May 27, 2016

It's been a week of benchmark events for my family.

We started our week with a doozy. My father-in-law, who had been fighting brain cancer succumbed to the disease. His passing was expected - but not easier on any of us. We've all been operating in a bit of a haze, trying to figure out what to do without the patriarch of my husband's family.

But that's not all we've experienced this week - we've also been making good memories. From dance recitals to graduations, we're trying to enjoy the important events that take place this time of year.

Going through all of this is tough - it is hard to be fully present for the good stuff, when you can't stop thinking about the people who aren't there with you to celebrate.

This weekend, I encourage you to spend time with your family and friends. Take a moment to remember those who are no longer with you and make some new, good memories with those who are here.

Happy Memorial Day!

Highlight Articles Featuring KBT's 2016 Platinum and Gold Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor UPS

UPS is driving home success through education
By Laura Holmberg, May 27, 2016
It seems it's only when we hit a bump in the road - a literal one - that our minds take a necessary detour in seeing the value of what our roadways provide us. Every day, countless people take to the roads to drive from one place to the next, many of whom are driving themselves to school, then to work, and back home again.
Transportation and education are connected in big ways, and they're not so different than the street grids on a map. Road infrastructure drives the connectivity of a city's citizens and businesses, and the education of those within our community drives its continued success.
UPS, Kentucky's largest employer, with a workforce of more than 20,000 in Louisville alone, is driving home opportunities for individuals in their educational and professional pursuits by partnering with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the University of Louisville (UofL) and Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC) in a tremendous public-private partnership through the Metropolitan College program. This partnership provides UPS employees access to a tuition-free post-secondary education through UofL or JCTC by working third shift in the UPS Next Day Air operation as a part-time package handler at Worldport, the company's international air hub in Louisville, Ky. In addition to free college tuition, there are bonus incentives for academic progress, and book reimbursement money provided each semester.
Since its inception in 1998, more than 14,000 students from virtually every Kentucky county have participated in the Metropolitan College program, with 4,100 individuals earning over 6,500 degrees and certifications. The program has been enhanced to include career counseling and outplacement features, better preparing students in their contribution to Kentucky's economy upon graduation.
In jobs outside the Next Day Air operation, UPS also boasts its Earn and Learn program, a tuition reimbursement program that is companywide and helps part-time employees in approved locations pay the cost of their education by working at UPS. Earn and Learn pays up to a lifetime maximum of $25,000 toward tuition for qualifying employees.
UPS strives not only to educate its workforce, but to retain it as well. The education programs at UPS help recruit, retain and develop qualified individuals to help meet the business needs of the company. UPS invests about $565 million a year on training programs to help employees further their careers within the company. The variety of jobs within UPS is broad, and includes not only drivers and package handlers, but also pilots, aircraft mechanics, engineers, attorneys, operations managers, financial professionals, meteorologists, auto mechanics, and more.
Sometimes when we hit a bump in the road - a metaphorical one - we begin to see how many opportunities are there to guide us down new paths.
If you know someone who would like to join UPS and become part of a growing team while earning an education through the Metropolitan College or Earn & Learn programs, log on to
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KBT Events and Committee Meetings

K B T's Annual Mid-Year Review and Luncheon
With Guest Speaker KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas
Friday, June 10, 2016
10:30 am -12:30 pm
Lexington Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Bluegrass Pavilion
Guest Speaker:  KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas
Special Guests:  KYTC Leadership
KYTC Chief of Staff, Asa Swan, 
State Highway Engineer, Patty Dunaway
Deputy State Highway Engineer, Andy Barber
Deputy State Highway Engineer, Paul Looney
Seating is limited
Cost:  On or before June 1, 2016 
KBT Member: $60.00
All Others: $75.00
KBT Waterways Committee Meeting

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016
Time: Noon-2:00 pm
Place: Owensboro Riverport
Manual for Assessing Safety (MASH) Meeting & Golf Outing

Date: Monday, July 18, 2016
Time: 9:30 am (Central Time)
Place: The Club at Olde Stone, Bowling Green, KY
Topic: Manual for Assessing Safety (New Updates)
Cost:  $60.00 per person (Includes lunch and 18 holes of golf)
This event is open to everyone.
Each year, on May 22, we celebrate National Maritime Day and recognize the dedicated seafaring men and women of the U.S. Merchant Marine. All of whom have served our nation since its founding. In ways we could not possibly recount, we owe a great debt to the merchant mariners who have served our nation throughout its history. 


Click It Or Tick It!
Click It Or Tick It!
It  is undeniable that seat belts are the most effective safety feature available in vehicles today; but nearly one in five Americans still fail to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.  

With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, millions of Americans are hitting the road to visit with family and friends. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety wants every get together to be an enjoyable occasion, so it's reminding travelers that law enforcement will be out in force from May 23rd to June 5th, sending a strong message - Click It or Ticket
Grant Opportunity for InfrastructureGeneral
CASE Construction Equipment has launched the Dire States Equipment Grant - a new grant that will provide one winning community with $25,000 in free equipment use to help offset the costs of building or repairing a critical piece of local infrastructure. Representatives of municipal, county and other local governments are eligible to apply for the grant. Entrants will be asked to describe the project and provide a detailed assessment of how that local piece of infrastructure will benefit the community.
Erlanger, Ky. (May 23, 2016) - The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is launching two new land development initiatives that will continue building its strategies for revenue diversification and growing economic development opportunities.
In addition to two projects approved in March, the CVG Airport Board approved last week two new projects:  
  • Build-to-suit facility: CVG will enter into a lease agreement with Paul Hemmer Company for development of a build-to-suit facility for Bosch on approximately 10.93 acres of land. The term agreement is for 49 years and 11 months with a minimum capital investment of $4.5M. The project is anticipated to be completed by April 2017.
  • Commercial warehouse distribution facility: CVG will enter into a lease agreement with Dermody Properties, LLC for development of a commercial warehouse/distribution facility on 22 acres of land. The term agreement is for 49 years and 11 months with a minimum capital investment of $8M. The project is anticipated to be completed by April 2017.
The new Lextran headquarters in Lexington have officially opened about a half mile down the street from its old facility on West Loudon Avenue.

After months of construction Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the grand opening of Lextran's new 13-plus acre site; a project that cost roughly $26 million.
The new, state-of-the-art administrative and maintenance facility is located on the former General Electric site on West Loudon near Russell Cave Road.
With the approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company will install up to 20 electric vehicle charging stations across their service territories for public use. 
Many road paving and construction projects began this past Thursday May 26, 2016 . Click the link above for details.  
E arlier this year, Progress Rail Services Corp. - a Caterpillar company - and its subsidiary Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD), celebrated a new joint venture, Electro-Motive Diesel Arabia LLC, in conjunction with Mohawarean Railway Services Co. (MRS), at the Middle East Rail Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In addition to this step toward increased support for railway customers in the Middle East, Progress Rail and EMD also highlighted their plans regarding intelligent analytics.
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