Career Opportunities and Resources for Employment (CORE) Supports Region’s Immigrants

People from all over the world call our region home. And many of our region’s employers have a global footprint.

Did you know that our region is also home to Kentucky’s only field office for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as well as the Kentucky office of Refugee Resettlement?

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has often spoke of being a welcoming and inclusive community that supports all of our international citizens from “refugee to PhD.”

The city’s Career Opportunities and Resources for Employment (CORE) program brings career resource opportunities to the increasing number of foreign born-residents throughout the region.

WorldFest Louisville, KYThe second annual CORE event will take place on Friday, August 30, from 1:00-5:00pm at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

The program will held in conjunction with Worldfest, a celebration of our global culture with international food, music, and other events.

If your company is interested in getting involved in the CORE program, contact Peggy Baas at 502-574-1379, Peggy.Baas@louisvilleky.gov, or Brenda Frank at 502-574-2018, Brenda.Frank@louisvilleky.gov, by August 16, 2013.

For more information about WorldFest, visit the website.

Connecting Two States — Another Ohio River Bridge Project

Milton Madison Bridge ProjectWhile the Ohio River Bridges Project has been getting most of the local publicity, another important bridge project is ongoing just up the river between Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana. In fact, the $131 million dollar Milton-Madison Bridge Project – a joint effort between the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) – will soon be completed. This project is a new bridge, using elements of an older span that was completed in 1929, less just months after the stock market crash that started Great Depression. Eight decades and millions of vehicle crossings later, the bridge had deteriorated to the point that it needed to be replaced.

In 2008, KYTC and INDOT launched the Milton-Madison Bridge Project to replace the aging structure. Ironically, during the Great Recession of 2009, federal stimulus funding became available for infrastructure projects, which INDOT and KYTC aggressively pursued, obtaining a $20 million grant toward the cost of replacing the bridge. Ground was broken in November of 2010. State and federal funding have been identified for the remaining cost of the project, which is being evenly split. The project has been estimated to have created or preserved 1,400 jobs.

Innovative construction methods include the building of a new truss bridge on temporary piers alongside the existing bridge, which has allowed the bridge to stay open during construction. As the old bridge is demolished, the new truss will be slid onto the existing piers, which are being strengthened for reuse. The new bridge will look similar to the older span’s steel truss design, but will include wider lanes and be able to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians.

The Milton-Madison Bridge was named one of the top 10 bridge projects in the country in 2011 by Roads and Bridges Magazinereceived a 2012 Best of What’s New Award from Popular Science Magazine, and received several state and national engineering awards for innovation.

Interestingly enough, when the original bridge opened in 1929, drivers were required to pay a 45 cent toll and pedestrians a nickel, for crossing the Ohio. The new bridge is scheduled to be open later this year.

For more information, visit www.MiltonMadisonBridge.com.

Request for Proposal: KIX Seeks Support to Brand Regional Veterans Initiative

The mission of KIX is to cultivate regional thinking and most importantly regional action around shared opportunities and mutual challenges.  One of those mutual challenges regional employers face is being able to find talent to meet their workforce needs.  But because Fort Knox is home to the U.S. Army’s Human Resources Command and all transition services for Soldiers leaving the Army, our region has a unique opportunity to tap into military talent like no other.  That’s why KIX is developing a regional initiative to tap into that talent and leverage it as a distinct competitive advantage.

KIX is seeking the professional services of a marketing communications firm to help us develop a brand for the initiative.  Those interested in submitting proposals can download the attached RFP and Questionaire.

New Regional Sports Park Hosts a National Youth Baseball Tournament

KIX team member Conrad Curry finds a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon in our region: at a venue that is attracting visitors from all over the country. Read more about Conrad’s outing to a great regional asset – the Elizabethtown Sports Park.

New Regional Sports Park Hosts a National Youth Baseball Tournament
by Conrad Curry

Elizabethtown Sports Park

One of the things I most look forward to is taking my grandsons out to lunch and a movie on Saturdays. This week was no different, but with an early lunch and “World War Z” not starting until 2 pm, it looked as if we’d have some time on our hands. Then I remembered that the Athletics Baseball Youth Nationals were underway at the Elizabethtown Sports Park. Why not take in a game, I thought?

There are 88 teams in the tournament ranging from under-9 to under-14 in six divisions. Some teams, along with thousands of fans and parents, had traveled from as far away as Hawaii to get here. And since we’re just a few miles from the park, it made perfect sense for us to take advantage. The boys agreed.

When we arrived at noon the parking lots were crowded with vehicles bearing

license plates from many states and games already being played on every field. The grandstands were filled with cheering fans, and the atmosphere very similar to that of a major league ballgame. Visitors to the facility, many wearing their team’s colors, were lined up at the concession stands, walking on the paths that separate the fields, or sitting at one of the many convenient benches or picnic tables eating hotdogs, popcorn, and other traditional ballpark treats. Everyone looked like they were

having a good time. I know we were.

The Sports Park itself is pristine, with 12 ball diamonds groomed to big league perfection. It’s difficult to imagine that only a few years ago this same area had been a mostly wooded floodplain. But what started as a dream for a few local visionaries has become a world class athletic facility, and one that is dr

awing the attention of an entire nation. The Youth Nationals are living proof of that.

We found seats at a “12 and under” game that was just starting, featuring a Louisville team going up against a squad from Texas. Soon we were cheering, swapping stories, and enjoying the game with a group of folks who had just driven two days from Austin to get here. All of them were totally in awe of the Sports Park and of the well organized, professionally executed event they were taking part in. And since they would be in town for two weeks, each was looking forward to seeing more of our region. Many had already made plans to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and to catch some races at Churchill Downs. I proudly suggested a few

other local attractions they might enjoy, recommended some favorite restaurants, and provided directions.

One of the things that make baseball such a popular pastime is the shared experience. Fans have a common love for a terrific sport, and watching talented kids playing good old-fashioned baseball is the game at its purest. How lucky I am, I thought, to have the Sports Park right here in my own backyard and an opportunity to share it with my grandsons; not to mention some new friends from the Lone Star State.

Elizabethtown Sports Park

The Elizabethtown Sports Park is an easy drive from anywhere in the region, and it doesn’t cost a dime to get in. The Youth Nationals tournament won’t be ending until July 4, so if you’ve got t

he time, I highly recommend a visit to see this, or one of the many other events scheduled at the park. Find out more here. It’s a trip you’ll truly enjoy.

 

 

Making Louisville My Home

Jordan CornettWhen the newest member of the KIX team, Jordan Cornett, told us about her encounter at a local post office, we asked her to share it with the KIX community.  Because as you’ll see, it’s what makes this place we call home so special. 

Making Louisville My Home
by Jordan Cornett

Moving on from the college life as a student to the professional world can be quite an intimidating transition. Within a week I had  left behind everything I knew in Campbellsville for the previous five years, moved to the metropolis of Louisville, and began my new job. I had no idea what was to come in the days ahead, only that I really needed my GPS here. I wasn’t in rural Taylor County anymore.
I was scheduled to meet someone at 8:45 a.m. in Bullitt County, but really needed to get to the post office beforehand to mail off some books. As a graduate, I decided selling some of my old books on Amazon would be  a good idea…what I didn’t know was that all fourteen of them would all sell in one night. I had to mail them off ASAP or Amazon would not be happy.

At 8:15 a.m. I arrived in Clermont and plugged “post office” into my overused GPS. I was relieved to see I only had to travel a mile. As I rolled into the empty gravel lot, I noticed the post office was a tiny log cabin, much more character than most I had been to. It almost looked closed, but I decided to lull my fourteen books in with me anyway.

My heart sunk upon entering when I saw the aluminum door to the teller slid shut. I turned to leave when I heard the door begin to slide upwards.

“We don’t open until 9:00,” said the lady, “but what do you have there?”

I proceeded to tell her about my dilemma. I didn’t need to do much explaining, though. Within a few seconds of my rambling, she told me to come sit my books on the table and introduced herself as Sandy.

What happened over the next thirty minutes was the most unmerited act of kindness a stranger has ever shown me.

With a smile on her face Sandy helped me package all fourteen books. She didn’t rush on the job, either. First, she researched the cheapest way possible to send each book by weighing them separately and calculating numbers. Then, as I wrote my return address, she put them in their separate envelopes, right before helping me cut out the addresses off the packaging slips, matching them with the correct book and then taping them on each.

We were having a great time talking about her and her grandkids, me and my new job, when all the sudden I glanced at the clock and realized I was about to be late.

Noticing the panic in my eyes, Sandy told me to go on to my  meeting and she would finish the process. The woman wouldn’t even let me leave money considering she didn’t know how much the total would be yet.

“If you have time to run back here today you can pay then,” said Sandy. “I still am going to tape each package all the way around for security and print tracking numbers for safe measures. If you don’t have time to pay me today, that is ok, I will take care of it, and we’ll just say you owe Sandy next time you are in town.”

She wouldn’t take no for an answer. She just trusted me.

When I told the people I met of Sandy’s kindness, they just smiled and shook their head as if saying, “Yep, that is Sandy for ya.” They even gave me a free coffee mug to give her.

Sandy was willing to give up $60 dollars and an hour of her time for a complete stranger. Of course, I made it back over in the afternoon to pay the money and give her the mug, but Sandy still gave me something I needed even more in this new place. A friend.

“Maybe Louisville isn’t so far away from Taylor County,” I thought.

The Downtown Bridge Groundbreaking — Connecting a Region with the Future

Ohio River Bridges ProjectPlease come out to join Governor Steve Beshear, Mayor Greg Fischer, and many other local leaders at the groundbreaking for the Ohio River Project’s Downtown Bridge. This family-friendly event will take place 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park. The Bridges Project, which includes the redesign of the Spaghetti Junction interchange and another new bridge in eastern Jefferson County, has been in the works for a long time.

“It’s been 50 years since we built a bridge across the Ohio River at Louisville and it seems like we’ve been talking about building these two bridges ever since then,” said Governor Beshear. “After decades of support and patience, the community should be part of this historic moment.”

The event will take place in the Lincoln Memorial Lot at Waterfront Park. Children can be a part of the ceremony by breaking ground on a large sand pile near the construction site. There will be 500 commemorative sand shovels handed out to the kids, who can use them to dig for one of 500 keepsake tokens that will be buried at the site.

Years of talk are finally becoming a reality, so please don’t miss this historic event!

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They’re Looking for a Few Great Ideas

Attention Indiana Entrepreneurs — Mark August 28 on your calendars. That’s when the 2nd Annual Risk-It Competition, sponsored by the Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), is being held.

“The competition is a great opportunity for Indiana entrepreneurs to show off their best and most innovative ideas,” said Blayr Barnard,  Regional Director, ISBDC. “So if you’re an entrepreneur with an exceptional idea for a new business, product, or process, you are encouraged to enter.”

Six to eight finalists will be chosen by members of the Southeast ISBDC, from entries received prior to July 15, 2013, and contacted by email. And all entries will be eligible for no-cost counseling from ISBC’s knowledgeable staff.

Finalists will travel to historic Madison, Indiana’s Venture Out Business Center on August 28 to present their ideas to assembled guests and a select panel of judges. Each finalist will have five minutes to make their pitch to the audience and judges, and both the audience and judges will vote on the idea that they believe to be the best and most marketable.

Three awards will be given: the Judge’s 1st and 2nd Place Awards, and the People’s Choice Award. The Judge’s winners will receive cash awards: $2500 for 1st place, $1000 for 2nd, as well as other valuable benefits including the opportunity to work with the ISBDC and other local business professionals to develop their idea into a viable business venture. The People’s Choice winner will receive half of admission fees (based on audience size).  Winners be announced that night and further honored at the LEADS Indiana Awards Luncheon in Jeffersonville, Indiana on November 13, 2013.

To learn more about the Risk-It competition, and to submit your entry, visit www.Riskitindiana.org. It’s a great opportunity to help bring your best idea to fruition, and a great way for Indiana to encourage entrepreneurial thinking.

Disney Institute Coming to Ivy Tech, Teaching Creativity and Innovation

Our region is a place where innovation and creativity are encouraged and valued. And this year, we again have the opportunity to learn from one of the most creative, successful and innovative organizations in the world.

That’s right The Walt Disney Company is coming back to Indiana. The professional development arm of The Walt Disney Company, Disney Institute, will be at Ivy Tech Community College in Southern Indiana on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

The Disney Institute operates to engage organizations in time-tested best practices, sound methodologies, and real life business lessons that facilitate corporate culture change.

Ivy Tech Community College is offering the program, “Disney’s Approach to Creativity and Innovation.” Learn how the company continues to successfully engage and organize the creative power of its employees.  This interactive full-day event will teach participants skills to analyze their own organizations, and innovative ways to  create action steps that will maximize the flow of creativity among their employees.

Who Should Attend
Managers and those interested in benchmarking the business practices of the highly regarded Disney Company, learning more about their well deserved reputation for creativity and innovation, and how to foster this type of culture within your organization.

You will learn how to:

  • Adapt Disney concepts and practices for optimizing creativity and innovation.
  • Structure a foundation for a collaborative culture within your organization.
  • Promote an organizational identity that unites employees in a common purpose.
  • Encourage risk taking with a strong, well-communicated organizational identity.
  • Improve business results through effective structural systems.
  • Evaluate the links between leadership and organizational creativity and innovation.

Here are more specifics, including registration and cost information:

Who: Organization Executives, Business Managers & Team Leaders

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Where:  Ivy Tech Community College Ogle Hall, Horseshoe Community Room

8204 Highway 311, Sellersburg, IN  47172

Cost:

Early Bird Special……..$359.00
After July 2, 2013……..$399.00
Non-Profit………………..$350.00
Group of 4……………..$1,400.00 ($350.00 per person)
Group of 8……………..$2,500.00 ($312.50 per person)

Groups/Registration: Angela Henderson (800) 321-9021 ext. 4704 or

ahenderson74@ivytech.edu

Additional Questions: Michael Wolf (812) 248-4232 or mwolf36@ivytech.edu

Register Online: www.ivytech.edu/disneyinstitute

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Panel Announced for EnterpriseCorp’s 2013 Signature Event

EnterpriseCorps Signature EventEach year EnterpriseCorp, the enterprise development arm of Greater Louisville Inc., hosts its Signature Event which celebrates ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit in the Greater Louisville region.

This year, nationally recognized Ben Yoskovitz will discuss learning offered in his new book, “Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster.” Yoskovitz was the CEO and co-founder of Standout Jobs. He is currently the vice president of product at GoInstant, as well as Founding Partner at Year One Labs, and is the author of the Instigator blog.

The event will also include an entrepreneurial panel discussion on trends in venture capital and private equity featuring:

Jonathan Blue, Chairman & Managing Director, Blue Equity
Dale J. Boden, President, B F Capital, Inc.
Tony Schy, Managing Director, Velocity Southern Indiana
Wright Steenrod, Partner, Chrysalis Ventures

The event takes place on Tuesday, June 18 from 5:00 – 7:30pm at the Kentucky Center for Arts.

The first 100 people to register for EnterpriseCorp’s Signature Event receive a copy of Yoskovitz’s book for free. Registration is $25 per person.

Click here to register for this year’s Signature Event.

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Fort Knox Soldiers Set to Deploy. They Need Our Support!

The brave men and women serving our country overseas don’t ask for a lot, while giving up much –including time with their families and other loved ones. They’re doing an important, high risk job – helping to keep our country free – and they need to know how much we appreciate what they’re doing while they’re away.

That’s why the KIX team is asking for your support for the Soldiers of Fort Knox’s 3d Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, (The “Duke Brigade”) who are deploying to Afghanistan in the very near future. In fact, some are there already. “Adopt-a-Fort Knox Platoon” is an initiative that relies on the local community to help provide a better deployment quality of life for these Soldiers, by linking them with the caring community around Fort Knox, folks who are interested in supporting our heroes with periodic cards, letters, and care packages during the course of their deployment and beyond.

The “Adopt-a-Fort Knox Platoon” effort is looking for businesses, schools, and other organizations and individuals willing to help make this endeavor a success. The “Duke Brigade” is preparing for their next deployment now, and if you or your organization wants to participate, there are still units that could use your support. Please contact John Campbell at the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office, (502) 624-0150, john.e.campbell60.civ@mail.mil to find out more.  He’ll make sure you get the information you’ll need to proceed.

Your support is greatly appreciated!