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Kentucky Wins! focuses on bringing referendum for expanded gaming to the ballot

Business leaders launch coalition to promote job creation, economic expansion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2013) — A coalition of business and community leaders from around Kentucky announced last week the launch of Kentucky Wins!, a grassroots effort focused on allowing the public to vote on  expanded gaming.

KYWINS-GreenStarted by Louisville business leaders Ed Glasscock and Jonathan Blue, Kentucky Wins! is a coalition of men and women from across the state, representing large corporations, small independent businesses, teachers, the equine industry and local cities.

“History has shown that when the business community comes together, things happen,” Glasscock said. “We have five additional co-chairs to help lead this effort as well as a distinguished executive board of over 50 Kentuckians from various backgrounds who share the goal of making Kentucky competitive again.”

By 2015, it is estimated that Kentuckians will export at least $527 million in gaming revenues to casinos in nearby states, generating tax revenues to build roads, bridges and schools in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia, according to a 2011 Spectrum Gaming Group study.

“Kentucky is falling behind its competitor states as hundreds of millions of dollars are spent outside of our borders every year. It is time for our legislature to craft legislation that keeps dollars in our state and funds critical investments without tax increases,” Blue said. “A ballot referendum would allow Kentuckians to vote once and for all to bring expanded gaming to the commonwealth.”

A Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll in 2011 showed that “87 percent of Kentuckians want to decide the fate of expanded gaming in the commonwealth … with a majority of Kentuckians in every geographic region supportive of expanded gaming.”

Expanded gaming in Kentucky would generate over $1.5 billion for Kentucky in the first three years and create over 10,000 new jobs, according to the 2011 Spectrum Gaming Group study.

In the coming weeks, members of Kentucky Wins! will travel around the state to spread the word about the effort. Visit kywins.com for more information.

Kentucky Wins! Board Members


Jonathan Blue
Ed Glasscock
Joe Craft
Kelly Knight
Robert Evans
Terry McBrayer
Junior Bridgeman


Agricultural Commissioner James Comer
State Auditor Adam Edelen
Sen. Dan Seum
Sen.Gerald Neal
Sen. Morgan McGarvey
Sen. RJ Palmer
Rep. David Osborne
Rep. Denver Butler
Rep. Susan Westrom
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer


Name Company Location
Jim Allen CEO of Hilliard Lyons Louisville
Steve Branscum CEO of Branscum Companies Russell Springs
John Y Brown III JYB3 Group Lexington
Vickie Yates Brown President and CEO of Nucleus Louisville
Todd Blue Chairman and CEO Colbalt Ventures Louisville
Mark Brown CEO of Sazerac Louisville
Nick Carter Natural Resources Partners Ashland
Jimmy Dan Conner Exec VP of BB&T Insurance Services Louisville
Sandra Frazier CEO of Tandem Public Relations Louisville
Clinton Glasscock Exec VP of BB&T Insurance Services Louisville
CP Grayson VP of Central Bank Florence
Craig Greenberg President of 21c Hotels Louisville
Darrell Griffith University of Louisville Great Louisville
Billy Harper President and CEO Harper Industries Paducah
Paul Hourning NFL Great Louisville
Jim Host CEO of iHigh, Inc. Lexington
Watts Humphrey President of GWH Holdings Louisville
Lester Key President of Key Oil Company Franklin
Ed Lane CEO of Lane Commuincations Lexington
Jonathan Miller Partner at Frost Brown Todd Lexington
Mary Mosley CEO of A.J. Schneider Co Louisville
Pat Mulloy CEO of Elmcroft Healthcare Louisville
Tom Partridge President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank Louisville
Ben Richmond President and CEO of Louisville Urban League Louisville
William Robinson Partner at Frost Brown Todd Florence
Bill Samuels Chairman Emeritus at Maker’s Mark Prospect
Debbie Scoppechio CEO of Creative Alliance Louisville
Vic Stafferi Chairman, CEO and President of LGE KU Energy Louisville
Steve Trager CEO of Republic Bank Louisville
Woodford Webb Managing Partner of Webb Development Corp Lexington
Ann Wells CEO of Commonwealth Bank Louisville
Darrell Wells CDI Board of Directors Louisville
Steve Wilson Philanthropist Louisville
Jerry Woodall CEO of Woodall Construction Lexington
David Blee Runnymeade Farm Lexington
Alex Rankin President and CEO Sterling G. Thompson Insurance Louisville
Dale Romans Romans Racing Louisville
Jack Wolf Starlight Racing / Overbrook Farm Lexington
Frank Jones President and CEO of Recreonics Inc. Louisville
Jim Woods President and CEO of Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau Louisville
Craig Richard CEO of GLI Louisville


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