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Chamber honors local leaders during annual dinner

Friday, February 22, 2019

Calvert City – Kentucky Lake Chamber of Commerce in Marshall County honored several members of the organization at its annual dinner which was held at the Lakeland Events Center. The honorees included Lubrizol Corporation as Industry of the Year, MCL Corporation which owns and operates several McDonald’s Restaurants including three in Marshall County received the Business of the Year award, Steve Fisk was named Citizen of the Year, Marcella Perkins, the founder of Marcella’s Kitchen was named Volunteer of the Year and Victor Waldrop was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Chamber also recognized several leaders in the organization including...
Murray State University Recognized as a Top Military Friendly School

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University has been recognized as a 2019-20 Military Friendly school by VIQTORY for the third consecutive year. The list is created annually based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans and survey responses. Murray State was one of 766 schools nationally who earned this recognition. Read full article. 
2018’s $5.3 billion in Kentucky projects is state’s second-best year ever

Monday, February 18, 2019

Manufacturers, service and tech companies in 2018 announced plans to create 14,500 full-time jobs FRANKFORT, Ky. – Companies pledged nearly $5.3 billion in expansions and new facility locations throughout Kentucky, making 2018 the second-highest in state history for corporate investment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. 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. Read full article. 
Gov. Bevin: Kentucky Scores $5.3 Billion in Planned Business Investment for Second-Best Year Ever

Monday, January 28, 2019

Manufacturers, service and tech companies in 2018 announced plans to create 14,500 full-time jobs 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. Read full article. 
Improving quality and transparency of Kentucky’s workforce systems prioritized in executive order from Gov. Bevin

Thursday, January 24, 2019

With the continuing struggle to meet the workforce needs of Kentucky employers, Gov. Matt Bevin signed an executive order bringing together stakeholders to implement strategies to improve the state’s workforce efforts. The executive order comes as employers continue to struggle with the talent they need even with more than $1 billion of state and federal funds for training and educating Kentuckians for the workforce. Read full article. 
Tractor Supply Company Breaks Ground in Benton

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Retailer to provide one-stop shop to serve rural lifestyle BENTON, Ky. – Tractor Supply Company has begun construction on a retail store in Benton. Construction on the store, located at 1738 Mayfield Highway, began in August with a goal of opening in the winter. Tractor Supply will serve as a one-stop shop for the Benton community’s farmers, livestock and pet owners, ranchers, part-time and hobby farmers, gardeners, homeowners, tradesmen and others. Continue to full article
New Website Highlights Kentucky Lake’s Business and Industry Assets

Friday, January 04, 2019

Benton, KY – Kentucky Lake Economic Development just launched a comprehensive website to elevate its online presence and showcase Marshall County, Kentucky’s abundant opportunities and business advantages. This will serve as an important asset for site selectors and investors. “We are extremely excited to reinvent how we do economic development in Marshall County, Kentucky, with Kentucky Lake Economic Development. We are on the verge of a more aggressive and strategic approach moving forward that is generating a level of energy in our community that we have never seen before,” said Josh Tubbs, president of Kentucky Lake Economic Development. “Our community partners...
China, US should stand together: Kentucky governor

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The United States and China provide tremendous benefit to the world through our strong and productive economies. In fact, recent statistics show that our two countries together produce a combined 39.4 percent of the global GDP. Therefore, it is critical that we work together economically for the good of our countries and for the good of the world. Currently, much of the global media attention is focused on the trade negotiations between our nations. They use sensational words and phrases such as "trade war" and "conflict". This is both inaccurate and unhelpful. When our two large and powerful economic engines interact,...
Marshall County superintendent Trent Lovett recognized as Murray State outstanding alumnus

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

MURRAY, Ky. — Trent Lovett, superintendent of Marshall County Schools, received the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Service Award from the Murray State University College of Education and Human Services during the college’s 33rd annual Homecoming Breakfast on Oct. 27. “Our college is grateful to claim exceptional alumni like Trent Lovett who go out of their way to serve their communities and school systems, to affect change and to act as positive role models,” said Dr. David Whaley, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “With more than 30 years of commitment to education in Marshall County, Trent was an obvious...
Kentucky Association Reimagines Economic Development Focusing On Kentucky's Growth Potential

Monday, December 17, 2018

My parents scrapped, worked hard, and continually tried to provide a better life for our family. Mom saved change in our rented kitchen pantry. Dad was a former miner forced to find new employment, and I remember mom giving him a five dollar bill and a bag of canned goods and saying “Goodbye” as he left to go to Morehead State University for a week at a time to help build a better life for our family. Together, my parents supported and provided everything I ever needed. My childhood taught me that prosperity is dependent upon strategic, long-term planning and...
Gov. Bevin Leads Economic Development Mission to China

Friday, December 14, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Gov. Matt Bevin this weekend departed on his administration’s first economic development and trade mission to the People’s Republic of China, a weeklong trip to build business and diplomatic connections in one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies. Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development executive officer Vivek Sarin and Erran Persley, the cabinet’s executive director for international affairs and business development, joined Gov. Bevin for the trip. The group plans on strengthening relationships with Chinese companies already operating in Kentucky, as well as developing new business and government connections to fuel future growth. Continue to full article
Governor's School for Entrepreneurs Applications Now Being Accepted

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – The next session of the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) will take place June 23 through July 13, 2019 at Northern Kentucky University. Students currently in 9th, 10th and 11th grade can apply at www.KentuckyGSE.com.   Applications are due by Jan. 20, 2019 and selections will be announced in April 2019. Students who attend GSE can earn high school class credits, scholarships to Kentucky colleges and universities and receive access to the tools necessary to start their own businesses. The Kentucky Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs is a relative newcomer on the list of Kentucky Governor’s Schools, having opened to its first...
Murray State, Technology Council of West Ky. and Key Partners to Lead Region's Innovation Efforts

Monday, December 10, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Gov. Matt Bevin announced today the KY Innovation office selected Murray State University and its partners to establish a regional hub to serve, attract and cultivate more innovative entrepreneurs and startup businesses in west Kentucky. Murray State’s Center for Telecommunications Systems Management (CTSM) will partner with the Technology Council of West Kentucky (TCWK) and entrepreneurship service providers throughout the area to launch a Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) hub. RISE hubs are part of KY Innovation’s 120-county effort to modernize Kentucky’s support for high-tech, high-growth-potential businesses. West Kentucky’s consortium, which includes partners in Murray, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville...
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Louisville Lands Daily Nonstop Los Angeles Flight to Grow and Attract Businesses for Kentucky

Friday, November 09, 2018

An American Airlines daily nonstop flight between Louisville International Airport (SDF) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will boost business travel options for multiple regions of Kentucky while helping attract both West Coast and international corporate investment, Gov. Matt Bevin said during an announcement today. “To recruit business and grow jobs, we must make it easy to get to and from Kentucky as directly and quickly as possible. This new flight by American Airlines adds another great option for people to travel from LAX to Louisville and surrounding communities,” Gov. Bevin said. “Currently, it takes the better part of a day...
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Gov. Bevin Leads Economic Development Mission to China

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Gov. Matt Bevin this weekend departed on his administration’s first economic development and trade mission to the People’s Republic of China, a weeklong trip to build business and diplomatic connections in one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies. Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development executive officer Vivek Sarin and Erran Persley, the cabinet’s executive director for international affairs and business development, joined Gov. Bevin for the trip. The group plans on strengthening relationships with Chinese companies already operating in Kentucky, as well as developing new business and government connections to fuel future growth. “Chinese-owned companies are already substantial employers in Kentucky,...
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Kentucky beginning a long journey East

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has an unstoppable optimistic outlook about the future business relationship between his state and China. In early November, Bevin is leading a delegation to visit China for the first time since he took office in 2015 because he holds a long-term view of the relationship. Bevin believes that while the leaders of the two countries are resolving their differences, business-to-business, state-to-state, person-to-person communication is the way to go to grow Kentucky’s relationship with China and the model for future success. Click here for the complete article.
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CPE earns $400,000 grant to better serve adult students

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has been awarded a $400,000 Lumina Foundation grant to encourage more adults to pursue certificate and associate programs in business, information technology, transportation/logistics, advanced manufacturing, healthcare and construction. Kentucky’s Adult Promise program will raise awareness of tuition-free education programs available through the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) program, and build program supports like better advising and mentoring to ensure adults persist in their educational goals. The program will target low-income and underrepresented adults who have no prior postsecondary credential. “Kentucky is not going to meet its workforce and education goals unless we re-engage our adult population,”...