economic development http://wfpl.org en 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? Greater Louisville Inc.'s CEO Addresses Layoffs in Open Letter http://wfpl.org/post/greater-louisville-incs-ceo-addresses-layoffs-open-letter <p>Greater Louisville Inc. is characterizing recent staff reductions as re-focusing on the organization&#39;s priorities&mdash;&quot;economic development and outstanding member services&quot;&mdash;and &quot;not just a cost-cutting measure.&quot;</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:34:49 +0000 Joseph Lord 7074 at http://wfpl.org Greater Louisville Inc.'s CEO Addresses Layoffs in Open Letter Guitar Emporium Likely to Reopen This Month http://wfpl.org/post/guitar-emporium-likely-reopen-month <p>The store’s walls were mostly empty but for some signed pictures, and a few guitars. Those few guitars were of quality.</p><p>There was a Bourgeois Small Jumbo acoustic costing $3,400. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gibson Les Paul electric, a rare Martin electric. And while these instruments might excite guitar geeks, they’ll probably get more excited to learn </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">where</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> they hung: the Guitar Emporium.</span></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:48:47 +0000 David Serchuk 6578 at http://wfpl.org Guitar Emporium Likely to Reopen This Month Report: Louisville Improves Standing for College Degree-Holders (But We're Still Behind) http://wfpl.org/post/report-louisville-improves-standing-college-degree-holders-were-still-behind <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the Louisville area, 25.4 percent of adults have a bachelor's degree—moving Louisville ahead of two peer cities in an annual progress report on educational attainment.</span></p><p>But even with that progress toward the city's top economic development goal, Louisville still ranks 14th&nbsp;out of 16. In last year's report, Louisville ranked last.</p><p>The KentuckianaWorks Human Capital Scorecard—released Wednesday—looked at Census data from 2009 to 2011.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:45:28 +0000 Joseph Lord 6453 at http://wfpl.org Report: Louisville Improves Standing for College Degree-Holders (But We're Still Behind)