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Big Business Pushes Coal-Friendly Kentucky To Embrace Renewables

Kevin Butt’s job is to find cleaner ways to power Toyota. One of the hardest places to do that is at the automaker’s sprawling plant in central Kentucky, a state where nearly 90 percent of electricity still comes from coal. Butt points out a new engine assembly line, where a conveyor belt moves in a slow circle. He says it was specially designed with a more efficient motor. There are also enormous fans overhead and LED lights, all changes that [...]

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Modern Medicaid Alliance Launches “Medicaid Works” Campaign in Kentucky

Medicaid works. That’s the message of a new education campaign launched today by the Modern Medicaid Alliance. While political debates and policy discussions about health reform continue in Kentucky, the Modern Medicaid Alliance will educate policymakers and the public about the high value care Medicaid delivers, Medicaid’s innovative solutions that are saving taxpayer dollars and increasing coverage, and the need for Medicaid to remain a strong safety net for the people of Kentucky. “Medicaid plays an important role in providing [...]

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Toyota Reborn: $1.33 Billion Investment in Georgetown Plant Will Keep It Cutting Edge

Comprehensive project will prepare facility for new platform, streamline production processes, improve vehicle safety, quality and efficiency Already one of the world’s leading automotive plants by efficiency, productivity and technology, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc., known as TMMK, will undergo a $1.33 billion overhaul to increase manufacturing flexibility, Gov. Matt Bevin and TMMK president Wil James announced today in Georgetown. “This investment is absolute proof the Kentucky Toyota plant is not only a leader in manufacturing under the Toyota umbrella, but [...]

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Sine Die – Regular Session (2017)

The 2017 Kentucky General Assembly adjourned a few minutes before midnight on Thursday, March 30, to close out this 30-day legislative session. Although considered a “short” session, much was accomplished with leaders in both the House and Senate, as well as the Governor, declaring 2017 one of the most productive sessions in recent history. The summary below outlines the issues that successfully passed this session, as well as the issues that did not make it to the finish line. Bills [...]

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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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