubicles they haven’t seen in months, or for some, more than a year. Remote work took multitasking to a new level and allowed many employees to regain a healthy balance in their lives. Working from home allowed more time for frequent […]

52nd annual Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown returns to tradition

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky Jeffersontown’s 52nd annual Gaslight Festival will return this year with all of its usual week-long activities, after being partially virtual last year. The annual Gaslight Festival is the fifth largest in the region and attracts an estimated 200,000 visitors to Jeffersontown. “Our Jeffersontown community takes pride in the annual Gaslight Festival,” said Bill […]

How to enter $1 million Kentucky vaccine drawing

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Kentuckians who have received their COVID-19 vaccine could win $1 million in a new ‘Shot at a Million’ incentive drawing. Who Is Eligible Adults who have received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible to enter the […]

Kentucky transportation construction project contracts top $1 billion

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky More than $1 billion in construction project contracts have been awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) since January 2020. Gov. Andy Beshear points to this milestone as another clear sign Kentucky’s economy is surging ahead as the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control in the commonwealth. KYTC has also […]

Republic Bank launches True Name™ feature with Mastercard

By Andrea Brady, Building Kentucky Republic Bank is the first community bank to launch a new feature that will help ensure an authentic banking experience for transgender and non-binary customers by enabling the use of their chosen name on their debit cards. Through a partnership with Mastercard, Republic’s eligible business and personal banking customers will […]