BlueOval SK Battery Park expected to have major impact on Kentucky’s economy, study says

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky A joint economic impact study conducted by the Kentucky League of Cities and Murray State University found that the BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale will generate an estimated $800 million in value-added impact on local governments in Hardin County and its surrounding counties.  “The results show what city officials […]

Spirits are high: Unprecedented momentum fuels a record year for Kentucky bourbon

By the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development 2022 served as a historic year not just for the Commonwealth’s economic development, but for one of the state’s most important industries, bourbon and spirits. In 2022, Kentucky recorded its best year for growth of it signature industry, with private-sector new-location or expansion totaling over $2.1 billion in […]

Op-Ed: Spring has sprung at Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown

By Chloe Anderson, Human Resources Advisor at Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown The following op-ed was written by Chloe Anderson, Human Resources Advisor at Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown. There comes a time in early April when Kentucky signals winter is over. The sun shines brighter, the wind feels warmer and around us the colors are vibrant. Shades of […]

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 […]

Kentucky’s workforce benefits from new and expanded training programs

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Quality education is a gateway to success – and several programs across the Commonwealth are working to boost Kentucky’s pool of skilled workers. In Louisville, Code Louisville, run by the region’s workforce development board KentuckianaWorks, recently announced the placement of more than 500 graduates into new careers in the tech sector. […]

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 […]

KDA and UofL partner to boost diversity in distilling

Kentucky’s bourbon industry will get a boost from a new partnership between the University of Louisville (UofL) and Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) developed to increase diversity in distilling. A new scholarship program was recently established to award five full-tuition scholarships to the University of Louisville College of Business to students who are Black, women, people […]

Luckett & Farley is Kentucky’s Distinguished Architecture Firm of the Year

This year’s winner for Kentucky’s best architecture firm is Luckett & Farley. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Kentucky awarded the Louisville-based firm 2020 Distinguished Firm Award based on consistent leadership and vision, exceptional design, and the implementation of architecture that enhances the quality of our environment. AIA noted Luckett & Farley’s recognition through recent design […]

Republic Bank hires diversity and inclusion leader

Republic Bank has created a new role to bolster diversity and inclusion initiatives within its employment and workplace strategies. The Louisville-based bank hired former JCPS and TARC diversity leader Ashley Duncan to join its team. Duncan will partner with senior leaders at the Bank to evolve and accelerate diversity, equity and inclusion programs. Republic Bank continues […]

Lexington and Louisville ranked among best cities for young professionals

Lexington and Louisville are among the best cities for young professionals, according to a new analysis by SmartAsset. 150 cities were ranked comparing metrics including unemployment, labor force participation, cost of living, density of entertainment establishments and earnings. Lexington earned the highest rating in Kentucky and No. 10 overall with a low unemployment rate, low […]

Republic Bank adds experienced executive with Kentucky ties to board

Republic Bank & Trust Company has appointed George Nichols III to its Board of Directors. Nichols has strong ties to Kentucky, including having served as the Commissioner for the Commonwealth’s Department of Insurance. “Republic Bank’s roots sit right beside mine with origins in Shelbyville, Louisville, and Bowling Green, Kentucky. Even with its growth since 1977, […]

Report: Health care jobs expected to grow in Kentucky

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) predicts significant growth in health care jobs in Kentucky over the next 10 years. A recent report by CPE and Esmi showed an expected 12% jump for jobs in the health care industry here in the Commonwealth. The firm reported earlier this year that the need for engineers was […]

Relief grants available for Louisville small businesses

Starting July 1, Louisville small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can apply for a new grant program. Federal CARES Act funds totaling $21 million will be used for the grants of up to $50,000 to eligible small businesses in Jefferson Co. The grants are intended to save jobs, provide relief and restore business operations. Louisville Metro […]

Kentucky Chamber raises awareness for Fair Chance Employers

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Workforce Center is lessening the stress of a job search for Kentuckians in recovery or recently released from prison. The Chamber’s Who’s Hiring campaign will now identify Fair Chance Employers (also known as Second Change Employers) in its online database. Employers who hire people in recovery or recently incarcerated are identified by […]