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Omaha World-Herald

Today, Gov. Andy Beshear highlighted the great news that Morehead-based agritech business AppHarvest began trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

“AppHarvest opened the largest greenhouse in North America, one of the 10 largest buildings in the world, with the most sophisticated LED lighting system that’s ever been created, I believe. And they’ve just provided their first crop of tomatoes to grocery stores all across the East Coast,” the Governor said.

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On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Kentucky hospitals will receive an additional $800 million to $1 billion annually to help advance the quality of care of Medicaid members and provide a stable base for hospitals that will extend beyond the financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MedCity News

Leaders of the newly formed U.S. Medical Glove Co. LLC expect to create 192 full-time, high-tech jobs at a Paris manufacturing facility to produce medical-grade gloves, Gov. Andy Beshear announced today.


On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear welcomed one of the state’s latest corporate donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), which will help bolster the commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

St. Claire HealthCare

St. Claire HealthCare has announced the Morehead – North primary care clinic has now fully reopened with a new team of healthcare providers led by Laith J. Sweis, MD, and Mary Caric, APRN.

Dr. Sweis, a board certified physician in both internal medicine and pediatrics, joined the SCH medical staff in 2019 and Caric has been caring for patients as part of St. Claire’s primary care team since 2010.

There Is A Future

Kentucky continues attracting new business investment as Rajant Corp., the provider of Kinetic Mesh® wireless networks, plans a $2 million relocation and expansion project in Rowan County expected to create 26 additional full-time jobs in the coming years.

Lexington Herald Leader

The Kentucky housing market continued its strong start despite March being the beginning of the “COVID-19 season”.

March home sales were up 3.6% over last year cresting at 4,194 (up from 4,048). Sales volume in March continued to climb, reaching $884.7 million. This bested the March 2019 figure of $773.9 million by nearly 15%.

Nationwide existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 8.5% from February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.27 million in March.

Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.

Distilling in the state of Kentucky has always been hard work.

Manning the stills in the bitter cold of winter and through the dog days of summer can be exhausting. Rolling 500-pound whiskey-filled barrels to and from the rickhouse takes strength and skill. 

Waste Advantage Magazine

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wastequip, a manufacturer of waste handling equipment for customers throughout North America, will further the commonwealth’s effort to create jobs for all Kentuckians with the location of a new distribution center in Mt. Sterling. The new facility, a $7.28 million investment, is expected to create up to 100 full-time jobs.

CHI St. Joseph Health

Michael E. Horn, MD, has joined CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. Dr. Horn has practiced hematology and oncology in Lexington, Ky., for the past 20 years. He was first drawn to oncology when one of his family members underwent treatment for a cancer diagnosis.


Following through on his commitment to transparency and open government, Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday released documents related to Kentucky’s investment in Braidy Industries.

The documents include a letter of intent regarding Kentucky’s $15 million investment, stock purchase agreement, voting agreement and investors’ rights agreement. The documents reveal the names of those invested in Braidy Industries.

“In releasing these documents, we are showing Kentuckians that we are committed to transparency and open government,” said Gov. Andy Beshear.

AgTech Scientific

Gov. Matt Bevin has congratulated AgTech Scientific on the grand opening of its 2-million-square-foot indoor hemp cultivation facility and ag processing center in Paris, part of an original $5 million investment, which has now been surpassed many times over, creating 271 jobs.

Kentucky Wired Project

Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers today announced a major milestone achievement for the Commonwealth’s high-speed fiber optic network – KentuckyWired.

The first portion of the network, known as Ring 1A, is now complete and includes Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Additionally, a key backbone segment from Lexington to Somerset has also been completed, allowing for expansion of the network into Eastern Kentucky as the project moves into the next phase.

Chamber Coalition

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking public input on proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals to ensure certified businesses can compete fairly for federally-funded transportation projects.

The Cabinet’s Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development (OCRSBD) is developing an annual DBE participation goal, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration. Once approved, the goal will be in effect for three years beginning Oct. 1, 2020.

Aluminum Insider

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Dajcor Aluminum Ltd., a Canadian manufacturer of extruded and fabricated aluminum products, plans to create up to 265 full-time jobs as it invests nearly $19.6 million to locate its first US operation near Hazard.


Saint Joseph Mount Sterling has earned Sleep Center Accreditation from The Joint Commission by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards and a commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin today accepted with regret the resignation of Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, effective at the end of May.


Gov. Matt Bevin today joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. executives and local officials to announce a $238 million investment to add production of two models at the Georgetown plant; the Lexus ES Hybrid and RAV4 Hybrid.

American Whiskey Trail

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced companies pledged nearly $5.3 billion in expansions and new facility locations throughout Kentucky this year, making 2018 the second-highest in state history for corporate investment.

From those investments spanning 374 individual projects, businesses plan to create more than 14,500 full-time jobs in the coming years. The state’s 2018 performance brings the Bevin administration total to $18.1 billion in announced investment and 50,745 jobs announced, more than any previous four-year administration in Kentucky.

PPI Global

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced Precision Pulley and Idler (PPI), a supplier of idlers, pulleys, bearings and other products to the major bulk and material handling component industries, will locate a $10.75 million manufacturing operation in Maysville with plans to create 134 full-time jobs over the next 10 years.

Winchester Sun

East Kentucky Power Cooperative plans to demolish the powerhouse of a decommissioned power plant in Clark County, Ky.

The powerhouse and stacks of Dale Station, located in southern Clark County on the Kentucky River, will be torn down and removed over the next year.

The plant ceased operations in early 2016. Since that time, the powerhouse, which houses the plant’s generating units, has been unused and is beginning to deteriorate.

Independent Stave Company

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced barrel manufacturer Independent Stave Co. will create 220 jobs for Kentuckians with a new $66.5 million cooperage in Morehead.

Fresh Plaza

Startup indoor farming company Hydroponic Farms USA will invest more than $44.5 million in Eastern Kentucky’s Breathitt County and create 121 jobs with the construction of a new facility on a reclaimed mine in Jackson, Gov. Matt Bevin announced.

Kentucky Communications Network Authority

The Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) installed a “hut” next to Maysville Community and Technical College on December 14, 2017.  The hut is part of KentuckyWired’s high-speed fiber optic cable network being installed in every county in Kentucky.

Miami Herald

Small Business Saturday has quickly become synonymous with the first Saturday after Thanksgiving as a means to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses. This national Shop Small marketing campaign also coincides with holiday events and activities already planned in many Kentucky Main Street (KYMS) communities.

Logan West

On the brink of closure only a year ago, Logan Corp.’s mining equipment plant in eastern Kentucky will move to a new building five times its current size, invest $2.6 million and hire 70 new employees to meet soaring demand for its new line of custom dump truck beds, Gov. Matt Bevin announced.


St. Claire Regional (SCR) is proud to welcome Cletus Carvalho, M.D., board certified psychiatrist, to our Medical Staff. Dr. Carvalho will serve as Medical Director for our Behavioral Health Unit.

With more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Carvalho comes to SCR from UK HealthCare where he held a variety of positions, most recently Medical Director of the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry.

The Little Loaf

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced Euro Sticks Group, a French family-owned manufacturer of ice-cream and coffee-stir sticks that he visited in April during an economic development mission to Europe, plans to open a 90-job facility in Corbin with an initial $15 million investment.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University was one of the sponsors for the Ideafestival held at the Morehead Conference Center.

According to the meeting, Kentucky’s largest export industry isn’t tobacco, automotive or even bourbon. It is aerospace. The aerospace industry exceeded $8 Billion dollars in 2015 alone.

Ellie Puckett of Space Tango and MSU President Wayne D. Andrews welcomed the group to the event.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University Center for Regional Engagement, East Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the Kentucky Innovation Network will host the 29th East Kentucky Leadership Conference April 28-29 at the Morehead Conference Center.

The theme for this year’s conference is “The Next Big Thing is Really Small.” MSU’s program developing “really small” micro-satellites will be featured along with other technological drivers of the new economy developing in Eastern Kentucky.