Kentucky’s “Community Health Champions” celebrated 

The importance of public health has become even more apparent in 2020, making it a fitting time to launch an award honoring Community Health Champions in Kentucky. Last week, WellCare, the largest Medicaid provider in the state, honored nine Kentucky “Champions” for their work improving the “social determinants” of health. “Social determinants” is a phrase that […]

Major Kentucky equine events adapt for 2020

With recent changes announced for both Kentucky Horse Park’s National Horse Show and Keeneland’s 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Kentucky’s signature equine events are changing and adapting for 2020. Due to COVID-19, both events will take place without spectators, much like the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs earlier this year. The National Horse Show, Oct. 23 through […]

Kentucky breaks bourbon barrel record

Kentucky continues to break records for its booming bourbon industry. According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, there are now nearly 10 million barrels of spirits aging in the state. That’s billions of dollars worth of bourbon! Bourbon continues to boost Kentucky’s economy, contributing $8.6 billion and more than 20,100 jobs annually. And distillers are planning for […]

Kentucky’s business tax climate gets more competitive

The Tax Foundation says Kentucky’s business tax climate is getting better. In its annual index of states’ tax systems, Kentucky moved up to 19th in the nation for the 2021 ranking. Ratings take corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes and unemployment insurance taxes into account. Higher ranking indicate tax codes that support economic growth […]

Study shows impact of Louisville airports

Louisville’s airports continue to drive business and fuel the regional economy, according to a recent economic and fiscal impact survey. Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) and Bowman Field Airport (LOU) were part of a study conducted by Meench & Shanker, LLC to assess the sum of business activities directly related to operations at both airports […]

Share your feedback on improvements to I-65/I-264 interchange

Public feedback is needed on proposed improvement strategies for one of Kentucky’s busiest interchanges. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking responses to an online questionnaire outlining seven short-term and three long-term improvement strategies for the I-65 and I-264 interchange in Jefferson Co. The interchange facilitates traffic to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, the Kentucky […]

Kentucky cities and businesses promote mask wearing

Gov. Andy Beshear isn’t the only one calling for Kentucky to “Mask Up.” Cities, businesses and influencers across the Commonwealth are backing up the state’s request through heartfelt and creative campaigns to support wearing masks and other face coverings in public to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In Lexington, locals are urged to “Wear to Show […]

Louisville Water celebrates 160 years

Louisville Water held a virtual toast celebrating its 160th-anniversary of providing high-quality drinking water to Kentuckians. Since 1860, Louisville Water Company has provided great water and customer service to the Louisville area. Several local organizations and businesses joined in on the virtual toast including Louisville City FC, JCPS, Bourbon Women, C2 Strategic and Louisville Tourism. […]

Kentucky small business benefits from Republic Bank’s new Community Loan Fund

Kentucky businesses are already benefiting from a loan program that launched earlier this year. Republic Bank’s $3 million Community Loan Fund has selected its first client, a small business bringing expanding healthcare access to Louisville’s West End. GObileMD applied for and received capital to bring medical services focused on wellness and prevention to an underserved community. Dr. […]

Chamber: Make modern infrastructure a priority for 2021 legislative session

Investing in infrastructure ranked high on the list of priorities for Kentucky’s business community for the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce released its 2021 Legislative Agenda detailing key areas of focus for legislators including workforce development, job creation, modern infrastructure and effective government systems. The Chamber urged lawmakers to create […]

Louisville’s trees get national attention

A 2015 tree audit in Louisville found that the city was losing 54,000 trees a year – a startling number. Louisville’s efforts to respond to that discovery was featured in a recent story in The Atlantic, which used Kentucky’s largest city as an example of what is happening in urban areas around the country. The story […]

Bowling Green makes 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live America list

Bowling Green, home of the Corvette and the infamous “Hill,” was ranked amongst the top 100 best places to live in America, according to the annual list by Livability.com. Livability.com, a website that evaluates and ranks America’s small to mid-size cities, restructured their algorithm to reflect how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the definition of […]

When is fall foliage at its peak in Kentucky?

Parts of Kentucky will reach their peak fall foliage this week. SmokyMountains.com offers a 2020 Fall Foliage Prediction Map to find out where trees are expected to reach their peak this fall. According to their map, a large part of Kentucky will reach peak foliage between Oct. 19 and 26, 2020. Kentucky Tourism says a variety of […]

Six Kentucky bridges completed through design-build program

Since the design-build team began, six bridges in eastern Kentucky have been designed, constructed, completed, and opened fully to traffic, while many more are either in the process of being built, or are designed and awaiting construction. The six completed bridges are located in Bell, Clay, Knott and Letcher counties, with two in Leslie Co. […]

Looking ahead to 2021 and learning from an unpredictable 2020

Some witty folks say that 2020 should be measured in dog years rather than months. With all the adversity, discord and division we’ve endured, the past nine months have aged us more and passed slower than ever before. It’s tempting to rip the last three months off the wall calendar and flip to January 2021 […]