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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $600,000 grant to Blue Grass Airport that will be applied toward air service development. “Blue Grass Airport continuously works with air carriers to bring in new service to its customers,” said Michael Gobb, executive director at Blue Grass Airport.  “With this additional monetary support, the airport can better address customer requests for the addition of a quality low-fare airline.”

Brandstetter Carroll Inc., a Lexington-based architectural/engineering firm, has merged with Jill Lewis Smith, Architect, Inc. of Louisville. The combined firm includes a staff of more than 60 employees and will operate under the Brandstetter Carroll name from locations in Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

The UK College of Dentistry has been awarded a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant totaling over $10.9 million by the National Center for Research Resources, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will help fund research into how oral diseases affect other health problems, including HIV, atherosclerosis, gestational diabetes, and viral/bacterial interactions in chronic disease. The COBRE grant will support 10 promising new researchers, who will serve as principal investigators in studies of their own design, with the aid of senior faculty mentors. University officials say the COBRE grant will enable the university to create a program of faculty development and recruitment that will advance UK’s standing as a research institution.

Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital has become the second sponsor of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Lexington-based Rood & Riddle was established in 1986 as a referral center for horses requiring specialized medical and surgical care. Today it is known throughout the world for its innovative and highly skilled treatment of horses. The hospital facility offers a full range of services including surgery, internal medicine, advanced diagnostic imaging, a focused podiatry center and a specialized reproductive center. The practice also provides on-site care for breeding farms, sport horse facilities, horse shows and events.

Lexington-based First Corbin Financial Corporation has changed its corporate name to Forcht Group of Kentucky. Company founder Terry Forcht formed the company in the late 1960s and initially focused on the real estate industry. Today, the company has some 2,100 employees and is comprised of 94 businesses in the banking/financial services, health care, media, insurance, retail, technology, business services and real estate industries.

SinglePipe Communications, Inc., a facilities-based wholesale communications provider, has received an additional $2.5 million in equity funding. The financing was led by Louisville-based Chrysalis Ventures, a leading source of equity capital for growth companies in the Midwest and South. London, Ky.-based Meritus Ventures, L.P., a rural business investment company that invests in expansion-stage companies in central and southern Appalachia, also participated as a co-investor. SinglePipe provides residential and business VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services through wholesale and agent channels to clients across the United States. The company is headquartered in Lexington and also has offices in Louisville, Charlotte and Atlanta.

Lexington-based Global Fitness Holdings, formerly a Gold’s Gym franchisee, has unveiled a new brand identity called Urban Active.
As of Dec. 1, all 25 of the company’s formerly franchised locations in Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio were renamed Urban Active. The company has approximately 140,000 members among the 25 fitness centers. Global Fitness CEO Royce Pulliam said that other than the name, nothing else will change for club members.