First half of 2021 shows significant economic growth for Kentucky

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky New location and expansion announcements continue to show that Kentucky’s economy is on the rebound. Gov. Andy Beshear recently announced that since January 2021, private-sector companies have announced 50 new projects totaling more than $2 billion in investments in Kentucky. That will mean 4000-plus full-time jobs for Kentuckians. Through May, […]

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, […]

Go Big Red! How leadership, location and logistics are making Bowling Green great

By Chad Carlton, Building Kentucky Each time that I return to Bowling Green, I get more envious and more impressed. My alma mater, Western Kentucky University, is a glowing and growing campus – filled with amenities, art and modern buildings that were absent when I ambled the Hill more than three decades ago. And the expanding […]

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 […]

Tips for getting the most out of virtual college tours

By Beverly Bartlett, Building Kentucky Virtual tours can be a convenient, affordable way for students to “try out” a lot of different schools – without running into prohibitive travel costs. For many families, a virtual tour will remain a good “first-look” opportunity at different college options – even after the pandemic subsides. MedQuest College has been […]

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 […]

Kentucky colleges plan for in-person graduation ceremonies

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic caused most universities to cancel their 2020 graduation ceremonies or move them completely online. Over a year later, with vaccinations rolling out and the state restrictions loosening, universities are looking forward to celebrating 2021 graduates. Most schools around the state are hosting in-person graduation events that maintain […]

Buffalo Trace Distillery, UK study oak trees used for bourbon barrels

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky The oak barrel gives Kentucky bourbon much of its signature flavor,  so Buffalo Trace is digging into how to grow better oak trees. Buffalo Trace Distillery and the University of Kentucky partnered to study the genetic response of trees from various regions and different white oak forest establishment techniques. About The White Oak […]

Hopeful survey for Kentucky reveals 91% want to be vaccinated against COVID-19

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Most Jefferson County residents would choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a recent survey by the University of Louisville Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute. The survey was conducted as part of the Co-Immunity Project, ongoing research to better understand the impact of COVID-19 in Jefferson County. The survey provides hopeful […]

Louisville airport expands capacity, seeks innovation

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) recently reached its highest capacity since the COVID-19 pandemic began and announced a research partnership with the University of Louisville. New And Returning Destinations Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and Allegiant added routes in March. Southwest Airlines introduced a new, nonstop flight to Fort Myers, Florida […]

Op-Ed: Post-pandemic employers want resilient employees

By Steve Yackey, JEB Jr. Enrichment Center The following op-ed was written by Steve Yackey, a local businessman and longtime board member of F.O.C.U.S Training Academy and the Jesse E. Barnett Jr. Enrichment Center. I was in the business world for 43 years before I retired. I saw trends change, required skills advance and job duties […]

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 […]