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Legislature Adjourns Without Funding Rupp Arena Renovation, Governor Pledges Future Support

Lexington, KY – The 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly has ended, as has the near-term hopes for funding a renovation of Rupp Arena and enlarging the adjacent convention center. As the clock struck midnight neither the House … Continue reading

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Lexington’s Financing Plan for Rupp Includes Naming Rights

Lexington, KY – New figures have been distributed to the Kentucky General Assembly on how a renovation of Rupp Arena and a relocated and expanded convention center can be funded, as legislators meet with less than 12 hours left in … Continue reading

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Tips to Avoid an IRS Audit

Lexington, KY – Tax attorney Bob Webb said just following the rules might not be enough to ward off extra scrutiny from auditors at the Internal Revenue Service. “Avoiding an audit is really a question of the size of your … Continue reading

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HUD to Provide Lexington a Loan Guarantee for 21c Hotel Project

Lexington, KY – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved a $6 million loan guarantee to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government to provide financial assistance for the proposed 21c Museum Hotel slated for the former First National Bank … Continue reading

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Blue Grass Airport Book Chronicles Rich History of Aviation in the Bluegrass

Lexington, KY – The first copies of a 240-page historical account of aviation in central Kentucky, titled Blue Grass Airport: An American Aviation Story, will hit bookstores and gift shops in Lexington on April 15. Created by Blue Grass Airport and … Continue reading

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Governor Announces Board to Boost Kentucky’s Automotive Industry

Lexington, KY – Governor Steve Beshear said Kentucky wasn’t satisfied just being the No. 3 automotive state in the country as he announced the creation of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association to be made up of the commonwealth’s automotive manufacturers, … Continue reading

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Keeneland’s Switch Back to Dirt Track Could Appeal to Breeders’ Cup and Derby Contenders

Lexington, KY – Eight years after its installation of a synthetic Polytrack surface on its main track, Keeneland announced it will make the switch back to a conventional dirt surface this summer. The new dirt material has been thoroughly tested … Continue reading

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Keeneland to Build Instant Racing and Simulcasting Facility

Lexington, KY – Keeneland announced it will build the Keeneland Event Center to house its simulcast racing and a new instant racing facility, akin to slot machines that operate off previously run races throughout history. The 40,000 square foot facility that … Continue reading

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Gray Says He’ll Fight to Get Rupp Money, Despite Lack of Funding in Budget

Lexington, KY – A two-year $20.3 billion state budget is on Gov. Steve Beshear’s desk awaiting his signature after late night closed door meetings between House and Senate leaders came to a consensus over the weekend to reject the proposal … Continue reading

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Downtown Lexington Groups Launch Survey to Gather Thoughts, Likes and Dislikes on Lexington’s Core

Lexington, KY – The Downtown Lexington Corporation, Downtown Development Authority and Lexington Parking Authority want to hear from residents about what they think about a range of topics focused on downtown. The 49-question survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/downtownlexington takes about 10 minutes … Continue reading

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Commemorative Maker’s Mark Bottle to Feature Kentucky Coach

Lexington, KY – Tradition is something University of Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops knows a lot about. He and three of his brothers don headsets and patrol the sidelines each fall, just as their father did. Now he’s joining … Continue reading

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Asbury Dedicates New Business School

Asbury University dedicated its new Howard Dayton School of Business today, named in honor of Christian business author and entrepreneur Howard Dayton. The new school of business will aim to prepare its graduates to tackle economic, social and spiritual poverty … Continue reading

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Gray Pledges to Repay Coal Severance Money Previously Allotted by Legislature

Lexington, KY – After vowing to fight to restore proposed funding to the planned Rupp Arena District, Mayor Jim Gray has said the plan to renovate the venerable arena and add arts and entertainment options to Lexington’s downtown will also … Continue reading

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Mayor Vows to Fight for Rupp Funding as Legislative Session Wanes

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray said he will put on the full court press in Frankfort as the legislative session draws to a close to ensure the planed Rupp Arena renovation and adjacent district gets funded after the state … Continue reading

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Local Option Sales Tax Bill Looks Dead

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer admitted defeat on Monday for his efforts to pass a constitutional amendment that would allow local communities to vote for temporary sales tax increases that would fund projects. “Good ideas never die: We weren’t successful passing … Continue reading

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KCTCS Names Workforce and Econ Development Executive

Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Community College and Technical System (KCTCS) has named Larry Ferguson as vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions. Ferguson, who currently serves as the dean of resource development and external affairs at Ashland Community … Continue reading

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Toyota Starts $375,000 Scholarship Program at Kentucky State for Minority Engineers

Toyota and Kentucky State University announced a scholarship program today to help recruit and develop mechanical engineers, much needed by Toyota, to KSU. The Toyota Engineering Scholarship program – made possible by a five-year, $375,000 grant from the automaker – … Continue reading

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Military Magazine Names EKU ‘s Business School to Top 10 for Veterans

Eastern Kentucky University has been ranked 7th “Best for Vets: Business Schools” by Military Times EDGE magazine, up from 16th a year ago. EKU, the highest-ranking Kentucky institution on the list is home to more than 1,300 veterans and their … Continue reading

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UK Names New Nursing Dean

Lexington, KY – University of Kentucky Provost Christine Riordan announced Monday that a national leader in nursing education, tobacco control and health care outreach has accepted the position of dean of the UK College of Nursing and Warwick Professorship. Janie … Continue reading

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House Committee Approves Local Option Bill

The House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs approved a measure that would allow citizens to consider local sales taxes in a 6 to 3 vote this morning. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office stated in a release that … Continue reading

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Senate Passes Bill that Would Make Kentucky a Turn Off for Patent Trolls

After Drew Curtis saw his website Fark.com gather a large, international following he found himself embroiled in a curious lawsuit alongside other Internet giants like Yahoo. A growing number of companies nationwide, particularly Internet and other tech companies, have found … Continue reading

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UK to Hold Course Work for Business Professionals and Supply Chain Forum

Lexington, KY – The Gatton Institute for Business Management & Leadership Excellence is offering a chance to those looking for the basics of a business degree without the time commitment a degree requires. The institute, offered through the Gatton College … Continue reading

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Deal Struck for Downtown Movie Theater Across Street from Previously Announced Theater

Lexington, KY – California movie theater developer George Krikorian is planning to build an 11-screen movie theater in downtown Lexington, directly across Broadway from the site of another planned movie theater. Krikorian finalized an agreement with Robert Langley of Langley … Continue reading

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Auditor Refers Area Development District Findings to Prosecutor, Police, FBI

Lexington, KY – Alleged malfeasance by previous administrators at the Bluegrass Area Development District (BGADD) has risen to the level that State Auditor Adam Edelen is referring the case to the state’s attorney general, Kentucky State Police and the FBI. … Continue reading

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First Candidate Announces for Governor, Former Lexington Council Member on Ticket

Lexington, KY – Former Louisville Council member and mayoral candidate Hal Heiner, a Republican, became the first to officially throw his hat into the ring for next year’s governor’s race, and he’s brining a former Lexington council member with him. Heiner, … Continue reading

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Sinkhole Scare Leads to Insurance Legislation in Frankfort

A legislator has filed legislation that would require more insurers to offer coverage for sinkhole damage. Rep. Jody Richards (D-Bowling Green) has filed House Bill 498 that would require insurers who offer property insurance to offer an additional policy rider … Continue reading

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Allegiant to Launch Non-Stop Service from Lexington to Myrtle Beach

Lexington, KY – Allegiant has announced a new nonstop, seasonal jet service between Lexington and Myrtle Beach starting May 29. “We are thrilled to add Myrtle Beach as a brand new vacation destination for the residents of Lexington,” said Andrew … Continue reading

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Lexington Ranked 7th Best City for Freelancers

Lexington, KY – Lexingtonians have some added encouragement to hang out their own shingle, as the city was recently named the seventh best locale for freelancers and independent workers by the financial website nerdwallet.com. The study considered the percentage of … Continue reading

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Country Boy Expands into Tennessee

Lexington, KY – Lexington’s Country Boy Brewing has announced a new distributor will bring their beer into Nashville, a release from Country Boy states. BountyBev joins Country Boy’s existing team of distributors throughout Kentucky and Indiana. The first beers that … Continue reading

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Dinsmore Merges with Chicago Firm with NKY Ties

Lexington, KY – Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, has announced a merger with Peck Shaffer & Williams LLP, also known as Peck Shaffer. Cincinnati-based Dinsmore will envelop Peck Shaffer’s 23 partners, eight associates, four Of Counsel attorneys and 27 professional staff effective … Continue reading

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UK Announces its Particpation in National Lab

Lexington, KY – Kentucky will both benefit from and make important contributions to Detroit’s new, $148 million light-materials manufacturing institute, announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama. The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) will receive $70 million in Department … Continue reading

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Two Locally Run Franchises Open Initial Lexington Locations

Lexington, KY – Two restaurants that announced their plans to locate in Lexington in late 2013 have opened their doors. Noodles and Company on Nicholasville Rd. celebrated its grand opening on Super Bowl Sunday and Wild Eggs in the Palomar … Continue reading

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2013 a Record Year for State Exports

For the third straight year, Kentucky’s exports set a new all-time annual record.  2013 set the mark of $25.3 billion in sales of Kentucky-made products and services, according to Gov. Steve Beshear’s office. The record represents a more than 14 … Continue reading

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State, U of L, UK to Take Part in $320 Million Lab Being Announced by President Obama

The University of Louisville will be part of a $320 million public-private digital lab initiative aimed at boosting innovation in manufacturing that President Barack Obama is slated to announce Tuesday. Based in Chicago, with another lab near Detroit, the effort … Continue reading

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Alltech Producing 1 Millionth Case of Bourbon Barrel Ale

Lexington, KY – Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling division is getting ready to make its 1,000th batch of  Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Since launching in 2006, Bourbon Barrel Ale has gone from rotating taps in local bars and restaurants, based … Continue reading

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‘Appalachia Proud’ Brand Launched to Boost Eastern Kentucky’s Ag Economy

Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has launched “Appalachia Proud,” a trademarked brand that will operate within the Kentucky Proud program to expand the Eastern Kentucky’s agriculture economy. “This idea was inspired by two years of travel all … Continue reading

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Neace Lukens’ Parent Company Acquires Creech & Stafford Insurance Agency

Lexington, KY – AssuredPartners, Inc., through its subsidiary, Neace Lukens, has acquired Lexington-based Creech & Stafford Insurance Agency, Inc. As part of the acquisition, 18 Creech & Stafford Insurance Agency employees will join Neace Lukens. The Creech & Stafford Insurance … Continue reading

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OpEd | Kentucky Enters The Fight Against Patent Trolls With Senate Bill 116

Last Thursday, Kentucky became the latest battleground in the fight against patent trolls. Testimony was heard regarding SB116, the full text of which can be seen here. The legislation was co-sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill, @KyChrisMcDaniel) and Judiciary … Continue reading

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Transylvania University Announces New President

Lexington, KY – Seamus Carey, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., has been selected to serve as the 26th president of Transylvania University, Monday morning release from the university states. Carey, … Continue reading

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Center for Business and Economic Research Report Sees Growth in KY Economy

Lexington, KY — The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at the University of Kentucky released its 42nd Kentucky Annual Economic Report Tuesday. CBER Director Chris Bollinger, who authored the report’s 2014 Kentucky economic forecast, said he is “generally … Continue reading

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Stadium Renovation Contractors To Host Networking Reception For Potential Subcontractors

Lexington, KY – Skanska and the Congleton-Hacker Company, the lead contractors on the University of Kentucky’s renovation project for Commonwealth Stadium are hosting an open-invitation reception for woman, minority, disabled and veteran-owned small businesses interested in learning more about opportunities … Continue reading

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Plans for Rupp and Convention Center Released, Financing Plan Yet to be Rolled Out

Lexington, KY – The first concrete designs for a re-imagined and “free” Rupp Arena and adjacent convention center were released Monday. Mayor Jim Gray was joined by Gov. Steve Beshear and others to show off the plans for a $310 … Continue reading

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BizLex Panel Breaks-down the ACA Must Knows for Businesses

Lexington, KY – The new Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act brings changes not only for individuals seeking health care but also for small business owners. Many tips for small business owners to successfully navigate the new system were … Continue reading

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Urban Outfitters and Two Bar/Restaurants Coming to Renamed Victorian Square

Lexington, KY – After the departure of longtime downtown tenant Desha’s, the owners of Victorian Square have announced that the corner of Main and Broadway will now be home to an Urban Outfitters. The clothier, aimed primarily at patrons in their teens … Continue reading

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Gray and Beshear to Roll Out Rupp Redesign Monday

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray’s office announced late Friday that it will show off the new designs for Rupp Arena early Monday afternoon. A press conference with the mayor and Gov. Steve Beshear – who proposed allocating $65 million … Continue reading

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Code for America Fellows Get to Work on Lexington Issues

Lexington, KY – Three fellows from Code for America that have been assigned to spend the next 10 months helping Lexington better use data and technology are spending the rest of their month in town getting a feel for the … Continue reading

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Beshear Rolls Out Plan to Reform State Tax Code

Lexington, KY – After years of discussion and 13 months after a “blue ribbon commission” issued its final report on tax reform needs in the commonwealth, Gov. Steve Beshear rolled out the plan he’ll take the to legislature to overhaul … Continue reading

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West Sixth Announces Major Capacity Expansion and New Canned Beer to be Released

Lexington, KY – Still two months shy of their second anniversary, the owners of West Sixth Brewing have announced the addition of a third canned beer to the market, and major expansion that will nearly triple the company’s brewing capacity. According to … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Law Allowing Moving Companies to Block New Competition

Lexington, KY – A Federal Judge in Frankfort Monday ruled a process used by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that in effect allowed moving companies to veto license application for new competitors, violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. … Continue reading

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Japan-based Funai Electric to open R&D subsidiary in Lexington, bringing 50 jobs

The Japan-based global electronics firm Funai Electric Co., Ltd., will open a subsidiary, Funai Lexington Technology Corporation, on Lexington’s Lexmark International campus in April, bringing up to 50 jobs to the area with an average annual salary of $100,000. The … Continue reading

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Makers of Fat Tire Beer to Enter Kentucky Market This Spring

Lexington, KY – New Belgium Brewing, makers of the popular beer Fat Tire, has confirmed to Business Lexington that it will begin distributing to Kentucky later this year. “You are the first who’s called and I can confirm with almost … Continue reading

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Corman Train Building Behind Rupp to be Removed as Lawsuit is Settled

Lexington, KY – Lawsuits regarding a structure built by the RJ Corman Railroad Company on leased land owned by the Lexington Center has been settled and the building will be removed.  A lawsuit was originally filed claiming the Corman company … Continue reading

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UK HealthCare to Locate Clinics in Former Turfland Mall Dillard’s

Lexington, KY – UK HealthCare has announced plans to relocate some of its primary care and specialty outpatient clinics to the former Dillard’s location at Turfland Mall. The hospital will lease and renovate roughly 85,000 square feet of space, making … Continue reading

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Former Police Chief to Challenge Gray for Mayor

Lexington, KY – Former Lexington police chief Anthany Beatty Sr. has announced that he will throw his hat in the ring in Lexington’s mayoral race. Beatty issued a media release, stating that he would submit the required documents for his … Continue reading

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Lexmark’s Billion-Dollar Quarter Sees Nearly $1.50 Per Share Earnings

Lexington, KY – Lexmark reported earnings of $1.48 per share on revenues of $1,006,000,000 for the final quarter of 2013. “The fourth quarter turned out to be a very strong one up and down the line in our core parts … Continue reading

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State Launches One-Stop Shop for Companies Needing Workforce Aid

Lexington, KY – Businesses seeking trained employees will have a new one-stop shop in Kentucky as WorkSmart Kentucky has launched to partner with new and existing companies to match employer needs with available workforce resources. Qualifying companies within Kentucky will … Continue reading

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Lexington Would Get $65 Million Toward Rupp in Beshear’s Budget

Lexington, KY – Gov. Steve Beshear rolled out his proposed two-year budget to legislators that – if approved as-is – would give Lexington a $65 million jumpstart on the project to renovate Rupp Arena and move the convention center. A … Continue reading

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Mayor Promises New Designs for Rupp During State of the City Address

Lexington, KY – Marking the beginning of his fourth year in office, Mayor Jim Gray gave his annual State of the City speech and used the opportunity to highlight successes in the city during the last 12 months. Gray promised … Continue reading

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Senator’s Bill Would Eliminate Office of Kentucky Treasurer

The last time anyone saw former Kentucky state treasurer James “Honest Dick” Tate, he was carrying two sacks of gold and silver coins from the treasurer’s office on March 14, 1888. No one saw him again. Tate’s corruption prompted lawmakers … Continue reading

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State Officials Not Worried About Low Numbers of Young People Signing Up for Health Plans

Two and a half months before the initial enrollment period ends, only 21.6 percent of Kentuckians who have signed up for a health plan are aged 18 to 34. The new health-insurance system depends on young people’s signing up at … Continue reading

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Xerox is Hiring 77 in Lexington

Lexington, KY – Xerox is hiring more than 75 new full-time customer care employees to support kynect, the Commonwealth’s Health Benefit Exchange. The kynect contact center, a major component of the Affordable Care Act, received approximately 195,000 calls in December … Continue reading

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Ramsey’s to Vacate Original Location, Move Restaurant

Lexington, KY – Ramsey’s Diner will serve its final meal in its original location Monday before moving the restaurant to a new shopping center off Nicholasville Road on West Zandale Dr. A call Saturday to Ramsey’s business office was returned … Continue reading

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New Restaurant, Brasabana, Brings Dishes with a Cuban Flair to Town

Lexington, KY – Local chefs Miguel Rivas and Jeremy Ashby, who have both explored the tastes and ingredients of “new Southern” cuisine while cooking together at Azur Restaurant & Patio, are taking their repertoire just further south, south of the … Continue reading

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Blue Stallion Brewing to Begin Regional Distribution

Lexington, KY – Blue Stallion Brewing Co. is in the midst of their first brewery expansion, only six months after opening near the corner of Third Street and Newtown Pike. The project will add enough cooler storage capacity to begin … Continue reading

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Though Not Due Until July, Secretary of State Encourages Businesses to File Annual Reports Now

Lexington, KY – Though businesses in Kentucky aren’t required to file their annual reports until July, 1, a release from Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’s office states businesses that are already registered can immediately obtain pre-populated 2014 annual reports … Continue reading

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Deadline Approaching for iwin Innovative Workplace Award Applications

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Dr. Lee T. Todd, Jr. Workplace Research to Practice Award. The award showcases a Kentucky company committed to improving the bottom … Continue reading

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Beam Brands Sold to Japanese Company

Lexington, KY – The Japanese company Suntory Holdings Limited has announced plans to acquire Deerfield, Illinois-based Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam brand bourbons as well as Maker’s Mark, for $16 billion. Suntory will acquire outstanding shares of Beam … Continue reading

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Lyric Theatre Acting Director Promoted to Role Permanently

Lexington, KY – Rasheedah El-Amin who has served as acting director of the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center since last January has been promoted to executive director by the Lyric’s Board of Directors announced. El-Amin initially joined the Lyric … Continue reading

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UK Researcher Launches Crowdsourcing Campaign to Fight Equine Parasites

Lexington, KY – Martin Nielsen, an equine parasitologist, veterinarian and assistant professor at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center, has launched the first research crowdfunding project at UK and possibly the first such effort in the field of … Continue reading

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Lexington Visitors Center Greets Record Number of Visitors in 2013

Lexington, KY – The Lexington Visitors Center, operated by VisitLEX – formerly the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau – located along Main Street inside Victorian Square, welcomed a record 25,000 visitors in 2013. The total for 2013 was a 100 … Continue reading

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$5.1 Million in Federal Money Given to Kentucky to Strengthen Small Business Loans

Lexington, KY – Kentucky has secured an additional $5.1 million for the state’s small businesses through a second disbursement from the U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), which leverages the funds to secure loans for small businesses. … Continue reading

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Stantec Announced as Major CentrePointe Tenant

Lexington, KY – After receiving state and local incentives in June to add 30 jobs and merge their two Lexington offices into one, engineering giant Stantec has announced publicly that it will locate in the planned office building at CentrePointe. … Continue reading

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Chase Gives $200,000 to BEAM for Grants Aimed at Exporting Goods

Lexington, KY – Companies looking to expand their exporting abilities can now apply for grants through the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM) thanks to a $200,000 contribution from JPMorgan Chase. Companies that have two or more employees, have been in … Continue reading

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UK Awarded $11.3 Million to Help Develop Cardiovascular Research and Researchers

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky has been awarded an $11.3 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The donation is one of the largest health grants ever received by the institution. The grant will support an … Continue reading

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GoodGiving Guide Looking to Add at Least $300,000 to Endowments with Challenge

Lexington, KY – Thursday will see 108 central Kentucky non-profits participating in the GoodGiving Guide Challenge vie for $100,000 in matching funds in the challenge’s Endow the Bluegrass Day. Starting Thursday morning at 8 and running through midnight, or until … Continue reading

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Excavation to Begin on CentrePointe Block, Change Downtown Traffic Patterns

Lexington, KY – The City of Lexington has released a traffic advisory that points to the start of construction on the CentrePointe block in downtown Lexington. “Beginning Sunday, Dec. 15, construction activity on the CentrePointe block is expected to have … Continue reading

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Once Troubled Bardstown Bank Emerges from FDIC Order

Lexington, KY – Bardstown’s Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. announced that it is no longer under a consent order from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions. Since entering into the Consent Order, … Continue reading

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Kentucky Agriculture Receipts Poised to Reach $6 Billion in 2013

Louisville, KY – The state’s agriculture economy is set to break a record according to projections from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment ag economists. The group told Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation members, during the organization’s … Continue reading

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Nightclub Bows to Social Media Outcry Over NYE Booking

Lexington, KY – Art Bar, a Chevy Chase dance club, announced late Monday night it had reached an agreement called for by a snowballing social media campaign to keep a controversial DJ from headlining its New Years Eve party. In … Continue reading

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Capilouto to Lead Higher Ed Discussion with Central Kentucky’s Three Newest University Presidents

Lexington KY – Higher Education will be on the menu Friday when University of Kentucky President Dr. Eli Capilouto leads a discussion with three of central Kentucky’s newest university leaders. Capilouto will be joined for Commerce Lexington’s Good Morning Bluegrass … Continue reading

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Click to See if it’s Election Day for You in Fayette County

Lexington, KY – It’s election day in the 13th Senate District in Fayette County. Three are vying in the special election to replace Kathy Stein who was appointed a family court judge by Gov. Steve Beshear earlier in the year. … Continue reading

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Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces Name Change

Lexington, KY – Starting the first of the year, the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau will be known as VisitLEX, which has be the organization’s website address for some time. “The vision of VisitLEX remains the same: to serve as … Continue reading

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Table Three Ten Owners Open First Part of Sprawling French-Style Food and Wine Complex

Lexington, KY – Krim Boughalem and Andrea Sims were planning National Provisions even before they opened Wine + Market back in early 2008. When they sold the Jefferson Street shop a little more than two years ago, it was to … Continue reading

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Five-Term District Council Member to Seek At-Large Seat

Lexington, KY – Kevin O. Stinnett, Urban County Councilmember for the 6th District since 2005, will seek an at‐large seat on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council during the 2014 election, he announced Tuesday morning. “After much consideration, I have decided … Continue reading

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Franklin County Sheriff Announces $10,000 Reward in Pappy Van Winkle Heist

Frankfort, KY – Information on the whereabouts of more than $26,000 worth of missing Pappy Van Winkle bourbon could now mean a big payday for the tipster. Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton announced Monday that a $10,000 reward is being … Continue reading

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Associate Dean Elevated to Top Post for UK College of Agriculture

Lexington, KY – Associate Dean of Research for the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Nancy Cox, has been named the school’s dean. Cox will replace Scott Smith, who has led the college since 2001. He plans … Continue reading

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With the Report Done, Mayors Look for Where the BEAM Initiative Goes from Here

Lexington, KY – After two years of work, the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM) has produced a 60-page report for what a 22-county region anchored by Lexington and Louisville needs to do collaboratively to become a hub for advanced manufacturing. … Continue reading

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Kentucky Space Sees Successful Satellite Launch

Lexington, KY – Kentucky Space LLC, a private nonprofit enterprise focused on entrepreneurial, educational and commercial space solutions, has successfully seen its KentuckySat-2 satellite get into orbit after launching from the NASA Launch Facility at Wallops Island, Va Tuesday night. … Continue reading

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State Grants $37,500 to Awesome Inc.

Lexington, KY – Lexington business incubator Awesome Inc. was awarded a $37,500 grant from the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Entrepreneurship, through Commerce Lexington Inc. to support the new Awesome Fellowship program, which will help local startup companies get … Continue reading

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S&S Tire Sells its Corporate Owned Stores

Lexington, KY – Four of the eight central Kentucky S&S Tire and Auto Service Centers have been purchased by Monro Muffler Brake Inc. of Rochester, NY. This week’s purchase of the company’s corporate locations including in Millipond, Hamburg, Eastland and … Continue reading

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Russell Capital Management Adds to Firm with Merger

Lexington, KY – Volomite Wealth Management has merged with Russell Capital Management, LLC. Justin Sautter, Volomite’s founder, has joined Russell as a senior vice president. “We are so pleased to welcome Justin to our firm,’ said David Dowell, a senior … Continue reading

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West Sixth to Launch Additional Canned Beers

Lexington, KY – West Sixth Brewing is prepping to release 2,500 six-packs of a new Christmas Ale, its first foray into canning limited edition beers. The year-and-a-half old brewery has found itself limited in what it was able to distribute … Continue reading

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Lexington Celebrates Enterprising Spirit During Global Entrepreneurship Week

Lexington, KY – Nine companies joined Lexington’s high-tech sector in the past year, bringing 190 new jobs and a combined investment of $7.5 million to the local economy. Mayor Jim Gray and Congressman Andy Barr kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week … Continue reading

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Community College System President Announces Retirement

Lexington, KY – Dr. Michael B. McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) since its founding in 1997, has announced he will retire a year from January. “Together we have built a comprehensive two-year college system … Continue reading

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Bankers’ Challenge to Sweeten GoodGiving Pot to the Tune of $30,000 on Thursday

Lexington, KY – Starting at noon Thursday $30,000 will be up for grabs for the 108 non-profits participating in this year’s GoodGiving Guide Challenge. Local banks will be matching 50 cents on the dollar up to $30,000 for every donation … Continue reading

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Vice Mayor Linda Gorton will not seek re-election in 2014

Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton, who will mark 16 years of service on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council next year, has announced that she will not run for re-election in 2014. At a media conference on Thursday morning, Gorton called … Continue reading

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Business Leaders to Embark on Informational Trip to Western Kentucky

Lexington, KY – Commerce Lexington is about to embark on its fifth regional bus tour around Kentucky. Thursday morning 43 business and community leaders will board a bus destined to points in western Kentucky like Bowling Green, Paducah and Fort … Continue reading

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UK Partnership to Turn Coal Emissions into Other Usable Products

Converting flue gas emissions into biofuel may seem like a pipe dream, but a groundbreaking process at Duke Energy’s East Bend Station in Boone County could make it a reality. The Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence and the … Continue reading

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EKU to Build $80 Million Education Facility

Lexington, KY – Eastern Kentucky University has announced plans for a new $83 million complex that will accommodate both its College of Education and its Model Laboratory School. The 279,000 square-foot facility to be built on “the corner of Lancaster … Continue reading

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Lexington Farmers’ Market to Remain Outdoors Throughout Winter

Lexington, KY – The Lexington’s Farmers’ Market is introducing a new plan for its winter market. The farmer’s market will remain setup at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park rather than being moved indoors as it has been … Continue reading

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Shorty’s Downtown Grocery to Reopen Under New Owner

Lexington, KY – Shorty’s, The Urban Market, is coming back to downtown Lexington. The neighborhood grocery, which closed at the end of September, has been purchased by Bob Estes, the owner of Parlay Social, who plans to re-open the shop … Continue reading

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Gray Looks to Redevelop City Buildings, Partner on New City Hall

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray has announced a plan that would allow for private redevelopment of current city buildings, including the Government Center, originally opened as a hotel in 1920. “A public private partnership just makes good business sense. … Continue reading

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Non-profit Changes Name to Shed Stigma of Domestic Violence

Lexington, KY – Darlene Thomas saw the name of her eight year old non-profit as a barrier for those participating in the program. “It had a tendency to focus on the violence and the abuse instead of the strength and … Continue reading

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Breeders’ Cup Runners Prove Popular at Fasig-Tipton November Sale

Lexington, KY – Runners in this year’s Breeders’ Cup races proved popular with buyers at Monday’s Fasig-Tipton November sale, which finished firmly ahead of last year’s auction. Total receipts for this year’s Fasig-Tipton November amounted to $73,859,000 spent on 129 … Continue reading

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Fayette Alliance Announces Inaugural Award Winners

Lexington, KY – The Fayette Alliance is launching its inaugural community awards program in celebration of initiatives that help the organization achieve its mission of sustainably “growing our city, and promoting our farms.” Awards will be given for the three … Continue reading

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LexArts Chair Sees Re-assessment Opportunity in Leadership Change

Lexington, KY – As LexArts president and CEO Jim Clark prepares to resign his position effective June 30, the organization’s board chair, John Long, sees the change in leadership as an opportunity for the board to “check our compass setting … Continue reading

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BRU Burger Bar Opening in Beaumont

Restaurant to bring 100 jobs to Lexington area; job fair scheduled for servers, bartenders, cooks and other positions Lexington, KY – Indianapolis-based Cunningham Restaurant Group will open a BRU Burger Bar restaurant in the Beaumont neighborhood, according to a release. … Continue reading

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Alltech Adds Events to Highlight Kentucky During National Horse Show

Lexington, KY – Alltech is rolling out a set of distinctly Kentucky events to go along with the National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park. Starting Tuesday, the Kentucky Gathering will take place around the Alltech Arena at the … Continue reading

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Dean Dorton Founder and Former CEO Richard O. Dorton Dies After Short Illness

Richard Dorton, 60, former CEO of Dean Dorton Allen Ford, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 22, after a brief illness. Along with Doug Dean and Joe Ford, Dorton was instrumental in building the Dean Dorton Ford firm, which started in … Continue reading

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Fasig-Tipton Auction Sets Record, Sees 31 Percent Jump in Average Price

Lexington, KY – Fasig-Tipton closed a record-setting Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale on Wednesday night, continuing the industry rebound apparent at recent thoroughbred auctions in Lexington and across the globe. A total of 818 horses sold at the three-day auction for … Continue reading

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Lexmark CEO: ‘End is in Sight’ for Effects of Shuttering Inkjet Division

Lexington, KY – Led by growth in its software side, Lexmark saw earnings of $.45 per share in the third quarter of 2013. “The software element, which hasn’t been significant in the past, is now becoming more significant,” Lexmark’s CEO … Continue reading

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Food Truck that Used Kickstarter to Launch Restaurant Opens its Doors

Lexington, KY – After months of renovation work and preparation, the popular Athenian Grill food truck has found a permanent home in a brick-and-mortar restaurant on South Ashland Avenue. Owner and chef Ilias Pappas, a native of Greece who started … Continue reading

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UK to Host Showcase of Graduate and Professional School Opportunities

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky will hold its Graduate and Professional School Showcase in the Frank A. Harris Grand Ballroom at UK’s Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The showcase will provide … Continue reading

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Insurance Group With Lexington Office Merges with Bowling Green Group

Lexington, KY – Roeding Insurance Group has merged with Houchens Insurance Group (HIG), a regional and international insurance broker based in Bowling Green that includes brands such as Van Meter Insurance, which has a Lexington office. Roeding, with a location … Continue reading

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‘Nordstrom of the Club Industry,’ Costco Ready To Open Its Doors in Lexington

Lexington, KY – Over the last few weeks Jeff Stohlmann oversaw the delivery of 55-trucklaods of just dry goods to his Costco, which opens Friday in Lexington. The 159,000 square foot warehouse club store was full of activity Thursday as … Continue reading

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$26,000 of Pappy Lifted From Buffalo Trace Warehouse

Lexington, KY – The Franklin County Sheriff says someone – possibly a Buffalo Trace employee – has done what many bourbon fans have joked about doing, stolen thousands of dollars worth of rare Pappy Van Winkle whiskey from the distillery’s … Continue reading

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Code For America Grants Lexington Three Tech Experts for Civic Improvement

Lexington, KY – Lexington is one of 10 local governments nationwide chosen to be part of the 2014 Code for America program, where local governments team with civic-minded technology experts to improve government service. At the Code for America Summit … Continue reading

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Coal Severance Battle Awaits Legislature

Pikeville, KY – The Kentucky Office of State Budget Director’s monthly report on the collection of taxes in the state has become a constant reminder of the faltering of the coal industry in the state. The results for September show … Continue reading

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Beshear Names Sen. Stein as Family Court Judge

Lexington, KY – Longtime Lexington state legislator Kathy Stein has been appointed to fill a vacant Family Court Judgeship by Gov. Steve Beshear. Stein, who served from 1997 to 2008 in the Kentucky House and has been in the Senate … Continue reading

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Sen. Stein Nominated for Vacant Judgeship

Sen. Kathy Stein Lexington, KY - Sen. Kathy Stein (D-Lexington) has been nominated to fill a vacant Family Court Judgeship.  The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., announced Friday afternoon that three attorneys have … Continue reading

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Thomas & King Sells Applebee’s Restaurants, New Owners to Retain ‘Many’ Lexington Office Employees

Lexington, KY – Lexington-based restaurant franchiser Thomas & King announced Friday it will sell its Applebee’s Grill and Bar locations to RMH Franchise Corporation of Lincoln, NE. The sale is still subject to closing conditions and franchisor approval, if all … Continue reading

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UK Reveals Design and Breaks Ground for New Gatton College Building

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky unveiled the architectural plans today for a $65 million expansion and renovation of its existing Gatton College of Business and Economics building. The new design, which is being funded entirely through private philanthropy, … Continue reading

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Tie-Breaking Vote Needed to Approve CentrePointe Design

Lexington, KY – It took a tie-breaking vote for the Courthouse Area Design Review Board to swing approval for the latest design of the CentrePointe block in downtown Lexington. Two of the board’s design professionals, architect Graham Pohl and UK … Continue reading

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Chase Tap Room Reopens Across Street From Former Co-Owner’s Bar

Lexington, KY – Long-time partners in the bar business have ended their financial ties to each other but are still working together as owners of bars across the street from one another. Chris Heflin and Robert Garrison opened the Chase … Continue reading

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Charlotte Medical Executive Tapped to Head Saint Joseph

Lexington, KY – KentuckyOne Health has named Joseph Gilene as president of Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, effective Oct. 28. He will assume leadership at the hospital from John Smithhisler, who currently serves as president in addition to other duties. … Continue reading

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Tools and Resources to Aid in Understanding New Health Care Laws

The rollout of the insurance-buying section of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act started Oct. 1, and regardless of where you stand on the law, it’s important to be informed about what will happen Jan. 1 when the law’s major … Continue reading

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Report Finds Statewide Increase AP Math, Science and English Testing

Lexington, KY – An initiative to boost enrollment of Kentucky students in advanced-placement (AP) math, science and English programs has contributed to significant gains in qualifying scores and better performance in college, according to a recent five-year review of the … Continue reading

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Campus Staple Kennedy’s Changes Name, Shift Model

Lexington, KY – A staple near UK’s campus since 1950, Kennedy’s Bookstore announced it is changing its name to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den, a release from Carol Kennedy Behr stated. Though the store will still be selling textbooks, a market that … Continue reading

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Lexmark Purchases California Medical Imaging Company

Lexington, KY – Lexmark has acquired PACSGEAR, a provider of connectivity solutions for healthcare providers to capture, manage and share medical images and related documents and integrate them with existing picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and electronic medical records (EMR) … Continue reading

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New CentrePointe Renderings Show Updates to Proposed Main Street Apartment Building

Lexington, KY – A new-look apartment building has been revealed for CentrePointe by Atlanta-based CMMI architects. Though the latest set of drawings presented in August to the Courthouse Area Design Review Board were done by Lexington’s EOP Architects, CMMI has taken … Continue reading

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Design Shows a Revamped Main and Limestone Building

Lexington, KY – In addition to a new design for CentrePointe for the October 9, meeting of the Courthouse Area Design Review Board, designs have been released for a revamped building that currently houses Taste of Thai and Sam’s Hotdogs … Continue reading

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Noodles and Company to Open First Lexington Franchise

Lexington, KY – A Colorado-based fast-casual restaurant specializing in noodle dishes from Asian, Italian and American cuisine will open its first restaurant in the Lexington market with a local franchisee. Noodles and Company is expected to open in a former … Continue reading

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Department of Energy Awards UK $3 Million to Combat Coal Pollution

Lexington, KY – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has given a $3 million grant to the University of Kentucky to study advance technology to capture carbon dioxide from new and existing coal-burning power plants. The National Energy Technology Laboratory, … Continue reading

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Amazon to Hire 40 Percent More Full-Time Seasonal Jobs This Year

Lexington, KY – Nationally Amazon.com is creating more than 70,000 full-time seasonal jobs across its U.S. fulfillment centers this holiday season in order to meet an increase in customer demand, a 40 percent rise over last year, according to a … Continue reading

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Former 500s On Main Condo Building is Back Under Construction

Lexington, KY – A long-dormant residential building in downtown Lexington is back under construction, with the developer of Main and Rose and the Nunn Building, Phil Holoubek, acting as a “fee-based developer” for the building’s owner, West Virginia-based MCNB Bank … Continue reading

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NetGain Technologies Acquires Birmingham Company

Lexington, KY – Lexington-based IT company, NetGain Technologies, has acquired U.S. Teks, an IT company in Birmingham, Ala. This acquisition marks NetGain Technologies’ fifth expansion in three years. In June NetGain bought NCD Tech, a managed IT services provider and … Continue reading

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International Money Buoys Keeneland September Sale

Lexington, KY – The 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale wrapped up over the weekend with huge gains over 2012’s auction as the Thoroughbred industry begins to emerge from the recent economic recession. At the close of the auction on Saturday, … Continue reading

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Gov. Beshear Embarks on European Economic Development Trip

Job-creation trip plans visits to Germany, Spain and Austria Lexington, KY – Gov. Steve Beshear has departed on a 10-day economic development trip to Europe, with meetings planned in Germany, Spain and Austria to showcase Kentucky and to strengthen existing … Continue reading

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Keeneland’s Bucky The Bugler to Retire

Lexington, KY – “Bucky,” George Sallee, bugler at Keeneland for more than 50 years, will retire to become Bugler Emeritus beginning this fall the track announced this morning. “Bucky is a Keeneland icon,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said … Continue reading

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Lexington Theological Seminary Relocates to Lexington Green

Lexington, KY – Lexington Theological Seminary (LTS) will move its campus to the Lexington Green Complex, with classes to be held at the new facility starting after January 2014. The new property, located at 230 Lexington Green Circle, includes more … Continue reading

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See What Everyone CRAVEd This Weekend

This weekend marked the inaugural Crave Lexington food and music makers festival at MoonDance Amphitheater in Beaumont Circle.  View the gallery for highlights from the event. Photos by Emily Moseley.

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UK to Collect Oral Histories of Kentucky’s Bourbon Industry

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) have teamed to create “Kentucky Bourbon Tales,” an oral history of Kentucky’s native spirit. Beginning with interviews of Master Distillers Parker Beam and Craig Beam of Heaven … Continue reading

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United Real Estate Opens Franchise in Lexington

Lexington, KY – United Real Estate, an urban-centric real estate and franchise operation company, has announced the opening of its Kentucky-based franchise. United Real Estate Lexington was purchased by Bonnie Mays, who prior to affiliating with United Real Estate owned … Continue reading

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Public Meeting to be Held on Rupp and Town Branch Projects

Lexington, KY – A public meeting will be held Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Kentucky Theatre where the public will have the opportunity to share their opinions on the Rupp District and Town Branch Commons projects. Robert … Continue reading

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EOP Pulls Out of CentrePointe Project

Lexington, KY – Lexington-based architectural firm EOP has ended its involvement with the CentrePointe project in downtown Lexington. A statement from the firm reads: “After much consideration, EOP regretfully made the decision to halt the firm’s further involvement with the … Continue reading

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Downtown Management District Discussed at Public Meetings

Lexington, KY – After years of discussion and different iterations of a downtown management district, the Downtown Lexington Corporation (DLC) has started handing out petitions to have the core of Lexington’s downtown officially become a management district. In the first … Continue reading

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Wild Turkey Opens $43 Million Packaging Facility

Lexington, KY – Wild Turkey Distillery opened its new 145,000-square-foot packaging facility on the company’s Lawrenceburg site Tuesday morning. The packaging facility is part of a more than $100 million overall investment the company has made in facility upgrades during … Continue reading

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GoodGiving Guide Challenge Seeks Business Sponsors

Lexington, KY – The GoodGiving Guide Challenge, an online giving campaign to benefit more than 100 nonprofits in Fayette and its surrounding counties, is currently recruiting sponsors to support its upcoming third annual campaign. The campaign, developed in partnership by … Continue reading

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Record Quarter-Billion Dollar Gift to Centre Withdrawn

Lexington, KY – A record $250 million gift announced in July to Centre College has been withdrawn by the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust, Centre announced Monday morning. “The Trust’s intended major gift to fund the program was linked to … Continue reading

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Battery Manufacturer, NOHMs, Moves from New York to Lexington

Lexington, KY – NOHMs Technologies Inc, a company that manufactures lithium sulfur batteries, has moved to Lexington after spending its first three years of existence in Ithaca, New York as an offshoot of science developed at Cornell University. The company, … Continue reading

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Louisville Brunch Restaurant Coming to Lexington

Lexington, KY – Louisville brunch restaurant Wild Eggs will open its first Lexington restaurant later this year, the company and its area franchisee have told Business Lexington. Wild Eggs, which currently has four locations, three in Louisville and one in … Continue reading

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Time Warner and CBS Reach Deal to Bring Showtime and Other Networks Back to Area Customers

Lexington, KY – After a month where a stationary page of text replaced programming on CBS owned channels, Time Warner Cable has reached a deal that brings Showtime, TMC, Flix, CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian channel back to Lexington … Continue reading

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UK to Host Showcase of Graduate and Professional School Opportunities

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky will hold its Graduate and Professional School Showcase in the Frank A. Harris Grand Ballroom at UK’s Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The showcase will provide … Continue reading

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Kentucky State and Alltech form Alliance to Research and Develop Sustainable Farming

Lexington, KY — Alltech and Kentucky State University have formalized a joint research alliance to develop sustainable farming techniques and modern farming models. Alltech will invest $75,000 per year toward research at KSU and will also provide support for KSU … Continue reading

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Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Company Begins Rollout of Seasonal Beers

Lexington, KY – The makers of Kentucky Ale are taking advantage of their recent expansion (read about it here) to launch a series of rotating seasonal beers, beginning with a pumpkin ale set to hit taps and stores over the … Continue reading

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Your Community Bank Names Market President

Lexington, KY – New Albany, Indiana-based Your Community Bank has named Jeff Koonce as its central Kentucky market head. Koonce, who served as Lexington market president for Cumberland Valley National Bank, takes over the area for the bank that came … Continue reading

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UK and EKU Announce Separate Health-Care Partnerships

Lexington, KY – Both the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University have announced health-care partnerships aimed at better reaching the eastern part of the commonwealth. UK HealthCare has teamed with Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) in Ashland to … Continue reading

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First Watch Opens Second Lexington Restaurant

Lexington, KY – First Watch, a chain of brunch restaurants, has opened its second Lexington location. The new location in a freestanding building at 1080 South Broadway opened Monday, less than a year after First Watch’s initial foray into Lexington … Continue reading

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Lexington Named Kentucky’s eCity by Google

Lexington, KY – Lexington is the winner of the first ever Google eCity Award for Kentucky, Mayor Jim Gray’s office announced Friday evening. The Google eCity Award recognizes the strongest online business community in each state, what a release from … Continue reading

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RJ Corman Rail Founder Dies After Decade-Long Cancer Battle

Lexington, KY – Rick Corman, 58, founder and owner of the Nicholasville-based RJ Corman Railroad Group, died Friday after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a spokesman for the company has confirmed. Corman started the company in 1973 upon his … Continue reading

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CentrePointe Design Granted Approval in Contentious Meeting

Lexington, KY – The latest design of the long-discussed CentrePointe project in the center of downtown Lexington was granted lukewarm approval Wednesday afternoon by the Courthouse Area Design Review Board as the specter of the project falling through hung over … Continue reading

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Lexmark Announces Plans to Buy European Software Company Saperion for $72 Million

Lexington, KY – Lexmark International has signed an agreement to acquire Germany-based software developer Saperion for a cash purchase price of approximately $72 million. Once the sale is complete, Saperion will report to Lexmark-owned Perceptive Software. The purchase is another … Continue reading

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A Billion Dollars in Real Estate Sold Across the Bluegrass in 2013

Lexington, KY – As of the end of July, members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) reported more than a billion dollars in residential real estate sold. LBAR reports 5,794 sales throughout its 11-county Bluegrass Region, totaling $1,012,023,078. For … Continue reading

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Japan-Based Automotive Supplier to Invest $19.5 million, Add 50 Jobs

Lexington, KY – Automotive supplier Mitsui Kinzoku Catalysts America Inc. will create 50 new, full-time jobs and invest $19.5 million as it plans to establish a manufacturing operation in Frankfort. To meet demand in the United States, Mitsui Kinzoku, a … Continue reading

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Launch of Udderly Kentucky Milk a Boon to Area Dairy Operators

On Thursday morning at the Stanford Walmart, Adam Coleman was shopping for groceries with his mother. At the dairy case, Coleman was adamant about the milk he preferred. “No, no, the other one,” he told his mother. “The one with … Continue reading

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CentrePointe Renderings Reveal Design Ahead of Review Meeting

Lexington, KY – New renderings of the proposed CentrePointe project show plans for a block full of separate buildings developer Dudley Webb hopes to start constructing this fall. The designs by Lexington’s EOP Architects will be presented on Wednesday, August 21, … Continue reading

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New Downtown Restaurant Made Better Through Waiting

Lexington, KY – Elizabeth Rush and Gerren Reach were expecting to be serving downtown diners more than a year ago at Limestone Blue after they took over the North Limestone restaurant space formerly occupied by Giacomo’s. But a desire to … Continue reading

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Hearing Scheduled for Today as Kroger Changes Plan for New Euclid Store

Lexington, KY – With a hearing before the Urban County Council scheduled for this evening, Kroger representatives have announced that they are downsizing their plans for the proposed new grocery store on Euclid Avenue. The new plans would decrease the … Continue reading

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Art Fair Expected to Bring Tens of Thousands to Woodland Park

Lexington, KY – Saturday and Sunday the Lexington Art League and LFUCG Division of Parks and Recreation will host the 38th annual American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair, a juried art fair that features the work of over 200 artists … Continue reading

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OpEd | Chamber is Right to Urge Higher Priority for Education Funding

At a recent Kentucky Business Summit hosted by the state Chamber of Commerce, Dave Adkisson, president of the Chamber, shared information about Kentucky’s declining financial commitment to education. The share of the state budget going to education has been shrinking, … Continue reading

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Alltech One of Two Vying for Convention Center Naming Rights

Lexington, KY – Nicholasville-based bio-tech company Alltech has confirmed it is one of two companies that submitted a proposal to the Lexington Center to buy the naming rights of the city’s convention center. “Not only do we host the city’s … Continue reading

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Georgetown President Named

  Lexington, KY – M. Dwaine Greene has been named the 24th President of Georgetown College. He assumes the post October 21, 2013. His selection by the College’s Board of Trustees was announced Monday by Earl A. Goode, Board Chairman, … Continue reading

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Kentucky Ranks Third in the Nation for Mid-Year Automotive Production

Lexington, KY – With more than 657,000 vehicles produced so far in 2013, Kentucky trails only Ohio and Michigan as a top automotive production state in the nation. On a per capita basis, however, Kentucky ranks first in light vehicle … Continue reading

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Corman to Launch Lexington Dinner Train

  Lexington, KY – The R. J. Corman Railroad Company has announced the launch of the R. J. Corman Lexington Dinner Train. The train’s inaugural run will be on August 14, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the original My … Continue reading

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Davis and Wall to Face Off at Rupp in NBA Preseason Game

Lexington, KY – The recently renamed New Orleans Pelicans featuring former UK players Anthony Davis and Daruis Miller will go up against the John Wall led Washington Wizards in an NBA preseason game this fall at Rupp Arena. Tickets for … Continue reading

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Centre Gets Quarter Billion Dollar Gift, Largest Ever to a Liberal Arts School

Lexington, KY – Centre College has received a gift of $250 million that will be used for scholarships to encourage entrepreneurship. The gift came in the form of stock in Universal Computer Systems Holding, Inc. (Reynolds and Reynolds) from the … Continue reading

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Lexington Beerworks Plans Expansion, Food Service

  Lexington, KY – After opening in early 2012, the owners of Lexington Beerworks are planning on expanding the services the craft and specialty beer bar offers, including adding food service. Along with being a bar, Lexington Beerworks, located on … Continue reading

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11th Annual Minority Business Expo to Kick Off

Lexington, KY – The Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo will have its 11th installment on Aug. 1 and 2, providing an opportunity for minority and female business owners to showcase their products and services to government procurement officers and … Continue reading

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Kentucky Gets Nearly $1.3 Million Grant to Help Unemployed Return to Work

Lexington, KY – The U.S. Department of Labor has granted nearly $1.3 million for Kentucky Career Centers to continue the Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) initiative for unemployed Kentuckians receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits. The $1,282,591 grant will be used to … Continue reading

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Link-Belt Excavator Company, LBX, Announces Change in Leadership

Lexington, KY – LBX Company, maker of Link-Belt excavators has announced that Eric Sauvage (right) will succeed Robert Harvell as President and Chief Executive Officer, following his retirement at the end of the year. In 1976 Harvell joined what is … Continue reading

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Jack Kelly, Initial WEG CEO, Made Lexington His Home

  Lexington, KY – Jack Kelly came into Lexington as the first CEO of the Alltech World Equestrian Games Kentucky 2010 with a resume as impressive as his personality. Born and raised in suburban Boston, his northeastern style – and … Continue reading

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New Book Recounts Intoxicating History of Notorious Chevy Chase Inn

Lexington, KY – In August 2011, as the early morning hours crept upon the Chevy Chase Inn (CCI) on Euclid Avenue, Sarah Razor had an epiphany for her first book. Standing in the doorway of the CCI, she observed the … Continue reading

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Lexmark’s Second Quarter Indicative of Company Changes, CEO Says

Lexington, KY – Lexmark’s CEO said second quarter earnings were a good indication that moves the company has been making over the last few years are paying off. Revenue in for the second quarter of 2013 hit $890 million, down 3 … Continue reading

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Economic Development Cabinet Creates Office of Entrepreneurship

Lexington, KY – The Cabinet for Economic Development has created the Office of Entrepreneurship within the Cabinet’s Department for Business Development in an effort to streamline and bolster business development in the state. The office will aim to help businesses … Continue reading

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UK and UofL Developing Joint Executive MBA Program

Lexington, KY – Kentucky’s two largest business schools are developing a plan to offer the state’s first joint master of business administration (MBA) program for executives. David Blackwell, dean of the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, … Continue reading

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Lexington Developer Donald W. Webb Passes Away

Lexington, KY – Donald W. Webb, co-founder of The Webb Companies, has died at 74 of complications from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Webb, along with his brother, Dudley, led the development of many of Lexington’s major downtown projects, including the Lexington … Continue reading

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Blue Stallion Brewing Company Ready to Open

  Lexington, KY – Nestled just off Newtown Pike along a rehabbed industrial corridor on Third Street, the five owners of Blue Stallion Brewing Company are expecting a crowd. The crowd for Wednesday’s grand opening celebration will be a welcome … Continue reading

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Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee, Creator of Blanton’s, Passes at 93

  Lexington, KY – Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky., announced Tuesday morning the passing of its Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee, credited with bringing about a new era in bourbon with the release of Blanton’s in 1984. Lee, … Continue reading

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Fasig-Tipton’s New Sale Format Sets High Bar

Lexington, KY – Fasig-Tipton’s new format for its July 15 sale was met with resounding approval from buyers as the combined auction of yearlings and horses in training finished with strong numbers. This year’s yearling sale saw total receipts down … Continue reading

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Toyota Looking for 100 Nonprofits to Give Cars

Lexington, KY – Toyota is getting ready for its third annual 100 Cars for Good program, in which the automaker heads to social media to allow nonprofits to make their pitch as to why they should be given one of … Continue reading

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Republic Bank to Purchase H&R Block Bank

Lexington, KY – Republic Bank & Trust Company, a Louisville-based bank with six locations in Lexington, has reached an agreement to purchase and assume the deposits of H&R Block Bank. The banking arm of the tax-filing company has a single … Continue reading

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How Lexington Can Pay for a Re-Imagined Rupp Arena Should Be Clear By Summer’s End

  Lexington, KY – A “bulletproof” plan to fund a re-imagined Rupp Arena and the adjacent convention center should be released in the next 30 to 45 days, according to Brent Rice, the chairman of the Lexington Center Board and … Continue reading

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Details Released on an Updated CentrePointe as Council Approves TIF Changes

Lexington, KY – Updated plans for CentrePointe call for a 286 room hotel with around a dozen condos on Vine Street in addition to nearly 100 apartments to be built along Main Street with more than 10,000 square feet of … Continue reading

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Beshear and Gray to Make Announcement About Rupp Arena and Convention Center

City Issues RFP to sell naming rights of convention center   Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray will be joined by Gov. Steve Beshear and the chair of the Lexington Center’s board to announce plans concerning the future of Rupp … Continue reading

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Food Trucks Find a Permanent Place to Park

Lexington, KY – Made popular on the streets of Lexington as mobile food merchants, a number of Lexington vendors have found a permanent place to park their trucks and sell their food. La Petite Creperie first showed up at the … Continue reading

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More than 100 State Dairy Farms to Supply Branded Kentucky Milk to Walmart

Lexington, KY – A group of Kentucky dairy farms processed by Prairie Farms Dairy in Somerset, Ky., have teamed up with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to launch the Udderly Kentucky brand of milk, currently available in 32 Walmarts in … Continue reading

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Xerox Looking to Hire 100 for ACA Related Jobs

Lexington, KY – Xerox has announced it will hire 100 people for its Lexington presence, a part of Xerox formerly known as ACS that fulfills contract work for other companies. These 100 jobs will support the Kentucky’s Health Benefit Exchange, … Continue reading

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Wine + Market Owners Soon to Open Wine Bar

  Lexington, KY – The idea to open a cosmopolitan wine and tapas bar predates their purchase of Wine + Market on Second and Jefferson in 2011, but when the Wingspan Gallery directly across from their wine shop became available, … Continue reading

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New Mobile Friendly Secretary of State Website Launched

Lexington, KY – Businesses looking to search and file reports and those looking to submit forms for political candidacy will discover a redesigned website for the Kentucky Secretary of State that launched Tuesday. The new sos.ky.gov “offers many of the … Continue reading

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Insight Email Addresses to be Shutdown if Not Converted

Lexington, KY – People and businesses using Insight email addresses through insightbb.com will have to change them by July 8 or have their emails shut down. As part of Insight’s sale and transition to Time Warner Cable, both myinsight.com and … Continue reading

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Firearms Company Expands in Winchester

Lexington, KY – J&T Distributing, a maker of personal and tactical weapons in Winchester is planning to add 15 full-time jobs and invest more than $3.6 million in Clark County where the company is based. In operation since 1980, J&T … Continue reading

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La Petite Creperie Brings Affordable French Cuisine to the Bluegrass | Column

Lexington, KY – The Lexington restaurant scene has a new player that will enrich the area on both a cultural and culinary dimension. In late June, Lexington Francophiles Shannon Arnold and Linda Chambers opened La Petite Creperie, which is a … Continue reading

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State Panel Considers New CentrePointe TIF, Approves Incentives for New Area Jobs

Frankfort, KY – New incentives are under consideration for the long-awaited CentrePointe development. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority met Thursday to consider an impact report on tax increment financing (TIF) for a redesigned CentrePointe, a mixed-use development in the … Continue reading

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Old Vine Building Finds Synergy with New Additions

Lexington, KY – Burk Kessinger’s Wines on Vine has called Old Vine Street home for around a decade. He’s even called it home for a few years too, after moving into a condo above his wine shop and bistro. But … Continue reading

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Businesses Reminded to File Annual Report by July 1

Lexington, KY – Kentucky businesses have less than one week to file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s office and pay the accompanying $15 filing fee. More than 60 percent, or roughly 122,000 entities, had already filed for … Continue reading

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Fazoli’s CEO Named Executive of the Year at American Business Awards

Lexington, KY – Carl Howard, president and CEO of Lexington-based Fazoli’s, was named Executive of the Year in the food and beverage category of the American Business Awards in Chicago on June 17. A release from Fazoli’s credits Howard with … Continue reading

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University of Kentucky to Host Sustainable Manufacturing Forum

Lexington, KY – The Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing at the University of Kentucky will host the Third International Forum on Sustainable Manufacturing on Friday, Aug. 9. The forum will bring together nationally and internationally known experts in sustainable manufacturing from … Continue reading

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Beshear Calls Special Session of the Legislature for Redistricting

Lexington, KY - Gov. Steve Beshear has called a special session to begin in mid-August for the Kentucky General Assembly to consider legislative and judicial voting districts. Legislative redistricting is required every decade in accordance with findings from the US Census … Continue reading

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Lexington Doctor Hoven to be Inaugurated President of American Medical Association

Lexington, KY – Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, will be installed as president of the American Medical Association (AMA) at its annual meeting Tuesday night in Chicago. A graduate of the University … Continue reading

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Toyota Ups Commitment to $1 Million for Early Childhood Education in Kentucky

Lexington, Ky – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America are providing funding to United Way of Kentucky to expand the Toyota bornlearning Academies, which launched last fall at 10 Kentucky elementary schools. … Continue reading

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Economic Development Leaders Lobby Washington

Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) is in Washington to talk with Kentucky’s federal delegation about issues surrounding regional economic development and job creation. The fly-in, a first for KAED, has an agenda that spans Monday … Continue reading

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Maseratis to Overtake the Courthouse for Concours

Lexington, KY – In advance of the 10th Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, Italian supercars new and old will take over the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza on Limestone Friday night. Free to the public, the Maserati Mingle will include a variety … Continue reading

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Transylvania University President to Resign

  Lexington, KY – Transylvania University President R. Owen Williams will step down after the 2013-2014 academic year, the chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, William T. Young Jr., announced on Monday. “The Board of Trustees fully supports Dr. … Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical Company Catalent to Add 90 Jobs in Winchester

Lexington, KY – Catalent Pharma Solutions LLC is expanding operations, adding 90 jobs and investing more than $35 million in its Winchester facility. It’s current 100,000 square foot building on Enterprise Drive in Winchester will be expanded to 180,000 square-feet … Continue reading

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After 14 Years in Business, Big Ass Fans Sells 100,000th Fan

  Lexington, KY – Crediting its smaller line of fans that service commercial and residential needs, Big Ass Fans has announced the sale of its 100,000th fan. “Big Ass Fans initially focused on keeping industrial buildings comfortable, but our customers … Continue reading

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Athenian Grill Hits Kickstarter Goal, Goes for More

  Lexington, KY – After making the decision to open up a bricks-and-mortar restaurant, mobile food merchant Ilias Pappas worried an online fundraising campaign would fizzle out and possibly jeopardize his plans. “Midway through the campaign, I really got stressed. … Continue reading

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NetGain Acquires St. Louis IT Company

Lexington, KY – NetGain Technologies has acquired NCD Tech, a managed IT services provider and business technology consulting company based in St. Louis, Mo. The expansion into the St. Louis market brings great potential and opportunity for NetGain, said NetGain … Continue reading

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DLC to Host Two-Way Streets Forum

Lexington, KY – The Downtown Lexington Corporation will host its second quarterly Discuss Downtown forum on Wednesday morning with a focus on the debate of converting one-way streets in Lexington’s core to two-way and its impact on downtown revitalization. A … Continue reading

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Commerce Lexington Launches Minority Business Accelerator

Lexington, KY – Commerce Lexington has launched a new Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) to aid in the process of connecting minority-owned businesses with larger companies. The accelerator is designed to “deliver more sizeable and scalable MBEs (minority business enterprises) to … Continue reading

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UPDATE | West Sixth Alters Logo as Lawsuit with Magic Hat is Settled

  Lexington, KY – Lexington-based West Sixth Brewing Co. has altered its logo, removing an eight-pointed compass star on the same day it was announced it had resolved a lawsuit filed against it for trademark infringement by the makers of … Continue reading

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Committee to Interview Possible Rupp/Convention Center Architects and Builders

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray and members of a selection committee appointed by Lexington Center Corp. have announced they’ve received bids from architectural and construction management teams to redesign and rebuild Rupp Arena and the convention center. There are … Continue reading

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Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital to Acquire Saratoga-Based Veterinary Service

Lexington, KY – Lexington-based Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital has agreed to purchase Saratoga Equine Veterinary Service, expanding its presence around the storied Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York. Founded in 1996, Saratoga Equine opened a surgical and diagnostic … Continue reading

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State Wins Economic Development Award

Frankfort, KY – Area Development magazine, an economic development trade publication, has recognized Kentucky with a Silver Shovel Award, acknowledging the state as one of the most successful states in creating jobs and securing investments in new and expanding facilities … Continue reading

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Aesthetics and Appetites Collide at County Club

  Lexington, KY – Only a few weeks after the opening of County Club, co-owner and chef Johnny Shipley appeared to be right at home. Wearing a trucker hat and a plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up, he chatted … Continue reading

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State Medicaid Officials: New System is Improving Health, Tell Providers to Meet with MCOs to get Paid

Lexington, KY – At the latest in a series of forums on Medicaid managed care, state officials said the new system has improved the quality of care, but you could cut the tension with a scalpel in the packed auditorium at … Continue reading

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Magic Hat to Court: West Sixth Social Media Campaign ‘Caused Enormous Financial Damage’

  Lexington, KY – Earlier this week, Magic Hat filed a motion for preliminary injunction related to its lawsuit against Lexington-based West Sixth Brewery, stating that the local brewery has launched “a massive advertising effort and social media smear campaign” … Continue reading

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Festival to Highlight Bluegrass in the Bluegrass Starts Next Week

Lexington, KY – Organizers of Best of Bluegrass (BOB), the inaugural weeklong showcase of bluegrass music taking place in Lexington, have announced specific plans for the event that’s aimed at upping the profile of Bluegrass music in the region the … Continue reading

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Lexington Business Helps Mitigate Deadly Cancer Risk

Lexington, KY – Sometimes life deals us a severe emotional setback such as the unexpected and shocking death of a loved one. Lois Turner Dees of Lexington knows the feeling too well. Her husband, Larry Turner, an associate dean and … Continue reading

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Column | Medicaid Managed Care: Where Is It Going?

In November 2011, 560,000 Kentucky citizens were placed in a new Medicaid managed care program. In January 2014 they will be joined by approximately 300,000 more Kentuckians who will become Medicaid eligible under the Affordable Care Act, or “ObamaCare.” The … Continue reading

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Media outlets partner with American Red Cross for KENTUCKY CARES: Oklahoma Tornado Relief

The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross along with promotional partners WLEX, WKYT, WTVQ, WDKY, Clear Channel Communications, Cumulus Broadcasting, LM Communications, the Lexington Herald-Leader, and Smiley Pete Publishing are joining together to raise money for Oklahoma Tornado Relief. … Continue reading

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West Sixth Brewery Sued by Magic Hat for Trade Mark Infringement

  Lexington, KY – One-year-old West Sixth Brewery is facing a lawsuit from Magic Hat Brewery claiming the Lexington brewer copied the logo for one of its beers. Magic Hat asks for “West Sixth to account for and to pay … Continue reading

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Food Trucks Issue Heating Up In Front of Council

Lexington, KY – Starting with Tuesday afternoon’s council work session and continuing at Thursday night’s council meeting, the issue of food trucks will be debated. The council will be considering a pilot program brought forth by a Food Truck Work … Continue reading

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Wayfinding Signs to Debut Downtown for Pedestrians

Lexington, KY – While large-scale wayfinding signs have been in place for drivers around Lexington for a few years, a pilot program to be launched this summer will put smaller ones on downtown sidewalks for those on foot. Eight four-sided … Continue reading

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New Furlongs Restaurant Near Mall Closely Tied to Downtown Original

Tommy Walters, who recently re-opened his Furlongs cajun restaurant, was looking over an original menu from the restaurant when it opened in 1993 that his daughter and business partner Emilee Sierp had found, and they both noticed striking similarities with … Continue reading

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Work Still Ahead Before Construction at CentrePointe is Official

Lexington, KY - Late Friday night, developer Dudley Webb said despite a twitter proclamation from Cincinnati restauranteur Jeff Ruby, work is not imminent for the CentrePointe block in downtown Lexington. Shortly before 2 Friday afternoon, Ruby, the owner of steakhouses and … Continue reading

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Graeter’s Opens Second Lexington Location

Lexington, KY – Graeter’s is once again serving ice cream in the Hamburg area as the Louisville-based franchisee of the Cincinnati ice cream institution has opened its second location in Lexington. The new location at 1925 Justice Drive, near Malone’s … Continue reading

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State Auditor to Investigate Health Clinic Real Estate Deal

Lexington, KY – A troubled plan to build a public health clinic on Southland Drive will be the focus of an investigation by State Auditor Adam Edelen upon request from Mayor Jim Gray. HealthFirst, a nonprofit primary care clinic that … Continue reading

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Living Arts and Science Center Completes $1 Million Match

  Lexington, KY – The Living Arts and Science Center (LASC) has completed a $1 million matching grant from the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation and has surpassed the halfway point of its $5 million capital campaign. In … Continue reading

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Xerox Adding 250 Jobs in Lexington

Lexington, KY – Xerox has announced its hiring 250 full-time employees in Lexington. Hiring is already underway at its Yorkshire Blvd. facility. Those hired for Xerox’s Lexington presence, a part of Xerox formerly known as ACS, will do work for … Continue reading

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Lack of Entries Leads to Cancellation of High Hope Steeplechase

Lexington, KY – The 46th High Hope Steeplechase, set for Sunday, May 19, has been canceled by the event’s board of directors in a decision Friday afternoon. The day-long annual event at the Kentucky Horse Park includes terrier races and … Continue reading

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Inaugural Craft Beer Week on Tap

Lexington, KY – A week honoring craft beer from around the world and those crafted locally will start on Monday, May 13. Put together by LexBeerScene.com with sponsors tadoo.com, West Sixth Brewing Company, Drake’s and Kentucky Ale, Lexington Craft Beer … Continue reading

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Chase Economist Says Investment Climate is Better

Lexington, KY – “The U.S. economy is doing very well. But the word ‘well’ is a relative thing,” according to Anthony Chan, chief economist for private wealth management at JPMorgan Chase. “We look at economic growth this year of not … Continue reading

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Companies Challenged to Ditch Cars for Bikes in May

This year’s Bike Lexington Commuter Challenge is underway. The event is a competition to see who can log the most bike commutes and which businesses can encourage the most bicycle commuting during the month of May. Any business, nonprofit, organization … Continue reading

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Business-Focused Health-Care Reform Seminars This Week

Lexington, KY – Experts on the impact of federal health-care reform on business will present advice to Kentucky companies at half-day seminars in Lexington May 8, and Louisville on the 9th. Online registration is still available for each half-day seminar … Continue reading

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Hospice of the Bluegrass Announces Sequester-Related Layoffs

Lexington, KY – Hospice of the Bluegrass announced Friday morning that it will reduce staff by 2.5 percent, a total of 16 positions. A release from the organization that provides end-of-life care states hospice programs nationally have faced significant cuts … Continue reading

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University of Denver Dean Named UK Provost

  Lexington, KY – Christine Riordan, dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, has accepted an offer to become the University of Kentucky’s next Provost. According to a release from the university, Riordan’s appointment as … Continue reading

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Downtown Parking Garage to Reopen Monday

Lexington, KY – After months of renovations and shoring-up the structure, the city’s downtown parking garage adjacent to the County Clerk and Police Department is set to reopen as “the Helix Garage” to pay homage to its signature spiral exit … Continue reading

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Final Prep Race Ends Run-Up to the Roses

Lexington, KY – With just a week left before the Run for the Roses, Churchill Downs hosted the last Kentucky Derby prep race on Saturday, April 27. The Grade 3 Derby Trial Stakes is the last opportunity for trainers to … Continue reading

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Richmond Downtown Association Follows Thursday Night Live Trend

Richmond, KY – The Richmond Downtown Association has partnered with local businesses in downtown Richmond on and around Main Street to create a weekly Thursday Night Live event to help promote business and draw customers out for a night on … Continue reading

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Parking Authority Cuts Meter Rates, Boosts Time Limits

Lexington, KY  – The Lexington and Fayette County Parking Authority Board of Commissioners recently approved a proposal to decrease  parking meter rates in three meter districts and increase the time limits in a fourth district. Using statistical data collected by its … Continue reading

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Tiffany & Co. to Expand in Lexington, Add 75 Jobs

Lexington, KY -  Tiffany & Co. is expanding manufacturing operations in Lexington, creating 75 new, full-time jobs and investing $2 million in the state, the company announced today at a press conference attended by Governor Steve Beshear and Mayor Jim … Continue reading

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Former Mayor Newberry Among Finalists to Lead Georgetown

Georgetown, Ky. – A twelve-member search committee made up of representatives from the Georgetown College board of trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, parents council, and student body has selected three candidates to choose among as a successor to retiring president William H. … Continue reading

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Louisville’s Fischer Announces Plans to Seek Second Term as Mayor

Lexington, KY – In a Tuesday afternoon release sent by his campaign’s finance director, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has announced his intentions to seek a second term as mayor of the commonwealth’s largest city. Fischer won election in 2010 to … Continue reading

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LBAR Announces $306 Million in Sales for Q1

Lexington, KY – The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) reported 1,859 residential sales totaling $306,344,567 around the Bluegrass in the first quarter of 2013. Residential sales increased 22 percent in the first quarter of 2013 versus the first quarter 2012, … Continue reading

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Lexmark Earnings Boosted by Delayed Tax Credit

Lexington, KY – Bolstered in part by a delayed tax credit that dragged down Lexmark’s fourth quarter earnings, the Lexington-based solutions company reported results on the high end of company expectations. “It was a solid and busy first quarter for … Continue reading

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Alfalfa Restaurant Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Lexington, KY – Alfalfa Restaurant, which has been serving Lexingtonians consistently since 1973, will celebrate 40 years in business on April 28. “We’ll open the doors around three in the afternoon, and go til about 10,” said Jim Happ, who … Continue reading

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Study: Many Kentuckians Lack Access to Dental Care

Lexington, KY – There are approximately 4-million people in Kentucky and 1.7 million of them have no dental insurance. That’s more than 10 times the number of people who attended the 2012 Kentucky Derby, according to a new study funded … Continue reading

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Toyota Expansion Could Boost State’s Auto Suppliers

Following recent expansions at Ford in Louisville and the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant, an announcement of Toyota’s expansion further augments the automotive industry’s place in providing Kentuckians with jobs. Toyota’s $360 million expansion to build the Lexus ES … Continue reading

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24-Hour Online Giving Event to Benefit State Nonprofits

Kentuckians will be able to donate money to their favorite charities and causes during a 24-hour online fundraising event Wednesday. Called Kentucky Gives Day, the event is coordinated by Kentucky Nonprofit Network Inc., the state’s association of nonprofits. The giving … Continue reading

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Student Art Project Aims to Democratize Local Visioning

Lexington, KY – In recent years, many in Lexington have demonstrated a fondness for ideas and various approaches to “visioning” a strategy for their city’s future. Results have ranged from the Legacy Trail to the growth of downtown entertainment. The … Continue reading

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PTMY | Carey Smith, CEO of Big Ass Fans  

What was your first job? My first job as a self-employed person was at age 9 selling Christmas cards (via an ad in Boy’s Life magazine) door-to-door to raise money to add to my stamp collection. What is a business lesson … Continue reading

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Kentucky Theatre Fundraiser Canceled; Star Can’t Make It

Lexington, Ky –  A fundraising event scheduled for Friday, April 26, and hosted by the Friends of the Kentucky Theatre (“Friends”) has been canceled due to an unexpected schedule change for Lexington native and Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon. On … Continue reading

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Lexington’s First Federal Bank Fails, Assets Sold to Indiana Bank

Lexington, KY – First Federal Bank, with locations in Hamburg, on Lane Allen, Landsdowne, downtown and Leestown has been shutdown by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement … Continue reading

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Biotech firm opens new headquarters downtown 

  Lexington, KY – The biotech firm Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals Inc.  has opened headquarters  in downtown Lexington. Dr. Eric Ostertag, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Transposagen, said the company chose the location in West Jefferson Place on Second Street because … Continue reading

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Toyota Georgetown Plant to Start Production on Lexus ES 350 in 2015

Georgetown, KY – Toyota has announced its Georgetown plant will begin production on Toyota’s luxury line, Lexus, starting in 2015. Along with the approximately 50,000 Lexus ES 350s a year, Toyota announced Friday morning it will be adding 750 jobs … Continue reading

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Council caps college tuition increase at 3 percent

Frankfort, Ky – The Council on Postsecondary Education approved a 3 percent ceiling for tuition increases for the coming academic year for in-state undergraduate students at Kentucky’s public colleges and universities. It’s the smallest average tuition increase for Kentucky public … Continue reading

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Bingham McCutchen Officially Opens Lexington Service Center

Lexington, KY – Boston-based law firm Bingham McCutchen has cut the ribbon on its Global Services Center at UK’s Coldstream Research Campus. The center, meant to house much of the operations and back of house administration for the international law … Continue reading

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“Two-waying” downtown streets still up in the air

There’s still no consensus among Lexington leaders over changing traffic flow in downtown.  Another study into converting some one-way streets to two-way travel is in progress. Vice Mayor Linda Gorton says it remains an issue up for debate. “There’s still … Continue reading

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UPDATE | American Airlines Computer Glitch Leaves Planes Grounded

(Updated info at the bottom of second page) Lexington, KY – A glitch in American Airlines’ computer reservation system has forced the carrier to ground all flights until at least “later this afternoon.” The Dallas-based airline began experiencing computer problems … Continue reading

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New Foundation to Support Innovation in Kentucky Education


Frankfort, KY – Business, government and education leaders gathered at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Frankfort on Monday to announce the launch of a new non-profit organization that will encourage and support innovative new approaches in Kentucky classrooms. … Continue reading

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Java’s War Set for Kentucky Derby Battle After Blue Grass Win

Lexington, KY – The road to the Kentucky Derby continued on Saturday at Keeneland with the Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, where Java’s War locked his spot in the Derby starting gates. This year’s Kentucky Derby points system, which … Continue reading

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NBC Exec to Head Viamedia Affiliate Relations, Business Development

Lexington, KY – Lexington-based Viamedia, a top independent cable industry rep firm and provider of online advertising services, announced the appointment of former NBCUniversal executive Brian Hunt as Senior Vice President of Affiliate Relations & Business Development for Viamedia. Hunt … Continue reading

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Lexington’s Krebs Among Lawyers Lobbying for Immigration Reform

Lexington, KY – Six Kentucky lawyers, members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), have returned from Washington, D.C. after visiting Congressional offices to make the case for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. “America’s immigration system is dysfunctional … Continue reading

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Baptist Health Lexington Honored for Stroke Care

Lexington, KY – Baptist Health Lexington, formerly Central Baptist, has received the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award was given for Baptist Health Lexington’s implementation of ensuring stroke patients receive … Continue reading

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PTMY | Ouita Michel, Chef, Owner of The Holly Hill Family of Restaurants

What is a favorite childhood memory? Spending summers with my Grandmother, eating her ice box cookies with ice cream on her patio as dusk settled in, making popcorn over a fire in the out door popper. There was no better … Continue reading

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Second court ruling imperils libraries

A second judge’s ruling that overturned how a Northern Kentucky library district can set its property tax has spiked fears across the state that many libraries could be in serious jeopardy. “For now, it’s business as usual,” said Dave Schroeder, … Continue reading

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Craft Beer Brewers Lead Charge in Sustainable Growth and Area Pride

During the latter part of the 20th century, attempts to rejuvenate the city’s commercial night-life scene lacked a glutinous ingredient that could sustain diversity and long-term growth. Lexington flirted with local micro-brews, including Lexington City Brewery’s Smiley Pete Stout and … Continue reading

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West Sixth Experiences Unexpected Growth in its First Year

The plan was for the first 100,000 cans to last a while before a second order was needed. But just a few months into production at West Sixth Brewing Company, co-owner Ben Self said he and his partners were having … Continue reading

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Immigration Reform Rally Held in Downtown Lexington

Lexington, Ky – Dozens of protesters gathered in downtown Lexington Wednesday, waving flags and calling for immigration reform. It was unseasonably warm as one corner of Triangle Park filled with hundreds of immigration reform supporters.  Speakers chanted into a public … Continue reading

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Mayor Proposes Budget for 2013-14

Lexington, KY – In a speech before Urban County Council, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray laid out his plans for a budget that would run the city from July through next June. In his address, Gray stated a desire to lower … Continue reading

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Keeneland April Two-Year-Old Sale Off and Racing

Lexington, KY – Keeneland’s one-day sale of two-year-olds in training finished well ahead of last year’s figures. Both gross sales ($11,640,000) and the average price ($197,288) were up 19.3 percent from last year’s figures, while the median price jumped 25 … Continue reading

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Cut in Military Body Armor Funds Results in Layoffs at Ceradyne

Lexington, KY – Budget cuts at the Department of Defense have resulted in reduced funding for military body armor. And an economic casualty is being felt in Lexington. Body armor manufacturer Ceradyne will lay off 93 employees at its Lexington … Continue reading

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Toyota Launches Spy Theme Ads for New Avalon with Former Star of ‘The Wire’

Lexington, KY – After launching a sleek redesign for its top-of-the-line Avalon, Toyota has unleashed a slick new campaign for the Georgetown made vehicle. The campaign, titled “Only the Name Remains,” will play out over the next year in a … Continue reading

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Clean Energy Advocates Talk Climate Change at UK Forum

Lexington, KY – We hear about climate change all the time. It’s on the news, talk shows and the Internet and it almost always seems to involve people arguing with each other. One person says it’s getting warmer, another person … Continue reading

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Business-Focused Health-Care Reform Seminars in May


Experts on the impact of federal health-care reform on business will present advice to Kentucky companies at half-day seminars in Lexington and Louisville on May 8 and 9. Each half-day seminar will tackle the Affordable Care Act and the effect … Continue reading

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$100,000 in Prizes and Awards in Student Business Plan Competition

Lexington, KY – On April 12th and 13th, 19 teams from seven public universities across the Commonwealth will compete for $100,000 in prizes.  The Idea State U competition involves students attending Kentucky’s public universities and provides cash awards to student teams … Continue reading

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Oscar-Nominated Lex Native to Attend Film Premier at Kentucky Theatre

Lexington, KY – Film actor and Lexington native Michael Shannon will be on hand for a special fundraising event hosted by Friends of the Kentucky Theatre. The group is working to raise $1.5 million for critical technology upgrades and other … Continue reading

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Good Food, Music all in the Cause of Better Reading and Writing

Lexington, Ky – Business Lexington and contributing writer Janet Holloway will host a happy hour benefit for the Carnegie Center Cycle of Literacy Campaign on Wednesday, April 17 at Smiley Pete Publishing headquarters, 434 Old Vine Street in Lexington. The … Continue reading

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EKU Names Michael Benson President

Richmond, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents voted unanimously today to name Dr. Michael T. Benson president. The selection of Benson, currently the president of Southern Utah University and a highly successful fundraiser, came during a special … Continue reading

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Urban Collage Merges with Lord, Aeck & Sargent

Lexington, Ky – Urban Collage (UC), one of the largest urban and campus planning and design firms in the southeast, and the architecture firm of Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS)  today closed on a merger that introduces a new player … Continue reading

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Explorium, Victorian Square sign new lease

Lexington, Ky – Explorium of Lexington today signed a long-term lease to remain at Victorian Square. The tenancy of the children’s museum had been in question as the downtown retail center was recently sold to the Webb Companies in partnership … Continue reading

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Lexmark Sells Inkjet Division to Japanese Company for $100 Million

Lexington, KY – Lexmark International is selling the inkjet printer division it shutdown last summer to Osaka-based Funai Electric Company for approximately $100 million. The transaction will not negatively affect workers in Lexington, according to Lexmark spokesman Jerry Grasso. In … Continue reading

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State Adopts New Test for Mortgage Professionals

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions is now using the new uniform state test component for mortgage loan originators and processors. Kentucky is among 25 states to adopt the new test. Previously, mortgage loan originators not only … Continue reading

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Hemp Legislation Passes in 11th Hour of General Assembly Session

Frankfort, KY – It had a finish fitting of March Madness as time ran down on the legislative clock and a last second shot to pass the hemp bill (Senate Bill 50) hit nothing but net. But the outcome of … Continue reading

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Is Kentucky Ready for Hemp as an Engine of Economic Development?

Lexington, KY – Between the ages of eight and fifteen, I went to summer camp on a Jessamine County farm where industrial hemp had been grown in an earlier generation. In the underbrush, the occasional reminder could be found of … Continue reading

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Top Economist to Speak on National, Local Housing Markets

Lexington, KY – Dr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors will be in Lexington on Friday to discuss the national and central Kentucky housing market. Yun will speak at the offices of Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors … Continue reading

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Chief Bastin at Lexington Forum on Guns, Heroin and Crime Trends

Lexington, KY – With gun violence much in the news these days Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin will be talking candidly at the next Lexington Forum breakfast about crimes involving guns and other weapons, the recent resurgence of heroin, and … Continue reading

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Small-Town Millersburg Tries to Survive

Despite the loss of 160 jobs in a downsizing by local employer Joy Global, Millersburg residents are optimistic the town can survive   The challenges facing the coal-mining supply industry have landed like a boulder in the middle of a central … Continue reading

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Second 5 Year Strategic Plan for Agriculture Unveiled

Much of the success the state’s agriculture industry has enjoyed is due in part to having good operating plans — one of them being a five-year strategic plan initiated by the Kentucky Agriculture Council (KAC). The group recently presented Gov. … Continue reading

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Saul Good to open downtown location

Lexington, KY – The soon-to-be renovated Victorian Square in downtown Lexington has its first new tenant. Saul Good Restaurant & Pub has announced plans to open a restaurant at 123 N. Broadway at the corner of Broadway and Short Street … Continue reading

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