Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
The recommended Phase I public amenities and private investment in downtown are based on very rigorous economic analysis provided by the Gateway Planning team from Ft. Worth, TX. Gateway was engaged by the community to complete the downtown master plan.
Transformation of Veterans Blvd. -- Veterans Blvd. will be reinvented to be a pedestrian priority street with specialty paving, flat curbs, on-street parking, and street scape amenities. Infill buildings on Veterans Blvd. should be 3-4 story mixed use buildings with active retail and restaurant uses on the ground floor and residential uses above. Veterans Blvd. would act as a linear plaza connecting the RiverPark Center to the new hotel and Indoor Events Center.
Market Square Public Plaza-- A new public plaza that connects 2nd Street to the Veterans Blvd. and the new Waterfront Park is envisioned. In addition to being the new center of community life in Owensboro, this new plaza would also house the Farmers’ Market. The market stalls, cafe seating, retail sales kiosks will all activate this space. In addition the new hotel and the new Indoor Events Center will all have direct access to this plaza. This plaza is the city’s “Grand Gesture” to the river and truly connects the city to its roots.
New Waterfront Park -- The improvements to the Waterfront Park as envisioned in the Riverfront Master Plan will be completed and this park will be a destination park for residents and visitors alike. Together with the metamorphosis of Veterans Blvd., this park will be the cornerstone of a revitalized Downtown Owensboro.
New Downtown Hotel -- A new 225-room downtown hotel is envisioned at the intersection of Frederica Street and Veterans Blvd. Its location will be strategic to take advantage of river views, access to the adjoining Indoor Events Center, and the new Market Square Public Plaza. It will reinforce the activities on the Plaza with retail and restaurant uses on the ground floor.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Low cost airline Alliegiant Air, LLC announced a new nonstop jet service from Owensboro to Orlando, Florida beginning February 18, 2009. The fare for the new service is $69 each way. The new flights will operate twice weekly, with service Wednesday and Saturday. Flights will depart Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport (OWB) at 9:20 am arriving at Orlanda Sanford International Airport (SFB) at 12:20 pm. Flights will depart Orlando at 7:35 am arriving in Owensboro at 8:30 am (all times local).
The self–proclaimed "Official Airline for Sunshine" operates with a travel agency-based business model complete with vacation packages including roundtrip air and three–night hotel stay for as low as $246.
"We are extremely pleased to expand the Allegiant brand of low–fare, nonstop jet service to the midwestern Kentucky and southern Indiana community," Maurice J. Gallagher Jr., Allegiant Air president & CEO, said. "This is an exciting new addition for our airline and our customers as we launch the only nonstop, scheduled air service out of Owensboro."
Reservations may be made through the company’s website at www.allegiantair.com, the airline’s Reservations Center at 702–505–8888 or professional travel agents.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The Southern Growth Policies Board honors Southern initiatives that are improving economic opportunities and quality of life in the region. The 2009 Innovator Awards will be chosen from creative initiatives in the region that encourage economic opportunities relating to bio-products, alternative energy, and/or energy efficiency.
The recent announcement of the partnership between Kentucky BioProcessing and Bayer as well as the announcement of the planned Centre for Business and Research high tech accelerator and research center was picked up by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) as well as various national, regional, and state publications.