economic development http://wfpl.org en Ultra High-Speed Internet Plan Headed to Louisville Metro Council http://wfpl.org/post/ultra-high-speed-internet-plan-headed-louisville-metro-council <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Louisville Metro Council committee Tuesday voted to award three franchise agreements to companies to install the infrastructure needed for ultra high-speed internet access in the city.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure now goes before the full Metro Council, which could consider it as early as Thursday.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9828 at http://wfpl.org Ultra High-Speed Internet Plan Headed to Louisville Metro Council You'll Soon Have to Pay Louisville Parking Meters on Saturdays http://wfpl.org/post/youll-soon-have-pay-louisville-parking-meters-saturdays <p>Soon, you'll get a parking ticket for not paying Louisville meters on Saturdays.</p><p>The city has for years had laws requiring motorists to feed the meters on Saturdays, but the Parking Authority of River City rarely enforced the rules, PARC said in a news release Friday.&nbsp;</p><p>PARC&nbsp;is changing that—and it's also increasing meter rates.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:46:19 +0000 Joseph Lord 9661 at http://wfpl.org You'll Soon Have to Pay Louisville Parking Meters on Saturdays Louisville Group Offers Ideas for Boosting Bourbon Tourism http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-group-offers-ideas-boosting-bourbon-tourism <p>A work group tasked with further developing bourbon-centric tourism in Louisville has made its recommendations.</p><p>The group suggests the creation of a bourbon visitors center, a bourbon and food festival and a bourbon certification for restaurant server and bartenders. They’d also like to see a larger bourbon presence at the Louisville International Airport and a marketing strategy for the city that centers around bourbon and food.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:11:48 +0000 Amy Talbott 9231 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Group Offers Ideas for Boosting Bourbon Tourism KentuckyOne Health Begins Layoffs http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckyone-health-begins-layoffs <p>KentuckyOne&nbsp;Health has begun cutting staff to make up the $218 million over the next 17 &nbsp;months its chief executive says is needed to make up a budget deficit.</p><p>KentuckyOne&nbsp;Health falls under Catholic Health Initiatives and was formed in 2012 to include Jewish Hospital and the St. Joseph Health System. In November 2012, University Hospital was added <a href="/post/university-louisville-hospital-announces-partnership-kentuckyone-health">through a joint operating agreement</a>—that was after Gov. Steve Beshear&nbsp;rejected a full merger.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:52:04 +0000 Joseph Lord 8627 at http://wfpl.org KentuckyOne Health Begins Layoffs Jim Wood Resigns as CEO of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau http://wfpl.org/post/jim-wood-resigns-ceo-louisville-convention-and-visitors-bureau <p>Jim Wood no longer leads the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.</p><p>The bureau announced Tuesday that Wood's resignation was effective at a board meeting the same day.&nbsp;</p><p>Wood has been the Convention and Visitors Bureau's president and chief executive &nbsp;for 11 years; a search for his replacement begins immediately, the bureau said.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:03:30 +0000 Joseph Lord 8389 at http://wfpl.org Jim Wood Resigns as CEO of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau Bill Calls for Tracking Kentucky Economic Development Incentives http://wfpl.org/post/bill-calls-tracking-kentucky-economic-development-incentives <p>A bill that would keep tabs on the money Kentucky gives out for economic development projects has cleared a House committee.</p><p>Kentucky spends about $1.4 billion each year on economic development incentives, with nearly half that amount going to “energy development” and the coal industry, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ccording to the New York Times.</span></p><p>Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the state doesn’t have a way to track that money.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:44:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8268 at http://wfpl.org Bill Calls for Tracking Kentucky Economic Development Incentives Kentucky House, Senate Leaders React to Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-senate-leaders-react-gov-steve-beshears-state-commonwealth <p></p><p>FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear gave his seventh State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, and leaders from both General Assembly chambers—and both parties—had quick reaction.</p><p>Senate President Robert Stivers voiced opposition to the governor's support of a statewide smoking ban, saying that although he does not smoke, he supports an individual's choice to do so.</p><p><strong><a href="/post/state-commonwealth-beshear-says-kentuckys-momentum-jeopardy">Related: State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy</a></strong></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 04:29:57 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8162 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House, Senate Leaders React to Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth Kentucky's General Fund Expected to Grow 2.5 Percent Over Next 2 Fiscal Years http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-general-fund-expected-grow-25-percent-over-next-2-fiscal-years <p>A panel of nonpartisan economists reports that Kentucky’s General Fund is expected to grow by just over 2.5 percent over the next two fiscal years.</p><p>That'll bring in about half a billion dollars. But in next year's budget, half of that will likely go toward pension payments, inflation on medical care costs and paying down nearly $160 million of a structural budget deficit.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7966 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's General Fund Expected to Grow 2.5 Percent Over Next 2 Fiscal Years What Louisville Can Do To Compete For Innovation and Growth http://wfpl.org/post/what-louisville-can-do-compete-innovation-and-growth <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville’s new downtown restaurant Sidebar is packed with young professionals—new transplants—from all over the country. They're attending&nbsp;</span>the monthly meet-up group New2Lou, which aims to welcome the recently-arrived to the city.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">When I ask them why they came to Louisville I get similar answers:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Humana, Ford Motor Company, the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">University</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; "> of Louisville.</span></p><p>Work.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 7745 at http://wfpl.org What Louisville Can Do To Compete For Innovation and Growth What's With All the Hookah Lounges in Louisville? http://wfpl.org/post/whats-all-hookah-lounges-louisville <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s Friday night on Bardstown Road and Friend's Hookah </span>Café<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is, quite literally, smoking.</span></p><p class="c1">A hookah bubbles,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">drawn by </span>Dair<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Sharipov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a 22-year-old regular at Friends. He comes here because it’s a laid-back alternative to going out drinking.</span></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 18:46:02 +0000 David Serchuk 7485 at http://wfpl.org What's With All the Hookah Lounges in Louisville?