Kentucky has a captive audience during the month of December for a spread about the state's business climate. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says a 32-page editorial supplement on the state is being featured in Hemispheres, the onboard magazine of United Airlines. The governor's office said in a news release that the supplement will be available to approximately 12.3 million passengers during December.
It should be a merry Christmas for Kentucky retailers. Many are expecting sales to be up this year. "This is the first time in the six years that we've done this survey that we've seeing the kind of optimism among our membership," says Laura Leigh Goins with the Kentucky Retail Federation.
Owensboro's tourism economy took a pounding after its largest hotel, the Executive Inn Rivermont, closed in 2008 as the national economy started to falter, but now things are looking better. The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is funded primarily by a hotel room tax, brought in $587,567 at the end of this fiscal year --more than the $512,000 budgeted.