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Status of Lexington’s Tree Canopy

  On February 20, 2014 LUFCG released its Urban Tree Canopy Assessment. It shows that our current tree canopy covers 24.56% of Lexington’s urban core. This number has increased 5% over the last 18 years. Data analysis shows that the existing urban tree canopy provides an estimated $30.6 million in savings to our community. Despite...

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Alliance Participates in Carbon Footprint Reduction Study

The Fayette Alliance is serving on the Natural Land, Food, & Agriculture Sub-Team of LFUCG Carbon Footprint Reduction study. This group is looking at how our local food, agricultural, and land-use systems can be improved to lower Lexington’s carbon foot print problem. To learn more about Lexington’s carbon footprint issues, click here. This report will...

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Equine Industry

The equine industry is one of the largest industries in Central Kentucky, contributing billions of dollars to Kentucky’s economy each year. The horse industry contributes $3.5 billion to our state’s economy. This signature industry is responsible for 96,000 jobs in the state, and more than 194,000 Kentuckians are involved in the business as horse owners,...

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Cattle Industry

Fayette County is not only famous for its horses, but also its livestock. Kentucky is the 8th largest cattle-producing state in the US. In our state 38,000 beef farmers raise approximately 2.2 million head of cattle, making it the largest cattle-producing state East of the Mississippi River. In addition to cattle raised for beef, Kentucky...

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Row Crops, Food Security, & Biofuel

Although row crops are one of the smaller agricultural industries in Fayette County, they are still vital to Lexington’s farm economy. There are 46.5 square miles of harvested cropland in Fayette Co. accounting for 16.45% of the county. In 2008, crop receipts in Fayette County totaled $14.4 million, a significant number coming from such a...

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Households & Lifestyles

The average household in Lexington has shifted more towards young adults and small units. Our demographics are changing in Lexington. 72% of all new residents in Lexington are singles and childless couples under the age of 30. And, on average, only 2.3 persons live in Fayette County households. In fact, in 2010, nearly 75% of...

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Capacity & The Need for an Innovative Growth Strategy

Lexington is a growing city with a changing demographic. Best estimates say that an additional 60,000 people will call Lexington home by 2030. One of the central questions facing our community is not if we grow, but how we grow—and can we do it in a way that positions our built, natural, and social environments...

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