Focus on Business

6:00am

Mon July 14, 2014
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Focus on Business: Amy Cloud on Jessamine County Expansion

Nicholasville is the fifth fastest growing city in Kentucky and Jessamine County was the tenth fastest growing county, according to the latest U.S. Census.  What does this growth look like and mean?

Discussing it with Tom Martin is Amy Cloud, CEO of the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce.  In this role, Cloud is on the forefront of many issues raised by the expansion Jessamine is now experiencing.

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9:59am

Tue July 1, 2014
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Focus on Business: Robert Wagoner on Lexington's Urban Core and its Unrealized Potential

Lexington’s downtown has come a long, long way in recent years; restaurants, music venues, the farmers market and Thursday night live. But, we still hear people say they avoid downtown, and it usually has to do with uncertainty about parking. That’s the focus of Tom Martin’s conversation with Robert Wagoner, a retired commercial real estate and development professional whose projects include the Tates Creek, Palomar and Lexington Green shopping centers.

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9:27am

Mon June 16, 2014
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Focus on Business: Ron Mossotti on the Evolution of Digital Technology

To be in the communications business these days requires staying up to date on the latest developments in the endless evolution of digital technology.  It’s the focus of Tom Martin’s conversation with Ron Mossotti, President of Lexington’s Hammond Communications.

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8:52am

Tue June 3, 2014
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Focus on Business: Bob Stewart on Latest Trends in Kentucky Tourism

Tourism contributed more than $12 billion to Kentucky's economy in 2013. Tourism was responsible for more than 175,000 jobs in Kentucky last year, and those jobs generated more than $2.8 billion in wages. Bob Stewart is secretary of Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. He talked with Tom Martin about some of the latest trends in Kentucky tourism.

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11:08am

Thu May 29, 2014
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Focus on Business: Kip Cornett on Social Media and Lexington's Creative Culture

Kip Cornett is president, CEO, and namesake of Lexington’s advertising and creative agency, “Cornett.” His firm employs 52 and is just a few months away from its 30th year in business. 

May 19th was a big day at Cornett. The firm has won the Webby “People’s Choice” Award in the “Professional Services” category - recognition in what amounts to the “Oscars” of the Internet, presented annually since the late 1990’s. 

Tom Martin talked with Kip Cornett not only about this distinction, but also about Lexington’s creative culture.

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9:52pm

Wed May 14, 2014
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Lexington Officials Considering Horse Farm, Historic Building Tours

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    Lexington tourism officials are investigating introducing two new tours; one with a rural focus, the other urban-centered. 

The Blue Grass is known for its horse farms, but getting an up-close experience has typically been challenging.  Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau President Jim Browder told city leaders this week there's interest in a new approach to horse farm tours.  

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9:45pm

Wed May 14, 2014
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Pikeville Looks to Zip-Lines to Further Tourism

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Pikeville officials hope an eight run zip-line fits well into their current efforts to boost tourism dollars in the eastern Kentucky community.  It will be situated in the city's Bob Amos Park. 

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3:12pm

Mon April 28, 2014
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Toyota Moving Hundreds of Workers Out of Northern Kentucky

Credit theautochannel.com

Toyota is closing its Erlanger headquarters and moving almost 1,600 jobs out of Northern Kentucky as part of a nationwide consolidation of the company's operations.

Company officials gathered employees at its Erlanger offices Monday afternoon to tell them the news. All workers there will be offered jobs either at Toyota's new headquarters in Plano, Texas, or at an expanded technical center in Michigan.

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4:57pm

Mon April 21, 2014
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Despite Lack of State Funds for Rupp, Some See Project as Potentially 'Transformative'

Commerce Lexington President Bob Quick
Credit bluegrasssports.org

Most of the talk about moving forward with plans to re-work Lexington's Rupp Arena and build a new convention center has come from local and state government officials.  But, the business sector in the Bluegrass region also has a stake in downtown development.  

 

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11:33am

Mon March 24, 2014
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Focus on Business: Ron Crouch on Business Trends

Ron Crouch is Director of Research and Statistics, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet in Frankfort. He oversees the development of databases on demographic, social, educational, workforce, and economic issues and trends relating to life in the Commonwealth. He spoke recently with Tom Martin about the numbers flowing across his desk and what they mean to us.

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10:49pm

Mon March 10, 2014
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Focus on Business: Mukang Cho on Real Estate Financing

Mukang Cho is CEO of In-Rel Properties, a privately held Florida real estate investment firm founded in 1985 with approximately $500 million in assets under management. Chase Tower on East Main Street in downtown Lexington is the firm’s first Kentucky acquisition.

It is among more than 6 million square feet of office and retail properties throughout the United States owned by In-Rel. With transactions to his credit valued at more than $100 billion, Cho is an expert on real estate financing. 

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9:41pm

Mon February 24, 2014
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Focus on Business: Chris Young on Bluegrass Angels

Chris Young is a member of the Bluegrass Angels, a seed funding organization of some of Kentucky’s most accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Tom Martin’s conversation with Young begins with something new for The Bluegrass Angels:  a “Launch Fund” – Chris’ concept of a competition to provide funding to entrepreneurs who have interesting business ideas, but are not yet far enough along to present them to the Bluegrass Angels group.  As a result of its first competition, held recently, the Fund awarded $25,000 investments to each of four finalist companies.

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9:25am

Mon February 17, 2014
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Damaged Corvettes to Get Fix-up by GM

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Eight cars that fell into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green last week will be getting a little tender loving care.  The prized sports cars were damaged when a 40 foot wide by 25 foot deep sinkhole swallowed them early last Wednesday.

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9:35pm

Mon February 10, 2014
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Focus on Business: Paul Coomes on Current Economic Conditions

Paul Coomes is a retired Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville and a consultant for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced economists in the Commonwealth. He spoke with Tom Martin about current economic conditions.

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10:59am

Wed February 5, 2014
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Food Truck Talk in the Midst of Winter

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This time of year might be considered the off season for food truck vendors, but it still prompted some discussion at Lexington City Hall Tuesday.

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7:30am

Mon January 27, 2014
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Focus on Business: Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Economic Advancement Efforts

While Lexington and Louisville remain rivals in many areas, the mayors of both cities continue to move forward on a mutually beneficial economic partnership. They formed the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM).  They commissioned the Washington, D.C. think tank, The Brookings Institution, to conduct a study into the feasibility of creating a 22-county economic region, anchored by Lexington to the east and Louisville to the west. 

In this week's Focus on Business, Tom Martin discusses some of the study's findings and its vision with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

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10:37am

Mon January 20, 2014
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Focus on Business: Chamber of Commerce Agenda for the Ky General Assembly

As the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly gets underway, Kentucky businesses are keeping an eye on Frankfort.  Tom Martin spoke with Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Adkisson.

There’s more information about the Kentucky Chamber’s detailed agenda at www dot KY Chamber dot com.

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12:04am

Tue December 31, 2013
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Focus on Business: Putting Entrepreneurs Together with Investors

Putting Kentucky entrepreneurs together with Kentucky investors is the aim of a new web-based network being rolled out in January by the state Cabinet for Economic Development.

Tom Martin talked with Dean Harvey, executive director of UK’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, about the Kentucky Angel Network.

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8:00am

Mon December 16, 2013
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Focus on Business: Creative Talent as Community Resource

Commonly heard among economic development and education professionals is that in this 21st Century world creative talent drives a community’s economy and makes it an interesting place to live, work and play. In many cases, such talent lives and plays locally, but their work is not confined to the local economy. “Live local, work global,” as the saying goes.

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9:07am

Fri December 13, 2013
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The 2014 'Stingray' Gets High Marks

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The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is driving home a second "car of the year" award. The vehicle manufactured at the Bowling Green General Motors plant has been  named Autoweek's Best Car for 2014. Automobile magazine last month gave similar honors to the Stingray.

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8:00am

Mon December 2, 2013
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Focus on Business: Science, Education Research & Innovation

Tom Martin of the Lexington Herald Leader speaks with Kris Kimel, co-founder and president of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, a non-profit that champions science, education, research and innovation in the Commonwealth.

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7:24pm

Fri November 29, 2013
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Focus on Business: Lexmark Ex VP Marty Canning

Tom Martin speaks with Marty Canning, Executive Vice President of Lexmark International Incorporated and President of “Imaging Solutions and Services.” 

He has held that position since 20-10.  Prior to that, Mr. Canning headed Lexmark’s former Printing Solutions and Services Division.  Much has changed since those days, including the expertise and skills the company now requires of its employees. 

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11:19am

Mon November 11, 2013
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Focus on Business: Fixing Lexington's Sewer Problems

For years, hard rains in Lexington have caused sanitary and storm water sewer systems to overflow into streams and even homes.

These illegal “Sanitary Sewer Overflows,” are the basis of a 2006 lawsuit filed against the city by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Kentucky. A 2011 Consent Decree gives Lexington 10 years to fix the problem. 

The agreement requires the city to establish a Capacity Assurance Program (CAP). It was developed by a seven-member task force that produced 19 recommendations for a plan submitted early this year to the EPA. 

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2:15am

Sat November 2, 2013
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Focus on Business: EKU President Benson

Tom Martin, of the Lexington Herald Leader, speaks with Dr. Michael Benson, new President of Eastern Kentucky University about his first few months on the job.

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12:15am

Sat October 12, 2013
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Focus on Business: Kentucky Businesses & the Affordable Care Act

Tom Martin of the Lexington Herald Leader speaks with Margaret Levi, lawyer with the ­Lexington firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, and author of The Impact of Health Care Reform on Kentucky ­Employers, a 68-page booklet published by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Read more here on Kentucky.com 

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/10/07/2864150/what-kentucky-businesses-need.html#storylink=cpy

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10:31pm

Mon September 23, 2013
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Focus on Business: Central KY Housing Market

Tom Martin of the Lexington Herald Leader speaks with Al Blevins, President of the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors about The Central Kentucky housing market.

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8:25am

Wed September 11, 2013

11:17pm

Sun September 8, 2013
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WEKU, Tom Martin Focus on Business

Tune in for Tom Martin's Focus on Business reports Monday at 7:35 am and 5:45 pm on the WEKU Stations

Tom Martin, well known for his reports on the central Kentucky business scene, can now be heard on WEKU-FM. Martin’s “Focus on Business” report will air Mondays at 7:35 a.m. during Morning Edition and will be repeated on Mondays at 5:45 p.m. during All Things Considered.

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