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2017 SOAR summit will focus on moving its blueprint forward

08/03/2017 01:38 PM

On Friday more than 1,000 people are expected to pour into Pikeville for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region 2017 summit. Over the past 12 months SOAR has finalized its regional blueprint for a 21st Century Appalachia. That blueprint will be the focus of this year’s summit. “We’re showcasing progress — we’re going to cast a vision for where we’re headed,” SOAR executive director Jared Arnett said in a phone interview. SOAR is seeking to add partners and propel the... Read more 

How the new Kentucky Lottery CEO plans to grow the lotto beyond $1 billion

07/04/2017 10:00 AM

A mere three-weeks as the CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Tom Delacenserie has lofty goals which include growing the lotto past $1 billion and sending more money to fund education. Delacenserie comes to Kentucky by way of the Florida Lottery. He beat out some 800 other candidates for the role, and replaces Arch Gleason, who died last year shortly after announcing his retirement. “A lot of it is attention to detail, taking care of the little things” Delacenserie said of... Read more 

Jennings inks deal with CNN becoming latest commentator

06/23/2017 11:01 AM

Kentucky political operative and founding partner of RunSwitch PR Scott Jennings has inked a deal with CNN to become a political commentator. Jennings will officially continuing offering commentary for the cable news network from Louisville and New York as needed. The Kentucky Republican will continue in his role with Run Switch. “It is an honor to sign with CNN and appear alongside some of the best known and most trusted names in the media industry. CNN has an amazing roster... Read more 

Non-partisan group seeks to train college women to be leaders of the future

06/23/2017 08:58 AM

Women make up more than half of all Kentuckians, yet there are but a handful in the Kentucky General Assembly and even fewer running major corporations across the nation. LEAD Kentucky formed by college professor, high school history teacher and basketball coach Jacqueline Coleman is a program that recruits and trains college women in an effort to build the next generation of leaders. Coleman, the daughter of former state Rep. Jack Coleman, said the organization which will soon enter its... Read more 

Trey Grayson stepping down as N. KY Chamber President

05/30/2017 02:48 PM

Trey Grayson is stepping down as president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Grayson assumed the role in July of 2014 and announced Tuesday that his last day would be effective June 9. “Over the past few months, I have been talking with the Chamber leadership about my interest in looking at other options and I recently decided that the time is right for me to make a move,” Grayson said in a statement. “Three years ago... Read more 

WKU names building after long-time state Rep. Jody Richards

05/05/2017 09:13 AM

BOWLING GREEN – Western Kentucky University’s Mass Media and Technology Hall was officially renamed in honor of long-time Rep. Jody Richards in ceremonies on the WKU campus on Thursday. Richards began his career as a faculty member at Western Kentucky University, teaching for seven years and serving as the adviser to the College Heights Herald and Talisman student publications before winning the 20th District House seat in 1975. Richards has spent the last 42 years in the House of Representatives, serving as... Read more 

Toyota investing $1.33 billion in Georgetown plant

04/10/2017 10:41 AM

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) is announcing a $1.33 billion investment in an effort to make the Georgetown, Kentucky plant the first in North America to use Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Gov. Matt Bevin and TMMK president Wil James planned to announce the investment in a news conference on Monday morning. “This investment is absolute proof the Kentucky Toyota plant is not only a leader in manufacturing under the Toyota umbrella, but throughout the world,” Bevin said. “It... Read more 

Former Gov. Steve Beshear will soon release book; discusses leadership, health care with Harvard School of Public Health

03/29/2017 05:09 PM

Former Gov. Steve Beshear took part in a discussion touching on leadership, health care, a book detailing his years in the governor’s mansion and his rebuttal to President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. In the talk at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Beshear confirmed he will soon release a book entitled: People Over Politics. The book is currently listed available for pre-order on Amazon has a May 26 release date,... Read more 

Bowling Green chapter of Black Lives Matter seeks to take control of the narrative

02/28/2017 02:24 PM

BOWLING GREEN – The Black Lives Matter chapter in Bowling Green is less than a year old, but the founders of the chapter are coming together to start their own narrative about the role of the movement within their city. The Bowling Green chapter was founded in June of 2016. The four founders: Brandon Render, Veronica Reed, Lydia Billion and Chasity Rodgers created the chapter to help organize those wanting to take action, but they say some didn’t know how... Read more 

Fmr. Louisville Mayor, Obama appointee Jerry Abramson takes role with Bellarmine University

01/18/2017 03:25 PM

Jerry Abramson, Kentucky’s 55th Lt. Gov. and Louisville’s “Mayor for Life,” is returning to Louisville after serving in the Obama administration to join Bellarmine University. Abramson will join Bellarmine University next week as an Executive in Residence. Abramson returns to Kentucky from Washington D.C. where he served as President Obama’s director of intergovernmental relations the past two years. The former local, state and federal official will teach courses on leadership and civics and be available as a guest lecturer in... Read more 

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