Is Your Workplace Flexible? Application Deadline Approaching for 2011 Sloan Awards

3/29/2011 03:23:29 PM  -  0 Comments

Sloan For the fourth year, Greater Louisville has been selected as one of only a handful of communities across the country participating in the national Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.
The nationwide awards program, sponsored by the Families and Work Institute, in partnership with SHRM, recognizes exemplary employers that are using flexibility as a talent management tool to enhance workplace effectiveness and contribute to employee success.

Organizations varying in size and type from the Greater Louisville/Southern Indiana region are invited to apply – the application process is FREE and only takes a short time to complete.



The Latest News from Metro Hall, Frankfort and Washington

3/29/2011 03:19:53 PM  -  0 Comments

Below is the latest news and developments from Metro Hall, Frankfort and Washington, D.C. If you would like to sign up to receive GLI's free Legislative Updates, simply visit
2011 General Assembly Special Session Ends; Governor Vetoes Large Portions of Medicaid Bill
The 2011 Special Session of the Kentucky General Assembly came to an end last week in an interesting turn of events. As we reported, the House passed the Senate’s version of HB 1, legislation to address a $166 million shortfall in Kentucky’s Medicaid budget. The House did this with assurance from the Governor that he would veto all portions of the Senate’s bill that were objectionable to his administration and House leadership.
Because HB 1 is a budget bill, the governor is granted the authority to strike specific sections subject to a veto override by the General Assembly. However, as the House adjourned Sine Die immediately after passing the Senate version of HB 1, the option to override the Governor’s veto was not available.
As expected, on Friday Governor Beshear vetoed large portions of the Senate’s version of HB 1, bringing the bill back into alignment with what the House had originally introduced and he had supported. Click here to read the Governor’s veto message. Governor Beshear vetoed more than 150 pages of the bill, including sections providing for cuts to state government programs if Medicaid savings couldn’t be accomplished through managed care, as the House and Governor Beshear proposed. Other vetoed provisions include sections barring legislators from being paid during a legislative recess, and sections baring furloughs of state employees as a cost-savings measure.



The latest legislative developments from Frankfort

3/15/2011 01:47:16 PM  -  0 Comments

As Kentucky General Assembly meets this week in Frankfort, below is a summary of the latest details from GLI's Public Affairs team:
The 2011 Kentucky General Assembly session ended Wednesday without agreement on an important issue impacting Kentucky’s budget: addressing a $166.5 million shortfall in the state’s FY11 Medicaid budget.  As such, Governor Beshear called a Special Legislative Session beginning yesterday. Only two issues are on the call for the special session: Medicaid and raising the mandatory school attendance age in Kentucky from the current 16 to 18.
Not surprisingly, politics continue to play a prominent role in the discussions in Frankfort. As you may know, Governor Beshear is running for reelection this year, and one of his Republican opponents in Senate President David Williams. The special session is being framed in light of this gubernatorial race, and neither side – Beshear and the House Democrats nor Williams and the Senate Republicans – have changed their position on Medicaid since last week.



Small Business Breakfast Club Ramps Up for a Big Year

3/8/2011 11:41:55 AM  -  0 Comments

Shawna Burton, GLI’s Director of Engagement, shares her insights on SBBC programing for 2011, which helps small businesses make connections and hear from experts in various areas of interest:
This is going to be an exciting year for GLI’s small business members as we kicked off our 2011 Small Business Breakfast Club (SBBC) series in January.  Bill Weyland, Managing Director of CITY Properties, presented to a sold out crowd at the Henry Clay where he discussed the importance of downtown development and how revitalizing the city’s urban core is fundamental in growing the community.  

This year SBBC series is packed full of successful entrepreneurs, industry experts and community leaders, such as Bill and Rob Samuels, Tierra Kavanaugh Turner and Jennifer Mackin just to name a few.




Have You Heard? Ford Escape Giveaway at GLI’s Annual Meeting

3/8/2011 11:31:23 AM  -  0 Comments

Annual Meeting GLI’s Annual Meeting, taking place Tuesday, March 15, is rapidly approaching. And if you attend, you can have a chance to win a 2011 Ford Escape. Yes, you read that right.
At the event, GLI will be raffling a two-year lease on a 2011 Ford Escape. And we know one person who is already excited for this opportunity: Business First blogger Ed Green. Click here  to read his post on the giveaway.
Raffle tickets cost $20 each (cash and personal check only. Must be present to win.), and the best part is the proceeds benefit scholarships for 15K Degrees - a subset of Greater Louisville's  Education Commitment, 55,000 Degrees