Outgoing Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker will become the commissioner of the parks department when she leaves office later this month. Walker was appointed as the commonwealth’s chief election officer by Governor Steve Beshear in January 2011 to replace Trey Grayson, who took a post at Harvard University before the end of his term.… Continue reading Outgoing Secretary of State Named Parks Commissioner
Actors Theatre of Louisville has unveiled several improvements to its downtown Louisville headquarters. The Actors Theatre building is across the street from the KFC Yum center. Until recently, there was little outward indication of what was inside. But that’s changed. Using $450,000 in grants and donations, Actors Theatre has renovated its lobby and refurbished the… Continue reading Actors Theatre Hopes to Attract Crowds With Building Renovations
The New York Times has weighed in on the debate over the Ark Encounter theme park planned for northern Kentucky. In discussing the tourism-based tax breaks the Genesis-themed creationist theme park will receive, the editors write: Under current Supreme Court doctrine, Kentucky’s support of the proselytizing theme park seems likely to withstand a possible church-state legal… Continue reading NYT Editorial Criticizes Ark Park
A Kentucky state agency has approved more than $40 million in tax incentives for a planned Noah’s Ark-themed amusement park in northern Kentucky. The Tourism Development Finance Authority unanimously approved the incentives today for the Ark Encounter park. The tax incentives were a major part of the financing plan for the $172 million project. The… Continue reading Tourism Authority Approves Tax Incentives for Noah’s Ark-Themed Amusement Park
There’s another encouraging sign on Kentucky’s economic front. Tourism is up. Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow says tourism had an $11 billion impact on Kentucky’s economy last year. That’s an almost five-percent increase over the previous year. The annual survey, conducted by an independent agency, shows tourism responsible for almost 170,000 jobs last… Continue reading Officials: Kentucky Tourism Grew 5% In 2010
The argument over whether adult entertainment draws visitors is usually fairly quiet, given the cultural taboos surrounding the key issue. But the topic ties to economic development, and in many instances, it mirrors the debate over expanded gambling.
State incentives to help bring a NASCAR Sprint Cup race to Kentucky have been approved in Frankfort. And another proposed attraction in northern Kentucky is seeking similar tax breaks.
The Kentucky Department of Parks is anticipating strong interest in state park attractions this holiday season, and the department will again offer slightly expanded lodging options, in anticipation of holiday visitors.
The summer heat is finally dissipating and the trees are taking on some fall color, so the time is right for some great weekend getaways, whether it’s to a family farm, state park, arboretum, a historical site such as Shaker Village, or just a beautiful country highway. What are your favorite places to take in the fall landscape, perhaps pack a picnic and sip some cider, or enjoy a hayride and bonfire, or a majestic color-drenched vista? We’ll talk fall getaways in Kentucky next time on State of Affairs. Listen to the Show
So what exactly is there to do in Louisville? Most of us, when faced with this question, can’t get past naming a handful of activities off the top of our heads. Louisville is a rapidly growing city that has so much to offer: unique attractions and historical sites, ongoing local events, popular restaurants, specialty shops, and the nightlife (wait, Louisville has a nightlife?!). Insiders’ Guide to Louisville covers all of these aspects, and more. Even if you are a native Louisvillian, you’re sure to learn something new. Tune in on Monday to our conversation with our guests to get the inside scoop on Louisville, and get pumped for your next staycation. Photo by Powerbook.blog Listen to the Show