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Spotlight on the Arts | Creative placemaking makes summer vacation an arts event in Kentucky

Musician Tee Dee Young entertains the crowd at Maysville Uncorked, a summer fundraiser for the Maysville Players theater group, in downtown Maysville. The event is one of many that has contributed to Maysville’s status as a Kentucky Arts Council Creative District.

Musician Tee Dee Young entertains the crowd at Maysville Uncorked, a summer fundraiser for the Maysville Players theater group, in downtown Maysville. The event is one of many that has contributed to Maysville’s status as a Kentucky Arts Council Creative District.

I write this month’s column while I sit beside a beautiful wildflowered ravine in one of Kentucky’s amazing state parks. Watching hikers circle the artistic sculptures on one side of the field and soccer nets on the other, I can’t help but rejoice that I’m immersed in something spectacular – cultural tourism in Kentucky.

I have lived cultural tourism my entire life. It started in my family five generations ago down South. My great-grandparents were hoteliers throughout Georgia. They ran inns, restaurants and gardens, inviting tourists to visit the region, including the design-driven town of Madison, a rare untouched Victorian town on Atlanta’s outskirts. Madison was saved by troops on both sides in the Civil War because of its cultural and artistic relics and beautiful architecture, art collections, academic history, culinary crafts and artistic gardens throughout the town. As a teenager, my mother helped her parents manage the beautiful, sun-soaked Jekyll Island off Georgia’s coast. The island, a former millionaires’ playground, had been abandoned and was run-down. In the early 1950s my grandfather, Barney Whitaker Sr., had a stroke of genius and rented the island from the state, and his family of five restored the artistic properties and amenities. They knew that people from all walks of life love culture, appreciate art and architecture, good music, excellent food and hospitality… and grandfather suspected that people might travel to soak it in.

My relatives recognized that the combination of hospitality, adventure, arts and history make for a fantastic experience. Today, the intentional design of such an impacting location is a field called creative placemaking, which, according to the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, is a new way of making communities more livable and prosperous through the arts, and making them better places for the arts. Creative placemaking is about more than public art or performing arts centers. It is about making places better for everyone.

There are regional, national, even international conferences on creative placemaking for community planners, municipal leaders and arts and history buffs to study the science, economic development and politics of these community projects. That’s because a large number of wise business and community leaders in arts and tourism started recognizing trends – those same trends my family noticed generations ago – that people come to these places in droves. People love to vacation in creative and culturally meaningful places. They invest their time and spend their money, but with great excitement to those attempting to sustain these communities, these visitors make memories at these places. Creative placemaking sustains communities.

The Kentucky Arts Council recognizes communities that are making an effort to maintain the cultural and artistic life of these special places in Kentucky over time. There are dozens of thriving communities that draw in visitors for cultural tourism around the commonwealth, and there are more springing up. As of spring 2017, Kentucky has been able to recognize seven special communities that have gone and continue to go the extra mile to provide, maintain and market their unique and strong cultural value and hospitality.

If you have not recently visited one of Kentucky’s Official Creative Districts, spend some time enjoying one of these amazing communities: Bardstown;, Berea;, Covington;, Danville; Maysville;, Paducah; and our most recently added district, Owensboro. You won’t be disappointed.

To become a Kentucky Creative District, each of these communities proved they are places where the arts are integral to building community, engaging residents, encouraging entrepreneurship and attracting visitors.

Maybe your family has been part of this cultural tourism trend – and maybe you are the key to your community’s cultural future! According to a 2013 report by Mandala Research, a cultural tourist in the United States spends 60 percent more, approximately $1,319 per trip, compared with $820 for U.S. leisure tourists.

To me, it is a natural thing to do – to want heritage, history and beauty to continue. I guess it just runs in my family. I’m betting it might in yours, too!

To learn more about Kentucky Arts Council’s Creative Districts go to artscouncil.ky.gov or call Mark Brown at (502) 892-3115.

Lydia Bailey Brown is executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council.


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Environmental groups ask federal court to order coal waste cleanup at Herrington Lake

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 13, 2017) – In a federal lawsuit filed today, Sierra Club and Kentucky Waterways Alliance allege the E.W. Brown Power Plant near Harrodsburg is leaking pollution into Herrington Lake and ask the court to order Kentucky Utilities to clean up coal ash waste contaminating water, sediments and fish.

San Francisco-based Earthjustice filed the suit on behalf of the environmental groups. The Central Kentucky lake is popular for boating, fishing, swimming and supplies drinking water for tens of thousands of people.

E.W. Brown power plant on the shores of Herrington Lake has at least 6 million cubic yards of buried coal ash that sit in contact with groundwater flowing into the lake, according to the suit, which alleges Kentucky Utilities, an affiliate of Louisville Gas & Electric Co., has conducted testing that shows contaminants such as selenium, arsenic and boron have leached out of the coal ash into the groundwater. Separate tests by the Kentucky Division of Water found that 9 out of 10 fish samples collected near the E.W. Brown plant had levels of selenium that violate Kentucky water standards, according to the suit.

“Lake Herrington is one of Kentucky’s most beautiful lakes and has a rich aquatic ecosystem,” said Ward Wilson, executive director of Kentucky Waterways Alliance. “The lake is on the Dix River, just above its confluence with the Kentucky River, right by Shakertown. We have tried for years to get the releases stopped to no avail. Now we feel legal action is necessary to promptly correct this threat to wildlife and water quality that has been going on for too long already.”

LG&E responded Thursday to the lawsuit saying state monitoring reports no issue with drinking water supplies.

“We firmly believe E.W. Brown is in compliance with all applicable environmental regulations and we’re prepared to defend our case in court, if necessary,” said Chris Whelan, vice president of LG&E and KU. “The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet surveyed the water near the permitted outfall in Herrington Lake and found no evidence of contamination to the drinking water supplies. Additionally, the city of Danville and the Harrodsburg Water Treatment Plant affirmed that their water supplies have not been impacted by plant activities.”

“To ensure Herrington Lake and other drinking water supplies remain protected for the long term, the main ash pond was shut down in 2008 and we have approved plans with the state that include continued monitoring of Herrington Lake as well as lining a gypsum pond, shutting down a gypsum dewatering facility and eliminating discharges from the lined auxiliary pond,” Whelan said.

The environmental groups’ lawsuit requests that the federal court in Lexington order Kentucky Utilities to stop coal ash pollution from flowing into Herrington Lake and clean up the existing contamination.

“EW Brown has been burning coal since the 1950s and storing its toxic coal ash leftovers in a pit that directly impacts Herrington Lake,” said Tom Morris, chair of the Sierra Club Cumberland Chapter. “It’s sad that the only way to do anything about it is to wait to find out what the toxic slush does to harm the lake. Well, we found it hurting our fish population already, so we are acting before anything else shows up.”


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Kentucky.com: Construction starts on ‘Flats,’ upscale apartments in downtown Lexington

Cowgill Properties started construction on a four-story apartment building at Fourth Street and Blackburn Avenue. The upscale apartment building is scheduled to be completed in the spring. (Kentucky.com)

Cowgill Properties started construction on a four-story apartment building at Fourth Street and Blackburn Avenue. The upscale apartment building is scheduled to be completed in the spring. (Kentucky.com)

Construction began earlier this month on a 72-unit apartment building at West Fourth Street and Blackburn Avenue, according to an article published Thursday on Kentucky.com, the Lexington Herald-Leader’s website.

The $10 million apartment building, called the Flats at 345, will have one- and two-bedroom apartments, a fitness center and yoga studio, an outdoor kitchen area, a pool and a club room, according to a news release from Cowgill Properties Inc., the building’s owners.

For more on this story, go to Kentucky.com.

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Updated: $1.3 billion project in Greenup County appears set for Wednesday announcement

By Lane Report staff

Kentucky governor Matt Bevin

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

A $1.3 billion project in Greenup County with 500 jobs is expected to be the issue when Kentucky’s economic tax incentive authority conducts a special meeting at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Gov. Matt Bevin is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. in Greenup County to announced a much anticipated economic project for Eastern Kentucky.

Referencing the legislature’s approval of $15 million in bonds at the end of its 2017 to help land an undisclosed major economic development project, Bevin told The Daily Independent newspaper in Ashland last week that the impact of the proposed Eastern Kentucky project would be felt “throughout this region of the country.”

Legislative leaders said then the bonds they approved could help Kentucky land a company that would invest $1.3 billion and create 500 full-time jobs with an average annual salary of $75,000. It’s also projected to provide 1,000 temporary construction jobs. The Herald-Leader newspaper in Lexington reported Tuesday that a Jessamine County legislator said the mystery project apparently is an aluminum plant.

If it happens, this would be Kentucky’s third economic development announcement this year involving more than $1 billion in investment. In January, Amazon said it will invest $1.497 billion to create its first Prime Air delivery hub at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. Earlier this month, Toyota said it will invest $1.3 billion at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky to upgrade its vehicle and engine production plant in Georgetown, its largest facility in the world. The Amazon project is expected to create 2,000 to 2,500 new jobs.

Kentucky is has one of the nation’s top aluminum production clusters. A November 2015 Lane Report cover story described the sector as being responsible for $7 billion annually, and there have been multiple announcements of new operations and expansions in the state since. Kentucky is the number three vehicle producing state, and makers have been shifting from steel to lighter aluminum to improve vehicle milage. The state also has a significant aerospace manufacturing sector, which is another aluminum consumer.

If it comes to fruition, the latest project would be the third Kentucky economic announcement this year of more than $1 billion. In January, Amazon announced it will build its first Prime Air distribution and delivery hub at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport at an investment of $1.497 billion. Two weeks ago Toyota said it will spend $1.3 billion to modernize its 30-year-old Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky facility in Georgetown, the Japanese vehicle producer’s largest facility in the world.

The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority includes only one item “to consider a Kentucky Business Investment project in Greenup County.” KBI is one of the state’s programs that cut future tax obligations for companies if they fulfill commitments to make agreed upon investments, and to create and maintain numbers of jobs paying at or above agreed upon levels. Tax incentives are spread over time, often divided equally for 10 to 20 years.

“Gov. Matt Bevin will announce an economic development project that will positively impact Kentucky’s eastern region,” at McConnell House in Wurtland, Ky., his office announced Tuesday morning.

Wurtland is northeast of Ashland, Ky., on the Ohio River in northeastern Kentucky. Greenup County is part of the Ashland-Huntington, W.Va. metropolitan statistical area.

The governor told the newspaper last week that he could not yet provide details on the prospective economic development project in eastern Kentucky, except that if finalized it would “have a ripple effect throughout Eastern Kentucky and, frankly, throughout this region of the country.”

State legislators on the last day of their 2017 session in March approved a request by the Bevin administration for up to $15 million in bonds for an unspecified project to help Kentucky compete against at least one other state trying to land the project. The authorization was written so that it only could be used for a specific project intended, it was said then, to benefit Eastern Kentucky, whose local economies have increasingly struggled as coal mining operations in the region slowed and closed and laid off the majority of their miners.

The other states have been notified they are no longer in the running for the project Kentucky hopes to announce soon, Bevin said two weeks ago in Georgetown. He said he could not reveal details, but did say that the size of the project was “north of a billion” dollars. The Lexington newspaper cited WHAS-AM radio has reporting that Bevin told a group of investors he was speaking to in New York City on Monday that he would be announcing a $1.3 billion project on Wednesday.

State officials said a nondisclosure agreement with the company prevents them from naming the company or the sites being considered.

Bevin told The Daily Independent that if the project is announced, the company “will make clear the only reason they are here is because of the fact we passed that right-to-work legislation.”

The General Assembly in January passed right-to-work legislation during its initial week of work under full Republican control for the first time in more than 90 years.

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Venture Connectors announces 2017 Venture Sharks semifinalists

Preliminary round of the 8th annual business competition to be held April 12

LOUISVILLE (April 5, 2017) – Venture Connectors has chosen nine semifinalists to compete in the preliminary round of its 8th annual Venture Sharks business competition on Wednesday, April 12, at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Doors open at 5 p.m., and pitches begin at 5:30 p.m.

During the event, all nine entrepreneurs will present their business plans to a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the next great deal. The field will be narrowed to four finalists, who will then vie for more than $37,000 in cash and prizes at Venture Connectors’ regular monthly lunch on Wednesday, May 3, also at the Muhammad Ali Center.

This year’s prize is up from $23,000 last year, thanks to our generous sponsors. In addition to the main prize, two special cash awards will be presented during the Venture Sharks finals on May 3. The total (minus any fees) raised through a new Audience Participation Crowdfunding Campaign will go to a company chosen by the audience via a text message vote during the finals event. The minimum suggested donation is $5 and can be made in person during the preliminary competition, at the finals or online at www.ventureconnectors.org.

Plus, past winners Switcher Studio, Logjustrips, GearBrake, Wicked Sheets, U.S. Chia and Surgical Serenity Solutions have pooled their resources and will offer a $300 cash prize to the finalist of their choosing. These additional prizes may be awarded to competitors other than the winner named by the judges.

Venture Connectors received nearly 40 applications from entrepreneurs across the region. The Venture Sharks selection committee chose the top eight big ideas for the first round of the competition. The winner of the 2017 Startup Weekend competition, to be held April 7-9, will be automatically entered as the ninth semifinalist.

The semifinalists are:

Credit Fair-E, provider of affordable loans up to $500 to low- and middle-income families to help break their cycle of debt
502 FIT PASS, a monthly fitness membership that connects its members to over 40 gyms and studios in Louisville
G3 Tri-Tech, a manufacturer and marketer of products for the triathlete community designed to help them obtain an edge in swimming, cycling and running
Herelancer, an online community that connects entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations with creative talent in their local market
Meta Construction Technologies, a construction-tech firm that gives control to the asphalt industry with an innovative fleet management and dispatch software solution, BlackTop
NiteCap Inc., developer of NightSaver, a snoring prevention and sleep apnea therapy product
Stuccco, an online marketplace that connects users with residential and commercial interior designers
Toggle Health, manufacturer of a patented device that connects surgeons to their pre-operative and mobile data from the sterile field of the operating room

Winner of Startup Weekend Louisville, TBD

For the final round May 3, presenters will be allowed a few minutes to describe their idea to the judges, who then will fire off questions to the presenters in the style of the popular television show, “Shark Tank.” One lucky survivor will receive $37,000 in cash and prizes to help them take their idea to market. The Venture Sharks winner will be selected based on the viability of their idea, the ability of the final award to positively impact the business and the quality of their presentation. The winner must agree to use both the cash award and the in-kind services to directly pursue the business opportunity presented in the competition.

Sponsors for this year’s Venture Sharks include: Commonwealth Seed Capital, University of Louisville College of Business and KiZAN Technologies, gold sponsors; Sterling G. Thompson Co., silver sponsor; and Mightily, ARGI Financial, Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corp., Stoll Keenon Ogden, Guthrie Mayes Public Relations, Nucleus and Goodson Clothing & Supply, in-kind sponsors.

Judges for the 2017 Venture Sharks preliminary round are Venture Connectors board members Chad Coulter, owner of LouVino; Mike Skura, institutional relationship manager for ARGI Financial, and Lesa Seibert, CEO of Mightily. Judges for the final round are: Bob Saunders, general partner, OCAVentures; Elizabeth Rounsavall, growth capital consultant, Rounsavall Investments LLC; Lou Kelmanson, president, Kelmanson Holdings LLC; and Vik Chadha, managing director, GlowTouch Technologies.

RSVPs to the both events are required at: www.ventureconnectors.org. The preliminary event on April 12 is free and open to the public. The final round on May 3 is free to members and $40 for nonmembers. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1:15 p.m.

About Venture Connectors
Venture Connectors is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization, originally formed in 1995 as the Venture Club of Louisville. Venture Connectors’ goal is to connect entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, inventors, academics, practitioners, technologists, students and business experts together to increase the number and quality of new ventures launched from this region. Events include monthly luncheons and the annual Venture Sharks™ competition. Anyone interested in making valuable contacts, exchanging information or pursuing mutual business opportunities is welcome to attend a Venture Connectors event. Visit www.ventureconnectors.org.


Alltech’s Pearse Lyons awarded prestigious St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (right) presents The Science Foundation Ireland St. Patrick's Day Science Medal 2017 to Dr. Pearse Lyons, president of Alltech, at the United States Institute of Peace. (Nick Crettier)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (right) presented The Science Foundation Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal 2017 to Dr. Pearse Lyons, president of Alltech, at the United States Institute of Peace. (Nick Crettier)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2017) – Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Wednesday presented Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) prestigious ‘St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal’ to Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech, and Prof. Adrian E. Raftery, professor of statistics and sociology at the University of Washington, for their significant contribution to academia and industry.

Now in its fourth year, the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal recognises the outstanding contributions of Dr. Pearse Lyons and Prof. Adrian Raftery in their respective fields, as well as their role in developing the research ecosystem in Ireland. The Medal is awarded annually to a distinguished Irish scientist, engineer or technology leader living and working in the USA.

Congratulating the recipients at an award event held in the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C., An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, said:“I am delighted to present the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal on behalf of Science Foundation Ireland, to these two exceptional leaders. Dr. Lyons and Prof. Raftery have both had a huge impact in their own areas of expertise and played pivotal roles in the development of researchers in Ireland.”

“They have demonstrated how academic and industry-based scientific research can create jobs, tackle global problems and impact positively on people and society. These distinguished Medal recipients are driving globally significant innovation in the areas of agriculture, food production, health, and population and weather forecasting, to name just a few.”

Dundalk-born biochemist and entrepreneur, Dr. Pearse Lyons, is the first Irish scientist to have created a global business based on scientific research. With the aim of creating the next ‘green revolution’ to improve the health and performance of people, animals and plants, Dr. Lyons founded Alltech, in 1980 with just $10,000 in capital.

He has subsequently led the company to now trade in over 120 countries worldwide with more than 5,000 team members. Dr. Lyons and his team at Alltech remain committed to innovation and development, with three Alltech biosciences centres dedicated to research and education – two located in the U.S. and one in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland.

Dublin-born Prof. Adrian E. Raftery has been described by his peers as one of the most eminent statisticians in the world. His work has resulted in the development of new statistical methods, focusing particularly on the social, environmental and health sciences. Prof. Raftery’s work to quantify statistical uncertainty in demographic projections has fundamentally changed approaches to population forecasting. This was demonstrated by the United Nations recently publishing a recalculation of world population projections, which directly incorporated Prof. Raftery’s work.

Prof. Raftery has been a leader in developing new Bayesian statistical methods for model selection and model averaging, as well as model-based clustering. He has also worked on studies that have fundamentally changed the understanding of whaling populations, the prevalence of HIV/Aids and weather forecasting.

At the event in Washington, D.C., Dr. Lyons said: “I am so proud to accept the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Medal from Science Foundation Ireland. While my business is global, my passion for biochemistry and entrepreneurship started at home in Ireland. As a company, we still have very close links to Ireland with one of our three biosciences research centres based in Dunboyne, Co. Meath. Science and technology play a very important part in my company’s success and all of the Alltech team work to innovate every day. We strive to put scientific research at the core of our business and to use that research to drive our success at home and abroad.”

“Almost 100 students have graduated with their Masters and Ph.D.s from our Alltech facilities in Ireland, in cooperation with virtually every Irish university, providing a platform that was once described by the European Commissioner of Food and Safety as a ‘Primacy in Science’.”

On accepting his SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal, Professor Raftery said: “I developed my passion for statistics during my time at St. Conleth’s College in Dublin and at Trinity College Dublin. Statistics is vital to science, including the social sciences, and it is progressing rapidly with the current growth in big data and data science. I’m proud to have contributed to the development of statistics at University College Dublin in recent years. Statistics in Ireland has been developing fast and this will provide a competitive advantage for Irish science and industry. I’m grateful to SFI for supporting my visit to Ireland in 2013-14 as a SFI Walton Fellow, which galvanised several successful collaborations with UCD, TCD and the Central Bank of Ireland. The continued support for this and other research programmes, even during the economic crisis, shows that there is a broad consensus in Ireland for supporting scientific research, which bodes well for the future of the country. I am very honoured to receive the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal.”

Congratulating the recipients, Prof. Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, said:“The Irish scientific and technology diaspora are outstanding representatives for Irish science abroad and play a huge role in promoting Ireland internationally. The research undertaken by these two Irish leaders has had a profound and diverse impact across the globe. As a nation, we should be immensely proud of the influence that Dr. Lyons and Prof. Raftery have had in their respective fields and indeed, across the globe. In presenting them both with the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal, Science Foundation Ireland recognises the significant value and impact of their work.”

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Two former Wildcats named NBA Development League All-Stars

Alex Poythress

Alex Poythress

Game to be played Feb. 18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2017) — Former University of Kentucky basketball players Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson were named to the NBA Development League All-Star team. The D-League is the NBA’s minor leagues. The game will be played Feb. 18 in New Orleans.

Poythress played at UK from 2012-2016. During the 2015-16 season he averaged 10.2 points and 6 rebounds per game, but was not drafted. He currently plays in the D-League for Fort Wayne, where he averages 18.9 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Johnson, who played at UK from 2013-15, averaged 6.3 points and 4.6 rebounds his sophomore season. He was drafted in 2015 by Oklahoma City Thunder and now plays for the D-League’s Oklahoma City Blue, where he averages 18.5 points and 8.2 rebounds.

NBA teams can assign players with less than three years of service to their NBA D-League affiliates an unlimited number of times throughout the season. The NBA team maintains the assigned player’s rights and can recall that player at any time.

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4th annual DHL Plane Pull to raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky and their young athletes

DHL hopes to raise $50,000

ERLANGER, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2016) – DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, Special Olympics and the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport are teaming up again for the 4th annual DHL Plane Pull event to raise funds for Special Olympics Kentucky and its programs for local athletes.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, starting at 11 a.m. at the DHL Americas Hub, more than 25 local businesses and civic groups will compete in the ultimate tug of war, pulling one of the DHL Boeing 737 – weighing over 140,000 pounds – across the tarmac. The team that pulls the aircraft 12 feet in the shortest time wins. Local radio personality, Jenn Fritsch from Q102, Cincinnati’s Hit Music station, will be on site to emcee this exciting event.

Each team has to raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate and all proceeds help provide sports programs, health services, early childhood programs and community building programs serving children and adults in Kentucky with intellectual disabilities.

Some of the programs include Young Athletes Program and the Healthy Athletes screening initiatives. All funds raised to support the programs of Special Olympics Kentucky will benefit 8,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities annually.

“We are excited to once again collaborate with Special Olympics with our annual DHL Plane Pull,” said Joanie Arias, Vice President, DHL Express CVG Americas Hub. “On Saturday you’ll see some great teams flex their muscles for our local athletes. We are proud to provide an exciting and meaningful opportunity to raise money for such an important cause.”

At the event, a men’s team, women’s team and a co-ed team will be crowned champions for being the fastest to pull the DHL plane 12 feet. Prizes will also be awarded to the top individual fundraiser and top fundraising team as well as the team that has the best team spirit (usually in the form of a team cheer) and the team with the best team t-shirt.

The DHL plane pull will take place on the ramp of the DHL Express Hub. The CVG hub, one of three global hubs, sits at the heart of the DHL Americas network with 50 arriving and departing flights daily connecting customers from over 220 countries and territories worldwide.


It’s not too late for the public to sponsor their favorite pull team participant, or submit a tax-deductible donation by visiting the contribution page of Special Olympics Kentucky’s website at: http://www.soky.org/ individual. The public is also invited to the DHL hub on Saturday to view the competition and share in the fun.