Category: Upcoming Meetings


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

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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

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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

Gentrification vs Accommodation: How can Lexington get it right?

Change has come to some of Lexington’s oldest neighborhoods, particularly in the North and East End. Houses that have been occupied by local residents, either as property owners or long term renters, are being purchased, renovated and put back on the market at sale prices and rental rates that may not be affordable for local residents. How can renewal and improvement in these neighborhoods take place while addressing issues of affordability, race, class and neighborhood diversity? What must Lexington do to get this right?
Moderator Tom Martin will lead four panelists in a 10-15 minute discussion and then the floor will open for audience interactions. Our panelists for the the day will be: Rock Daniels, Van Meter Petit, Tanya Torp, and Christian Torp

Thursday, October 1, 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 September 29, 2015

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Implications of SCOTUS Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

On June 26, 2015 the United States Supreme Court in the case Obergefell v Hodges decided that the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed in another state.

Kentucky Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice Mary C. Noble will present her views on the legal and practical implications of this landmark decision.  Justice Noble is uniquely qualified to address this topic, because she has held a variety of roles in our judicial system that have provided her with practical insights.  During her 33 year legal career she has  been a trial lawyer, Domestic Relations Commissioner, Circuit Court Judge, Drug Court Judge and Supreme Court Justice.  She chairs the Family Court Rules Committee and led efforts to draft the first statewide Family Court Rules of Practice and Procedure.    Justice Noble will discuss possible effect  of the Obergefell  on various aspects of our legal system, such as the impact on family law and domestic relations cases.

This should be a thought provoking and informative presentation on a subject that has been and will continue to be prominently discussed and debated.

Thursday, September 3, 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 September 2, 2015

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The Four Pillars of Prosperity

The Four Pillars of Prosperity will be unveiled at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Business Summit just a week before our August meeting. We are pleased to be the chosen audience for the subsequent discussion surrounding this crucial topic. The author of The Four Pillars is Dave Adkisson, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Dave has led the Chamber for the past decade, doubling its membership numbers, performing critical work with Kentucky’s political and business leaders at the highest level and become a champion for improving education in the state. Please register today to join Dave Adkisson as he shares The Four Pillars of Prosperity.

Thursday, August 6 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 August 4, 2015

***SPEAKER BIO***
Dave Adkisson is president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the largest business association in the Commonwealth. Dave works with the state legislature, the governor, our congressional delegation and the states judiciary to advance Kentucky. During his 10 year tenure at the Chamber, the group has doubled in membership, increased staff to include 6 public affairs specialists and made a major commitment to improving education in Kentucky. Dave is originally from Owensboro, beginning his career with the local Chamber and at 34, becoming Owensboro’s mayor. While there Dave helped found the International Bar-B-Q Festival, worked for over two decades on the William Natcher Bridge project, championed construction of the RiverPark Performing Arts Center, created the Greenbelt Park and was instrumental in the creation of the Owensboro Community and Technical College. A graduate of Georgetown College and Harvard University, Dave resides in Lexington with his wife Bonnie.

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