Legends Win Three South Atlantic League Awards
[October 19, 2016] - The Lexington Legends and two of their executives have been recognized with awards from the South Atlantic League. The Legends as an organization received the Club Merit Award, which is given, according to league criteria, “to recognize the complete baseball franchise that has demonstrated franchise stability and success, as well as significant contributions to its community and to the South Atlantic League.” Gary Durbin, executive vice president and general manager, was the named the league’s General Manager of the Year. Anne Mapson, special projects manager and executive assistant to the president, was named South Atlantic League Female Executive of the Year.
Transylvania Inducts Sports Standouts into Pioneer Hall of Fame
[October 14, 2016] - Transylvania University inducted three alumni and the 2000-01 men’s basketball team into the Pioneer Hall of Fame on Saturday during an evening ceremony in the Beck Center. The individual inductees and years they graduated are Heather Adams ’95, Judy Henry ’82 and Michael Ray ’03. “Each year our Hall of Fame ceremonies present us a list of exceptional individuals with remarkable achievements, both during their careers at Transylvania and after, but this year’s group is in a class unparalleled,” said Holly Sheilley, vice president for enrollment and student life. “Heather, Judy, Michael and the members of the indelible 2000-01 men’s basketball team have forged legacies that speak to the types of students that we are fortunate to have in our community and as our alumni." Go here for more information on the Pioneer Hall of Fame.
Midway Announces Addition of Three Sports
[October 14, 2016] - Following approval by the Executive Committee of its Board of Trustees, Midway University has announced that it will add three new sports to its athletics program for the 2017-18 academic year. The offerings include men's tennis, men's cross country and coed cheerleading. "Athletics has always been an integral part of our undergraduate experience. Midway provides a great place for student-athletes to both further their education and compete at the university level," said Dr. John Marsden, President, Midway University. "Thanks in part to the addition of male and coed sports this year, we've enjoyed a record undergraduate class of incoming students. I'm confident that the trend will continue as we establish these new programs." The move comes on the heels of the institution's decision to add six teams ahead of the 2016-17 season and will bring the total number of sports offered to 17. Recruiting for all three sports will begin immediately. Interested student-athletes should visit www.GoMidwayEagles.com and fill out a recruitment form to connect with coaches.
Blue Grass Airport Executive Director Named Kentucky Airport Manager of the Year
[October 12, 2016] - Blue Grass Airport Executive Director Eric Frankl, A.A.E., was named Kentucky Commercial Service Airport Manager of the Year at the 40th annual Kentucky Aviation Association Conference in Owensboro, Kentucky. Awarded by the Kentucky Aviation Association, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Aviation, this recognition is given to an airport manager who embodies a broad depth of knowledge of all aspects of aviation, has a proven record of overseeing airport facilities and improvement projects, and is actively involved in the local, state and federal aviation community. Eric Frankl joined Blue Grass Airport as executive director in 2009. During his career, he has also held leadership roles at Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Airport. As executive director for Blue Grass Airport, Mr. Frankl has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the airport, including airport operations, finance and administration, development and community relations. Receive the latest airport news by liking us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bluegrassairportor following us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/bgairport
Solomon Van Meter Statue Temporarily on Display at Bluegrass Airport
[October 12, 2016] - at 10:00 am on October 12, 2016 Join the Van Meter family for personal one-on-one interviews to learn more about Solomon's legacy and the important role he played in aviation. Solomon Van Meter was an aviation pioneer and the inventor of the parachute. His life-size bronze sculpture is temporarily being displayed at the Blue Grass Airport. This event will be held in the Blue Grass Airport, Terminal Lobby.
Rupp Arena Ushers in New Era of Technology! Unveils Newly Completed Upgrades
[October 10, 2016] - Lexington Center and Rupp Arena yesterday unveiled the much-anticipated technology upgrades which began in May and have been underway throughout the summer and early fall months. Highlighting Lexington Center’s and Rupp Arena’s 40th Anniversary year, these improvements include a new center-hung video board, new sound system, new venue video production equipment, LED courtside scorer’s table display, enhanced rigging grid for concerts, new east side/upper arena camera platform, and a fresh coat of blue paint on the HVAC ducts and structural support towers. Additionally, the sports lighting used for basketball games has been replaced with energy efficient LED fixtures that provide better visibility while requiring substantially less power. Other improvements scheduled over the next few months include installation of wireless internet throughout the arena, replacing the video display in the Rupp Arena lobby, and new exterior marquis signs that hang on the Hyatt Regency hotel at Broadway and W. Vine, and Broadway and High St.
Design Firm Stantec Moves Offices after 45 years
[October 7, 2016] - After 45 years in Lexington. Stantec is relocating to Beaumont Centre Circle and coincidentally, the Stantec team was recently selected to provide a traffic operations study for Beaumont Centre. The firm was also in charge of the design of the Harrodsburg Road / New Circle Road double crossover diamond interchange near the office, which opened to traffic in 2011. Stantec also provided design services on the 1.6 mile extension of Newtown Pike. The firm's new location provides a central, customized work environment for their team. Our Lexington office provides geotechnical engineering, soils and materials lab testing, water resources, transportation planning and design, structural engineering, and inspection services and have helped mold the Lexington community for more than 45 years.
Rupp Arena Announces #RuppTurns40 Celebration, Raising Money for United Way of the Bluegrass
[September 29, 2016] - In celebration of Rupp Arena’s 40th anniversary, and coinciding with the date of Rupp’s first concert (Lawrence Welk on October 17, 1976,) Rupp Arena is partnering with six local businesses to commemorate the occasion.On Monday, October 17, local businesses will participate in #RuppTurns40, featuring specialty items, created in honor of Rupp Arena. A percentage of the proceeds of the sale of these items will go to United Way of the Bluegrass, with Lexington Center matching the total donation amount.Businesses participating include West Sixth Brewing, North Lime Coffee & Donuts (Limestone location), Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen (both locations), Daily Offerings Coffee Roastery, Crank & Boom and Sawyer’s Downtown. For more information about #RuppTurns40, check out Rupp Arena’s Facebook page (fb.com/RuppArena) or other social media accounts.
Transylvania University to host Governor's School for Entrepreneurs
[September 27, 2016] - Transylvania University will host the 2017-18 Governor's School for Entrepreneurs, an innovative program that teaches entrepreneurship to Kentucky high school students. During the three-week summer session, a select group of students will turn their bright ideas into real products with the guidance oh high school teachers, college professors, business leaders and other mentors. GSE is an enrichment experience similar to the states successful Governor's Scholars Program and Governor's School for the Arts, which Transylvania has hosted. The Kentucky Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEENStart), a Lexington-based nonprofit, manages GSE. Georgetown College has hosted the GSE sessions since they began in 2013. GSE is a public-private partnership with funding from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and many private foundations and sponsors. The immersive program teaches work and life skills, including teamwork and problem solving, in an environment where it is safe to take risks with ideas. Students are exposed to a variety of learning opportunities--from 3-D printers to a high ropes course.
Stantec's Kentucky offices Celebrated Community Day throughout Lexington and Lousiville
[September 23, 2016] - A team of Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky employees headed to volunteer at various locations throughout the two cities for the firm’s fourth annual day of global volunteerism. The team was among some 8,000 employees participating in Stantec in the Community Day. The events were in celebration of Stantec’s focus on giving back to the local community and in support of the firm’s promise to design with community in mind. In Louisville, Kentucky, more than 30 team members cleaned litter on a highway, removed debris along the Jeffersontown bike trail, removed invasive species from Creasey Mahan Park, and helped out long-time partner, the Kentucky Science Center, with various activities. 26 Lexington staff partnered with Lexington Habitat for Humanity, an organization which Stantec in Lexington has had a long-term partnership with on a variety of volunteering and fundraising activities.
Lexington Catholic Instructor Recognized by Kentucky World Language Association
[September 22, 2016] - Brandi Larkey, director of Lexington Catholic’s High Marks Center, has been named recipient of the Amici Linguarum (Friend of Languages) Award by the Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA). The award is given to an individual or organization not directly involved in the teaching of world languages who has made a significant contribution to this profession. The KWLA Awards Committee, in reading the letter of nomination from Kimberly Adams, LCHS World Languages Teacher, was most impressed with Larkey’s selfless efforts to benefit, enhance, and support the Latin programs at Lexington Catholic, even though her primary responsibilities lie outside the Latin classroom.
Legends win three South Atlantic League Awards
[September 13, 2016] - The Lexington Legends and two of their executives have been recognized with awards from the South Atlantic League. The Legends as an organization received the Club Merit Award, which is given, according to league criteria, “to recognize the complete baseball franchise that has demonstrated franchise stability and success, as well as significant contributions to its community and to the South Atlantic League.” Gary Durbin, executive vice president and general manager, was the named the league’s General Manager of the Year. Anne Mapson, special projects manager and executive assistant to the president, was named South Atlantic League Female Executive of the Year. Presentation of the awards will take place at the South Atlantic League meeting in October.
Silas House to deliver Transylvania convocation keynote, receive honorary degree
[September 7, 2016] - Renowned Kentucky author Silas House will give the keynote address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during Transylvania University’s Academic Convocation on Friday. House, who wrote the national best-selling novel, “A Parchment of Leaves,” will help the campus kick off the academic year at the 3:30 p.m. ceremony in Haggin Auditorium. A book signing and reception will follow.
Preferred Accounting Services Joins Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP
[September 6, 2016] - Preferred Accounting Services, LLC (PAS), a full service accounting services firm, recently joined Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP (MCM), effective September 1, 2016. The move will allow MCM to expand its thriving accounting services department, already the largest and most comprehensive in the region. MCM’s accounting services professionals provide a variety of businesses and individuals with outsourced accounting and payroll services. This latest expansion will in particular allow MCM to grow its expertise in the restaurant franchise niche not just in the region, but across the United States, and continue to offer clients services that include accounts payable and accounts receivable processing, outsourced CFO services, payroll services, general ledger maintenance, cash management and financial and management reports, among many others. MCM’s accounting services practice has been operating for more than 25 years, and as such has witnessed, and stayed on the forefront of, an expansive evolution of best practices and technological solutions.
Jefferson Street Soirée set for Sept. 14; VisitLEX to release new Beyond Grits dining guide at annual celebration of Keeneland September Yearling Sale
[September 6, 2016] – September in Lexington signals the start of two events – sales and soiree. In conjunction with the Keeneland Yearling Sale, the Jefferson Street Soirée will celebrate local food, drink and music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 on Jefferson Street from Short Street to Maryland Avenue. “Keeneland and the Jefferson Street culinary corridor are uniquely Lexington,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX. “For the third consecutive year, this party will showcase one of the community’s culinary and cocktail hot spots for visitors and locals alike.” Twelve area restaurants and bars will be offering food and beverage tastings, accompanied by live entertainment from The Wooks and Tee Dee Young. Visit http://jeffersonstreetsoiree.com/ for a complete listing. The Jefferson Street Soiree is presented by VisitLEX’s Beyond Grits in celebration of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Media partners for the event include: WUKY, WLEX-TV and LM Communications.
Griffin Gate Golf Club Debuts College Links ’16 – Golf Discount Program for Students – in Conjunction with Back to School Season
[August 31, 2016] - As college students across the U.S. prepare for a new semester, Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators and the golf management organization of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), announced College Links ’16 - a golf discount program specifically designed for College students - is being offered at Griffin Gate Golf Club in Lexington, KY. Active college students who enjoy the game of golf will have an opportunity to tee-it-up at a premier collection of Championship golf courses throughout the school year, with special pricing to better fit their budgets. As part of the College Links Program, beginning September 1, 2016, student golfers presenting a valid college ID can take advantage of discounted twilight green fees/carts, ranging from just $29 - $69. The year-round program is available after 3 p.m. any day of the week at Griffin Gate Golf Club, and all tee times can be made up to three days in advance. In total, 17 golf courses located at Marriott Golf-managed properties will participate in the College Links Program, which will provide college students with the opportunity play better and more golf throughout the school year. For more information or to book tee times at a participating property, please visit http://marriottcollegelinks.ezlinks.com.
Dean Dorton Launches State-of-the-Art Outsourced Accounting Service
[August 30, 2016] – Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC (Dean Dorton), a leading accounting and business consulting firm based in Kentucky, announced a new service line, Dean Dorton accounting and financial outsourcing (Dean Dorton AFO) for back office and accounting solutions. Dean Dorton recognizes the increase in demand for collaborative cloud-based applications for both business executives and their teams in order to provide financial data more efficiently and effectively. Dean Dorton is one of the first accounting firms in Kentucky to offer a cutting-edge, scalable mobile accounting solution. Through these new technological advancements the Dean Dorton AFO team can offer assistance in: Basic transaction processing, Mid-level services, and Outsourced CFO services. This innovative approach – offering outsourcing services to companies that don’t want the distraction or costs of running an accounting department, as well as offering selection, design and implementation services for companies with established finance departments – is expected to significantly accelerate client’s growth and enable them to fully utilize real-time financial data online from their office or on-the-go via an app. Companies of any size and structure can receive a complimentary initial consultation regarding their accounting and finance functions by Dean Dorton’s AFO team by visiting www.deandortonafo.com.
Central Bank announces that uChoose Rewards® is now available for debit card customers
[August 29, 2016]— Central Bank, one of the largest community banks chartered in Kentucky, now offers its customers debit card rewards through uChoose Rewards. “We wanted to reward our customers for their loyalty,” stated Luther Deaton, Central Bank chairman, president and CEO, “Debit card rewards, including cash back, seemed to be an obvious approach that would benefit the largest number of customers.” All Central Bank Debit card customers, with the exception of Health Savings Accounts, will be automatically enrolled to earn points. Customers simply register to redeem their points online for millions of redemption options, including cash back, gift cards, merchandise, travel and event tickets.
Deaton went on to mention, “In the current market, we realize our customers have options, so we want to show them we appreciate their decision to trust us with their business. We offer rewards on our Platinum Rewards credit card, Platinum Equity Line and Corporate Credit Card. The reaction has been so positive we saw an opportunity to be one of the few community banks that offer rewards on credit and debit cards.” For more information about this new program, visit: www.centralbank.com
BLUE GRASS AIRPORT ANNOUNCES YEAR-ROUND MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL
SERVICE ON DELTA AIR LINES
Upgraded Aircraft will Provide First-Class Seating Option and Wi-Fi
[August 23, 2016] – Blue Grass Airport (LEX) and Delta Air Lines are pleased to announce Lexington, Kentucky will soon have non-stop, year-round service to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) beginning on October 29, 2016. Currently offered seasonally from June through October, the Twin Cities has been a strong destination for the Lexington community and serves as a connection point to international destinations. The flight will now be offered daily year-round and will offer travelers more than 60 onward connections to more than 45 destinations.
Backpacks Provided for 346 Kids of Thoroughbred Workers
[August 15, 2016] - In its annual Back-to-School Backpacks Giveaway, Blue Grass Farms Charities provided backpacks filled with school supplies to 346 children of thoroughbred industry workers in Central Kentucky aged K-5th grade. In 2015, BGFC provided 190 backpacks. “This year, not only were we able to impact more children and families, but the backpacks contained more items needed for the new school year”, says Wade Haga, BGFC Outreach Director. To make the program as accessible as possible, BGFC asked farm administrative staff to submit the number of backpacks requested by employees at their farm. BGFC then used volunteers to stuff the backpacks and deliver them right to the farm for the parents to pick up and take home. In all, 21 volunteers were used to prepare and deliver backpacks to 26 thoroughbred farms and operations. For more information on Racino and BGFC’s programs, visit www.bgfcky.com.
RCHF donates $100,000 to local non-profits
[August 12, 2016] - The Realtor-Community Housing Foundation (RCHF) has donated $100,000 to local non-profits in the Bluegrass community. Lexington Habitat for Humanity received $50,000 for their Love Your Neighborhood program which focuses on revitalization in low-income neighborhoods through owner-occupied home repairs. REACH, Inc. received $50,000 for emergency repairs for existing homes for low- to moderate-income families and individuals. Repairs will include hot water heaters, plumbing, and roofs in the 22 county jurisdiction of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR). Both organizations align with the Realtor-Community Housing Foundation’s goal to empower families and strengthen neighborhoods by assisting homeowners in need to be able to stay in their homes.
Leading Evansville Mineral Law Firm Rhine Ernest LLP to Combine with Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
[August 11, 2016] - Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, a full service business law firm with locations across Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, is expanding its Evansville, Indiana presence by combining with Rhine Ernest LLP, a recognized leader among firms practicing in the area of mineral law that has served the mineral industry for more than 35 years. Founded in 1979, Rhine Ernest LLP has continuously focused the firm’s resources on the practice of mineral law. The firm has represented Fortune 500 operators and financial institutions, as well as small closely held operators; members of the firm routinely appear before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky on mining issues ranging from permitting to complex litigation. The partners of Rhine Ernest LLP have more than 150 years of combined experience in the coal and oil and gas industries. John E. Rhine and Stanton D. Ernest are joining BGD as partners. The combination adds 2 attorneys to the seven Bingham Greenebaum Doll attorneys and professionals who currently serve the Evansville market, including the firm’s Financial Institution Litigation Team Co-Leader.
LexArts and the City of Lexington Celebrate Joint Grand Openings
[August 2, 2016] - Citizens gathered today to celebrate the opening of a new public art project and playground at Jacobson Park. The play area is Lexington's largest, most accessible playground and features Livestream, the city's first interactive and educational art installation. Livestream, a transmedia public art installation commissioned by LexArts and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works (DEQ), is a product of DEQ's EcoART program. Livestream combines art, science, and technology to raise environmental awareness by engaging children and adults alike in the sustainability of one of our most valuable resources: groundwater. The public art installation translates groundwater data from across Kentucky into an interactive soundscape. The sounds were composed by Lexington native and renowned cellist, Ben Sollee and play based on one's proximity to the pipes. Lexington Parks & Recreation planned the new outdoor play area to replace Jacobson Park's old playground, which was unsafe and not inclusive to children of all physical abilities. The park's new playground now has equipment and pieces available to persons of all physical abilities and is also Lexington's first playground to include a play area for children under the age of two.
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa Introduces New Outdoor Event Space and Completes Multiple Event Space Enhancements
[August 1, 2016] – Surrounded by lush scenery, Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa invites guests to experience its brand-new outdoor gathering space and refreshed event venues. The newest addition to the resort, The Overlook at Griffin Gate, provides guests with scenic views of the on-site golf course and offers 5,250 square feet of space. Situated between holes one and four, the new seasonal venue can be modified to meet the host’s style and can accommodate up to 400 attendees. The Overlook also includes a pergola, which creates a perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies or other unforgettable gatherings. Along with the addition of The Overlook, the resort has updated its beautiful event pavilions, which can be booked year-round. The spaces feature new carpeting and updated ceiling drapes, making the rooms as contemporary as they are comfortable. Guests and hosts will also notice the addition of chic lighting in the Paddock Pavilion, adding a cool new sheen to the venue. The pavilions stylishly blend outdoor and indoor scenery, and the hotel in Lexington, KY provides guests with unique settings for weddings, receptions and cocktail hours. To reserve accommodations or event space at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, call the hotel directly at 1-859-231-5100.
UK Federal Credit Union Celebrates its Sixth Location
[July 18, 2016] - As credit unions continue to increase their memberships nationwide, the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union (UKFCU) is no exception. To meet the needs of its nearly 63,000 members, the credit union recently opened its sixth location. The new location is located at 689 Wilson Downing Road. On July 7, 2016, UKFCU senior management held a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the new branch, located at the corner of Tates Creek and Wilson Downing. The new facility offers a more convenient access to members in the south area of Lexington, with office hours available six days a week.
AT&T Upgrades More Than 30 Cellular Towers in Fayette County to Boost Network Performance
[July 18, 2016] — The AT&T[i] network in Fayette County is now stronger than ever. We strengthened more than 30 cellular towers in the county and the boost helped handle more network traffic in the first six months of 2016. The upgrades enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance. Those on the AT&T wireless network in Fayette County can now enjoy more capacity. We added 31 layers of frequency on more than 30 cellular towers, known as “carriers.” We also expanded the bandwidth of radio frequencies used on 58 cellular towers, which increases speeds to meet increasing consumer demand for wireless data services. The upgrades enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance. To learn more about our coverage in Lexington or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives Announces New Executive Director
[July 8, 2016] – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE), the professional development society for local chambers of commerce in Commonwealth today announced the hire of Amy Cloud, as the new Executive Director. Cloud is the CEO of the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce in Nicholasville, and immediate past chair of KCCE’s board of directors. Cloud has nearly ten years of chamber industry experience and completed programs from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management and the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development.
Transylvania receives $71,000 grant for black male students
[July 7, 2016]—Transylvania University has received a $71,000 grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust for the Pioneer Pathway Program, which prepares young black males for success in college preparation and completion. Mentorship is at the heart of this program for both the high school and undergraduate participants. The grant will help fund activities including Transylvania’s College Empowerment Program for high school students, and professional development and community leadership seminars. The Pioneer Pathway Program is part of Project One, a campus-wide diversity and inclusion initiative.
Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP expands Cincinnati presence
[July 6, 2016] - Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP (MCM), a large regional accounting firm, has increased its market presence with the addition of the Cincinnati practice of CPA firm Elliott Davis Decosimo, effective July 1, 2016. MCM has nearly 300 employees across five offices, including locations in Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana. The move, mutually agreed upon by both firms as a part of Elliott Davis Decosimo’s geographic realignment strategy, will allow MCM’s Cincinnati focus to increase significantly. MCM entered the Cincinnati market in 2012 and merged with the former Cooney Faulkner & Stephens LLC (CFS) in 2015, moving into their Hyde Park offices. The partners joining MCM were formerly with Joseph Decosimo & Co which has been a part of the Cincinnati business community since 1985.
BLUE GRASS AIRPORT WELCOMES UNITED AIRLINES NON-STOP SERVICE
BETWEEN LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY AND NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
[July 1, 2016] - Today, United Airlines is launching daily non-stop service between Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport (LEX) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Service to Newark will provide passengers with access to the Big Apple via a short train or taxi ride. Flights from Lexington will operate on a 50-seat regional jet. Lexington travelers now have the choice of traveling to three United hubs, including Chicago O’Hare, Houston and Newark. Tickets can be purchased at united.com.
Transylvania to offer $60,000 International Baccalaureate scholarships
[June 28, 2016]—Transylvania University is making a major commitment to graduates of the globally recognized International Baccalaureate program. Transylvania will offer scholarships of at least $60,000 over four years to graduates of IB programs, which, like the university, promote open-mindedness, intercultural understanding and curiosity. The more than 5,500 IB programs in 151 countries—from Botswana to Boston—prepare students for participation in a global society through a rigorous curriculum. Founded in 1968, IB educates students aged 3-19, awarding them degrees or certificates upon finishing the program. Four Kentucky high schools have IB programs, and there are several more in the region.
Transylvania will begin offering the scholarships in the fall of 2017.
Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Begins Construction of JA BizTown/JA Finance Park
[June 15, 2016] – Junior Achievement Board members and project partners recently began the construction phase of JA BizTown/JA Finance Park. In partnership with the Fayette County Public Schools, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass will transform approximately 13,000 square feet of Linlee Elementary School into an exciting, state of the art facility where students from throughout Central Kentucky will come to experience a living lesson in economics, community and financial literacy.
- JA BizTown will serve upper elementary classes with operating “businesses” such as a bank, city hall, utilities center, equine center, restaurant, wellness center and more. Imagine fifth-grade students discovering the real-life opportunities available in the free enterprise system as they become business operators, taxpayers and consumers in JA BizTown. Most importantly, imagine students who think that learning basic math, economics, technology, social studies and reading and writing is fun!
- JA Finance Park will provide a practical, hands-on personal budgeting simulation for middle school students. The classroom curriculum is complemented by a visit to the Park where students will immerse themselves in a reality-based decision-making process addressing individual and family budget considerations such as housing, transportation, food, utilities, health care, investments, philanthropy and banking. At JA Finance Park, students will learn about the implications of financial decisions, consider the options available and construct and live within a personal budget.
Good Foods Co-op: "Round up" and Give Where You Live to a different local non-profit each month!
[June 15, 2016] – Our owners nominated different local non-profit organizations for our
Give Where You Live program, and we’re very proud to announce our recipients for
May 2016 - April 2017.
May 2016: The Nest
June 2016: Central Kentucky Radio Eye
July 2016: GleanKY
August 2016: Seedleaf
September 2016: Habitat for Humanity
October 2016: Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center
November 2016: God’s Pantry
December 2016: Good Foods Charitable Foundation
January 2017: Catholic Action Center
February 2017: Hope Center
March 2017: The Arboretum
April 2017: Lexington Humane Society
Each time you shop, you have the option to "round up" to the nearest dollar for the local
non-profit of the month, or donate any amount that you wish. Thanks to the generosity of our shoppers in May, the new "Round Up" program at the registers generated an incredible $3,436.03 to The Nest - Center for Women, Children and Families.
Amazon's "Movie on Main Street" raises $1,400 for Relay for Life in Campbellsville
[June 7, 2016] - The Amazon Fulfillment Center in Campbellsville held its second annual “Movie on Main Street” night, raising approximately $1,400 to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. More than 1,000 community members came out to support the event, where kids enjoyed the opportunity to decorate their own box car, plane or truck that doubled as seating during the movie. Attendees were also able to snap photos at the selfie station with a giant dinosaur made entirely of Amazon smile boxes. “Amazon has a long-standing history in Campbellsville, and we’ve made it part of our culture to be an active member of this great town,” said Carlos DeLaGarza, general manager of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Campbellsville. “This is our second year of offering this fun family event, and it’s been a great success! Proceeds from the event support Relay for Life. We are proud to give back to the communities where our associates live and work.”
ALLEGIANT TAKES FLIGHT TO TWO NEW CITIES FROM LEXINGTON
WITH FARES AS LOW AS $39
[June 2, 2016] - Allegiant this week launches new, nonstop service from Lexington, Kentucky to Baltimore / Washington D.C. and Savannah / Hilton Head. To celebrate Allegiant’s new service, the company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering one-way fares on the new routes for as low as $39. Each new flight will operate twice weekly. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.
Kentucky American Water Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Richmond Road Filtration Building
[June 1, 2016] - Kentucky American Water hosted today a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the company’s new filtration building at its Richmond Road Station water treatment plant in Lexington. The new facility, a $15 million investment in the company’s drinking water infrastructure, replaces a filter building at
the site that was built in 1924. The Kentucky Public Service Commission authorized construction of the new facility in December 2014 as the most cost-effective way to address the older filtration building’s structural and operational challenges. Construction on the new facility began in February 2015 and it became operational last month. “This $15 million investment in water infrastructure represents Kentucky American Water’s commitment to providing quality drinking water service for our customers while also operating as efficiently as possible,” said Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water and senior vice president for American Water’s Central Division.
ALE-8-ONE GROWTH CONTINUES ADDING DISTRIBUTION TO INDIANA AND ILLINOIS
[May 27, 2016] – Ale-8-One Bottling Co. (aka “A Late One”), maker of the hand- crafted, ginger-based soft drink, announced that the company is expanding its distribution throughout Indiana and Illinois. Consumer trends are favorable as demand for both American made local products and craft sodas surges. The expansion of the regional brand is anchored in 105 Kroger specialty soda sections located within Kroger’s Central Division. With roots deep in the Bluegrass Region, Ale-8 has become a celebratory treat for rock climbers who visit the Red River Gorge, renowned for its world class rock climbing. The popularity and interest in the sport is evident in the nearly 65 indoor climbing locations in Illinois and Indiana. Hoosier Heights Climbing gym regularly holds events in which Ale-8-One actively participates and is considered part of the culture. “We’ve naturally become part of the climbing community, so the brand has built-in fans wherever it goes. Combine this fan base with a strong retail partner like Kroger and you have a marketer’s dream,” said DeAnne Elmore, Marketing and PR Manager for Ale-8-One. Ale-8-One hits store shelves today. The regional bottler gained access nationally in February through Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores across 42 states. Ale-8 is currently available at grocery and convenience retailers throughout Kentucky, and in parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and West Virginia.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS LEXINGTON’S WALK TO HELP GET THE CITY’S WOMEN BACK TO WORK
[May 23, 2016] - The only international 5K walk dedicated to empowering women on their quest for economic independence, The Power Walk for Dress for Success®, returns to Lexington on Saturday, June 11th at Coldstream Park. Each mile on the 3.1 mile walk represents one of the three phases that the women of Dress for Success experience as they journey along their path to professional success—from being unemployed and searching, to recently employed and adjusting, to gainfully employed and succeeding. The Power Walk for Dress for Success is an integral part of the organization’s health and wellness programming, as true success is encompassing of all aspects of life, including physical wellbeing. Originally a single site event in New York City, this year The Power Walk for Dress for Success is taking place in almost 25 cities in four countries throughout the world. For more information about Dress for Success Lexington, visit the organization’s website at https://lexington.dressforsuccess.org or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dressforsuccesslexington.
TrinSoft Sponsors Alzheimer’s Association Reason to Hope Breakfast
[May 24, 2016] - On April 21, several TrinSoft team members attended the Alzheimer’s Association Reason to Hope Breakfast, which TrinSoft also sponsored. The event was held at Fasig-Tipton on Newtown Pike and raised nearly $25,000. All net proceeds for the event benefit the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, visit http://www.alz.org/kyin/.
Transylvania hires VP for advancement
[May 24, 2016] - Transylvania University has hired Martin W. Smith to serve as vice president for advancement. Smith comes to Transylvania from Illinois Wesleyan University, where as vice president for advancement he increased total giving by more than $10 million in the past five years. “I’m excited for this opportunity to help Transylvania prosper as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges,” Smith said. “I’ll work hard to ensure not only that current and future Pioneers continue to receive the resources needed for the best possible education, but also that alumni maintain strong bonds with the university that made them who they are today.” Smith will begin at Transylvania on Aug. 1.
MSPmentor 501 list: NetGain Technologies ranks 56th in the world for managed IT services
[May 24, 2016] - NetGain Technologies climbed seven spots in 2016 to rank 56th in the world as a managed IT services provider (MSP). Penton Technology released its ninth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition rankings on May 19. The list identifies the world’s most progressive 501 managed service providers in 2016. NetGain Technologies ranked 63rd on the 2015 list. NetGain Technologies partner Brendan Jacobson said, “In eight consecutive years of being ranked a worldwide top 100 managed IT services provider, this 2016 ranking is our best yet. MSPmentor’s list really validates our reputation as a regional leader of outsourced IT services for midsize businesses.” MSPmentor gathered information for its rankings in an annual survey conducted between February 26 and April 22. “On behalf of Penton and MSPmentor, I would like to congratulate NetGain Technologies for its recognition as an MSP 501 honoree," said Aldrin Brown, MSPmentor’s editor-in-chief. “The managed service provider market is evolving at a rapid pace and the companies showcased on the 2016 MSP 501 list represent the most agile, flexible, and innovative organizations in the industry.”
2016-17 40TH Anniversary Season of Broadway Live at the Opera House
[May 24, 2016] - The 2016-17 40th Anniversary Season of Broadway Live will be unveiled at the Opera House during its annual Announcement Event on Wednesday, May 25th, 7:30 p.m. The event also kicks off the season ticket campaign. For more information, please call (859) 233-4567 or www.lexingtonoperahouse.com.
Job Club Press Release Summer 2016
The University of Kentucky (UK) Alumni Association, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services, and UK Human Resources Staff Career Development are pleased to announce Job Club’s schedule. The purpose of the Job Club is to provide a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn. Job Club is for you if you are currently out of work, underemployed or looking to make a career transition. In addition, recruiters and employers are always welcome and introduced to Job Club attendees. The free group is open to the public and meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each
month, from 9:00–10:15 a.m. at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington, KY. Convenient, free parking is available. As a courtesy to our speakers and other attendees, we ask that you arrive on time and encourage you to wear business attire. For more information, call the UK Alumni Association at 859-257-8905, the Fayette Cooperative Extension office at 859-257-5582, or the UK Staff Career Development Office at 859-257-9416. Additional information including testimonials from former Job Club participants can be viewed at: www.ukalumni.net/jobclub. Job Club Meeting Schedule: Tuesday, June 28: Getting the Interview: How to Stand Out in a Candidate Pool; Tuesday, July 12: Resumes – The Essential Career Document; Tuesday, July 26: Interviewing 101; Tuesday, August 9: Staying Connected: How Relationships Work You into a Job; Tuesday, August 23: LinkedIn – Your New Resume.
VisitLEX announces Recommend LEX program to help bring meetings here
[May 18, 2016] - VisitLEX today announced the formation of a new campaign called Recommend LEX to encourage organizations and individuals to bring their meetings to Lexington and help grow the local economy. Recommend LEX will provide special, tailor-made services to organizations or businesses that could host meetings or conventions in the community. To kick off the program, VisitLEX hosted a “Local Tour” yesterday for local planners. The tour highlighted six unique venues as well as lunch and a tour of Lexington Convention Center space. Participants were also given information about 18 additional facilities available for meetings or events. “Our staff can help planners provide a one-of-a-kind experience in the Horse Capital of the World, which will improve their meeting attendance and continue to build on the successful impact that tourism has had on our economy,” said Marci Krueger-Sidebottom, vice president of sales for VisitLEX. To learn more, or to become part of Recommend LEX, please contact (859) 233-1221 or visit www.VisitLEX/recommendlex.com.
Happy Days, Fantastic Four, Matlock stars utilize Asbury and its students for new pilot
[May 17, 2016] - While 50-plus Asbury University Communication Arts students are preparing for their trips to Brazil to work as paid broadcasters at the Olympics this summer, another group of Asbury students are preparing to begin a different type of unbelievable, “only at Asbury" opportunity. Starting this week, more than 30 students from Asbury will have the opportunity to work with Hollywood director Anson Williams, actors Doug Jones and Nancy Stafford, and others on a pilot episode of a television show. Being filmed over a two-week period on the Asbury campus and surrounding area, the pilot of the show “Nazareth” will then be shopped to various networks for financial backing with hopes it will be picked up. "This project gives Asbury students an unprecedented opportunity to work with acclaimed professionals who have worked decades in the television and film industry,” said Jim Owens, dean of Asbury’s School of Communication Arts. "Anson Williams is bringing his incredible experience of acting and directing to Asbury to give students an opportunity to work in a professional-level production." Working 10-plus-hour days for two weeks, students will be getting the hands-on experience (everything from running sound to working cameras) they expect from Asbury. It’s that experience that has helped Asbury students and alums win numerous national student production and National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awards.
Midway University Trustees vote to accept men into its daytime undergraduate programs
[May 16, 2016] - Midway University's Board of Trustees voted unanimously in its May 12 meeting to transition the University to a fully coeducational institution and begin admitting men into its daytime undergraduate programs. "Today is yet another historic moment in the life of an institution that has always transformed itself to remain relevant," stated Dr. John P. Marsden, President of Midway University. "Our founding mission was to provide young women with access to education at a time when education was mainly available to men. We have fulfilled that mission for 169 years and this decision will ensure that we continue to do so. This is not the first time the institution has transformed itself. We expanded programs and became a bachelor degree granting institution when more career options became available for women. The institution added evening, accelerated degree completion programs, online programs, and graduate programs for men and women in more recent years. Admitting men into our daytime undergraduate programs will allow us to serve a broader audience of traditional college students who will benefit from our programs and the learning environment we have established on campus."
ASSOCIATIONS INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVES AMC INSTITUTE RE-ACCREDITATION
[May 13, 2016] – Associations International announced that it has recently been awarded re-accreditation by AMC Institute, the global trade association representing the Association Management industry. Among 500-plus Association Management Companies (AMC) worldwide, only 81 have achieved AMC Institute Accreditation, demonstrating the commitment and the ability to deliver the highest level of professional management services to association and not-for-profit clients. These AMCs are the recognized choice of association and not-for-profit organizations.
UK Federal Credit Union Breaks Ground on Operations Center
[May 11, 2016] - As credit unions continue to increase their memberships nationwide, the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union (UKFCU) is no exception. In order to meet the needs of its nearly 64,000 members, the credit union recently broke ground for a new Operations Center. On April 28, 2016, UKFCU held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new operations center, located on Alysheba Way. Construction of the building has begun with the doors scheduled to open in mid-2017. The 63,000 square foot facility will be located on a 10 acre campus with a walking path surrounding the property to encourage employees to partake in a healthy work-life balance. UKFCU continues to experience strong growth with over 630M in assets, 64,000 members and 150 employees, and is currently looking to hire 23 new employees.
Wheeling-based WesBanco acquiring Your Community Bank for $221M
[May 3, 2016] – WesBanco Inc. is acquiring Your Community Bank in a deal valued at $221, expanding the Wheeling-based bank into Kentucky and Indiana. James C. Gardill, chairman of the board, and Todd F. Clossin, president & CEO, of WesBanco made the joint announcement with Gary L. Libs, chairman of the board, and James D. Rickard, president & CEO, of Your Community. “The merger with Your Community meaningfully expands WesBanco’s franchise into attractive markets in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and a top 10 market share in the Louisville MSA,” Closin said. “Jim Rickard and his management team have built a high-performing commercial bank with low-cost deposits and a strong lending team. We believe we can provide customers of Your Community with a broader array of banking services, including expanded commercial and mortgage lending capabilities as well as trust and wealth management services.”