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Lexington, Kentucky officials were honored to host a delegation from Lithuania on November 25, 2013, at Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, which included Zygimantas Pavilionis, Lithuanian Ambassador, Dalia Miniataite, Chancellor of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rimantas Krasuckis, Director of Food and Agriculture Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Vaidotas Asmonas, Attache for Agriculture and Commerce, and Eric Stewart, Williams and Jensen PLLC and President of the American-Lithuanian Business Council. Organized by Congressman Andy Barr’s office, the group learned about additional trade opportunities in Kentucky and toured portions of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
(Photos by Mark Turner, Commerce Lexington Inc.)
A group of about 40 business leaders from Central Kentucky visited Fort Campbell, KY on Nov. 14th as part of the 2013 Commerce Lexington Inc. Kentucky Regional Tour presented by Community Trust Bank. Fort Campbell has a major economic impact on the Hopkinsville region.
Great day in Bowling Green at Western Kentucky University for the Bluegrass delegation on the Kentucky Regional Tour presented by Community Trust Bank. Some 40 Central Kentucky business leaders are traveling throughout Western Kentucky to learn more about that region. Bowling Green officials visited Lexington KY last year for the same purpose.
More than 40 business leaders from Central Kentucky are visiting sites throughout Western Kentucky Nov. 14-15 during Commerce Lexington’s Kentucky Regional Tour presented by Community Trust Bank. The first stop today was at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
Coming off an informative and successful trip in and around the Louisville Region last year, a Bluegrass delegation of more than 40 people will participate in the 2013 Kentucky Regional Tour presented by Community Trust Bank on November 14-15. This two-day bus tour will highlight some of Kentucky’s key features in the far western portion of the Commonwealth.
In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition of visiting other areas of Kentucky when two busloads of political and business leaders from the Bluegrass Region toured Eastern Kentucky. The intention of what has now become the Kentucky Regional Tour is to listen and learn from the leaders in each of the cities and locations visited.
Danny Murphy (UK College of Law), who serves as Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Chairman of the Board this year, said, “These trips are great learning opportunities for people within our city and region. Not only do they allow us to say ‘thank you’ to leaders and elected officials in other communities across the state, but they also help us find commonalities and ways that we can work together that will benefit the state as a whole. My wife and I had the privilege to live and work in Paducah for several years before moving back to Lexington. Western Kentucky will always have a special place in our hearts, and I look forward to seeing how the region has grown over the years.”
Day one of the tour on November 14th will feature stops in Bowling Green at the National Corvette Museum and on the campus of Western Kentucky University, followed by visits to Commonwealth Agri-Energy and Fort Campbell near Hopkinsville, with a reception, dinner and overnight stay in Paducah. On day two (Nov. 15), we’ll learn more about Paducah from a variety of local business leaders, before heading to Ohio County for a tour of a surface mine at Armstrong Coal’s Equality Boot Mine.
[Blog entry by Mark Turner, Commerce Lexington Inc.]
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Lexington, Kentucky, and the Bluegrass Region are again racking up kudos from a variety of publications and on-line sources. In fact, there have been four new economic rankings and recognitions over the course of the last few weeks. In all, Lexington-Fayette County has been named among the Best Places to Live (#27, Livability.com), Best Cities for Home Buyers (#5, Movoto), America’s Top High-Tech Hotspots (#17, The Atlantic Cities), and the Best Places to Retire (#3, Money Magazine).
Throw in the fact that Lexington was also recently cited as a Top College Town (#5, Livability.com), a Google eCity for strongest on-line business community in Kentucky, and among the cities with the largest increases in high-tech startup density since 1990 (#4, Kauffman Foundation), and that’s seven recognitions just since the beginning of August 2013.
Of course, economic rankings are hard to gauge sometimes, simply because it only takes one change to the algorithm or methodology used in a ranking to send a city surging upward or spiraling downward. Still, when your city achieves recognition in a variety of categories from many different sources, people and businesses tend to take notice.
In April 2006, a tornado struck Warehouse C at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. In the aftermath, the building looked like a diorama: part of the roof and one wall had been artfully removed to reveal the 25,000 barrels stacked inside. Miraculously, not a single one of those barrels was damaged—proof, perhaps, of the Major League manager Leo Durocher’s maxim: God watches over drunks and third basemen.
Repairing the warehouse took several months, and during that time the barrels on the upper floors were exposed to rain, heat, and sun. Mark Brown, Buffalo Trace’s president and CEO, joked at the time that the distillery should sell the whiskey as “tornado-surviving bourbon.”
It turned out to be no joke. The barrels were opened about five years later (the liquor inside had then aged for nine to 11 years) and, says Brown, “the darnedest thing is, when we went to taste the whiskey, it was really good. I mean really good.” The company decided to label the bourbon “tornado surviving,” and aficionados—who also found it superior to the usual product—quickly snapped it up. One went so far as to write Buffalo Trace and ask whether it planned to make more. “Not deliberately,” Brown replied.
Yet the tornado bourbon got the distillers wondering: What are the perfect conditions for storing the barrels in which bourbon ages? It’s a question that no one had really asked before, despite the oft-noticed phenomenon that barrels situated near the windows in warehouses have a tendency to become what managers call “honey barrels”—that is, ones that produce above-average whiskey. Moreover, the storage question was a logical follow-up to one that Buffalo Trace had already been pondering: How do you make a perfect barrel?
Read more. [Image: Buffalo Trace Distillery]
Nice entry about Commerce Lexington member and area distillery Buffalo Trace.
While participating in events like tradeshows and handing out business cards at big networking events can be effective for business professionals simply based on the shear numbers of people in attendance, many Commerce Lexington Inc. members indicated that they wanted something more focused - something different that provides an alternative to “traditional networking.”
That’s where Commerce Lexington Inc.’s ConnectForLunch program comes in. It’s considered by many to be a great complement to the Business Link after hours events and other networking receptions, and has become a pretty big hit with over 130 members active in the program.
Businesspeople know that the whole point of networking is getting face-to-face meetings with other businesspeople. A face-to-face meeting gives another person time to get to know you and to know your business. It gives them time to build the kind of trust and confidence that gets you referrals and new customers.
Scott Himes with Riley Oil Company has participated in the program for some time and said, “For 25 years, I have attended various events designed for networking. I love the ConnectForLunch concept. The lunch setting gives you an opportunity to really connect with your fellow attendees.”
The Commerce Lexington Inc. ConnectForLunch program arranges face-to-face lunch meetings for you – as often as each week. That’s face-to-face meetings not with just one businessperson, but with two or three different Commerce Lexington members, making them more productive than just meeting with one person at a time!
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS:
Let’s say that you’d like to have a meeting over lunch with two or three different Commerce Lexington Inc. members next week:
1. The ConnectForLunch program puts you in a group with two or three CLX members.
2. The week before lunch, the people in your group will receive your bio with both your business and your personal information. At that time, you’ll get to view their bios as well.
3. ConnectForLunch will make the restaurant reservation for your group at a local CLX member restaurant. On the day of your lunch, all you have to do is show up.
4. When lunch is over, everyone pays for his or her own lunch. No more buying someone lunch just to get a face-to-face meeting!
5. You’ll have everyone’s name, address, phone number and bio in your own private ConnectForLunch account, available 24/7. No more sitting in your car after lunch writing on the backs of business cards!
COST OF THE PROGRAM:
The fee for the program is only $11.95/month for two meetings a month. That’s just a little more than what you’d leave for a tip to have a face-to-face meeting – with not just one, but with two or three other businesspeople!
HOW TO GET STARTED:
You can learn more about ConnectForLunch or sign up for a free trial in the program by going to www.ConnectForLunch.com/commercelexington.