Republic Bank Completes Acquisition of CBank

By Andrea Brady, Building Kentucky Republic Bancorp, Inc. has completed its previously announced merger with CBank and CBank’s wholly owned subsidiary, Commercial Industrial Finance, Inc. for approximately $51 million in cash. “We are excited about our further expansion into the Cincinnati area and the long-term value the CBank merger presents to our shareholders. Combining CBank’s […]

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 […]

Op-Ed: Get Prepared Now for Medicaid Renewals, Kentucky

By Kennan Wethington, President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky When COVID-19 hit three years ago, the federal government responded with a series of actions made possible by declaring a Public Health Emergency, also called the PHE. One of these actions was to freeze a process called Medicaid renewal, allowing Medicaid members […]

Coleman visits BlueOval SK site in Glendale

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman visited the BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale, Ky. on Feb. 20 to learn more about the plans for Kentucky’s largest economic development project in the history of the Commonwealth. “I was so happy to stop by and see the progress being made in Glendale […]

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: Let’s make Black Kentuckians’ heart health a priority all year long

By Dr. Daniel Brunner, Medical Director with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid in Kentucky This piece was written by Dr. Daniel Brunner, Medical Director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid of Kentucky. In February, we commemorate both American Heart Month and Black History Month, which presents an opportunity for us to […]

Op-Ed: Ending hunger begins with addressing food inequity

By Vincent James, President and CEO of Dare to Care and Tiffany Benjamin, CEO of the Humana Foundation This piece was written by Vincent James, President and CEO of Dare to Care, and Tiffany Benjamin, CEO of the Humana Foundation. For more than 50 years, Dare to Care and our partners have worked diligently to […]

Renowned folklorist Lamont Jack Pearley joins the WKU Innovation Campus

By Jennifer Brislin, Building Kentucky Lamont Jack Pearley knows a thing or two about storytelling.  Host of the weekly African American Folklorist segment on WKU Public Radio and inductee in the New York Blues Hall of Fame, Pearley’s deep drawl and deliberate speech lure you into his tales, enticing you to lean in to capture every […]

Six months later: Kentucky transportation leaders reflect on flood recovery in eastern Kentucky

Video produced by Daniel Paxton Catastrophic damage, unrelenting hope. Six months from the devastating flooding that rocked eastern Kentucky in July 2022, we’ve weathered unimaginable loss and witnessed the power of teamwork. Great strides have been made to restore not only infrastructure but communities. “We’re proud to serve on #TeamKentucky and remain committed to rebuilding together,” the Kentucky […]

Maryhurst promotes dedicated employees to C-suite positions

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky Maryhurst appointed two longtime employees to key executive leadership positions with the promotions of Lisa Purdy to Chief Operating Officer and Micah Jorrisch to Chief Community Officer. “We are thankful to have Lisa and Micah on the team every day at Maryhurst,” said Paula Garner, Maryhurst CEO. “Both have proven […]

On the road: Louisville Orchestra to travel state for “In Harmony – The Commonwealth Tour”

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky The Louisville Orchestra announced will embark upon a two-year musical journey across Kentucky beginning in May, playing for audiences throughout the Commonwealth as part of “In Harmony – The Commonwealth Tour of the Louisville Orchestra.” These concerts will include full orchestra performances as well as bring orchestra musicians for intimate, […]

Apprenticeship program and partnership creates pathways for student success

By Dominic Manecke, Building Kentucky Jefferson Community & Technical College (Jefferson), KentuckianaWorks and Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a new initiative to prepare young adults ages 16-24 across the Greater Louisville Region to enter high-demand, high-wage careers after graduation. “At Jefferson, our number one priority is to open doors to a better life and brighter future,” […]

Year in photos: Best Kentucky images from 2022

By Kaitlin Keane and Steven Richard, Building Kentucky From the flood relief efforts and responses in eastern Kentucky to marking the first project milestone at BlueOval SK, communities across Kentucky showed compassion, cooperation and connection above all in 2022. Peer through the moments that made C2 Strategic’s list of top photos from this year. Kentucky […]

What’s your word of the year? Here’s five you’ll hear in 2023

By Chad Carlton, Building Kentucky It’s creepy how your phone and computer know what you’re thinking. If only human “listening” technology was as good as Google and as accurate as Apple. Last year, I urged people to listen for words frequently heard in conversations and communications. And I suggested five words that would be familiar […]

Supplying success: Why Kentucky’s EV & battery industry momentum is here to stay

By the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development The future of the automotive industry is electric, literally. With the rise of the electric-vehicle (EV) industry and the rapid growth of companies directly supporting this new market, Kentucky has wasted no time positioning itself as a national leader within the EV market in the United States.  Kentucky’s […]