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KAM President & CEO Announces Retirement

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kentucky’s most effective advocate for manufacturers, announces that President & CEO Greg Higdon has informed the Board of Directors of his plan to retire from his position. He will continue to serve the Association until an orderly transition is complete. Mr. Higdon, a Brescia College graduate, also served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He served ten years in the Kentucky Senate where he held several Leadership posts. He also served as Deputy Secretary [...]

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Millions of Manufacturing Jobs Could Go Unfilled

A jobs program in Louisville is filling a skills gap and putting Americans back to work. James Michael Logsdon, a Louisville auto mechanic, hadn’t been in a classroom in 40 years when his company went out of business in 2015, but he was keen to learn something new. He enrolled in a free program for blue-collar workers at KentuckianaWorks, a regional job-services group that offers education and training courses and connects students with prospective employers. In five weeks, he got [...]

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Week 7, Recess Break – Regular Session (2017)

The Kentucky General Assembly completed their 28th legislative day on Wednesday night, finalizing the bulk of its work for the 2017 Session. There were a few items of unfinished business that may be considered on the session’s final two days March 29 and 30; here are the issues that are key for KAM: Workers Compensation Reform – Please call your state senator at 1-800-372-7181 and ask that they pass HB 296.  HB 296, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger), is [...]

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Kentucky Places Second in National Rankings for 2016 Economic Development Success

Kentucky placed second nationally in economic development projects per capita last year and first in the South Central region according to Site Selection magazine, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. The rankings – part of Site Selection’s annual Governor’s Cup awards – make 2016 the third consecutive year Kentucky has placed first or second in the per-capita competition. Numerous Kentucky metropolitan and micropolitan regions also placed on top-10 lists for their economic development achievements. As well, Kentucky ranked seventh nationally in [...]

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Week 6 – Regular Session (2017)

The Kentucky General Assembly met for only three days last week but accomplished a great deal, with heavy committee and floor activity in both the House and Senate. The legislature is in recess today and will reconvene on Tuesday and Wednesday to continue passing bills and taking concurrence votes in each chamber. Thus far, the Legislature has met 26 of the 30 legislative days reserved for the 2017 Regular Session. With two legislative days remaining this week and two [...]

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MWM “Stand Up for STEM” Awards

To recognize and elevate the work of incredible mentors, companies, and organizations engaged in mentoring within Kentucky Award Event: The MWM Stand Up for STEM Award will be presented at the KAM Manufacturing Our Future Conference & Trade Show, May 31 at the Lexington Convention Center. A 3D printed trophy created by Stratasys and an MWM award certificate will be presented to the winner by Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, Honorary Chair, MWM KY. Eligibility: Any individual, organization or company engaged in [...]

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Week 5 – Regular Session (2017)

Friday marked the 23rd day of this short, 30-day session of the Kentucky General Assembly. With seven days remaining, the Legislature is reaching a critical point as they work to finalize bills that will pass before adjournment. Last week, many of the remaining priority issues started moving through the process. We expect a busy week ahead although the General Assembly will only be meeting for three days, and will use Thursday and Friday as “working/recess” days. This is somewhat [...]

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UK professor selected for team aligning higher education, manufacturing workforce needs

University of Kentucky College of Engineering Associate Professor Fazleena Badurdeen is one of six educators selected for a national expert educator team to align higher education curricula with manufacturing workforce needs. The team was formed by Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS). Fazleena Badurdeen (UK Now Photo) The team will collaborate with LIFT’s technology project teams to identify how colleges and universities can modify curricula and related [...]

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LIFT, KY FAME to roll out teacher externships to connect classroom with manufacturing

Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) and the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) today announced the pilot of a statewide rollout of a teacher and instructor externship program with the state’s manufacturers. The statewide pilot follows the successful 2015 externship program in which LIFT and KY FAME teamed with the Northern Kentucky Industry Council. In the statewide pilot, LIFT, a Manufacturing USA institute, and KY FAME are working to help up to 135 teachers and instructors connect classroom learning [...]

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Majority Leader Jonathan Shell Passes Workforce Development Legislation Requiring ‘Essential Skills’ in K-12 Education

Today, the House passed a critical measure to provide K-12 students with an essential skills curriculum, which includes vital skills for anyone entering the workforce. House Bill 454, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, requires the Kentucky Department of Education to develop this curriculum for all school districts for the 2017-2018 school year. These skills include the following: adaptability, diligence, initiative, knowledge, reliability, working well with others, and remaining drug free. Specifically as it relates to drugs, this bill directs [...]

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