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Business briefcase: Nov. 15, 2013

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By The Staff

Kentucky’s business climate ranked top 10 nationally

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Site Selectionmagazine has recognized Kentucky’s business climate among the top 10 in the nation in its 2013 Top State Business Climate ranking. Jumping two spots from 2012, the state is ranked ninth overall in this year’s annual survey, which includes input from corporate site selectors and a mix of other leading indicators.

“This is further proof that Kentucky’s economy is heading in the right direction,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement. “The ranking reflects our dedication to economic growth by offering companies an array of assets and business advantages, including a strong and educated workforce, robust infrastructure, progressive incentive programs and a pro-business environment.”

The ranking is based 50 percent on a survey of corporate site selectors and 50 percent on a set of criteria that include the states’ competitiveness rank as published in Site Selection’s May issue; qualified projects so far in 2013 and on a per capita basis; and state tax burdens on new and mature firms as compiled by the Tax Foundation and KPMG Location Matters analysis.

Kentucky scored particularly well in project activity categories, including first place for number of qualified projects on a per capita basis in 2012; second place for number of qualified projects on a per capita basis for the first eight months of 2013; and an overall 10th place finish for project activity in 2012, taking population out of consideration, a news release said.
 

4 more day cares join USDA program

Three more day cares in Shelby County have announced participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Filling their paperwork were Dorman Preschool Center at Clear Creek Park, the OVEC Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Town Inc. and Kids Play Child Care on Old Seven Mile Pike.

These programs prohibit discrimination against its customers, employees and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities). If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found at http://www.ascr.usda.ogv/complain_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or calling 866-632-9992 to request the form.

For more information or questions regarding the program, contacts were announced as Sarah Jeffries at Dorman (633-2760), Kristin Wilcoxson at OVEC (647-3533, ext. 260), Lisa Duncan at Kids Play (633-9663) and Child Town listed its office number (633-2050).

 

Calendar published

Shelby County photographer and Sentinel-News contributor Cheryl Van Stockum has complied some of her favorite images into a 2014 calendar titled "This is Shelby County...the Photography of Cheryl Rankin Van Stockum."

This 12-month, spiral-bound calendar is available for sale ($15) at Bell House, McKinley's Bakery and Deli, Pathelen Flower and Gift Shop, Stacey's Simple Stuff and Polka Dotted Pineapple Boutique in Downtown Shelbyville.

 

KentuckyOne CEO honored

Ruth W. Brinkley, chief executive officer of KentuckyOne Health, parent company of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, was recognized among "130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know" by Becker’s Hospital Review.
This annual list recognizes women who demonstrate outstanding leadership within the hospital and healthcare industry.  Honorees were chosen based on a wide range of management and leadership skills, including oversight of hospital or health system operations, financial turnarounds and quality improvement initiatives.

Brinkley has been CEO of KentuckyOne Health since January 2012 when it was formed from the merger of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare in Louisville and Saint Joseph Health System in Lexington.

 

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, which will move production of its Lexus ES to its facility in Georgetown, reported this week that its quarterly profits jumped 70 percent from the same time last year, leading Toyota to raise its yearly earnings forecast. Toyota, which is the world’s top-selling automaker, said its net profits a period spanning July to September had increased to 438.4 billion yen ($4.4 billion), up from 257.9 billion yen last year.

 

Bits & bytes

  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, which will move production of its Lexus ES to its facility in Georgetown, reported this week that its quarterly profits jumped 70 percent from the same time last year, leading Toyota to raise its yearly earnings forecast. Toyota, which is the world’s top-selling automaker, said its net profits a period spanning July to September had increased to 438.4 billion yen ($4.4 billion), up from 257.9 billion yen last year.
  • The University of Louisville that Kosair Charities is providing $7.3 million in support of the work of Andrea Behrman, M.D., in exploring how to help children regain the use of limbs paralyzed as the result of spinal cord injuries and other causes.
  • The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau received 13 Traverse Awards at the Kentucky Tourism Industry Association's annual conference.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20 as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.20.

 

Briefcase is compiled from press releases and other information submitted to The Sentinel-News. The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.