Work Ready Skills Initiative funds second round of projects

The Work Ready Skills Initiative Advisory Committee has selected recipients for its second round of funding. Approximately $33.1 million in bond money was dispersed to more than a dozen projects aimed at developing a highly trained workforce to meet the needs of employers and to promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians.

Bevin Administration Extends P3 Deadline for Capital Plaza, Convention Center Project

Developers and investors considering the state’s proposal to raze the aging, 26-story Capital Plaza Tower and redevelop it and the adjacent Frankfort Convention Center and Fountain Place Shops have a little more time to put together their deals.

Kentucky Chamber: State Should ‘Aggressively Solicit’ P3 Partners to Improve Infrastructure

Maintaining and improving Kentucky’s infrastructure is critical to the state’s success in attracting and keeping businesses, particularly given its central location. And public-private partnerships should be part of the solution to help keep Kentucky competitive, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Trump Infrastructure Plan Could Rely on ‘Creative Financing’

President Trump’s infrastructure plan will be out in a few weeks. Funding for big federal projects could need “creative financing,” according to Kentucky Transportation Sec. Greg Thomas.

Kentucky P3 law recognized during National Infrastructure Week

Kentucky is getting some well-deserved attention for its P3 laws during National Infrastructure Week, which started Monday.

Tennessee, automaker team up on workforce development

Tennessee and Nissan have joined forces to open a Tennessee College of Applied Technology campus in Smyrna. The campus will train workers on automotive technology.

Ohio launches online marketplace for reuse, recycling

Launched by the state’s Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Materials Marketplace allows Ohio businesses, not-for-profits and government organizations to list available or needed scrap and byproduct materials such as wood pallets or used bricks.

Kentucky Seeks Partner to Demo, Replace Capital Plaza, Frankfort Convention Center

One of Kentucky’s tallest buildings could be coming down this summer, if a private developer can be found to take on the task.

Public, Private Sectors Join Forces For Economic Development

With the steady loss of coal jobs over the years, leaders in Eastern Kentucky are striving to build the workforce of tomorrow to bring good-paying jobs to the region. SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) is a bipartisan effort, launched in 2013 with a mission to create jobs and growth opportunities, as well as improve the quality of life in the 54-county region.

Communities Look To P3 For Upgrading Technology

From smart phones to programmable thermostats to digital assistants like Amazon’s Echo, individuals embrace technology that helps them run their homes and lives more efficiently. Local governments are beginning to do the same with smart-city initiatives, using technology to integrate management of traffic flow, public transit, utilities, government buildings and more.