KIX – Join the Discussion

Louisville Business Firsts What's BrewingAs a long time advocate, KIX will remain vigilant as construction for the Ohio River Bridges project nears. At the same time, we are looking at other pressing issues facing our region today, and at emerging opportunities.

Over the next several months, we will begin a dialog around Infrastructure Challenges, the Workforce System and Regional Mobility.

To launch that dialog, we are excited to announce that members of the KIX team will serve as panelists for the next Louisville Business First “What’s Brewing” series.

We invite you to join us on July 17 from 7:30am – 9:00am at the Kentucky International Convention Center where we’ll discuss what other infrastructure challenges our region faces, and not just the more traditional infrastructure needs of roadways, water and waste water. We’ll also examine what regional mobility means, which is much more than just how we get to and from work. In fact, mobility in the larger sense means a balanced, efficient and multi-modal system, with a focus on cost and energy savings — And not just for the metro areas, but for the rural parts of the region as well. Lastly, we’ll talk about regional workforce challenges, in particular how we can best support the needs of area veterans and leverage their talents.

Sound interesting? We hope so. You can register for the event here.

And if can’t make it on the 17th, be sure to stay in touch as we take the discussion on the road throughout the region. Check back in future issues when we announce more programming throughout the region. And you can always engage us via our blog on or on Facebook and Twitter @YourIdeaCounts.

Finally, we know that dialog is only valuable if recommendations are made and actions are taken. Rest assured KIX will serve as a catalyst to foster collaboration and help turn regional thinking into regional action.

We hope to see you on the 17th.

Image courtesy of Business First.


  1. Debbie Wesslund says:

    Hello KIX regional leaders!
    I was sorry to have to miss the July 17 Business First forum on regionalism, centered on the importance of working together as a bi-state economic area. Each of our 26 counties impacts the other, and we can certainly continue to find ways to innovate together. I enjoyed reading the report.

    I wanted to add a comment about education and an emerging focus in K-12 education. The Common Core Standards will reorient our schools and classrooms around what will be taught, and how it will be delivered. These standards are based on the highest global standards shared the the highest achieving countries. It is a complex undertaking, but a simple theory: reduce the number of concepts in key subjects taught to children to the ones most foundational, and go deeper so our students demonstrate a real understanding as they move along in school. These standards were developed with the leadership of the National Governors Assn. and the Council of Chief State School Officers (currently led by Gene Wilhoit, Kentucky’s previous education commissioner). Almost all 50 states’ legislatures have adopted the standards and will be implementing them over the next few years — Kentucky and Indiana included.

    I hope KIX will become an advocate for the new standards and include this effort as one we can emphasize in our bi-state economy. Business leaders are behind these standards. As with any change that effects kids and the local level, it will take an effort to stay the course as we encounter likely bumps along the way. It would be great to compare notes throughout our region on how we are doing these next few years. I will post Web sites for more information, along with some other references in the near future! You will begin hearing more from local leaders, I am sure.

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment!
    Debbie Wesslund
    Jefferson County Board of Education

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