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AIA Kentucky Members Appointed to State Boards/Committees

Jack Ballard, AIA has been reappointed by the Governor to another 4-year term on the Kentucky Board of Architects.

Thomas Lett, III, AIA of Lexington has been reappointed by Governor Steve Beshear to another 3-year term as AIA Kentucky’s representative on the State Plumbing Code Committee.

The Governor has appointed the following AIA members to the Kentucky Finance Cabinet’s High Performance Buildings Advisory Committee: Cheryl Creech Kersey, AIA of Kersey and Kersey Architects in Louisville, representing AIA Kentucky; Michael Jacobs, AIA of Omni Architects in Lexington, representing the design and construction industry; and Jeff Moneypenny, AIA of Luckett & Farley in Louisville, representing USGBC.

Elizabeth Atinay, AIA, Hugh Bennett, AIA and Byron Romanowitz, FAIA have been appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to serve as AIA Kentucky's representatives on the Finance & Administration Cabinet's Architectural Selection Committees.

---updated May 2012

AIA KY Day at the Capitol

AIA KY Members visited the Ky General Assemby on Wednesday, February 29.

Here is the AIA KY Blueprint we discussed with Legislators.

AIA KY and AIA East KY Provide Scholarships for UK Student

AIA Kentucky provided scholarship support for the UK College of Design in 2011.  The Kentucky Society of Achitects/AIA's $5,000 scholarship was presented to Megan Doyle of Elizabethtown, KY. She also received the AIA East Kentucky Chapter scholarship.  Megan graduated from the UK School of Architecture in May 2011, and thanks to this scholarship she will continue her graduate work there in Fall 2011.

Megan has participated in several exciting COD studios: Kyle Miller's design model studio, Marty Summers' Henderson Studio and Northern Kentucky research studio, Akari Tkebayashi's Mircro-Mega urban context research project, and is participating in the design of the College's exhibition in the international Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. She is a member of AIAS and participated in the Professional Mentorship Program.

Megan describes her experience at the College of Design and shares some of her goals: "I am fortunate to have chosen a career path that I have a passion for. I am currenty researching internship opportunities that will give me more exposure to the profession of architecture. By the time I graduate, I hope to have identified a specific firm that is a right fit for me, one in which I can really develop my architectural ideas."

AIA Kentucky has provided the Kentucky Society of Architects scholarship since the 1980s. It is intended to support an architecture student who the faculty determines shows exceptional professional promise.

A portion of both the AIA Kentucky and AIA East Kentucky scholarships came from funds provided by the American Institute of Architects Component Matching Grant Program.

Kentucky Small Business Investment Credit Program

Applications Accepted Starting January 2011

New tax credit program encourages job creation and capital investment by Kentucky small businesses with 50 or fewer employees

Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the Kentucky Small Business Investment Credit (KSBIC) program, part of the Governor’s Incentives for a New Kentucky (INK) legislation, will start accepting applications in January 2011.  The KSBIC program is designed to spur job creation by providing a nonrefundable state income tax credit to small businesses.

The program provides state income tax credits ranging from $3,500 to $25,000 per eligible small business that creates, fills and maintains one or more new, eligible jobs and invests at least $5,000 in qualifying equipment or technology.  With certain exceptions, most for-profit small businesses with 50 or fewer employees are considered eligible for the program.

Businesses may apply one year after the latter of creating and maintaining at least one new eligible job and purchasing $5,000 or more in qualifying equipment or technology.  Eligible hires and qualifying equipment and technology purchases dating back to Jan. 1, 2010, will meet program requirements.  The KSBIC program is subject to a statutory limit of awarding $3 million in state tax credits per state fiscal year.

The start date for the KSBIC program was accelerated from January 2012 to January 2011, in HB 2 of the 2010 Special Session.  Subject to funding availability, all eligible applications will be scored and ranked, with the highest ranked applications being submitted to the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority for review and approval.

In addition to meeting the required program criteria, other factors will increase an applicant’s score including: the amount of qualifying equipment or technology purchased from businesses physically located in Kentucky; the average base hourly wage for the eligible position(s); the number of eligible position(s) created and filled in enhanced counties; and having not been previously approved for a tax credit under this program.

Kentucky economic development officials worked with Rep. Tanya Pullin, the Department of Revenue, the Commission on Small Business Advocacy and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center to craft the program requirements.  Additionally, small business organizations across the state, including the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation and Partners for Entrepreneurial Advancement in Kentucky provided input on the program.

“I would like to thank Governor Beshear, the Kentucky Legislature, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the Commission on Small Business Advocacy and all of the organizations that supported the Kentucky Small Business Investment Credit program,” added Becky Naugle, state director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center.  “Their efforts acknowledge the importance of small businesses in Kentucky’s economy.  Helping Kentucky small businesses grow and add jobs is a giant step in supporting the future of our Commonwealth.”

Additional information, including a program fact sheet, guidelines and application are available at www.thinkkentucky.com/KSBIC.

Building Performance Institute Building Analyst Certification

Tuition Assistance Available

If you are be interested in national certified residential energy efficiency training there is a short time offer of 90% tuition subsidy through KCTCS for those who qualify. The 40 hour course is being offered in multiple places around the state. If you pass the computer and field exams you will get a Building Performance Institute Building Analyst Certification. The typical tuition is $1450. The short term offer is $145. This training gives the professional the credentials to work as an evaluator in the Kentucky Home Performance program.

This program, KyHomePerformance.org, has big rebates or loans for existing single family homeowners to invest in their energy efficiency. If you have clients you are guiding through a renovation or addition, this could be a great resource. Not only is it possible to get $2,000 for a client, you can get an evaluation and a contractor list which will make efficiency, safety, and thermal comfort a priority.

(Information courtesy of Van Meter Pettit, AIA, Kentucky Housing Corporation)

Ken Greene Architecture Scholarship Foundation

The Ken Greene Architecture Scholarship Foundation has been established by Ken's family to provide scholarships for architecture students in the UK College of Design.  Those who wish to honor Ken's memory with a donation may send to:

Ken Greene Architecture Scholarship Foundation
c/o Proactive Advisors, LLC
444 E Main St, Suite 110
Lexington KY  40507

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