APRIL 2022… TRISTATE TALKING NEWS – REGIONAL, NATIONAL AND GLOBAL SNAPSHOTS

YOUR APRIL 2022 NEWS BULLETIN BRIEF FROM THE…

KENTUCKY

UofL HEALTH ANNOUNCES $144 MILLION EXPANSION AT UofL HOSPITAL: A new seven-story tower will anchor a $144 million expansion and upgrade to UofL Health – UofL Hospital in downtown Louisville. The project will increase the hospital’s operating capacity and facilitate a phased modernization to include all private beds throughout the remainder of the hospital. When complete, UofL Hospital will offer more than 360 beds, each in a private room, 20 operating rooms, plus a new 24-bed observation unit. Alongside the increased clinical space, the expansion will include an enhanced visitor experience with a new lobby, waiting area, along with updates to the gift shop and coffee shop.

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KENTUCKY REMAINS MORE THAN 22,000 WORKERS SHORT OF WHERE IT STOOD BEFORE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN, KENTUCKY CHAMBER QUARTERLY ECONOMIC REPORT SHOWS: Two years after the COVID pandemic reached the Commonwealth, Kentucky’s economy continues to move toward a full recovery, a new report from the Kentucky Chamber shows. Based on revised government data, Kentucky has recovered 82 percent of the nearly 300,000 jobs lost during the initial months of the pandemic. In addition, the state added 38,800 workers to the labor force during 2021, but Kentucky remains more than 22,000 workers short of where it stood before the pandemic began.

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TENNESSEE

GENERAL MOTORS ROLLS OUT CADILLAC’S FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE AT SPRING HILL PLANT: General Motors rolled out Cadillac’s first electric vehicle on Monday at the company’s Spring Hill Assembly Plant. General Motors leaders, employees and state leaders gathered at the facility to officially launch production of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. The demand for electric vehicles continues to grow, especially in the Volunteer State. Governor Bill Lee thanked GM for its investment and hard work the company has put in to ensure electric options for Tennesseans. The governor thanked and praised GM employees. In October 2020, GM committed to investing $2 billion at the Spring Hill Assembly Plant to produce the Lyriq. Automakers said they have pushed production of cars up nine months in advance as the demand for electric vehicles continue to soar.

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DOLLYWOOD INVESTING $500 MILLION AS PART OF A 10-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN: While he walks around Dollywood, always ready to pick up the odd food wrapper floating along the path, Eugene Naughton is listening. Listening for comments about a too-long food line. Listening for the telltale signs of a turned around first-time guest. Are there enough places to sit? Is the walkway too narrow? Fixing the small things, the president of Dollywood Company told Knox News — customer pain points like parking, seating and ease of movement — is key to taking one of America’s most beloved theme park companies to the next level. Becoming an empire also takes money.

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WEST VIRGINIA

ENERGY STARTUP TO BRING ELECTRIC BATTERY FACTORY TO WEST VIRGINIA: The energy startup SPARKZ said Thursday it plans to build an electric battery factory in West Virginia in 2022 that will employ at least 350 people. The company will partner with the United Mine Workers of America to recruit and train dislocated miners to be the factory’s first production workers. “We need good, union jobs in the coalfields no matter what industry they are in,” said UMWA International Secretary-Treasurer Brian Sanson. “This is a start toward putting the tens of thousands of already-dislocated coal miners to work in decent jobs in the communities where they live.”

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WEST VIRGINIA NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAMS AWARDED NEARLY $23 MILLION: Nearly $23 million in grant funding has been awarded to 26 nursing education programs at colleges, universities, schools of nursing and career technical education centers across West Virginia, according to the office of Gov. Jim Justice. These awards, which are expected to support up to 600 new nursing students, are part of the West Virginia Nursing Workforce Expansion Program.

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A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT’S HAPPENING NATIONALLY!

TECHSTARS AND J.P. MORGAN TO INVEST IN DIVERSE ENTREPRENEURS: Techstars today announced a new accelerator program powered by J.P. Morgan that will invest more than $80 million in diverse entrepreneurs and founders across the country. Techstars and J.P. Morgan began partnering in 2021 to develop this program focused on advancing equitable access to funding in major economic centers.

In the first half of 2021, Black entrepreneurs received just 1.2 percent of U.S. venture capital funding. Additional data show that Latino founders raised only 2 percent of U.S. venture capital investments in 2021. This partnership seeks to help bridge the racial and ethnic wealth divide through Techstars’ unique startup accelerators that provide access to capital, one-on-one mentorship, and customized programming for early-stage entrepreneurs.



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USAID ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND ACCESSIBILITY: On March 14, 2022, USAID announced the launch of the new Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility, which will report directly to USAID Administrator Samantha Power and will lead USAID’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in its workplace and programs in support of President Biden’s ambitious reform agenda. USAID’s launch of this new office will elevate attention to these critical issues, better align and coordinate Agency-wide efforts, and support the continued implementation of USAID’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan, and will help USAID continue to create more respectful, inclusive, and safe environments in its workplace and programs, in support of USAID’s critical and lifesaving global mission.

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SPECIAL FEATURE STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

UKRAINE – UN EXPERT SAYS WAR AGAINST MULTI-ETHNIC POPULATION MUST STOP, CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF ALL MINORITIES: The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, today expressed grave concerns about the situation of minorities in the context of the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the treatment of minorities fleeing the conflict. He issues the following statement:“The world is witnessing tremendous human suffering in Ukraine. The lives of all people of Ukraine are in danger, including ethnic, national, linguistic and religious minorities.

 

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MOST OF UK’S LARGEST COMPANIES HAVE AT LEAST ONE ETHNIC MINORITY BOARD MEMBER: The majority of Britain’s top companies now have at least one ethnic minority board member, the government-backed Parker Review committee, set up to improve the diversity of UK boards, said on Wednesday. Improving boardroom diversity has become a hot topic for policymakers and investors in recent years, as many believe it both helps to address social inequalities and also leads to better decision-making and performance over time.



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