The Business Side

Spotlighting issues affecting the bottom line in Central Kentucky.

University Press of Kentucky

Few Kentuckians can boast of a life and career than that of James Hardymon.  From growing up on the banks of the Ohio River during the Great Depression to acquiring executive management roles at large international companies, Mr. Hardymon helped build corporations as a CEO, learned the ropes of Wall Street and interacted with US Presidents and Congressional leaders.  Hardymon “retired” from the Global company Textron in 1999 but he’s arguably busier than ever giving back to UK, including spearheading the recent public private partnership that resulted in the construction of new residence halls on campus.  Now you can read about his life story.  Engineering Corporate Success – is a memoir comprised of numerous interviews conducted by Terry Birdwhistell, the senior historian at UK’s Nunn Center for Oral History.  Terry and Jim recently stopped by our studios to talk about the project.

The Lane Report

This week on the Business Side Lane Report executive editor Mark Green talks about the release of the magazine's annual Market Review for Central Kentucky.

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One of the largest International brand conferences takes place in Cincinnati this week.  Brandemonium runs from October first through the fourth at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.  This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle gets a preview of the conference from co-founder Kevin Canafax. Also, an important editorial note – Brandemonium is a past WUKY underwriter.

This week on the Business Side we go behind the scenes of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale with Paulick Report's Natalie Voss.  In addition to the usual bidding wars she says there's been quite a bit of chatter about the controversial New York Times story about Triple Crown winner Justify's failed drug test before the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Distillers Association

September is Bourbon Heritage Month and we are using the occasion to examine the economic health of one of Kentucky's signature industries.  Business Lexington editor Tom Wilmes and WUKY's Alan Lytle talk about some recent bourbon news stories that may hold the answer.

Ky tourism cabinet

A new report shows that tourism is up in Kentucky, with more people visiting the state and spending more money while they are here.  In fact, visitor trips to and within the state topped 71.6 million last year and visitor spending rose to nearly $7.6 billion, up nearly 4% over the prior year and a 21% increase since 2013.  The figures come from a study from Tourism Economics, the state Department of Tourism's new research partner.  Acting Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism Jay Hall discusses the findings with WUKY's Alan Lytle.

Accessory Dwelling Units or ADU’s are small housing units sometimes called "in-law suites" or "granny flats," built on a single-family residential lot.  Some provide housing alternatives for those who wish to age in place by staying in their current homes and neighborhoods, as well as for those seeking affordable housing, smaller or more accessible housing options and/or assistance from family members or caregivers.   ADU’s are illegal in most areas of Lexington but the city’s planning and zoning commission is holding another public input session this Tuesday night on newly proposed regulations for ADU’s.  This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle and Business Lexington editor Tom Wilmes discuss the economic pros and cons of more little houses popping up in our neighborhoods.

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This week on the Business Side while Kentucky's burgeoning hemp industry has been soaking up the headlines Nicholasville-based Alltech, an animal nutrition and wellness company, continues to pursue its strategy of innovation in agribusiness.  Lane Report executive editor Mark Green has just published an in depth story on the company and he talks about it with WUKY's Alan Lytle.

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The Fayette County Public Valuation Administrator's Office has a new enhanced website and this week on the Business Side Lexington PVA David O'Neill tells us all about it while also dispelling general myths and misperceptions about his office.

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This week on the Business Side we get a roundup of recent local business headlines with Tom Wilmes, editor of Business Lexington.  There's news on a new hotel opening at the Summit at Fritz Farm, a new LaRosa's and Skyline Chili coming to Brannon Crossing, the new Target Mini-Store near the UK campus, and the continued growth of the Warehouse Block along National Avenue.