Biz Briefs Of The Week: December 13, 2012

| December 13, 2012

Distilled Spirits Epicenter Joins KDA

Officials from Distilled Spirits Epicenter accepted a barrel head to commemorate its membership in the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Left to right: Jeff Conder, Beam, Inc., Chairman of the KDA Board of Directors; Kevin Hall, Distilled Spirits Epicenter; David Dafoe, Distilled Spirits Epicenter; Chris Morris, Brown-Forman, Chairman of KDA’s Membership Advisory Group; and KDA President Eric Gregory.

Officials from Distilled Spirits Epicenter accepted a barrel head to commemorate its membership in the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Left to right: Jeff Conder, Beam, Inc., Chairman of the KDA Board of Directors; Kevin Hall, Distilled Spirits Epicenter; David Dafoe, Distilled Spirits Epicenter; Chris Morris, Brown-Forman, Chairman of KDA’s Membership Advisory Group; and KDA President Eric Gregory.

Distilled Spirits Epicenter, an educational, training and craft distillery, announced Dec. 10 that is has joined the Kentucky Distillers’ Association as the group’s first-ever Educational Distillery member. The KDA, a non-profit trade association founded in 1880, is the state’s leading voice on spirits issues. The board unanimously approved Distilled Spirits Epicenter’s membership at its 2012 annual meeting last week at the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, Ky.

Distilled Spirit Epicenter resources include: Grease Monkey Distillery, an artisan distillery furnished with state-of-the-art Vendome equipment that may be rented for full scale spirits production or to run small test batches; Challenge Bottling, an on-site bottling line designed to accommodate smaller production runs and various packaging requirements; and Moonshine University, an educational resource and training facility that provides expert instruction on everything from technical operations to business planning. The first Moonshine University distilling course, scheduled for Jan. 14 through 18, will provide hands-on instruction on distillate production and business management. Registration is underway at www.ds-epicenter.com.

For more information visit www.kybourbon.com or www.kybourbontrail.com.

Sheppard Square Redevelopment

Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Dec. 10 that Louisville’s $101 million redevelopment of Sheppard Square will begin with new construction in the Smoketown neighborhood. The revitalization of Sheppard Square is Louisville’s third HOPE VI project. The program used $22 million of federal funding to leverage additional investment and resources to replace outdated public housing with mixed-use, affordable housing developments. The project leveraged an additional $41 million in other investments in the area.

Construction will begin on Block B, bound by Hancock, Jacob, Finzer and Jackson Streets. Buildings built on Block B will achieve Enterprise Green Communities certification, which requires smart site design, water conservation, energy efficiency, the use of materials beneficial to the environment and the creation of a healthy living environment. Additionally, the entire Sheppard Square campus will be certified as a LEED neighborhood. The revitalization plan for Sheppard Square consists of 454 homes, including a mix of single-family homes, townhouses, and apartment buildings designed to complement the architecture of the neighborhood. Off-site units in the Family Scholar House also have been developed, as well as homes scattered throughout the community.

Lampton Park will be relocated across Jackson Street, as an extension of the Meyzeek Middle School campus. This green space will remain open to the public. The historic former Presbyterian Community Center will be rehabilitated and expanded into community space and housing targeted for elderly and disabled veterans. The HOPE VI initiative was launched in 1992 to transform distressed public housing developments into mixed-income, mixed-use developments, breaking up concentrations of poverty, promoting resident self-sufficiency and revitalizing entire communities. Louisville is home to two other HOPE VI developments, Park DuValle and Liberty Green. These award-winning projects are among the most successful HOPE VI projects in the country and are considered national models. Construction on Sheppard Square is expected to be completed by December 2015.

Joseph’s Supports Disaster Relief

Help Joseph’s Salon and Spa, 3938 Dutchmans Lane, help those in New York and beyond who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. This holiday season, Joseph’s will pledge $5 of every $100 purchased in gift cards to the American Red Cross to aid in disaster relief and help those burdened by Hurricane Sandy.

Joseph’s Salon and Spa is an Aveda Concept Salon/Spa offering a full line of beauty and wellness services. Over 30 years ago, Joseph’s Salon was opened by Joe and Connie Flint, who planned to operate a salon staffed with highly skilled beauty industry professionals while paying special attention to outstanding service. Joseph’s was the first business in Kentucky to carry Aveda, the plant-based beauty product line. Visit www.josephssalon.com for more information about the salon.

UofL receives Oracle Award

The University of Louisville was one of six 2012 recipients of an Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Award for Webcenter design, it was recently announced. University of Louisville President Dr. James R. Ramsey,  Oracle Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rob Fassett and University of Louisville Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Dr. David L. Dunn, were in attendance for the presentation of the award, which took place Dec. 11 at the Abell Building.

Faculty and staff from the University of Louisville have created a health management software program that enables health care providers, patients and insurers with vital information regarding patients’ health status in an easy to understand format. Managing diseases and conditions instead of treating the acute episodes has the potential to dramatically reduce the cost of health care. Estimates for this management system are in the hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition to the presentation of the award, representatives from the University of Louisville discussed and demonstrated how the program works.

Newest Thunder Sponsor

KentuckyOne Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider, is the newest corporate sponsor of the 2013 Thunder Over Louisville show, the Kentucky Derby Festival’s opening ceremonies. The addition of KentuckyOne Health to the Thunder sponsorship lineup was announced Dec. 10 at a press conference at the Derby Festival office. Thunder Over Louisville, which features a world-renowned air show and fireworks spectacle, will be held next year on Saturday, April 20.

KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University Medical Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. Thunder Over Louisville – the Derby Festival’s opening ceremonies – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 375 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single-attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

Welch Award Presented

Todd Lowe, Barbara Sexton Smith of Fund for the Arts and Kendrick Riggs of Stoll Keenon Ogden.

Todd Lowe, Barbara Sexton Smith of Fund for the Arts and Kendrick Riggs of Stoll Keenon Ogden.

Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC presented Todd Lowe with the 2012 James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award at Saturday evening’s opening of the Brown-Forman Nutcracker. Presented annually, the award recognizes an individual who has made substantial impact to Louisville and regional arts through volunteer commitment and leadership.

Lowe is the president and founder of Parthenon LLC. He is also a board member for Actors Theatre and an ex-officio board member of the Fund for the Arts. Lowe serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Speed Art Museum, and is currently involved in their search for an executive director. Todd is the chairman of the Kentucky Arts Council, and the immediate past chair of the South Arts board of directors. Todd has also been involved with the Partnership for Creative Economies.

Fund for the Arts and SKO fashioned the award in honor of James Welch Sr., a founding member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s legacy law firm, who quietly provided strong guidance and support to the Louisville arts for decades.

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