Who will lead Lexington into the next Season? Come hear from the candidates.

And then there were two…

From a pool of six candidates campaigning through the Winter and the Spring, two well-known figures in the Lexington community have now moved past the primary and will continue campaigning for your votes this November – former Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton and former Lexington Chief of Police Ronnie Bastin.

Be among the first to hear their respective positions as the Lexington Forum hosts the mayoral candidates for a discussion of their platforms prior to the general election. Below, please find links to each candidates website detailing their stances on many significant issues:

Linda Gorton for Mayor
Ronnie Bastin for Mayor
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking

7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Space is limited.
Reservations are required.
Seats are available on a first come first serve basis.
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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Foster Care & Adoption in Kentucky

This year’s Lexington Forum Annual meeting will feature a panel discussion on Foster Care & Adoption in Kentucky.

Over 9,000 children in Kentucky are currently in foster care. While many children eventually receive permanent placement, hundreds of others remain unable to be reunited with their biological families, and yet not wanted for adoption. Join us as we have a panel of experts educate us about this dilemma and how we may can help.

Our panel, moderated by Davonna Saier, will feature the following individuals:

Sherry Postlewaite, SRAA (Southern Bluegrass Service Region Foster Care Recruitment and Certification)
Melynda Jamison, MPA Executive Director, CASA of Lexington (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Megan Moore, MSW, CSWKVC Kentucky’s Director of Training, Development, and Compliance
Todd Wetzel, Foster Parent

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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School Safety Initiatives

The Lexington Forum has made a programming change in order provide the Fayette County Public School District’s safety task force with an opportunity to complete its work.  After the task force issues its findings, we plan to invite members of the task force to join us for a program to discuss their recommendations.  The April meeting of the Lexington Forum program will still address the issue of student safety.
Please join the Lexington Forum as we welcome Transylvania University Police Chief Gregg Muravchick and University of Kentucky Police Major Nathan Brown, and Lexington Fayette County Police Chief Lawrence Weathers as panelists for the April meeting of the Lexington Forum.
Among various topics that will be discussed, we will learn how the University of Kentucky police department trains students and community members to respond to active aggressor situations. Transylvania University’s police Chief Muravchick, who was recently honored for his brave actions during a machete attack that occurred on Transylvania’s campus, will discuss how that incident impacted the Transylvania community. Police Chief Lawrence Weathers will discuss how the Lexington-Fayette police department provides overall assistance to active aggressor situations on school campuses, as well within Lexington-Fayette County as a whole.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking

7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, April 3, 2018
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The Lexington Forum
invites you and a guest
to join us and our special guests
The Leadership Lexington Class of 2017-2018
“Let’s Go To The Races”
Sunday, The Eighth of April 
Two Thousand and Eighteen  
11:00 am Gates Open
12:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch  
1:05 pm First Post Time 
The Keeneland Room  
4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, KY, 40507
Admission cost is $65 and includes:
Lunch, Reserved Parking, Program
& a Spectacular View of the races
from Keeneland’s Fourth Floor.
Tickets will be available for pick-up at The Forum Breakfast Meeting on April 5, 2018. 
Registration is required for entry to this event!
The courtesy of a reply is requested by 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Was Faulkner Correct When He Said “Civilization Begins With Distillation”?

Mississippi Judge Noah S. Sweat described bourbon whiskey as “the devil’s brew…the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty”.  In the same speech, Judge Sweat hailed bourbon whiskey as “the philosophic wine…that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars…to build highways and hospitals and schools…”

For more than two centuries, Kentucky’s distinct spirit has simultaneously caused condemnation and celebration. The Lexington Forum invites you to join us at our March 1st, 2018 meeting as we host Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers Association, Mark Coffman, Master Distiller at Alltech, and Marianne Barnes, Master Distiller at Castle and Key, to discuss all things bourbon. Whether you prefer your bourbon neat, on the rocks, or mixed, we promise the conversation will be barrel proof.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking

7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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The Forum had an incredible turnout for “The Social” on Thursday,  February 22nd!

Thank you to our hard working board members who served on the committee: Davonna Saier, Morgan Whitney, & Ryan Kelsch.  They put on a fabulous event and we are so very grateful for the time they invested.

A VERY special Thank You to our Hosting Sponsor
“The Ruddy Duck”.

They will be opening their doors to welcome the general public the first week of March. Be sure to swing by the old Cheapside location and show them some Lexington Forum style gratitude.  Remember to have a “conversation that matters” while you are there and invite someone to join us at the next meeting.

Finally, none of this would have been possible without the support of our corporate sponsors.

Second Chance Employment In Kentucky

On January 13th, the New York Times reported that as the nation’s economy continues to improve, “a rapidly tightening labor market is forcing companies across the country to consider workers they once would have turned away”. Kentucky has been ahead of the game when it comes to realizing and recognizing the work ethic of individuals seeking Second Chance Employment Opportunities.
Stigmatized by various criminal convictions, some individuals are caught in a negative feedback loop where there was little hope for a stable job, let alone career advancement. This month’s panelists will discuss how Second Chance Employment Opportunities have not only provided skilled training curriculums to individuals who at first believed they had little prospect for success, but how by giving these individuals a second chance, they have unlocked a trove of compassion, entrepreneurism, and social benefit.
Please join member and moderator Tom Martin, along with the rest of the Lexington Forum, on Thursday, February 1st, as we welcome panelists Rob Perez, owner of DV8 Kitchen, Cary Plummer Executive Director of Jubilee Jobs of Lexington, and, of special note, longtime Lexington Forum member David Boggs, President/CEO of Opportunity for Work & Learning, to discuss what Second Chance Employment Opportunities means for Lexington’s place as an economic driver and market leader.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking

7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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A Report on Town Branch Projects

For its first program of 2018, the Lexington Forum will address exciting public space projects that are planned for downtown Lexington.  The Town Branch Commons Corridor is a 2.5 mile multi-modal path and park system that will wind through downtown Lexington, following the path of historic Town Branch Creek. The Town Branch Parkwill be an urban green space park that will replace the paved parking lot behind the Lexington Convention Center. The Town Branch Trail will weave through downtown Lexington and connect to the Legacy Trail.
This program will feature the following individuals who are involved in these projects:
Brandi Peacher is the Director of Project Management in the Office of the Mayor with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  Peacher attended the University of Kentucky where she obtained a Masters in Architecture. Her design and development career has allowed her to work on a variety of commercial, residential, and public projects in Chicago, Dubai, and Lexington. Prior to working in the Office of The Mayor, she acted as Project Manager at the Lexington Downtown Development Authority and as Design Specialist for the Division of Planning. Today, Peacher oversees the group of projects under the Town Branch Commons umbrella.  Her primary focus is on the implementation of Town Branch Greenway, a publicly funded 3.2 mile walking, jogging, and cycling trail. This signature project will link downtown parks into a cohesive system and provide the missing link creating 22 miles of continuous trails weaving throughout our iconic Bluegrass countryside.
Allison Peck Lankford is the Executive Director of Town Branch Fund, working to transform a sea of parking directly behind the Lexington Convention Center into an inviting and unparalleled signature park for Lexington.  In addition to raising the money necessary to build the Park, the Fund is responsible for the design, programming plan, revenue model and governance structure for the future Park. Until her recent focus on the Town Branch Park, Allison led the Community Foundation’s advancement efforts for over a decade, serving as Sr. Vice-President and General Counsel.  Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Allison was an attorney at the Lexington firm of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Louisville. A graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC with a degree in Sociology and Political Science, she received her law degree at the University of Kentucky School of Law.
Keith Lovan is the Project Manager in the Division of Engineering with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  Keith attended the University of Kentucky where he obtained a Bachelors in Civil Engineering. He is the Project Manager for the Legacy Trail, Town Branch Trail and Brighton Rail Trail projects, which are part of the overall trail system for Lexington.  Keith is an avid cyclist and a League of American Bicyclist’s Certified Instructor. He is also the Chair of the KY Rails to Trails Council, and a member of the Lexington Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He is also a former commissioner of the KY Bikeways and Bicycle Commission.
Please join the Lexington Forum for this informative presentation concerning these exciting public improvement projects.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking

7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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