June 2016 Newsletter

Suppliers look for ‘SPARK’ at inaugural auto conference

Speed-dating style matchmaking helps suppliers build connections

Automotive suppliers from around the state joined some of the great minds of the auto industry recently for the first-ever SPARK conference to discuss the future of the industry and where suppliers fit within that future. The event, hosted by the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA), featured a speed-dating style matchmaking session that paired suppliers with potential business partners, as well as insight from nearly a dozen speakers with years of experience working in and covering the automotive industry.

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Kentucky tech shows out-of-this-world promise during expo in Germany

Pres. Obama, Germany’s Chancellor impressed at Kentucky’s booth

Twyman Clements, CEO of Lexington-based Space Tango Inc., demonstrated to President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel how Kentucky’s tech innovations could alter entire industries.

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Aerospace, Automotive Parts Lead Growth in Kentucky’s First-Quarter 2016 Exports

Commonwealth ranks in U.S. top 10 for growth

Strong exports totaling nearly $7 billion in the first quarter of 2016 landed Kentucky among the top 10 states for growth in sales of goods and services across national borders.

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Economic Development Reps Prep for SelectUSA Investment Summit

A group of Kentucky business leaders from the Cabinet and KentuckyUnited will attend the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit later this month in Washington D.C. to engage executives from international companies, create new connections during matchmaking meetings, and develop opportunities for investment in the Commonwealth.

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To Boost Trade, Relations, Delegations From India and Québec Visit Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin in May welcomed delegations from Québec and India to Kentucky during events facilitated by the Cabinet for Economic Development aimed at strengthening the Commonwealth’s international ties and promoting bilateral trade.

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MoveMe, Hydrosure Win 2016 Idea State U Competition

A swimwear product created by two homeschooled high school students and a matchmaking workout app were among the winners of the 2016 Idea State U business plan competition held recently for college-level students in pursuit of making their business ideas a reality.

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Kentucky entrepreneur recognized at national level during National Small Business Week

The U.S. Small Business Administration named Flavorman founder David Dafoe as Kentucky Small Business Owner of the Year and third runner-up for the U.S. title during National Small Business Week, held May 1-7.

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Halton Group

Pride Industries

El Toro

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Kentucky Economic Development Guide

Did You Know?

There are many great things happening in Kentucky, and we want to share that success with the world. The 2016 Kentucky Economic Development Guide provides an in-depth look at how the state and local communities are thriving in today’s global economy.

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