• Invisible Cities of Woodford County: A Spark Project

    The namesake of our project is Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, which serves as a loose inspiration. In the spirit of that work, our goal is to show all of the communities in this county, which are so close to us, yet unseen by so many. W want to help rebuild Woodford County's connection to the deep history which shapes us today, and show the potential that our county has for the future.

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    Woodford Forward partners with Bullhorn Creative to present development panel discussion

    Woodford Forward, an development advocacy group that promotes urban redevelopment and agricultural farmland use, is partnering with Lexington-based Bullhorn Creative for the second in a series of panel discussions. Read the full article...

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    Woodford Forward hosting redevelopment panel for downtown Versailles

    Versailles, Ky. – A civic and business group in Versailles, Ky., will host a public forum to discuss redevelopment, infill and placemaking issues for the downtown and surrounding areas. Woodford Forward is a group of citizens and business owners that advocate for innovative policies that promote the highest  and best use of urban land and the agricultural use of productive farmland throughout Woodford County. Read the full article...

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    More Tax Incentives Approved for Fourth Woodford Reserve Bourbon Warehouse

    Lexington Herald-Leader | 
April 30, 2015 Brown-Forman will be putting up more whiskey in Woodford County. On Thursday, the Louisville-based maker of Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Early Times and other whiskeys received approval for an additional $150,000 in tax incentives to build a fourth new warehouse. Total new investment cost is expected to be $8.2 million, including $7.6 million in building construction, $500,000 in equipment and $100,000 in other start-up costs, according to [...]

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    Woodford Forward Facebook Page
 | April 9, 2015 https://www.facebook.com/WoodfordForward?ref=hl

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    UK Ag News
 | April 9, 2015 What will it take to grow a thriving local food system? What role can institutions play in supporting local food production, and where will the supply come from? More than 40 farmers, processors, distributors, lenders and market leaders recently convened on the University of Kentucky campus for the Bluegrass Barn Raising to discuss strategies for expanding the supply of local foods. Read the full article...

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    Advocacy Organization Formed in Woodford County

    Kentucky Forward article | 
September 15, 2014 A group of Woodford County citizens and business owners have formed an advocacy organization to promote the link between quality of life and economic development in the county. Billy Van Pelt, who has long been engaged in advocacy for quality land management, will serve as CEO of the group. Read the full article...

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    Woodford Forward, a privately financed organization, will be an advocate for "building in a dense, compact, contiguous fashion" within the urban service boundaries of Versailles and Midway. It also will promote the conservation of farmland, said Billy Van Pelt II, chief executive officer for the group. Read the full article...  

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