The annual TECX conference will be held for the first time ever in downtown Lexington this Sept. 19-21, where industry leaders from across the commonwealth and nation will share their losses and triumphs on their winding road to success, while also illuminating the path to one's own.

With a focus on Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Creative, TECX will present a mashup of breakout sessions, keynotes, a hackathon and a career expo. The mission of the conference is to bridge the technological, entrepreneurial, and creative communities to foster innovation.

“Lexington’s tech sector is big and getting bigger. We will soon be one of the largest gigabit cities in the country,” said Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton. “TECX supports that growth with good information and opportunities to network.”

Events will be taking place throughout downtown Lexington, with locations at the Central Public Library, tech incubators Awesome Inc and Base 110, the historic Lyric Theatre, Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center and the new state-of-the-art University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center.

“We are hoping that the first ever TECX conference will be a time when students and professionals can step away from their day to day to gain knowledge, connect, and be inspired,” said Katy Brown, executive director of the Technology Association of the Bluegrass.

In addition to all of the fun, keynote speakers will be taking the stage, including Anne Ward with her talk titled, “Privacy is the New Luxury," and Toli Lerios, whose keynote is titled “Startup Ecosystems Beyond Silicon Valley."

Attendees can also look forward to Art Tech installations at locations throughout, an Augmented Reality tour of downtown Lexington, a look-and-learn at UK’s solar car "Gato del Sol VI", an evening art gallery hop, and more.

High school students are invited to attend, as well as to create. Students are being tasked with creating a 10-15 second Tik Tok style video and putting it on social media, tagging @tecx19 with the hashtag #wereinlex and #tecxlex.

The winning video based on relevant creativity will be presented with an award before one of our keynote speakers. For any questions or would like to inquire about a school or class participating, send an email to

For more information and to reserve a ticket, head to

Berean appointed to Kentucky commission

Susan Mullins, an artisan, has been appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to serve as a member of the Native-American Heritage Commission.

Mullins will represent the arts communities and serve for a term expiring Sept. 1, 2023.

The Native-American Heritage Commission promotes awareness of significant Native-American influence within the historical and cultural experiences of Kentucky, as well as educates and communicates the rich diversity and heritage of Native-Americans in Kentucky. The Commission leads and assists individuals, organizations and communities in understanding the needs and concerns of Kentucky's Native-American population and advocates Native-American participation within the Commonwealth.

DOCJT Public Safety Dispatch Academy Class 127 Graduates

Twenty-two law enforcement dispatchers graduated Friday from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training, two of which are from Madison County.

Kaitlyn A. Howard and Joy D. Lowery for the Madison County E-911 joined the other 22 graduates for the 127th telecommunications academy class at the DOCJT.

Major training areas included identifying the role and responsibilities of the dispatcher, correct phone and radio procedures, handling emergency and non-emergency calls for service, emergency medical dispatch protocols and use of the state and national criminal databases.

Additionally, Lowery received the the academic achievement award.

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