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Kentucky Wired Project

The state’s KentuckyWired project reached another milestone, placing the last of 20 local telecommunications huts across the state.  The final hut was installed in Henderson, near U.S. Highway 41 and the Henderson bypass on June 27. 

The huts, housing communications equipment vital to the KentuckyWired fiber optic network, are located primarily at state police posts and Kentucky Community and Technical College campuses.

BSCTC

Ivanka Trump, advisor to President Donald Trump, visited Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) as part of an eastern Kentucky workforce training tour. She was joined by Gov. Matt Bevin, Congressman Hal Rogers, Secretary of Workforce Development and Education Derrick Ramsey and CEO of Alliance Resource Partners Joe Craft.

Trump, Bevin, Rogers and Ramsey were part of a roundtable discussion along with BSCTC President Sherry Zylka, Hazard Community and Technical College President Jennifer Lindon, students and local business executives.

Kentucky.gov

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes this week met with Chinese Embassy officials to continue to cultivate the economic and cultural relationship between Kentucky and the People's Republic of China. Grimes is Kentucky's chief business official.

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.

Start Up Nation

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging entrepreneurs and persons interested in starting a business in Kentucky to participate in National Write a Business Plan Month this December.

"This is a great time to develop a plan for a new Kentucky business or update older plans," said Grimes. "Businesses with clear plans and goals are more likely to succeed, so I encourage people to use the business planning tools my office provides online.”

Adventure Tourism Boosts Kentucky's Economy

May 10, 2014
The Lane Report

The Bourbon Trail and adventure tourism are being credited with boosting Kentucky’s tourism numbers over the past year. 

Figures released by the state show a two-point-six percent increase in tourism dollars over the last year, bringing the total economic impact to 12-and-a-half billion dollars.

Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Bob Stewart also says the number of industry conventions and business meetings are also on the rise. 

Appalachian Arts Discussed At Economic Development Conference

Oct 31, 2013
www.mtnmade.com

Using the arts to further local economies in eastern Kentucky is the focus of a Somerset conference this week. The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design meeting brings together local leaders, non-profits, community organizations, and citizens. 

Jack Herlihy studies economic development in Appalachia.  He says many talented eastern Kentuckians take their talents to other communities, such as musicians heading to Tennessee.