The Business Side

Lane Report

Tuition is going up again at a number of colleges and universities in Kentucky and while students and parents are used to annual bumps and jumps some are starting to question what that college education is actually buying?  This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Lane Report executive editor Mark Green about a recent article on Return On Investment or ROI as it pertains to a college education.

Business Lexington

Industrial hemp has been in the news a lot lately, thanks to its legalization in the 2018 Farm Bil.  (In fact this week is the tenth annual Hemp History Week.)  But along the way hemp growers and producers have faced uncertainty, unintended consequences, headaches and hurdles.  We talk about a few with Tom Wilmes, editor of Business Lexington.

Mark Turner

Thursday Night Live, enhancements to our bike and pedestrian trails, specialized small business loan programs, Coldstream Research Park, these are just a few of the ideas implemented here in Lexington that had their roots in other communities.  Every year Commerce Lexington conducts a leadership trip to cities of similar sizes and demographics.  This year's trip was to Raleigh, North Carolina.  What was discussed?  What was learned?  This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Commerce Lexington Board Chair Jeff Koonce.


This week on the Business Side who better to preview the 35th annual ONE The Alltech Ideas Conference than the global company's president and CEO Dr. Mark Lyons?  He spoke exclusively with WUKY's Alan Lytle.  The conference runs from Sunday May 19th through Tuesday May 21st in downtown Lexington and features keynote speakers, Bear Grylls, Chris Zook and Ramez Naam.

Smiley Pete Publishing

Did you sip a mint julep this past Derby weekend?  You certainly had plenty of company.  This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Business Lexington editor Tom Wilmes about Kentucky's bourbon industry, which despite outside economic pressures, shows little sign of slowing down.  Meanwhile the popularity of craft breweries in Central Kentucky place the area among some rather elite company.

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This week on the Business Side, in honor of National Small Business Week, (May 5-11) WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Shawn Rogers, director of the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center at the University of Kentucky.   The center provides one-on-one consultations at no cost to existing and potential entrepreneurs in Central Kentucky.

A housing affordability study commissioned by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in 2015 showed 6,600 households couldn’t find housing within their means in Fayette County. With the effects of ongoing gentrification, the report predicts an additional 400 existing affordable housing units will be rehabbed, and priced out of reach for low-income residents every year.  One possible solution is Accessory Dwelling Units, (ADU's)  City leaders are holding a series of public meetings on ADU's.  We talk about it with Lane Report executive editor Mark Green.

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One of the fastest growing programs at the University of Kentucky is the Gatton College of Business and Economics’ MBA program drawing both traditional and non-traditional students.  This week they’re holding their annual professional Open House Event featuring a number of successful program graduates.  WUKY talks with program director Harvie Wilkinson.

Lane Report

Tourism season is about to get into full swing in Kentucky and while most people would quickly name bourbon and horse racing as top draws there are other sectors that play an even more significant role in bringing people and money into the Commonwealth.  This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle discusses the findings in a new report on outdoor recreation in Kentucky with Lane Report executive editor Mark Green. 

Smiley Pete Publishing

WUKY's Alan Lytle gets a preview of the new Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse coming soon to City Center from Tom Wilmes, editor of Business Lexington.  There's also news on a number of other establishments opening up this spring in Lexington.