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Village Host Pizza to Close, Rebrand

Lexington, KY – Near its four-year mark in business, Village Host Pizza owner Evan Trommer has decided to close the Old Vine restaurant that has proven to be a popular lunch spot so he can reopen under a different brand … Continue reading

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Former UK President Joins Louisville Software Company

Lee T. Todd, Jr. former president of the University of Kentucky has joined Louisville software company FacilityOne according to Louisville’s Business First. Todd stayed on as a faculty member at UK after retiring as president in 2011, but has recently … Continue reading

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State Names First ‘Build-Ready’ Site

Robards, KY  – Gov. Steve Beshear Monday joined community leaders to announce that Henderson County is home to the first industrial site to be officially certified under Kentucky’s new Build-Ready program. Build-Ready, launched by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development … Continue reading

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Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale Breaks Records

Lexington, KY – In perhaps another demonstration of the Thoroughbred bloodstock market’s resurgence, Fasig-Tipton achieved record figures for another year at its October Yearling Sale, which ran Oct. 20 – 22. The auction wrapped up with total sales of $30,006,200 … Continue reading

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Keeneland and Red Mile Partner for Single Gaming Facility

Lexington, KY – Keeneland and the Red Mile have announced rather than competing with each other for instant racing games, the two would partner to open a single facility with 1,000 terminals at the Red Mile to benefit the purses … Continue reading

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LexArts Names New President and CEO

Lexington, KY – Ellen “Nan” Plummer, former executive director of the Arkansas Arts Center, has been named as the new president and CEO of LexArts. Plummer, who will start her new job on November 17, is currently a senior development … Continue reading

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Study Shows Bourbon Packs a Punch for State’s Economy

Lexington, KY – In just the past two years, Kentucky’s bourbon industry has seen its workforce doubled and number of licensed distilleries tripled, according to a new report commissioned by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. … Continue reading

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Second #ShareTheLex Video Launched by VisitLex

Lexington, KY – After 25,000 tagged Instagram photos and tens of thousands of more Twitter and Facebook posts donning #ShareTheLex, VisitLex, Lexington’s convention and visitors’ bureau, has launched the second video aimed at increasing the city’s presence on social media. … Continue reading

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Lexmark’s Strategic Shift Pushes Revenue Growth in Third Quarter

Lexington, KY – The third quarter of 2014 for Lexmark International saw revenues grow 3 percent year over year on the back of 12 percent growth in its managed print services and 46 percent growth in its Perceptive Software division, … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Real Estate Sales Hit $1.35 Billion in Q3

Lexington, KY – The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) has reported third-quarter real-estate sales of $712,866,015 in Fayette County and $1,352,333,372 in central Kentucky. Residential sales in Fayette County fell 5 percent in September as compared to last year, from … Continue reading

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Kentucky Horse Park Names New Executive Director

Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Horse Park Commission has chosen Jamie Link, currently the deputy chief of staff for Gov. Steve Beshear, as the new executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “The Kentucky Horse Park Commission is very excited … Continue reading

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Lexington to Host Major 2016 Legislative Conference

Lexington, KY – Lexington will play host to an expected 1,500 conference goers as a part of the Southern Legislative Conference to be held in mid-July, 2016. The annual conference bringing together leadership from all government branches in the southern … Continue reading

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Churchill Threatens to Drop Month of Racing As Racing Commission Deadline Nears

Louisville, KY – On paper, the decision for Kentucky’s thoroughbred regulators about next year’s racing calendar might look simple. One track that runs a boutique meet — with the highest purses in the state for owners and trainers and with … Continue reading

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Lexington Entrepreneur Named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 List

Lexington, KY – Nate Morris, founder of Rubicon Global, a waste management system that is based around data analytics, has been named to Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list of top young professionals in the nation and abroad. “I am … Continue reading

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UK Lands $14.9 Million Contract to Study Patient Transitional Care

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky has been approved to lead a $14.9 million project from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to identify the most effective approaches for patient care transitions as they move between hospitals, nursing homes … Continue reading

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Former California Manufacturer Opens Business in Lexington

Lexington, KY – hydra, a manufacturer of aromatherapy and bath products to more than 2,000 retailers around the world, has moved its company headquarters from San Francisco to Lexington. The move, announced by Commerce Lexington and Mayor Jim Gray’s office … Continue reading

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Knight Foundation to Host Lexington Q&A as Part of $5 Million Challenge

Lexington, KY – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will hold a Q&A on Thursday, October 9 to discuss the Knight Cities Challenge, which is seeking new ideas for Lexington and the other 25 communities where the foundation … Continue reading

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Community Colleges win $10 Million Grant for Tech Training

Frankfort, KY – Training for a new career in a high-demand information technology field like mobile app development or medical billing may get faster and easier thanks to a new federal grant announced Monday. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded … Continue reading

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Final State Business Pitch Contest to be Held Wed. in Lexington

Lexington, KY – The final regional business pitch competition, which use a similar format as the reality TV show Shark Tank, will take place Wednesday afternoon at Commerce Lexington. Participants will have seven minutes to present their business idea to … Continue reading

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State Audit Finds ‘Chronic Mismanagement’ as FCPS

Lexington, KY – An examination of the Fayette County Public Schools by the state auditor’s office has found “chronic mismanagement” of the budget and finances for the school system that has contributed to the district’s financial instability, but no evidence … Continue reading

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KLC Looks to Form Side Corporation to Issue Bonds for CentrePointe Garage

Lexington, KY – The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has entered into an agreement with the Lexington Urban-County Council to allow a KLC side-corporation to issue bonds of up to $30 million for the construction of the three-story underground parking … Continue reading

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Town Branch Trail gets State Funds for Design and Construction

Lexington, KY – A trail that will one day connect downtown to Masterson Station Park has received a $6.5 million boost. To be built over 5.8 miles in six phases – the first two of which have been completed and … Continue reading

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First Book of Keeneland September Yearling Shows Tapit as Emerging Star Sire

The first book of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale wrapped up on Sept 11 with solid statistics, highlighted by a couple of prominent Kentucky-based bloodlines. Book 1 is the section of the sale with what Keeneland’s sales team estimates to be … Continue reading

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Xerox Adding 1,200 Jobs in Lexington, 400 to be Permanent

Lexington, KY – Xerox has announced it is adding 1,200 new permanent and temporary positions in the Lexington area by the end of the year to support their expanding client base. Positions will be for customer call center work serving … Continue reading

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City Launches Effort to be Speed Up the Web as a ‘Gigabit City’

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray’s administration is looking to throttle up Lexington’s web speeds and join the likes of Kansas City, Austin and Chattanooga as Gigabit Cities, cities with Internet speeds of 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps). Lexington Chief … Continue reading

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Electrolux CEO Mum on Plans For Louisville Appliance Park

Louisville, KY – Electrolux’s $3.3 billion deal to buy General Electric’s appliances division touched off a wave of questions Monday about the future of Louisville’s Appliance Park and its 6,000 workers. In announcing the sale agreement, Sweden-based Electrolux and GE … Continue reading

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Bar Association Foundation Grant Deadline Approaching for Non-Profits

Lexington, KY – The Fayette County Bar Association Foundation is seeking applications for its 2014 grant program for non-profits that have programs relating helping people access the legal system or to educate about it. The Fayette County Bar Association Foundation … Continue reading

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GE Sells Appliance Division That Employs Around 6,000 in Louisville

Lexington, KY – General Electric announced it’s selling its Louisville-based appliance division to Stockholm-based Electrolux for $3.3 billion. GE is positioning its departure from the consumer appliance industry as a plus as it looks to grow as an infrastructure and … Continue reading

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Lexmark Closer to Completing Acquisition of Swedish Tech Company

Lexington, KY – After the recent announcement that Lexmark’s competitor to buy Swedish tech firm ReadSoft had backed down, Lexmark announced Monday morning that has reached a deal with 98 percent of ReadSoft’s shareholders. Lexmark had announced offers of $182 … Continue reading

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Thai Orchid to Give Way to Restaurant Version of Owner’s Food Truck

Lexington, Ky – Just a month after celebrating it’s eighth anniversary, the owners Thai Orchid have announced the South Broadway restaurant will shift to a full service version of their food truck, Thai & Mighty Noodle Bowls. The switch, according … Continue reading

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UK Announces Largest Ever Gift Will Fund New Student Center

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky announced its single largest gift in the school’s nearly 150-year history Thursday morning in the soon-to-be renovated and reconstructed student center. Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton has pledged $20 million toward the $175 million … Continue reading

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UK, Aramark Launch $5 Million Partnership to Bolster State’s Food Economy

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky and Aramark have launched a $5 million partnership aimed at supporting Kentucky’s local food economy. The Food Connection at the University of Kentucky will partner with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, along with … Continue reading

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Airport Starts Taxiway Project with Building Relocations

Lexington, KY – Blue Grass Airport will construct a new $15 million maintenance building to house the airport’s snow removal equipment and other items as a part of a total $55 million to $70 million project to enhance LEX’s taxiway … Continue reading

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Lexington-Based Website Battles Sexism on Worldwide Scale

Lexington, KY – There was no moment, no one thing that made Drew Curtis say enough’s enough when it came to trying to end the foul treatment of women online, or at least on his corner of the Internet. Lexington’s … Continue reading

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BEAM Report Identifies Infrastructure Strengths, Needs In Lou/Lex Region

Lexington, KY – Aging roads and bridges, broadband Internet access and public transit options across the Bluegrass need improvement to keep the region economically competitive, according to a regional infrastructure assessment recently released by the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM). … Continue reading

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Host Committee Named for Keeneland Breeders’ Cup

Lexington, KY – The Breeders’ Cup announced the formation of the 2015 Keeneland Host Committee for next year’s World Championships. The Host Committee will be responsible for creating and coordinating events and activities to supplement the Breeders’ Cup to be … Continue reading

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Harry’s Lansdowne to be Replaced with New Concept from Malone’s Owners

Lexington, KY – The Bluegrass Hospitality Group (BHG), owners of Malone’s, Sal’s, Drake’s and Harry’s announced their original Harry’s location in the Lansdowne Shoppes will be closing to be replaced by a yet to be named new concept. Expected to … Continue reading

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Toyota Extends Discount Pricing to Employees of Suppliers

Lexington, KY – Employees and retirees of Toyota’s supplier companies are now eligible for preferred pricing on new Toyota vehicles purchased through Toyota dealers in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. announced that the Toyota Supplier Purchase … Continue reading

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Poll: Kynect Considered a Success, but Voters Haven’t Embraced it, and They Still Disapprove of the Affordable Care Act

Lexington, KY – A new poll again indicates that Kentuckians marginally approve of the state health-insurance exchange created under the federal health-reform law, but clearly disapprove of the law itself. The poll, taken Aug. 7-10, surveyed Kentuckians who said they … Continue reading

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82-Year-Old Commercial Assessor Retires After Nearly 30 Years with PVA

Lexington, KY – Fayette County PVA David O’Neill announced the retirement of Nelson Keesey, 82, who has served as a commercial assessor at the Property Valuation Administrator’s office since 1986. “He has been the embodiment of fair, consistent and reliable … Continue reading

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Labor Cabinet to Host Free Lexington OSHA Training

Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will offer free training courses on a variety of health and safety issues for workers and employers in Lexington in August. The morning and afternoon sessions, which will be held from August 25-28 … Continue reading

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Business Uses PGA Championship to Showcase More than the World’s Best Golfers

Lexington, KY – At golf’s major championships the laser focus of competitors is what often garners the spotlight. But at this past weekend’s PGA Championship at Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club, Lexington-based Lexmark International made its laser products and software the … Continue reading

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Chatham’s Southern Comfort Food Offering a Familiar Taste in a Familiar Place

Lexington, KY – On East High Street a new restaurant has opened in the space long occupied by Ramsey’s. Chatham’s Southern Comfort Food, owned by Charles Patterson, aims to serve up southern comfort food that’s even better than homemade. “It’s … Continue reading

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KU/LG&E Scrap Plans for Natural Gas Plant

Lexington, KY – Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities has decided not build a 700-megawatt generating natural gas plant in Muhlenberg County that it announced plans to build in January. The need for the for the facility that … Continue reading

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Lexmark Once Again Sweetens Offer in Bid to Buy Swedish Software Company

Lexington, KY – Lexington-based Lexmark International has once again increased its offer for outstanding shares of a publicly traded Swedish company it has been trying to purchase since May. This is the fourth such offer for stock in ReadSoft, a … Continue reading

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Midway College Launches Business School, Appoints Dean

Lexington, KY – Midway College has launched the School of Business, Equine and Sport Studies joining the schools of Health Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences at the institution. “In central Kentucky, the equine and sports industries are … Continue reading

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New Report Shows Instate University Students Tend to Stay in Kentucky, Earn More

A report released Tuesday from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) on the state’s eight public four-year universities shows that students from Kentucky were more likely to stay in the state to work than students from out-of-state. … Continue reading

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Makers of Fat Tire Beer Waiting Until 2015 to Sell in Kentucky

Lexington, KY – New Belgium Brewing, the makers of the popular beer Fat Tire have announced that the company will partner with Kentucky Eagle Distributing to sell in central Kentucky, but not until more than a year from now. In … Continue reading

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$1 Million Purse to be a First for a Keeneland Stakes Race

Lexington, KY – The Oct. 4th running of the Shadwell Turf Mile will mark the first time a stakes race at Keeneland will carry a seven-figure purse. In partnership with Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm, Keeneland announced … Continue reading

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LBAR Launches Mobile App for Real Estate Hunters

Lexington, KY –Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) has launched a mobile app, LBAR Homes, to allow house hunters and industry professionals to view all homes for sale or rent in the Bluegrass. “Close to half of all Internet usage now … Continue reading

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Tax Reform Debate Again Comes to the Forefront

Every time the budgetary ax falls in Kentucky, the cries for tax reform grow a little louder. The topic has been discussed for many years, with a blue ribbon commission led by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson proposing 54 changes in … Continue reading

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5 Million Bourbon Barrels Mark Kentucky’s Highest Inventory Since 1970s

Lexington, KY – For the first time since 1977 there are more than 5 million bourbon barrels aging in Kentucky warehouses according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA). Kentucky’s distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels last year, the most since 1970, … Continue reading

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Lexmark Exceeds Quarterly Expectations

Lexington, KY – Lexmark saw an uptick in revenue for the second quarter of 2014 over the same time period last year as the Lexington-based company reported $892 million in revenue for the quarter versus $887 million brought in during … Continue reading

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First Carbon Capture Power Plant Under Construction

Lexington, KY – After years of study, Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg is looking to employ the use of carbon capture technology, sequestering the carbon released in the air at other plants. With the assistance of technology … Continue reading

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Chamber and Business Leaders Prepare to Embark on DC Fly-In

Lexington, KY – Business, government and community leaders in central Kentucky are gearing up for the Regional Public Policy Group’s annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In on July 23 and 24. During the trip, 55 attendees will meet with members of Kentucky’s … Continue reading

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Fast Casual Chain with SEC Area Footprint Announces Move Into Lexington Market

Lexington, KY – Newk’s Eatery, a fast-casual chain that offers California-style gourmet pizzas, fresh tossed salads and toasted specialty sandwiches will have a groundbreaking for its first Lexington location today. The location will be on an out lot in front … Continue reading

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Area Sees $811.9 Million in Real Estate Transactions in Second Quarter

Lexington, KY – The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS (LBAR) announced 4,700 sales in the second quarter of 2014 totaling $811.9 million. Residential sales decreased 1 percent in the second quarter of 2014 from the same period last year, falling from … Continue reading

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West Sixth Paying it Forward with New Canned Beer

Lexington, KY – West Sixth Brewing announced yesterday a fourth year-round canned beer, but this one, the Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter, has a charitable spin. “We’re very excited to announce that this fall, we will begin canning one of … Continue reading

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Lexmark Steps Up Effort in Bidding War for Swedish Software Company

Lexington, KY – Lexmark has increased its offer for outstanding shares in the Swedish software company ReadSoft after two previous efforts have been thwarted by the British subsidiary of an Ohio company also seeking to purchase ReadSoft. “When we first … Continue reading

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Lexmark ‘Evaluating All of its Options’ in Battle to Buy Swedish Software Company

Lexington, KY – When it was announced in early May that Lexington-based Lexmark would offer to buy outstanding stock in Swedish software company ReadSoft, it was assumed the sale would be completed by the end of the year’s second quarter. … Continue reading

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Alltech Homebrew Champ to See Porter Released Around Lexington

Lexington, KY – As a part of Alltech 8th Annual Kentucky Ale Pro-Am Brew-Off, a married Lexington couple will see their homebrew recipe sold on tap throughout Lexington. This year’s champ, a robust porter described as “a dark, light-bodied, chocolaty … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Lexington, KY – A Federal Judge in Louisville has ruled that the state’s ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional in violation of the nation’s rules on equal protection under the law. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II wrote … Continue reading

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A Look at How Monday’s Supreme Court Decisions Impact Businesses

Lexington, KY – The Supreme Court handed down a pair of decisions yesterday that have the potential to affect the business landscape in the coming years. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the case dealt with a provision of … Continue reading

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City and DLC to Host World Cup Watching Party Today

Lexington, KY – As Team USA takes the pitch in Brazil in the knockout round of the World Cup, city officials invite Lexingtonians downtown to watch the game at the Fifth-Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park. A large screen will … Continue reading

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Lexington Businessman Paul Miller Dies at 92

Lexington, KY – Paul Miller, 92, a founder of the Ford dealership that bears his name died Friday. “This is a sad day for us as a family and for the many people who had the opportunity to know my … Continue reading

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Breeders’ Cup Makes Keeneland 2015 World Championship Official

Lexington, KY – Rumors of Keeneland’s chances of hosting a Breeders’ Cup and reports that a deal was done have proven true as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held in its hometown of Lexington on Halloween weekend of 2015. … Continue reading

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Georgetown College Sanctioned by Accreditation Agency

Georgetown, KY – For the second time in 10 years, Georgetown College is facing accreditation issues because of its financial condition. School President M. Dwaine Greene announced the latest development on the college’s website Friday. The Southern Association of Colleges … Continue reading

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Minority Business Expo to Kick Off July 31

Lexington, KY –The Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo is coming back for its twelfth year for two days at the Lexington Center, starting on July 31. This year’s event will be highlighted by two keynote speakers on the second … Continue reading

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New UK Sports Marketing Deal To Help Fund Campus Improvements

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky and its athletics department has signed a 15-year, $210 million media marketing contract with San Diego-based JMI Sports, the first such overall multimedia deal for JMI. “This partnership reflects the fact that the … Continue reading

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Gray Shelves Rupp Project, Says UK ‘Changed Its Mind’

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray announced today that he is shelving plans to renovate the city’s convention space and Rupp Arena. A release from Gray’s office states the original plans will be scrapped for now as “UK relayed the … Continue reading

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Edelen Opts to Seek Reelection as Auditor, Won’t Run for Governor in 2015

Lexington, KY – State Auditor Adam Edelen, who had long considered a 2015 run for governor, has decided to seek reelection to his current job rather than go after the state’s highest executive job. “I greatly appreciate the expressions of … Continue reading

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Courier-Journal: Breeders’ Cup Coming to Keeneland

The 2015 Breeders’ Cup will be held at the historic Keeneland Race Course in 2015 according to an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Rumors have held that Lexington’s bid was in good shape since Keeneland announced it was replacing its … Continue reading

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Event Raises Additional $10,000 for Injured Small Business Owner

Lexington, KY – An estimated 1,000 to 1,500 people paid $5 each Monday night to attend a fundraiser for Mamadou ‘Sav’ Savanè who sustained burns to more than half of his body in a kitchen accident two weeks ago. A … Continue reading

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UK Awarded $12.2 Million for Superfund Site Research from NIH

Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky has received a $12.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “to better understand and minimize negative health and environmental impacts from hazardous waste sites.” More than 50 scientists and students … Continue reading

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The Living Arts and Science Center Breaks Ground on $5 million Renovation, Expansion Project

Lexington, KY – The Living Arts and Science Center has broken ground on a $5 million renovation and expansion of its facility at Fourth and Martin Luther King. The project, which broke ground this morning, will more than double the … Continue reading

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Forcht Bank to Purchase Bank in Grant County

Lexington, KY – Lexington-based Forcht Bank has announced intentions to acquire Grant County Deposit Bank of Willaimstown, Ky. “We’re excited about the opportunity to unite two great community banks that are passionate about providing excellent customer service and giving back … Continue reading

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City and UK Officials Meet About Rupp

Lexington, KY – A Thursday afternoon meeting was held between the Gray administration and staff from the University of Kentucky in regards to the on-going plans by the city to renovate Rupp Arena and the city’s convention facilities. “The meeting … Continue reading

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Fund Established to Help Badly Burned Small Business Owner of Sav’s Grill

Lexington, KY – A fund has been established to aid the owner of two campus area businesses who was badly burned in a kitchen accident last week. Mamadou ‘Sav’ Savanè, owner of Sav’s Grill & West African Cuisine and Sav’s … Continue reading

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Lexington Farmers’ Market Director Dabbelt Announces Departure After 10 Years on Job

Lexington, KY – The Executive Director of the Lexington Farmer’s Market, Jeff Dabbelt, announced his resignation effective June 30th, after 10 years at the helm of the market that has become a fixture of downtown Lexington as well as other … Continue reading

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Athenian Grill Owner To Open Greek Pastry and Coffee Shop in Chevy Chase

Lexington, KY – Ilias Pappas, owner of the Athenian Grill restaurant in Chevy Chase, is looking to expand his offering of authentic Greek food with a pastry and coffee shop across South Ashland from his restaurant that opened late last … Continue reading

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Lexington Loses Bid for 2018 WEG

Lexington, KY – After hosting the first World Equestrian Games outside of Europe four years ago, the Games’ governing body, Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), decided to do it again. But instead of bringing the Games back to Lexington, the 2018 … Continue reading

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Jonathan at Gratz Park to Close, Be Replaced by New Concept from Heirloom Owner

Lexington, KY – Jonathan at Gratz Park, the restaurant owned and operated by renowned chef Jonathan Lundy at the Gratz Park Inn will shut its doors after dinner service on June 28. A release from the restaurant states the management … Continue reading

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UK Awarded $1.9 Million Grant to Boost STEM Student Retention

Lexington, KY – The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded a $1.9 million grant to the University of Kentucky to fund a five-year effort to boost student retention in the STEM fields, science, technology, engineering and math. UK will … Continue reading

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300 Business Leaders Making Way Back to Kentucky After Trip to Charlotte

Charlotte, NC – More than 300 business and community leaders from Kentucky’s largest cities – Louisville and Lexington – are getting ready to board planes back to the commonwealth after studying best practices that can be used to build on … Continue reading

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Farm to Table Liaison Joins City Government to Connect Local Ag with Consumers

Lexington, KY – The city’s first local food coordinator, seeking to connect central Kentucky farmers with consumers in the area, has started on the job. Ashton Potter Wright, a Lexington native and a doctor of public health from UK, started … Continue reading

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UPDATE | Lexington Auto Dealership Owner Denies WSJ Report on Insider Trading with Icahn, Mickelson

Lexington, KY – William ‘Billy’ Walters, a famed Las Vegas bettor and chairman of the company that recently acquired the Glenn Auto Group, is facing FBI and SEC scrutiny for alleged insider trading involving billionaire and Wall Street raider Carl … Continue reading

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Governor Launches Business Pitch Competition

Governor Steve Beshear announced Wednesday the state will host eight regional pitch competitions this summer. Formatted similarly TV reality show “Shark Tank,” the competitions will feature Kentucky entrepreneurs presenting their business ideas to a group of local angel investors, individuals … Continue reading

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Republic Bank to Locate on First Floor of CentrePointe Office Building

Lexington, KY – The planned 10-story office building at CentrePointe will have a first floor tenant in Republic Bank. The building, set to be completed in early June of next year, will host a first floor retail banking location for … Continue reading

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Former World Trade Center Building Under Original Management, Original Name to Make its Way Back

Lexington, KY – Built in tandem in 1982 with the current Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington, the former World Trade Center will return to its original name, the Vine Center Office Tower, this summer as the Webb Companies, the building’s … Continue reading

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Traditional Bank Adds Rumpke in Commercial Lending Role

Lexington, KY – Long time central Kentucky banker and former Lexington Finance and Administration Commissioner Linda Rumpke has joined Traditional Bank as a Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. Rumpke, who most recently served as president and CEO of … Continue reading

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Downtown Helix Garage Getting New Facade

Lexington, KY – The Main Street entrance of the public parking garage at the Martin Luther King Boulevard viaduct will soon sport a new steel facade aimed at adding visual appeal to downtown and increasing awareness of available parking. The … Continue reading

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UK President: University Cannot Support Current Rupp Plan

Lexington, KY – University of Kentucky President Dr. Eli Capilouto has stated in a letter (see the letter in its entirety here) that he and the university could not support Mayor Jim Gray’s plans to rehab Rupp Arena and reconstruct … Continue reading

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Meridian-Chiles Declares Bankruptcy, Closes

Meridian-Chiles, once one of Lexington’s largest advertising agencies, closed its doors as of Tuesday evening and has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 7 liquidation petition, filed earlier today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Eastern District of Kentucky … Continue reading

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Jim Browder Resigns From VisitLEX, Effective Immediately

Lexington, KY – Jim Browder, president of the recently renamed Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, has resigned his post effective immediately. Browder, who took over the reigns of what is now VisitLEX in June of 2011, told Business Lexington last … Continue reading

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Graves Cox, Staple in Lexington Men’s Fashion Since 1800s to Close

Lexington, KY – Graves Cox & Company, a fixture in Lexington men’s clothier business since the 1800s, will be shutting its doors. Leonard Cox, a third generation operator of the store, said it was time to “hang it up” as … Continue reading

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Alltech Founder Launches Fund to Support Kentucky Startups

Lexington, KY – At the launch of the 2014 Alltech Symposium at the Lexington Center, Alltech Founder and President Pearse Lyons, Ph.D., announced the Lyons’ Den Innovation Fund that will award up to $500,000 annually to entrepreneurial projects in fields … Continue reading

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Neace Lukens Changes Name to Assured Neace Lukens

Lexington, KY – Neace Lukens has changed its name to Assured Neace Lukens as part of a new branding effort that will align the Louisville-based insurance agency more closely with its parent company AssuredPartners, Inc. The new branding identity, which … Continue reading

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Final Big Blast at CentrePointe Site Times Up With Downtown Power Outage

Lexington, KY – The final major blast at the site of CentrePointe’s construction timed up with a power outage that affected 1,148 customers in the downtown area according to Kentucky Utilities’ website. “We don’t know definitely yet, but we at … Continue reading

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CentrePointe Complex to Include Two Hotels

Lexington, KY – The proposed CentrePointe development  in downtown Lexington will boast a second hotel, a 110 unit “suite hotel with [an] extended stay component,” on the block that is already slated to house a Marriott family brand elsewhere on … Continue reading

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Alleged Lexington Pyramid Scheme Settles with FTC and Multiple AGs Offices

Frankfort, KY – The operators of Lexington-based multi-level marketing company Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM) – called a pyramid scheme by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – have been banned from multi-level marketing under a … Continue reading

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YMCA Announces Expansion Plans for Northside and a New Hamburg Location

Lexington, KY – The YMCA of Central Kentucky will expand its North Lexington location on Loudon Ave. and build a new location in Hamburg, the 161 year old organization announcement this morning. The 3,500 square foot expansion of the North … Continue reading

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Inaugural Young Professional Conference to Feature NYTimes Best Seller This Week

Lexington, KY – An outgrowth of last year’s Commerce Lexington Inc. Leadership Visit to Omaha, Nebraska, the inaugural EMERGE ’14 conference presented by Forcht Bank will engage the next generation leaders of Central Kentucky – young professionals – to leverage … Continue reading

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Toyota Job Losses Likely to Top 2,100 in Northern Kentucky

Toyota’s departure from Northern Kentucky will cost hundreds more jobs than the 1,600 positions moving to Texas, Michigan and Georgetown, Ky. At least 550 contract workers and support personnel at Toyota’s Erlanger headquarters will be out of work by the … Continue reading

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Lexmark Makes Offer to Buy Swedish Tech Outfit

Lexington, KY – Lexmark announced Tuesday morning that it has offered $182 million for outstanding stock in Helsingborg, Sweden-based ReadSoft, a software company that would be absorbed into Lexmark’s Perceptive Software division. ReadSoft’s software automates business processes, both on premise … Continue reading

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Economic Impact of Tourism in Kentucky Reaches $12.5 billion

Lexington, KY – The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky amounted to more than $12.5 billion in 2013, a 2.6 percent increase over 2012 according to a release from the state’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. “The continued popularity of … Continue reading

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Lexington Will Not Be Served by Time Warner/Comcast After Merger

Lexington, KY – Charter Communications and Comcast announced a deal Monday that would transfer cable and Internet service in areas of Kentucky currently covered by Time Warner to Charter. Lexington, Louisville and other areas currently getting Time Warner Cable will … Continue reading

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Kickstarter for Fork in the Road’s Brick and Mortar Restaurant Sets Kentucky Record

Lexington, KY – Mark Jensen’s middle fork kitchen bar, slated to open this summer in the former Pepper Distillery building, has successfully completed its Kickstarter campaign, attracting the most funds of any food-related campaign in Kentucky on the website. The … Continue reading

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Lexington Company to Add 120 Jobs

Lexington, KY – Creative Lodging Solutions, a Lexington-based company that helps corporations find long-term and project length housing for their employees, has announce it will be adding 120 jobs at a soon-to-be relocated headquarters. Creative Lodging Solutions is moving from … Continue reading

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Northern Kentucky to Lose 1,550 Toyota Jobs, 300 Relocating to Georgetown

Lexington, KY – As part of a massive North American restructuring for Toyota, more than 1,500 professional jobs at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) in Erlanger, Ky. will see their jobs relocated. Currently spread out with … Continue reading

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New Parking Garage to Spur Imminent Development, Maybe More

Lexington, KY – A barren piece of land at the confluence of Main and Vine Streets will soon see construction equipment according to developer Phil Holoubek. “We will now be able to develop a multi-story, mixed-use project. There’s first floor … Continue reading

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Lexmark Sees 38 Percent Year-to-Year Growth in Software Division

Lexington, KY – Growth in relatively new areas of Lexmark’s business model helped offset losses stemming from the closing and subsequent selling of the assets related to the company’s former inkjet division, according to Paul Rooke, CEO of the Lexington-based … Continue reading

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Landfill’s Methane to Power Toyota’s Production

Sadieville, KY – A windows-down drive through the landfill off Double Culvert Road treats visitors to the slight odor of methane that wafts out of galvanized steel vents. But sometime next spring, those vents will be shut off, and methane … Continue reading

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Corvettes Rescued, Attention Turns to Filling Sinkhole

Bowling Green – KY, By now, the international story of a massive sinkhole swallowing up eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green is in the archives. All eight of the iconic sports vehicles have been pulled from … Continue reading

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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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