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Business Briefcase: March 16, 2012

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By The Staff

KentuckianaWorks office

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helped with GE process

The KentuckianaWorks One-Stop Career Center on Mount Rushmore Court in Shelbyville opened early Wednesday morning to help applicants for the new jobs at GE Appliances and Lighting in Louisville.

The company began accepting up to 10,000 first-come, first-served applications for the positions at 6:30 a.m., so KentuckianaWorks opened at 6 a.m. in Shelbyville, Louisville and Shepherdsville to assist with computers or high-speed Internet access.

GE was hiring for 230 manufacturing positions and only was accepting online applications through 4 p.m. today.

But the company received its 10,000 applications in a matter of less than an h­our.

 

Miller promoted at AFB

Andrew Miller was promoted to assistant vice president, marketing officer at American Founders Bank. He is a native of Shelby County.

 

Beck to head KFB’s commodities division

David S. Beck, executive vice president of Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, announced that Mike Tobin, a resident of Cynthiana, has been named director of the commodity division. His appointment is effective April 2, 2012. He will serve as the organization’s liaison to the various agriculture commodity groups, agriculture agencies and work closely with KFB’s advisory committees that review policies and programs affecting the respective farm commodities.

 

Energy-efficient builders honored

KU and LG&E recognized eight builders and three home raters who constructed more energy efficient homes in the company’s territories. Since February 2009, more than 2,300 ENERGY STAR-qualified homes have been built within those service territories. The estimated  energy savings achieved through more efficient construction standards from 2,336 homes are the equivalent of planting 1,892acres of trees and reducing 13.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

KU and LG&E was named by the state as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. To earn the ENERGY STAR qualification, a home must exceed state standards and surpass strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the KU and LG&E program.
Dominion Homes, which developed Osprey Cove in Shelbyville, was named top production builder.

 

Bulletin board

§       The next evening meeting of Shelby Development Corporation will be at 5:15 Wednesday at 316 Main St. in Shelbyville. The program will be “second-story development,” led by Clay and Violet Hedgecock of Maysville.

§       The Shelby Development Corporation’s board of directors will meet on March 30 this month, rather than next Friday.

§       The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Community Showcase, called “iShopShelby,” will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 at Shelby county High School. More than 50 booths from area businesses, entertainment, food and giveaways are part of the event.

§       HHJW Career and Financial Literacy Institute Inc. and Metro United Way will provide free tax-preparation services to the elderly (age 60 and older) and any family with a household income of less than $50,000. All returns are prepared by IRS-certified volunteer preparers. This service includes free electronic filing (e-file) and direct deposit.  HJW is located at 330 Main St., Suite A & B, in Shelbyville, and services will be offered there from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through April 15. Call 647-3072 to schedule an appointment. Bring all verification-of-income documents, including W2 forms, a valid photo ID, Social Security cards (including dependents’), a copy of last year’s tax return and bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.


Bits & bytes

§       Toyota recently announced the return of its “100 Cars for Good” program. For the second consecutive year, Toyota will award 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 U.S. nonprofits, with winners selected through public voting on the Toyota Facebook page. Applications are available at http://www.facebook.com/toyota. Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation was a winner last year.

§       Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 20.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.83 per gallon as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.75, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.

 

The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. The Sentinel-Newswelcomes Briefcase items. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.