1) There's still time to RSVP for Kyndle's 2015 Industry of the Year Award breakfast, this Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Henderson Fine Arts Center. The featured speaker will be Henderson native Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers' Association. He's an insightful, engaging spokesperson for one of Kentucky's signature products. Check out this presentation he made at a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon back in July.
2) Accuride's wheels plant in Henderson continues to rack up national accolades for its efficiency and quality. Last year the plant was awarded the very prestigious Association for Manufacturing Excellence Award in 2014. Last week the plant was honored with a Masters of Quality Award from Daimler Trucks North America. Just goes to show the Kyndle region has a world-class work force.
3) I attended PackExpo 2015 last week, a huge packaging and logistics trade show in Las Vegas. I was there to meet folks in the packaging/logistics industry and tell them about all the benefits or relocating or expanding in Northwest Kentucky. One of the more interesting booth exhibits I saw was a robotics company that set up a life-sized Rock' Em Sock 'Em Robots display that passers-by could play.
4) After Henderson County Judge-executive Hugh McCormick announced at the State of the County luncheon last week that he was proposing a new 1 percent occupational tax, I wondered how many of the Kentucky's 120 counties have similar taxes. Turns out it's two-thirds.
5) The McLean County Public Library will host a Meet the Candidates event at 6 p.m.this Thursday. State Rep. Jim Gooch and State Sen. Joe Bowen will be on hand to greet folks and answer questions.
6) For the first time in a long time, a Hust is no longer managing or working for the Providence Journal-Enterprise. After many years as publisher, Charlie Hust, who took over in that job from his father, Edd, has retired from the newspaper business, a year after the Hust family sold the paper to the Kentucky New Era.
7) Former Miss Kentucky and Amazing Race contestant Mallory Ervin has done a great video showcasing Union County, her home. The video was produced by Union County First.
8) If you want to find out more about where the I-69 Ohio River bridge and its approaches might get built here, attend the Henderson City-County Planning Commission meeting Tuesday night at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Henderson Municipal Center. I'll be making a presentation on the bridge routes to the commission.
9) In the last 36 months, Kyndle and its predecessor economic development organization, Northwest Kentucky Forward, have helped attract, add through expansion or retain nearly 1,750 jobs and helped facilitate just over $150 million in capital investment in the four Kyndle counties. And by "helped" I mean connecting companies to state and local incentives, aiding with specific requests made by firms, recruiting them to the area, assisting them with workforce issues, acting as a liaison with local or state government and/or anything else we can do to help businesses grow here. That 1,750 only counts projects in which Kyndle participated in some fashion and does not count retail jobs.
10) Lots of informative, valuable Kyndle events coming up. Check out the calendar here.