WKU student takes home the “gold” as Buckman Award winner at Summit of the South

By Stephanie Smith, Building Kentucky A humble, yet passionate energy surrounds Nessa Unseld, a 20-year-old Western Kentucky University student, as she describes her new business. Unseld founded Coleus Academy, a non-profit e-learning platform that focuses on practical knowledge and life skill education. Unseld received the inaugural Buckman Prize recently at the Summit of the South […]

KCTCS breaks down barriers to education with food pantries and resources at every college

By Tom Lally, Building Kentucky This holiday season and throughout the school year, the Kentucky Community & Technical College System and its 16 colleges provide accessible and necessary food pantries to support students. The largest postsecondary education provider in the state, with an annual enrollment of over 100,000 students, KCTCS is constantly assessing the needs […]

Inaugural Hilltopper Excellence Awards recognize 9 WKU alumni and benefactors

By Stephanie Smith, Building Kentucky For more than 30 years, the Hall of Distinguished Alumni induction ceremony has been a highlight of WKU’s Homecoming weekend. The inaugural Hilltopper Excellence Awards celebration, which was held on Nov. 9, built upon this legacy and offered the opportunity to recognize nine esteemed alumni and dedicated benefactors of WKU. […]

Kentucky means business – how manufacturing drives the Commonwealth forward

By Walter Parker, Building Kentucky Kentucky is in one of its most economically prosperous eras ever, thanks in large part to the state’s broad and interconnected web of manufacturers who celebrate, create and invest in the Commonwealth. The Bluegrass state’s reputation for innovation and its business-welcoming environment have attracted dozens of industries to build and […]

Growing the Bluegrass: Kentucky’s Small Business Tax Credit

By Walter Parker, Building Kentucky Your business could receive a tax credit of up to $25,000 per year. The catch? Just keep growing.  The Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit (KSBTC) helps small businesses in nearly every industry across Kentucky grow and flourish. So far, Kentucky small businesses have saved $12.6 million through the KSBTC.  One […]

Western Kentucky University SmartHolstein Lab integrates advanced technology into dairy farming

By Lilli Dubler, Building Kentucky The Western Kentucky University Dairy Program is using its SmartHolstein Lab to integrate cutting-edge technology into the dairy industry. Made possible by grants from the National Holstein Association and the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund, the SmartHolstein Lab uses new technology for demonstration, education and research advancements. Located at WKU’s 800-acre […]