Business and the Economy

2:49pm

Thu January 10, 2013
Business and the Economy

Borrowing for Campus Projects

Renovations to the University of Kentucky's football stadium and the University of Louisville are among the projects that will benefit from a bipartisan General Assembly agreement is allowing state universities to use their own ability to issue bonds for capital projects.  The soon-to-be approved projects were rejected during 2012 budget negotiations, but will be revived once lawmakers pass an authorization bill, House Speaker Greg Stumbo says.

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11:01am

Wed January 9, 2013
Business and the Economy

Smoking Ban’s Economic Effects Debated

Given how much Kentucky’s budget depends on tobacco taxes, would a statewide smoking ban deal it a staggering blow? A new poll shows public support for a smoking ban is inching up every year. Though the ban likely won’t get a vote during this year’s General Assembly, state politicians are confronting those economic questions more directly.

10:35am

Tue January 8, 2013
Business and the Economy

Toyota Camry Sales Top Competitors

Toyota had predicted a big year for the Kentucky-built Camry sedan in 2012. The car had a new design, supplies of the Camry had been depressed by an earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the country was beginning to emerge from the long national recession. But they didn’t expect a year this big.

3:49pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Business and the Economy

Land Trust Strategy in Lexington

A financing scheme spawned by a road construction project could transform a downtown Lexington neighborhood.  By providing cheap property, the Community Land Trust hopes to build a hundred homes in the Davis Bottoms community.  Land Trust Director Barbara Navin believes residents could move into those new houses within two years.

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6:56am

Mon January 7, 2013
Business and the Economy

Culvert Project Tied to Major Revitalization

Construction crews begin work this morning on a culvert in a downtown Lexington neighborhood.  It signals another small step in a massive roadway extension and community revitalization project.  It may not sound like major construction, but work on a new culvert along DeRoode Street does mean progress on the Newtown Pike Extension Project.  A sizeable portion of DeRoode Street will be sealed off through summer.  It will likely complicate travel to Nathaniel Mission…still Director David McFarland says the mission will remain open.

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5:46pm

Fri January 4, 2013
Business and the Economy

Alpha Natural Resources to Lay Off 200 Coal Miners in Eastern Kentucky

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Coal company Alpha Natural Resources announced today it will idle four underground mines in Harlan and Letcher counties. Two hundred miners will lose their jobs, while about sixty people will be moved to other positions or other mines.

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5:44pm

Thu January 3, 2013
Business and the Economy

Lexmark Acquires Health Care Software Company

Lexington-based Lexmark International announced Wednesday it has acquired a health care software company. It's the sixth such technology acquisition since mid-2010 for the printer company, which has expanded into more computer software and services. Lexmark paid $45 million for Minneapolis-based Acuo Technologies, which markets its Universal Clinical Platform software to hospitals and other health care providers.

5:15pm

Thu January 3, 2013
Business and the Economy

Recycling Future in Lexington

Recyclers are always in the market for more converts.  One way to do that is to better educate the public on the nuts and bolts of recycling.  That’s was the purpose of tour today in Lexington of a downtown recycling center.    The first week of January finds a larger than usual pile of recyclables in the receiving station, bound for processing.

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1:30pm

Thu December 27, 2012
Business and the Economy

Coal Tax Worries

A decline in coal mining tax revenue has many of Kentucky’s top officials concerned.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Governor Steve Beshear say they are concerned about the declining revenues from the coal severance tax. The tax is used for a variety of state, county and local infrastructure projects, mostly in Eastern Kentucky. Beshear says the drop in revenue reflects the tough market for Kentucky coal.

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5:51pm

Wed December 26, 2012
Business and the Economy

Rupp Arena Switches to Pepsi

For the first time ever, Pepsi beverages will be served at concession stands in Rupp Arena, the Shops at Lexington Center, the Lexington Opera House, Triangle Park and at Lexington Center events. G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc. of Cincinnati signed a partnership agreement with the Lexington Center Corp. to become the official beverage provider at several facilities controlled by the company beginning Jan. 2. Coca-Cola products have been served at Lexington Center since it opened 37 years ago, in 1976.

12:24pm

Wed December 26, 2012
Business and the Economy

Economic Prediction for 2013

Economic growth in 20-13 could mirror the growth seen this year in Kentucky.  Ken Troske, who directs the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky, predicts another two to three percent in economic growth.  Troske adds this year’s economic improvement came slower than anticipated.

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5:05pm

Mon December 24, 2012
Business and the Economy

Shoppers Flock to Stores for Last Minute Gifts

Elizabethtown residents Martin and Martha Moreman and their son, Matthew, 18, made a last-minute stop Sunday at Kohl’s to find a final Christmas gift. The gift was for the couple’s 8-year-old great-nephew. Though Martin Moreman said they didn’t have a specific toy in mind, the couple brought their son along to make sure the right present was chosen. Ultimately, the family picked out a remote control-operated truck. “We know him; we know what he likes,” Martin Moreman said.

11:36am

Wed December 19, 2012
Business and the Economy

Two Tech Companies Move to Louisville

Louisville's technology sector will become larger when two companies from New Albany, Ind., across the river to a historic building downtown. Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday welcomed Indatus and sister company Mocurao to an East Main Street building that was the original home of Four Roses bourbon.

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3:42pm

Fri December 14, 2012
Business and the Economy

Parking Prices and Spaces

One day, motorists in downtown Lexington may be asked to pump coins into street side parking meters at night.  Currently, downtown parking at all meters is free after five p-m.  By charging a fee, Lexington Parking Authority Director Gary Means says the city can open up more spaces in the evening.  “Parking is a supply and demand issue and so if the demand becomes so great that some of the merchants start seeing, ‘hey there’s people parking in front of my bar, my restaurant all night long and they never move and Gary, what can we do about that?  Then, we would start to look at enforcement,” said Means.

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3:27pm

Mon December 10, 2012
Business and the Economy

Official Says Japanese Distiller May Bid for Beam, Inc.

A Japanese company is said to be considering making an offer to buy Beam, Incorporated. An official with Suntory Holdings tells Bloomberg News that the Osaka-based whiskey and beer maker could make a solo bid for the American distiller or a joint offer with Diageo, the global spirits company headquartered in Britain.

3:55pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Business and the Economy

Young Entrepreneurs Go Camping

A new state program will advise young entrepreneurs on how they can turn a bright idea into a business plan.  Next June at Georgetown College, 50 high school students will learn more about innovation and creative thinking.  Liz Knapp with the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation believes some of the ideas will later morph into profit-making products.

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3:09pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Business and the Economy

Despite Drought, Ag Revenues May Set Records

Despite experiencing one of the worse droughts in U.S. history, agriculture economists in Kentucky are projecting record cash receipts for the state’s farmers.  During their annual outlook during the Kentucky Farm Bureau conference, economists from the University of Kentucky say they think Kentucky will break the $5-billion barrier in revenues this year.

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2:41pm

Wed December 5, 2012
Business and the Economy

Bluegrass Employment Prospects

Fayette County’s best opportunities for job growth may lie outside manufacturing.  In a report delivered Tuesday to Lexington’s city hall, demographic specialist Ron Crouch made some predictions on job growth between now and the year 20-18.  With suitable land in short supply, Crouch says there are few places to build new factories.    “You know one of the things I hear in Lexington-Fayette County is , you need more manufacturing jobs.  Well, in fact, because of cost of the land in Fayette County and the cost of doing business, you’re probably not an area that’s gonna attract a lot of manufacturing.  It’s gonna be more health care, more retail trade, and more education,” said Crouch.

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1:57pm

Tue December 4, 2012
Business and the Economy

Newspapers Begin Charging for Online Content

Starting this week, the Herald-Leader and four other Central Kentucky newspapers will charge for unlimited access to their websites, a growing trend as the newspaper industry continues to struggle with revenue declines. In Kentucky, more than half of newspapers now charge in some form for online access, said David Thompson, executive director of the Kentucky Press Association.

12:32pm

Mon December 3, 2012
Business and the Economy

Christmas Tree Cutting in Kentucky

This week marks what might be called ‘prime Christmas tree’ cutting season.  At least, that’s the hope for owners at Kentucky’s 15 Christmas tree farms.  Steve McManus, who operates Cathole Bend Christmas Tree Farm in Garrard County, planted some 20 thousand trees in 2004.  However, it was another four years before any of that crop went to market.

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2:11pm

Sun December 2, 2012
Business and the Economy

Lexmark in Midst of Major Change

Lexmark International’s decision earlier this year to shutter its inkjet printer operations and lay off 550 Lexington workers might have surprised some, but it was mounting evidence of a business in transition. For the past several years, the Lexington-based printer maker has been in the midst of changing strategies and made five key acquisitions since 2010 designed to take the company further from its roots only in printers and more into computer software and services.

3:32pm

Fri November 30, 2012
Business and the Economy

Kentucky to Receive Sky-High Publicity in December

During December, Kentucky and its business climate will be featured in a 32-page supplement featured in American Airlines' onboard magazine for passengers. American estimates there's the potential for more than 12 million passengers to see the piece in Hemispheres during the month, according to a news release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office.

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1:17pm

Fri November 30, 2012
Business and the Economy

Toyota Offers Incentives to Manage Retirements

Now that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky has celebrated more than 25 years of operation in Georgetown, more than 20 percent of its workforce is nearing retirement. In hopes of managing the large number of retirements, the company announced an incentive program for eligible workers if they agree to retire in intervals determined by Toyota.

3:55pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Business and the Economy

Affordable Housing on Various Fronts

Reducing homelessness in Lexington will in large part depend on the availability of affordable housing.  That’s one direction a special government commission seems to be taking.  The Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness has produced a draft report.   Co-Chair Steve Kay says affordable housing will be key component of the final report.   “If we can do a better job of providing adequate housing for those people, we can significantly reduce the numbers of people who are homeless and the number of people who are going to find themselves in a homeless situation.  Housing is one of the key parts of what we will be addressing,” said Kay.

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11:42am

Tue November 27, 2012
Business and the Economy

Buying Kentucky Made in December

A large number of Kentucky arts and crafts people hope consumers do more than just shop in the Commonwealth.  They are banking those holiday shoppers will also buy Kentucky-made products.  Victoria Faoro (FAIR-oh) directs Berea’s Kentucky Artisan Center.  “You know our hope is that people, new people will become aware of the wonderful products that are being made in the state and will think first about buying something Kentucky, whether it’s a Kentucky crafted quilt or mug or piece of jewelry or Kentucky Proud foods,” said Faoro.

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2:36pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Business and the Economy

State Spending $3 Million on Tax Amnesty Initiative

The state government of Kentucky is spending $3 million on a tax amnesty program that officials hope will bring $55 million in revenue. In 2002, Kentucky launched an amnesty initiative that garnered $40 million. Governor Steve Beshear announced this effort in October to help balance the two-year budget that will allow citizens and businesses to make restitution.

12:00am

Fri November 23, 2012
Business and the Economy

Dressed Up for Black Friday

First there was “Black Friday,” and then “Cyber Monday.”  Now, consumers are urged to shop local on Saturday.  Holiday sales are also important to small retailers.  Lexington’s Bella Rose, which is a clothing boutique near the University of Kentucky, has displayed dresses in its window for more than 30 years.  Store founder Betty Spain says the staff specializes in customer service…finding the ‘right dress’ for the ‘right woman’.

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10:40am

Wed November 21, 2012

10:38am

Wed November 21, 2012
Business and the Economy

Canadian Company to Create Jobs in Bowling Green

Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday joined company and local officials to welcome Davert USA to Bowling Green, according to a news release from the governor's office. The Canadian-based company chose Bowling Green as its first U.S. location and plans to create 20 new, full-time jobs and invest more than $2.3 million in the project.

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3:35pm

Mon November 5, 2012
Business and the Economy

Kentucky's Ballot Question on Hunting and Fishing

A Constitutional Amendment guaranteeing a Kentuckian’s right to hunt and fish is on tomorrow’s ballot.  It has not gotten much attention this election season.   Pike County Representative Leslie Combs says the amendment is intended to preserve hunting and fishing rights, while also protecting the state’s wildlife populations.   Combs, along with House Speaker Greg Stumbo, is a key sponsor of the legislation

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