One East Kentucky announces partnership to expand economic opportunities in the region

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky New opportunities and resources are coming to eastern Kentucky businesses. One East Kentucky (OEK) and Regional Strategies have announced a new partnership to build a stronger economic region covering eight Kentucky counties: Breathitt, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Lawrence, Magoffin, Perry, and Pike. “One East Kentucky’s strong vision for the region and their […]

Find plants native to Kentucky for your garden and landscaping

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Did you know you can help Kentucky’s ecosystem by adding native plants to your garden and landscaping? Native plants mitigate the impacts of global warming by storing more carbon than their non-native counterparts. Climate change is caused by the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. When native plants store […]

How to add healthy habits to your workday and improve office health

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Whether logging in from home or an office with limited capacity, the way we work has changed this past year. More people are indoors, sitting and staring at a screen for the majority of the day, making it hard to prioritize their own well-being. Here are a few measures companies […]

What will Kentucky Derby 2021 be like? Here’s a guide to Derby celebrations

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Whether you’re celebrating at-home or at Churchill Downs, there’s plenty of ways to honor the state’s most beloved event — the Kentucky Derby. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Derby 2021 has made some changes this year. Here are a few ways you can play it safe and have a good […]

Legendary Kentucky “Cocaine Bear” story to be made into a movie

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky A new movie will dive into the fascinating true story of a legendary Kentucky bear. Kentuckians may know the history of “Cocaine Bear,” a 175-pound black bear found dead of an apparent drug overdose after consuming more than 75 pounds of cocaine in the mid-1980s. How the drugs made it […]

Virtual public meeting planned for I-69 Ohio River Crossing

By Berry Craig, Building Kentucky An upcoming virtual public meeting will provide an update on the proposed I-69 Ohio River Crossing (I-69 ORX), an important final interstate connection between Henderson, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana. The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the preferred alternative, how the Project Team reached its decision, refinements made, […]

Campbellsville hardwood factory rebuilds bigger and better after devastating fire

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky In December 2020, a Campbellsville hardware facility was consumed by a devastating fire. More than 100 employees were left out of work and the facility was deemed a “total loss” with only 20,000 of the 120,000-square-foot business salvageable. Wholesale Hardwood Interiors Inc. (WHI) promised to come back better than ever, and they’re already […]

Where is the Best Place to Work in Kentucky? 2021 winners announced

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky The Best Places to Work in Kentucky is an annual awards program that recognizes the best employers in the Commonwealth. On March 4, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management, and ClearPath Mutual Insurance Company released this year’s list of 100 companies. Companies fell into either small (15 to 149 employees), […]

OneWest launches accelerator for minority-owned construction businesses

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky A new business accelerator designed to advance minority-owned construction companies is coming to Louisville. OneWest, a local nonprofit dedicated to economic development and advancement in the West End, recently announced the launch of “The Plan Room.” The Plan Room will help Black and brown business owners grow their construction companies […]

Zachary Tyler, Louisville’s first Energy Manager, leads the city toward sustainability and renewable energy

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky Louisville Metro Government is taking steps to become a leader in renewable energy. Last year, the Metro Council approved the 100% Clean Energy Resolution which outlines energy goals including: 100% clean renewable electricity by 2030 100% clean energy for metro government operations by 2035 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040 Other sustainability efforts include […]

What’s the best doughnut in Kentucky? Food & Wine magazine picks Nord’s Bakery

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Topped with bacon and a mouth-watering maple glaze, it’s no wonder Nord’s Bakery was voted “Best Doughnut” by Food & Wine in its 50-state list, a national food and drink publication. This isn’t the first time Nord’s Bakery has been voted the best. Insider.com also featured the Louisville gem in their list of best […]

KYTC opens new I-65 interchange in Bullitt Co. creating important Shepherdsville link

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky A new interchange speeding up the connections in Bullitt County. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently announced the opening of I-65 Exit 114, linking businesses and residents in Shepherdsville to one of the most important interstates in the Commonwealth.  The new interchange is a crucial component in the effort to support the region’s […]

Spring staycations: Five Kentucky destinations to explore this season

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky While the pandemic has made long-distance travel difficult, Kentuckians are lucky to have great choices for destinations close to home worth exploring. Rediscover Kentucky’s beauty, history and culture by becoming a local tourist this spring! Camp Bespoke, Williamstown Camping got a serious upgrade last fall when Camp Bespoke opened. The […]

New Coldstream Research Campus supports technological growth in Kentucky

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky A new research facility is coming to the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Research Campus. Representatives from UK, the Woodbury Corporation and state and local officials recently announced the new research lab, known as “The Core – Collaboration. Research. Entrepreneurship.” The Core will offer services and office space to accelerate the […]

Kentucky sets the example for large-scale freezer farms

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Logistics operators are feeling the heat from the growing health care industry. Pressure for expedited pharmaceutical delivery and transportation has increased over recent years and the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the need. As a global air hub, Kentucky now has one of only two large-scale freezer farms in the […]