Darts and Laurels (3/25/10)
Time for some more Darts and Laurels.
Our first Laurel goes to nursing home operator Signature Healthcare, which is moving its corporate headquarters -- and about 120 high-paying jobs -- from Florida to Jeffersontown. And Downtown will also get a boost with this move, because the company plans to work closely with U of L to develop a long-term care research center in the old Haymarket block.
But a Dart goes to Louisville Metro government for the many significant accounting deficiencies that were turned up in a recent state audit. Undoubtedly, those taken to task -- and there are many -- will characterize their errors as "oversights," while others will take a much more suspicious and sinister view. But no matter how you look at it, the people of Louisville deserve to have their tax dollars handled much more responsibly than this.
And finally, another Laurel goes to the Mid-America Trucking Show, which just agreed to keep returning to the Kentucky Expo Center for another ten years. With an annual attendance of over 80,000, the Mid-America show has an economic impact on our community that measures in the tens of millions of dollars. And it's important to note that long-term relationships like this are only possible because of the Expo Center's constant strategy of expanding and improving to meet the demands of the future.
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