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Week 3 – Regular Session (2017)

The General Assembly met last week and reached a key milestone for any legislative session – bill filing deadlines in both the Senate and House. Thursday was the deadline for new introductions in the Senate and Friday was the deadline in the House. In total, almost 790 bills were introduced in both chambers.  Approximately 534 bills were introduced in the House, which Speaker Hoover declared a record for a short session, and 253 bills were filed in the Senate. [...]

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Week 2 – Regular Session (2017)

The General Assembly reconvened in regular session this week. You will recall that the legislature was in session January 3-7, when they passed a record seven bills in five days, including Right to Work and repeal of prevailing wage. Week two didn’t find them quite as productive, but there were several items of note for KAM members: Remaining Priorities – Though the legislature acted on some of their key priorities the first week of the session, there are still items [...]

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Week 1 – Organizational Session (2017)

KAM’s Agenda is On the Move The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has supported and spoken in favor of both Right-to-Work and Prevailing Wage Repeal over the years, both before Legislative committees and in private conversations with legislators, as we believed that their adoption would enhance economic development in the Commonwealth. After the action of the General Assembly and the Governor last week, the adoption of those measures will become reality. In the first week of the session the legislature passed: House [...]

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Kentucky Prosperity Project Receives STAR Award at BIPAC Annual Deployment Partner Meeting in San Antonio

At the conclusion of BIPAC’s 2016 Deployment Partner Meeting on Tuesday, December 6, BIPAC President & CEO Jim Gerlach and Regional Vice President Cathy Mesch presented STAR Achievement Awards to several state partners. One of the recipients was the Kentucky Prosperity Project (KYP2), under the direction of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers. The award was given for overall E2E (employer to employee) communications, based on the efforts of KYP2 to “Educate, Engage and Empower” Kentucky’s manufacturing voters through regular [...]

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WorkingNation and Time Inc.’s Fortune partner to stream Episode 3 of “FutureWork,” a new documentary series by Barbara Kopple

Episode 3 of “FutureWork” premiere yesterday on Fortune.com and Time.com. The episode, titled “Model of the Future,” focuses on a two-year technical program developed by Toyota in central Kentucky that combines real work experience for incoming employees with advanced training in the field of robotics and automation. As manufacturing jobs “re-shore” back to the U.S., employers like Toyota are working to re-design education to fill millions of highly-technical jobs with people able to do them. In the episode, Kopple looks [...]

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Toyota Employees Go Extra Mile to Make a Difference

Several hundred Toyota employees spent this past Sunday at work, but not to make cars. Instead, workers teamed up with family and friends to make a difference, walking 1.86 miles and raising over $52,000 in support of two local non-profits. Quest Farm and Lex-Pro, organizations which provide opportunities for Central Kentuckians with disabilities, were beneficiaries of the Toyota-hosted 3K.  Each received $10,000 from the company, on top of funds collected by walk participants. Toyota partners with Quest Farm and Lex-Pro to [...]

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MakerMinded Web Portal Puts Manufacturing Education and Awareness at Kentucky Students’ Fingertips

Today the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) national manufacturing institute, in partnership with Tennessee Tech University’s iCube, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), and colleague national Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), announced the launch of MakerMinded across Kentucky. MakerMinded is a new online STEM learning and competition platform designed to impassion students about advanced manufacturing and provide them with transformational STEM learning experiences that set them on track towards 21st century manufacturing careers. MakerMinded’s digital platform will connect [...]

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eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute, Inc. gets $2.5 million AML Pilot Grant

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) announced today that eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute, Inc. (eKAMI) has been given preliminary approval for a $2.5 million grant by the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE) for an advanced manufacturing training project. The money would fund the establishment of an HTEC Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Paintsville, Johnson County, providing National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certified CNC skills training on state-of-the-art equipment to bridge the global skills gap [...]

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State Receives $467,000 Grant to Help Small Businesses Bring Kentucky-Made Products, Services Abroad

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced a $467,000 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant for Kentucky from the U.S. Small Business Administration saying it will help the Commonwealth’s small businesses find broader markets for their products and services. “STEP funding is an important part of our efforts to help Kentucky’s small businesses thrive by marketing their goods and services outside the U.S. This $467,000 grant will give companies in our state additional opportunities, insight and experience to trade internationally,” Gov. Bevin [...]

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Gov. Bevin, Sec. Ramsey Launch Statewide Apprenticeship Campaign

Gov. Matt Bevin and Labor Sec. Derrick Ramsey today announced the launch of the “Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.” apprenticeship campaign at Voestalpine Roll Forming Corporation (RFC) in Shelbyville. They were joined by Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton; Ray Leathers, Roll Forming Corporation President and CEO; and Micah Craig, Roll Forming Corporation Process Engineer. This initiative sets forth a goal of helping new program sponsors tap into the potential that apprenticeships have for their workforce needs. “In our efforts to make Kentucky the [...]

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