February 2016 Newsletter

Space: the last commercial frontier

For at least one Kentucky startup, not even the sky is the limit.

Lexington-based Space Tango is breaking through the stratosphere (literally) to allow customers to conduct cutting-edge zero-gravity – or microgravity – experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). Founded just three years ago, Space Tango is preparing to send its first fully automated laboratory into orbit aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to launch in March.

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Ammo Casing Startup Targets Success in Kentucky

A group of engineers in central Kentucky have taken what many would consider a dire situation and turned it into a promising business opportunity.

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In pitch competition final, natural gas purification startup TriBlue Engineering takes first place

TriBlue Engineering, a Lexington-based startup that developed an efficient system to clean low-quality natural gas, won first place as one of 11 businesses vying for a $5,000 prize during the Kentucky Innovation Network Pitch Competition’s statewide finals.

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Idea State U builds startup mindset among college students with business competition

College students with an idea for a new business will soon have the chance to turn their dreams into reality.

The application deadline for the 2016 Idea State U business plan competition is fast approaching. Students interested in registering a team for the competition should submit an application by Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. EST.

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In first year, Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit takes flight, backing 28 companies with $7.5 million

With $3 million in credits, the Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit facilitated 148 individual investments, leveraging a total $7.5 million to help 28 of the state’s business ventures grow in 2015.

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National workforce guide highlights Kentucky programs KY FAME, FirstBuild

Two innovative Kentucky workforce-development programs that are improving skill levels of current and future employees across the Bluegrass State received callouts in a recent guide, “Work-and-Learn In Action,” a publication by the National Network of Business and Industry Associations.

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Recent Events

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GreenTree Forest Products

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Westlake Chemical Corp.
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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 2015 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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