Category: Upcoming Meetings


Everything Old is New Again – Historic Downtown Courthouse

Work on the $30 million overhaul of the old Fayette County courthouse on Main Street began this summer and is now well underway. Learn the history of this project, what is now taking shape and the city’s role in managing and maintaining this iconic structure in the center of our city.

Our guest panel at the Lexington Forum breakfast:

Foster Ockerman
Foster Ockerman is Lexington native, seventh generation Kentuckian, a local historian, author and practicing attorney. He has represented or served on the boards of numerous nonprofits and foundations including the Courthouse Square Foundation, Inc. and is a founding trustee of the Lexington History Museum, Inc., as well as its current president. Mr. Ockerman has been a leading force in campaigning for saving the old courthouse from decay and potential demolition.

Holly Wiedemann
Holly Wiedemann serves as President and Founder of AU Associates, and partner with Barry Alberts of City Visions as the Developer Agents on behalf of Historic Courthouse, LLLP (the City/Ownership Entity). Ms. Wiedemann is well-suited to manage the re-purposing of the historic courthouse structure. Among over $120 million in AU projects across Kentucky and West Virginia are more than 500 units of mixed income housing and 150,000 square feet of commercial space created in existing structures such as former school buildings.

Jenifer Wuorenmaa
Jenifer is a Senior Administrative Officer in the Office of the Chief Administrator. She assists with the municipal budget, public policy and administrative policy. Jenifer is managing portions of the old courthouse project.

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky Campus
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP using the link below by noon on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

PLEASE RESERVE A SEAT FOR ME!

Free parking is available in the lot behind the Hilary J. Boone Center.

State of the Programs: Mitch Barnhart on UK Athletics

Although historically considered by some only a “basketball” school, through the leadership and investment of Mitch Barnhart and his 15 by 15 by 15 Plan, this myth has been thoroughly debunked. This ambitious blueprint which began in 2008 set forth the vision that Kentucky would rank in the nation’s top 15 athletic programs and win 15 conference or national championships by 2015, all the while also setting a goal of a 3.0 composite GPA for all student-athletes and an even greater commitment to community service. It is no surprise as all of his goals were exceeded by 2015, that last May he was named the Division I Athletic Director of the Year.

The University of Kentucky and the community of Lexington have certainly been the benefactors of Mitch Barnhart’s tenure as Athletic Director. Please join us as he provides an update on the state of athletics at the University of Kentucky.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky Campus
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20

Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

RESERVE A SEAT FOR ME!

Free parking is available in the lot behind the Hilary J. Boone Center.

**The views and opinions expressed by our guest speaker(s) are their own and do not reflect a policy or position of the Lexington Forum.

Monica Bounds – Elected to 2016-2019 Forum Board

Monica Bounds

Monica Bounds
Relationship Manager
Fifth Third Bank

Monica M. Bounds is a Relationship Manager for Fifth Third Bank (Kentucky). With more than 10 years of banking experience, she currently manages a portfolio of business clients within the Middle Market department. Monica offers value to her clients with a strong commitment to service and by taking a team approach to their unique banking needs. She has been a Fifth Third team member since 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Business Administration from Georgetown College and a Masters of Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. Monica serves as an Ambassador for Commerce Lexington and is the Treasurer for the Magna Charta Dames Society.

Web: www.53.com
Email: monica.bounds@53.com

 

A Conversation with Centerpointe Developer, Dudley Webb

The Lexington Forum will host a “Charlie Rose” style interview featuring CentrePointe Developer Dudley Webb. Mr. Webb will be interviewed by former Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Beverly Fortune.

Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! We will not be accepting walk-ins the day of the event so take a moment and reserve your seat now. Your Forum Membership does not guarantee you a seat. You MUST complete the reservation below.

This will also serve at the Forum’s Annual Meeting. Newly elected members of the Board and President Elect will be announced.

Our time is limited. We ask that all attendees arrive early and be in their seats no later than 7:25.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky Campus
7:00 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20

Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

REGISTER NOW

Free parking is available in the lot behind the Hilary J. Boone Center.

Kentucky’s Farmland Preservation Tax Break – Who Should Qualify?

Should land developers and owners of suburban 10-acre estates receive Kentucky’s significant farmland preservation tax break? The question was raised in a recent Lexington Herald-Leader investigative series. Now, with many competing interests at stake, the state legislature is considering putting an end to the practice.

The Lexington Forum will host a panel discussion on the issue at its annual Keeneland breakfast on April 7, 2016.

Our panel, to be moderated by Tom Martin will include:

David O’Neill, Fayette Co. PVA
David Gordon, Executive Dir., Kentucky Office of Property Valuation
David Beck, KY Farm Bureau Exec. VP

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Kentucky Room – Keeneland Clubhouse
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon on Monday, April 4, 2016

REGISTER NOW

To ensure the maximum amount of time for our panelists and attendee discussion we will begin promptly at 7:30. Please be prepared to take your seat before the program begins.

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US FOR A GUIDED TOUR AFTER THE PROGRAM.

Tour guests will learn about the history of Keeneland and get an insider view of operations for both racing and sales. Keeneland’s experienced Tour Guides allow guests to stroll through the Keeneland Paddock and Grandstand, all while enjoying the morning workouts.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 3 million people nationally have hepatitis C, which caused more than 15,000 deaths in 2013, the most recent year reported.

An epidemic affecting young intravenous drug users across the country, particularly in Appalachia, where opiate abuse exploded in the late 1990s has not subsided.  And that has health officials concerned, not just because the hepatitis C virus can lead to liver failure, cancer and sometimes death, but because its spread can foretell another deadly disease: HIV, which can also be transmitted by shared needles.

In May, the CDC reported a sharp increase in reported cases of hepatitis C among young adults in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. While rates of acute hepatitis C, which is very costly to treat, have risen around the country, Kentucky’s rate was more than seven times higher than the national average.

And these numbers most likely do not even begin to capture the problem, according to the CDC, which estimates only one in every 10 cases gets reported, partly because people with hepatitis often have no symptoms.

A needle exchange program, designed to combat the spread of blood-borne diseases, began in early September of this year, taking used needles and distributing clean ones at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

The goal, according to Lexington’s Health Commissioner Dr. Rice Leach, is to stop the spread of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV – all of which are transmitted by needles.

Dr. Leach will join Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard, and Bluegrass.Org Director of Substance Abuse Services, Michele McCarthy, in a discussion of the public health, law enforcement, and treatment perspectives of the needle exchange program.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hilary J. Boone Center – UK’s Campus

7:15 Coffee and Networking

7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20

Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday November 2, 2015