Susan Speckert Joins Fayette Alliance As New Executive Director

Susan Speckert Named New Executive Director of Fayette Alliance Lexington, Ky. – The sustainable growth, land use advocacy group Fayette Alliance announced today the hiring of Susan B. Speckert as the organization’s next Executive Director starting on May 23rd. Most recently serving as General Counsel of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Speckert’s diverse background led […]

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Work On CentrePointe Garage to Start Soon

Work to start soon on interior walls for CentrePointe garage by Beth Musgrave, 4.15.16, Kentucky.com Construction crews have poured concrete for four columns of a three-story underground parking garage on the CentrePointe site in the last few weeks. Work will begin soon on the interior walls of the garage, CentrePointe developers said this week. Dudley […]

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Property Values in Fayette County Increase

Fayette landowners face billion dollar bump in property values by Linda Blackford, 4.14.16, Kentucky.com Starting Friday, thousands of Fayette County homeowners will get some unwelcome mail: a notice that their property has been reassessed at a higher value, which means they’ll owe more taxes this fall. That’s good news for schools and local government, which […]

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2016 Lafayette Seminar Focused on Economic Development and Collaboration

Economic development in university cities is all about collaboration by Tom Eblen, 4.10.16, Kentucky.com What are the secrets to economic development? An important one is collaboration. That point came through clearly last Thursday, when the University of Kentucky’s Gaines Center for the Humanities held its annual Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues. The keynote speaker was […]

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Ag-Preservation Tax Reform Dies in Legislative Session

Overhaul of farmland preservation tax break dies without a hearing by Linda Blackford, 4.7.16, Kentucky.com Legislation aimed at limiting Kentucky’s agricultural preservation tax break to working farms died without a hearing in this year’s legislative session, but discussion of the issue will continue, officials said Thursday morning. “We have just begun the conversation,” said David […]

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New Mixed-Use Development Slated for Main Street

Main Street building at former A1A bar site to include business, condos by Janet Patton, 4.5.16, Kentucky.com The defunct A1A Sandbar on Main Street has been sold for $1.2 million to a developer who plans to tear it down and build in its place a five-story mixed-use building. Developer Jeff Morgan wants to have a […]

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Mayor Gray Proposed $20 Million Budget Increase from Previous Year

Lexington budget includes money for more police, pool upgrades, youth sports complex by Beth Musgrave, 4.5.16, Kentucky.com Lexington Mayor Jim Gray unveiled a $345 million budget Tuesday that includes $5.2 million for a new fire station, $3 million for pool upgrades and money for 20 additional police officers. The general fund budget for the fiscal […]

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Mayor Gray’s Proposed Budget Revealed

BREAKING: Mayor Gray unveils proposed budget, with focus on safety, growth, recreation Staff Report, 4.5.16, BizLex.com Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday unveiled his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, with few surprises as the focus continues to be aimed at increasing public safety, economic growth and quality of life, including $7 million in support […]

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State Removes Funding for Lexington Convention Center from Budget

Senate cuts $60 million for Lexington Convention Center expansion from its budget Staff Report, 3.29.16, BizLex.com Prior to passing its own iteration of the proposed state budget last week, the Kentucky Senate voted to delete $60 million in bond funding for the expansion and renovation of the Lexington Convention Center. The amendment that removed the […]

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CentrePointe Deadline Expires on Wednesday

City deadline for downtown CentrePointe project is Wednesday by Beth Musgrave, 3.29.16, Kentucky.com Lexington officials remained mum Tuesday about what will happen Wednesday when a series of extensions on an April order to fill in the CentrePointe block expires. Under an agreement, the city could fill in the hole if The Webb Companies fails to […]

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