Midway Receives Funding from Toyota for Mentoring Program
[March 2, 2017] - In late January, Midway University received a $15,670 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky (TMMK) to support its Providing Academic Transitions to Higher Education (PATH) Mentoring program. This is the third consecutive year that Midway has received the grant, bringing Toyota's total investment in the program to over $47,000. PATH mentors, all current Midway University students, assist underrepresented high school students (mentees) toward completion of post-secondary education. Implemented in 2012, the program has grown and now provides 42 student mentors to serve 110 mentees from Leestown Middle School, Dunbar High School, Woodford County Middle School and Woodford County High School.
Transylvania Launches Summer Academic Program for High School Students
[February 23, 2017] - Beginning this summer, Transylvania University will offer area high school students the opportunity to get a head start on their college careers in its new Summer Academic Program.Rising high school juniors and seniors can take courses on campus, taught by Transy faculty, that can earn them college credit and potentially count toward their high school curriculum requirements. They will learn alongside current and entering Transylvania students and will get all the benefits of being a Pioneer, including personal attention from professors and access to the library and its resources.
Students will pay approximately half the price of standard tuition rates, and those fees can be earned back in the form of a scholarship to Transylvania.
Remedy Intelligent Staffing Win's Inavero's 2017 Best of Staffing Talent Award
[February 17, 2017] - Remedy Intelligent Staffing announced that they have won INavero's Best of Staffing Talent Award for providing superior service to job seekers. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by the permanent and temporary employees they’ve helped find jobs. On average, talent of winning agencies are 3.6 times more likely to be completely satisfied with the service provided compared to those placed by non-winning agencies. Award winners make up less than 2% of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada who earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence. “When a job-seeker works with one of our Remedy Intelligent Staffing Franchise Owners they get the benefit of the local knowledge and expertise of an independent business owner coupled with the strength of the national parent company. This award confirms what we’ve known for a long time that, when you want a high quality service, go to a franchised business” commented Steve Mills, President of Remedy Intelligent Staffing. "Staffing firms are giving top companies a competitive advantage as they search for talent in North America," said Inavero's CEO Eric Gregg. "The 2017 Best of Staffing winners have achieved exceptionally high levels of satisfaction and I'm proud to feature them on BestofStaffing.com."
ATTENTION KENTUCKY EMPLOYERS: 2017 Bridging the Talent Gap Survey Available Now
[February 14, 2017] - It's true that statewide the unemployment rate continues to fall, but many companies are still struggling to find the right talent for their available positions. In order to identify skills shortages across the state, Kentucky SHRM, along with its partners the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics and KCTCS, and multiple business and economic development organizations, is conducting the 2017 Bridging the Talent Gap Kentucky Survey. Deadline for submitting responses is March 6th. ACCESS THE TALENT GAP SURVEY HERE
Award-Winning Poet to Deliver Transylvania’s Kenan Lecture
[February 9, 2017] - Renowned poet Claudia Rankine will present Transylvania University's 2017 Kenan Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, and tickets can be reserved.who also is a playwright, essayist and editor of several anthologies—is the Aerol Arnold Chair at the University of Southern California, the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. "Citizen" has won numerous honors, including the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014. It also was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. "This collection of lyrical essays or poetic prose bears witness to the experience of everyday encounters with racism," Transylvania professor Jeremy Paden said. "It moves in and through the feelings and thought processes of the person trying to understand the experience of these injustices. 'Citizen' names and narrates these experiences. And in reading and listening to the poems, in learning from them, our world is enlarged." Transylvania’s William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture Series is funded by a grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.
Lexington Tourism Builds on Record Year
[February 8, 2017] - Following a record year in 2015 as a result of hosting the 2015 Breeders’ Cup, Lexington still managed to increase room revenue and tax revenue in 2016. Total room revenue topped $182 million and total tax revenue collected rose to $12.5 million for the year. “Lexington continues to gain momentum as the destination for convention and leisure travel,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX. “Throughout the previous year, our sales team has worked diligently to discover new meetings and conventions to bring to Lexington. Of the 416 leads we distributed, 65 percent represent brand new lead opportunities.” Local pride and homegrown innovation continue to reshape and evolve Lexington's dining, bourbon and craft beer scenes, inspiring more visitors and garnering attention from national publications. Two initiatives were launched to increase the local impact of tourism. VisitLEX and Bluegrass Farm to Table added a new designation for the Beyond Grits dining guide to highlight restaurants that source food products directly from Kentucky farms. In all, 24 restaurants spent $890,539 in local farm spending in 2016.
Four C's Can Help Science, Technology Students Earn Legends Tickets
[February 7, 2017] - The Lexington Legends are stepping into the fields of science and technology through a new educational program. The Legends are working with the Instructional Technology Department of Fayette County Public Schools to provide an incentive for students in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Science and Technology Leadership Program (STLP) to participate in academic activities related to those studies. As students complete four key activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), their progress will be recorded on punch cards that will be distributed to students by STLP coordinators. The activities are listed under the four “C’s” of STEM:
Critical thinking - Students must complete an hour of coding.
Creativity - Students must create some type of innovative project using technology.
Collaboration - Students must attend an STLP meeting or STEM Fair.
Communication - Students must teach someone else something they have learned, either one-on-one or through a class presentation. When the completion of all four activities is recorded on their card, students may redeem the card at the Legends box office for two tickets to a home game.
Seasoned Commercial Real Estate Investor to Bring CoreLife Eatery to Several New Markets
[February 7, 2017] - After last month’s announcement that CoreLife Eatery signed a deal with restaurateur Joyce Lunsford to open as many as 51 restaurants in Michigan and Indiana, CoreLife Eatery has announced that the brand will open its doors in at least three new markets. Lexington, Kentucky as well as Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio will be the newest homes for CoreLife Eatery. The company recently announced that they will be expanding their footprint, bringing a good tasting and affordable healthy eating alternative to communities around the country. As part of that commitment, the executive team at CoreLife Eatery is pleased to announce that the active lifestyle restaurant will once again be expanding into at least three new cities with the announcement of its 18- restaurant deal with Jacqueline Mansfield of Miami, Florida. Mansfield will turn her focus to The Summit at Fritz Farm, the East Coast’s newest premier retail facility for 2017 located in Lexington, Kentucky. CoreLife Eatery will open its doors there at the end of July and will represent the most prime real estate location that a CoreLife Eatery is located to date. In November, CoreLife Eatery will open in Centerville, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, in front of the new Costco.
Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Recognized with National Award
[February 6, 2017] - Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass has been awarded one of Junior Achievement USA®’s (JA USA) highest honors: the Five-Star Award. The purpose of the Star Award is to recognize staff and boards of JA Areas that meet Junior Achievement’s national standards in operational efficiency and through strong representation of the JA brand. Recipients must demonstrate growth in student impact and superior fiscal performance. Achievement against these criteria is certified through JA USA and audited financial statements. As an organization, Junior Achievement understands that its effectiveness depends on how well JA Areas deliver the organization’s financial literacy, work-readiness, and entrepreneurship programs in local communities.
Hospice of the Bluegrass Has More Services and a New Name
[February 1, 2017] - Hospice of the Bluegrass is now Bluegrass Care Navigators, the company announced today. “Our organization was founded as Community Hospice of Lexington in 1978,” said Liz Fowler, CEO. “As we expanded our service regions to other parts of the state, we changed our name to Hospice of the Bluegrass in 1986,” Fowler added. “And that name has served us well, until now. Our company has grown to provide a wide range of services in addition to hospice care, including private nursing, case management, palliative care and grief care.” The Lexington-based nonprofit, which provides services throughout Kentucky, chose the name Bluegrass Care Navigators because it now guides and provides care to more people in more ways. “Care Navigators’ puts us in a role of being knowledgeable and helpful professionals,” explained Fowler. “When a patient or family member needs care, support and guidance for any serious illness, they don’t have to figure out which of our services is most appropriate. We can provide the information, assessment and resources to connect patients to the right care at the right time.” The company’s service line names will include Bluegrass Extra Care, Bluegrass Transitional Care, Bluegrass Palliative Care, Bluegrass Hospice Care and Bluegrass Grief Care.
Amazon to Create 2,000 Jobs at New Air Cargo Hub in Kentucky
[January 31, 2017] - Amazon has been an active member of the business community in Kentucky for nearly 20 years, employing more than 10,000 people in full-time jobs across 11 fulfillment center locations. Today, the company announced it is creating new jobs and investing even further in Kentucky with plans to build a centralized air hub to support its growing fleet of Prime Air cargo planes. At the site when it opens, the company expects to create more than 2,000 new jobs. “As we considered places for the long-term home for our air hub operations, Hebron quickly rose to the top of the list with a large, skilled workforce, centralized location with great connectivity to our nearby fulfillment locations, and an excellent quality of living for employees. We feel strongly that with these qualities as a place to do business, our investments will support Amazon and customers well into the future,” said Dave Clark, Amazon Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations. “We couldn’t be more excited to add 2,000-plus Amazon employees to join the more than 10,000 who work with us today across our robust operations in Kentucky.” Last year, Amazon entered into agreements with two carriers to lease 40 dedicated cargo airplanes to support Prime members with fast, free shipping. Today, 16 of those planes are in service for Amazon customers with more planes rolling out over time. Amazon’s Prime Air hub at CVG will support Amazon’s dedicated fleet of Prime Air cargo planes by loading, unloading and sorting packages.
Blue Grass Airport Sets New Passenger Record in 2016
[January 31, 2017] - A record number of passengers traveled through Lexington's Blue Grass Airport in 2016. As the primary air transportation provider for central Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport saw 1,309,765 passengers. This is a 5.5% increase over last year and is the third consecutive year the airport has seen a record number of travelers. Blue Grass Airport attributes the growth to multiple factors. In May 2016, the airport received seasonal flights on Allegiant to the new destinations of Savannah/Hilton Head and Baltimore/Washington, DC. United Airlines added non-stop daily service between Lexington and Newark Liberty International Airport, providing an excellent gateway to New York City and a great hub for those connecting to international destinations. Then, in fall 2016, Delta Air Lines upgraded its service to Minneapolis-St. Paul from seasonal to year-round, offering travelers non-stop access to the Twin Cities and connections to Canada, Japan and westbound destinations.
Kentucky Beats Gators in Big Blue Slam!
[January 27, 2017] - The Big Blue Nation of blood donors topped Florida this week, 1,653 to 1,569 in the ninth annual Big Blue Slam. “Thanks to Cat fans who rolled up their sleeves this week, at our donor centers, blood drives and Rupp Arena. While it’s always good to win Slam, their generosity couldn’t have come at a better time with winter weather heading our way,” said Martha Osborne, Kentucky Blood Center’s Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment. “And now that we’ve beaten them in the blood battle, let’s beat them on the court next month.” The friendly competition between Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in Gainesville pits fans of the Cats and the Gators to see who can donate the most blood the last week in January. Kentucky now leads the competition against Florida, 5 to 4.To find more about Kentucky Blood Center, visit kybloodcenter.org.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Barrels Past 1 Million Visits In 2016
[January 25, 2017] - The world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® experiences hosted more
than 1 million visits last year, breaking the milestone mark for the first time since the tour was
founded in 1999, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today. The booming tourist attraction has grown 300 percent in the last 10 years and spawned the companion Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® in 2012, the first of its kind in the country that features the state’s thriving micro distilleries. “This is a tremendous cause for celebration for the entire Commonwealth,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “Think of what 1 million tours means to Kentucky in jobs, tax revenue and positive publicity. The success is staggering.” The total for all 20 participating distilleries was a record 1,065,961.
Asbury Named County Business of the Year
[January 24, 2017] - Asbury University has been named Business of the Year by the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce. Asbury’s top national rankings, excellence in education and commitment to service were key factors in the award, which is given annually to a business that exemplifies business success and community involvement. “Asbury personifies the criteria used to receive this award,” said Ronda May, who served as Chamber president in 2016. “They have been and continue to be an avid supporter of the Jessamine community, not only by the countless hours their students give in volunteerism, but also as leader in education and outreach services to those in need. We (Jessamine County) are blessed to have Asbury University located in our community.” Asbury President Sandra C. Gray says the award is a testament to the work of Asbury’s employees and the culture of learning and service they create on campus.
Kentucky Horse Park Organizes 100th Anniversary Celebration of Man o' War
[January 24, 2017] - The life and legacy of one of America’s original sporting heroes, the legendary Man o’ War, will be the highlight of a year-long celebration at the Kentucky Horse Park beginning on March 29, his birthday. Entitled Man o’ War: The Mostest Horse That Ever Was, the exhibit will open on March 29, coincidentally Man o’ War’s birthday, at the Kentucky Horse Park and will contain never before seen artifacts of his illustrious career as a racehorse, a sire, and from his life in the Bluegrass as one of the state’s most well-known and visited residents. “We took the name of the exhibit from Will Harbut, the man who took care of him most of his life here in Kentucky,” said International Museum of the Horse Director, Bill Cooke. “There are so many pieces of history with the Man o’ War exhibit that racing fans will be thrilled to see.” The entire list of Man o’ War events will be announced on March 29.
Despite Industry Headwinds, U.S. Manufacturers Are Optimistic, Expecting Revenue Growth in 2017
[January 19, 2017] - Carmel, Indiana based Blue & Co., LLC and St. Charles, Illinois based Leading Edge Alliance (LEA Global) jointly released the results from the 2017 National Manufacturing Outlook Survey. With more than 250 participants, this survey report contains the expectations and opinions of manufacturing executives in more than 20 states across the country producing a wide variety of products including industrial/machining, transportation/automotive, construction, food and beverage, and other products. U.S. manufacturing industry headwinds are significant and include both internal issues, such as high inventory-to-sales ratios, the cost of technology, and labor shortages, as well as external issues like the price of raw materials and strength of the dollar. Strategic manufacturers should have ongoing conversations with all of their advisors, including their accounting and tax provider, as to how to overcome these challenges and achieve their business goals.
The Curious Edge Partners with Jimmy John's to Help Scott County High School Juniors Succeed on the ACT
[January 10, 2017] - The Curious Edge Foundation and Jimmy John’s have partnered to help Scott County High School juniors receive unprecedented support on the ACT College Admissions Test. All juniors at Scott County High School were given a practice ACT exam and will receive a specific item analysis which will give them knowledge on exactly where they had deficiencies on the exam. This knowledge, in turn, can help them improve on future ACT tests, including the one each junior in the state of Kentucky will take in the spring. This detailed analysis is the first of its kind to be distributed to this number of students in a Central Kentucky High School. The Curious Edge is committed to seeing each student achieve their academic potential and is thankful to Jimmy John’s for their partnership in this endeavor. Thanks to this partnership, many students will have the opportunity to gain admittance into a college/university or may be able to gain admittance into the college/university of their dreams. It is always exciting to give young people the tools they need to achieve their goals and dreams.
Transylvania to host Affrilachian poetry, visual arts exhibition
[January 9, 2017] - Transylvania University’s Morlan Gallery will open its 2017 exhibition year on Friday, Jan. 13, with an exhibition of Affrilachian visual artists and poets. Titled “Black Bone” after the Affrilachian Poets’ first literary anthology to be released this month, Morlan’s exhibition will showcase artists and poets from states in the Appalachian region—including Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina and Ohio. They will share how those connected to Affrilachia tell the story of the United States through visual and written culture. The exhibition, which will be free and open to the public, will run through Feb. 14. An opening reception for the artists will be Thursday, Jan. 19, from 7:30-9 p.m. The Affriliachian Poets will give a reading that evening at 6 in Carrick Theater adjacent to the gallery.
Transylvania to Open Two Mew Residence Halls this Week
[January 5, 2017] - Transylvania University will open two new residence halls this week, capping off extensive residential life construction and renovation projects. In addition to the four-story, state-of-the-art Bassett and Pioneer halls, the university recently turned a large area in front of the new facilities into green space and opened a nearby pavilion and basketball and sand volleyball courts. The new facilities, which will each house around 140 students, reflect the university’s traditional architecture. They are coed and feature lounges, laundry facilities and community kitchens. Each room has Tempur-Pedic mattresses and ceiling fans.
The first two floors of Pioneer Hall will be home to members of Transylvania’s four fraternities. And Bassett Hall will offer suite-style living for upper-class students. Most residents of Bassett and Pioneer halls will begin moving in Friday as they return for the beginning of winter term Monday.