Business Briefs for the Hamburg neighborhood and Lexington, Kentucky, September 29, 2015.


Debbie Reynolds, President of Forcht Group of Kentucky (with headquarters in Hamburg, on Sir Barton Way), was recently honored as a Distinguished Alumna at University of the Cumberlands, and inducted into the Alumni Hall of Honor. In addition to her executive role at the Forcht Group, she has served on numerous non-profit boards throughout Kentucky, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Hindman Settlement School.


AssuredPartners Inc., through its platform company Assured Neace Lukens, has acquired Bohannon-Meyer Insurance, Inc. The agency specializes in commercial, farm and personal insurance.

“This partnership will bring a great team into our Lexington operations as we continue to expand in the Lexington market.  Philip Meyer and Bill Holton have built a great business that we are looking forward to partnering with,” says Bryan Raisor, Lexington Managing Director for Assured Neace Lukens.

Neace Lukens in Hamburg is located at 2416 Sir Barton Way.


The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville announced a $3.76 million grant to create a national center of excellence in micro/nanotechnology. The highly competitive grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of just 16 awarded to universities across the country.

p4_businessupdates_hamburgjournal_Oct2015UK and UofL are joining a new national network which will make university facilities, tools and expertise in nanoscale science, engineering and technology available to outside users.

“This collaboration integrates a diverse set of researchers, expertise and capabilities, allowing manufacturers across the nation to explore nanotechnology and how it can provide solutions to real-life challenges,” said UK Provost Tim Tracy. “It will establish our campuses and our Commonwealth as hubs of next generation advanced manufacturing.”

Eight key nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing facilities at UK and UofL will provide a collaborative center for academia, small businesses and industry to “build miniature solutions for applications in healthcare, energy, security, and beyond,” said Todd Hastings, director of the UK Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering and UK College of Engineering professor.


In order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election for statewide offices, citizens will need to register no later than October 5, 2015. Voter registration forms are available online at  and must be delivered to your County Clerk office or postmarked on or before October 5.

If you would like to confirm your registration status, contact your county clerk’s office. In Fayette County, citizens can access their status online at

Students who will be 18 years old on or before November 3rd may also register and vote in the upcoming election. They also must be registered by the same October 5th deadline.

The November 3, 2015 general election includes races for Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, and Commissioner of Agriculture. In Fayette County, the ballot will also include the race for the unexpired term in the 1st District of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council.


With a new branch library underway on Man o’ War Boulevard, the Eagle Creek Branch of the Lexington Public Library will be sold at absolute auction at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the branch location of 101 N. Eagle Creek Drive.

The Lexington Public Library authorized the sale because the library system will be moving from the Eagle Creek Branch to a new branch at Palumbo Drive and Man o’War Boulevard. The library purchased property at that corner in 2014. Renovations to the interior are currently underway, and the new branch is expected to open in 2016. The new branch will offer a 25-percent increase in the number of books and other materials, multiple meeting rooms and study rooms, increased parking, and drive-through service.

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OCT 7    Good Morning Bluegrass: UK President Eli Capilouto, “All Things UK” (Hyatt)

OCT 8 Business Babes Society Fifth Annual Chocolate Soiree Networking Event 6 pm, Appalachian College Association (Richmond)

OCT 14 Chamber Business Link, Man O’ War Harley Davidson

OCT 14 Women Leading Kentucky Luncheon Roundtable, Sal’s in Lansdowne

OCT 23 Commerce Lexington Public Policy Luncheon, noon, Griffin Gate Marriott

This article appears on page 4 of the October 2015 edition of Lexington’s Hamburg Journal.