Better Building: Tech Innovations Move into Construction Sites

You might see a few drones buzzing around construction sites in the future. The construction industry is harnessing new technologies to make building faster, safer, and more efficient. Messer Construction Co.’s innovations team predicts these new tools will enhance construction productivity.

KCTCS to expand nursing programs

Demand for registered nurses in Kentucky far exceeds supply. In 2018, KCTCS awarded 840 nursing credentials — that filled 31% of the state’s total need. Increased funding all allow all 16 KCTCS colleges to hire more nursing faculty and provide year-round course offerings.

Keep spooky season scary for people, not pets.

PetFirst Pet Insurance hopes to reduce stress on pets. “Whether it’s getting into chocolate, darting out an opened door or dealing with the noisy nature of the holiday, Halloween can be more freighting than fun,” says PetFirst CEO Katie Blakeley.

$6+ Million in Grant Funding Announced for New Knox County Workforce Training Center

A new Work Ready Training Center is coming to Barbourville. The new center will offer trade, certificate and post-secondary education opportunities to the region for high-demand career sectors like healthcare, technology, advanced manufacturing and logistics.

Over $5M in improvements for Carter Caves and Greenbo Lake state parks

$5 million+ in improvements are planned for Carter Caves and Greenbo Lake state resort park as part of the part of the “Restoring the Finest” initiative.

Rochester Dam renovation project begins

Rochester Dam making improvements to the barrier at the lock and public safety while striving to keep the historical dam intact.

Phoenix Paper plans $200 million recycling facility at Ballard County mill bringing 500 jobs

Phoenix Paper LLC plans to invest $200 million to build a paper recycling facility on the grounds of the Wickliffe mill it purchased only a year ago.

Dippin’ Dots manufacturer expands beyond ice cream, adds jobs

Dippin’ Dots headquarters announced a $3.3 billion expansion, expected to create 28 new full-time jobs.

Louisville tourism spending tops $1.3 billion and entertainment options continue to grow

Total tourism spending tops $1.3 billion in Louisville with the top two expenditures being lodging (39%) and food/beverage at restaurants (25%).

WellCare launches WellCare Works

WellCare of Kentucky will be offering a new online program to help members find social services and get jobs called WellCare Works.