Listen to learn in 2022: Five words you’ll hear next year

By Chad Carlton, Building Kentucky Listening is a crucial part of communications. If you don’t understand what your partner or a customer is saying, your messages and priorities may be viewed as off base, ill-timed or, worse yet, downright conflictual. If you’re not paying attention to what’s being discussed in boardrooms or committee meetings, it’s […]

Celebrated author Michael Eric Dyson to visit Paducah for special event with NAACP

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky As our nation is faced with difficult conversations around race and violence, it’s important for our communities to not only have open and frank conversations with each other but to empower our young people to make meaningful change. The Paducah-McCracken County NAACP will be hosting author, minister, scholar and media […]

Getting in the door: How to connect and communicate with government officials

By Dominic Manecke, Building Kentucky Interacting with any government official — from a local council member to your U.S. Senator — can be extremely intimidating to some. How do I approach them? What do we talk about it? Or, even worse, what if you don’t see eye-to-eye on a particular issue, much less anything? Gasp. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tips for effective communications with clients and colleagues

By Mindy Peterson, Building Kentucky It’s not unexpected advice coming from a communicator, but communications matters. It’s what you say, what you write, the email you send and the text that you may return just a little too quickly. No matter what format you’re using and who your audience is, the words you choose and […]

Hold that thought: Knowing when to press pause or chime in on social media

By Brenna Angel, Building Kentucky Think of a major event or incident that has dominated public discourse over the past year, either on a local or national level. It could be anything from a natural disaster, the death of a prominent figure, or some type of large-scale emergency like a mass shooting. This is the […]

How Kentucky employers can promote racial equity

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky The business community has great influence in shaping economic inclusion and increasing racial equity across the Commonwealth. Racial disparities limit so many from access to good jobs, financial resources, education and healthcare that allow for wellbeing and prosperity. Diversity in the workspace spurs growth and innovation. When people from varying […]

Free events help corporate leaders navigate post-pandemic return to office

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky What is the ‘next normal’ for office spaces? It’s a big question the corporate leaders need to answer as they plan a post-pandemic return. Louisville-based architecture firm Luckett & Farley is launching a free virtual event series to help. “Now is a perfect time to rethink how offices can support the priorities […]

Tips to look and sound your best during video calls

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Virtual meetings have become a part of life for many of us. Living rooms have become learning spaces, bedrooms are the new boardrooms, and even the kitchen is part of your home office. Making these everyday spaces look professional is possible. Watch the video above for tips from C2 Strategic Communications experts […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is your office post-pandemic ready? Five questions to ask about function and design

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky From added health requirements to new employee expectations and flex work models, navigating when and how to fully reopen is no simple process. “When workers do return, they’ll expect more,” said Luckett & Farley’s Luke Kinne, who has helped numerous Kentucky businesses redesign their office environments. “Companies should take a deep […]

Kentucky announces new COVID-19 vaccination plan

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Four new regional COVID-19 vaccination sites opened across the state on Feb. 4 in partnership with Kroger Health. The Kentucky Horse Park in Fayette County was the first site to open on Tuesday, Feb. 2. There are now regional sites in Lexington, Paducah, Danville, Covington, Bowling Green, Murray and Glasgow. […]