business development

Golf Course Industry

Nicklaus Design, the world’s leading golf course design company, has been engaged by Legacy Point Capital to design a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in the City of Wilmore located just outside Lexington, Ky.  

The project will be named “Legacy Point” and the Nicklaus Signature Course will be nestled among the horse farms of the Bluegrass State, and will play across naturally rolling hills, sprawling tree lines, and beautiful limestone creeks.

Iron Village Welders

A union official has told Kentucky lawmakers a former construction company that worked on public projects all over the Commonwealth used employees with falsified welding certificates.

Bill Woodward is president of the Iron Workers Southern Ohio and Vicinity District, which represents members in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia.

Woodward claims one of the projects done by Lamar Construction of Michigan had disastrous consequences for McCracken County High School.


General Colin Powell will receive the Alltech Medal of Excellence during the Alltech REBELation, a conference exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas in Lexington, Ky., May 17-20.

The Medal of Excellence is Alltech’s highest distinction, awarded annually to someone of great achievement and character. Previous honorees include scientists such as Dr. Eugenia Wang for her pioneering work in microRNA and agricultural leaders such as Norman Borlaug, the “father of the Green Revolution.”

Battelle Ventures

More jobs are coming to eastern Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers joined company and community leaders today (March 30) to announce that Rajant Corporation will establish a facility in Morehead.

Rajant, a pioneer in providing multi-frequency wireless solutions, plans to create 28 jobs and invest $762,000 into the project.

Westport News

With much of the Commonwealth crippled by continuing severe winter weather, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to small businesses across the Commonwealth with a Winter Storm Business Services Hotline and online services.

“While roads across the state are being cleared, businesses can still connect with us online to get their filings done or via our Winter Storm Business Hotline with any questions regarding their business transactions,” said Grimes.

Morehead Radio Shack to Close Doors

Feb 6, 2015
Apple Insider

Morehead’s Radio Shack Store is among those that will be closed as a result of the company’s bankruptcy.

The 25-hundred square foot facility in the Pinecrest Shopping Center appears on a list stores that will be mothballed as the Texas-based firm proceeds with its liquidation plan.       

The Radio Shack location in the Ashland Town Center does not appear on the list but a story in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch says there’s a “blowout clearance” sign in front of the store.

McConnell Discusses Tax Reform

Jan 16, 2015
The Nation

Kentucky’s senior senator thinks the new Republican-controlled Senate can reach agreement with President Obama on several key issues. Mitch McConnell is now the Majority Leader in his chamber.        

McConnell says trade and cyber security are strong possibilities. He says there’s also a chance for tax reform.

“The President at least at this point, has said he’s willing to do corporate tax reform only revenue neutral. The problem with that is you leave out most of American business, which pays taxes.” –Mitch McConnell

Groups Petition to Ban Railroad Tankers

Dec 17, 2014
North Country Public Radio

Oil is being shipped across the country in train cars that even the government says are unsafe, and two environmental groups are taking on the U.S. Department of Transportation, saying the agency isn't doing enough about it.

The Sierra Club and ForestEthics petitioned the department to ban the use of "DOT-111" tank cars with potentially explosive crude oil, because they are "prone to puncture, spills, and fires in train accidents."


Chances are good that you or someone you know plays a vital role in Kentucky’s vast manufacturing industry.

The Commonwealth is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers, representing 220,000 jobs. That means one in every eight jobs in Kentucky is in manufacturing.

Last year alone, more than 200 manufacturers announced new locations or expansions in the state. These projects are expected to create nearly 7,500 jobs and $2.2 billion in new investment.

American RadioWorks (Emily Hanford)

Did you know Kentucky is home to the largest peanut butter production facility in the world? That’s just one of thousands of products made in Kentucky.

While Kentucky is widely known for automobiles, bourbon and award-winning thoroughbreds, the Commonwealth is a melting pot for manufacturing.

Kentucky is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers, representing 220,000 jobs. Last year alone, more than 200 manufacturers announced new locations or expansions in the state. These projects are expected to create nearly 7,500 jobs and $2.2 billion in new investment.


Kentucky is paying tribute to one of its largest and most significant industries. Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in the Commonwealth.

“From automobiles and aerospace parts to raw materials to food and beverages, Kentucky is at the heart of manufacturing in this country,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our products are enjoyed by people around the world, and that presence is growing. I want to thank all those who work tirelessly to make Kentucky manufacturing such a vital part of our state’s economy.”

Japanese Plant To Locate in Corbin

Sep 22, 2014

A Japanese metalworking company is opening its first American plant in eastern Kentucky.

Kowa Kentucky Incorporated is locating in Corbin in the Southeast Kentucky Business Park. The announcement was made on Monday (Sept. 22) during a press conference in Frankfort.

Governor Beshear says it’s a vote of confidence in the Commonwealth. He says Kowa plans to employ about 30 people by April of 2015.

Beshear says Kentucky has offered tax incentives of up to 650-thousand dollars for the project. Kowa makes a metal surface treatment for automotive suppliers.

Alltech Expands To East Kentucky

Jul 21, 2014
PR Web

The Kentucky-based global nutrition company Alltech announced on Monday (July 21) it will build a distillery, fish farm and poultry-layer facility near Pikeville.

Deirdre Lyons is co-founder of the firm.

“We expect to spend ten to twelve million on the distillery, three to five million on the egg production and agriculture eight to ten to begin with.” –Deirdre Lyons

The development will happen on a new 380-acre industrial park known as Marion Branch. The city of Pikeville is extending water and sewer service to the site. 

Kentucky Struggles To Attract Big Business

Jul 7, 2014
Rivard Report

The secretary of Kentucky’s Economic Development Cabinet says the days of landing huge manufacturing firms that employ thousands of people are probably a thing of the past.

Larry Hayes says that’s just the nature of the modern economy.

West Liberty Business Development Needed

Apr 21, 2014

Morgan County State Representative John Will Stacy says nothing could boost his community’s recovery from the 2012 tornado more than business expansion and development.

The Democrat says not all the shops and businesses gutted by the storm have re-opened, so there’s a great need to reduce unemployment. He is encouraging entrepreneurs and existing businesses to locate in or expand in West Liberty.

Stacy is a life-long resident of West Liberty. He’s finishing his last term in the state legislature.

Proposal Would Bring Commerce To Ohio River Communities

Mar 6, 2014
Popular Resistance

A re-designation of approximately 220 miles of the Ohio River would have the potential of improving the region’s ranking with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the amount of cargo being transported through the Ohio River corridor.

Melissa Johnson, director of real estate development and logistics with Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and Eric Thomas, chairman of the Central Ohio River Business Association were the featured speakers at the Maysville-Mason County Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday (March 6).

New Life For Lexington's Turfland Mall

Feb 1, 2014

Lexington's Turfland Mall is no longer a shopping center in the typical sense, but it appears to be moving toward once again playing an active role in the community.  When it opened in 1967, Turfland was Lexington's first enclosed shopping mall. 

The University of Kentucky has announced a number of its health clinics will move into the former Dillard’s off Harrodsburg road. 

Developer Ron Switzer says the rest of the Turfland Mall structure is coming down. 

Ashland Riverfront Business Development

Aug 6, 2013
City of Ashland Webcam

Heavy rains this summer and high water on the Ohio River will not impair the city’s efforts to encourage more business development along the waterfront…That’s the view of Ashland Vice-Mayor Kevin Gunderson. 

Steady precipitation last month during Ashland’s annual “Summer Motion” celebration caused the river to spill over the city’s boat dock and make for soggy grounds in its Veterans Park. However, Gunderson says the festival was a success anyway and he doesn’t think entrepreneurs will shy away from investing in opportunities along the river…