■ Dr. Barry Little, physician adviser and informaticist for the Kentucky Regional Extension Center, housed at the University of Kentucky, received the Critical Access and Rural Hospital Champion Award from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. This award recognizes groundbreaking collaborative efforts with public and private sector partners to accelerate meaningful use among CAHs and small, rural hospitals nationwide. Little has played a key role in the success rate of the CAHs and small rural hospitals in the Meaningful Use program. He also contributed to the first ever step-by-step electronic health record implementation guidance for CAHs and small, rural hospitals on Healthit.gov.
■ Commerce Lexington has received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award in the Special Event category for communities with populations of 200,000-500,000 from the International Economic Development Council. The award recognized Commerce Lexington's 2012 special event "Art of the Deal: Why Bingham McCutchen Chose Lexington, Kentucky for its Global Services Center." This event gave community leaders and Commerce Lexington's top investors an inside look at the process of how Lexington recruited an international law firm and landed its new global services center in the region.
■ The Fayette County Bar Association Pro Bono Program held its Volunteer Lawyer Recognition Luncheon Oct. 23. The speaker at the event was Justice Michelle Keller. The following awards were presented: Volunteer Attorney of the Year: Christopher Rambicure; Friend of Pro Bono: Judge Jo Ann Wise; Special Recognition: James I. Murray; 50 Hour Club: William Fortune; Outstanding Lay Volunteer: Johnnie Sparks.
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass provides civil legal services to low-income people in 33 counties with offices in Covington, Ashland, Morehead and Lexington. Due to declining revenue resulting in reduced staff, Legal Aid now turns down more than half of its applicants for service. Still, almost 20,000 people each year are helped with the assistance of private lawyers who donate their time by taking pro bono cases. These volunteers handle 10 to 20 percent of Legal Aid's cases each year.
■ Owensboro-based First Security Bank has been featured in the second annual Inc. Hire Power Awards that recognize private businesses that have generated the most jobs over the past 18 months. First Security Bank generated 27 full-time jobs from Jan. 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, placing it among the top 10 private business job creators within the state of Kentucky.
■ Gray, formerly Gray Construction, has received top honors for its innovative use of technology in quality and safety auditing systems with a Gold Constructech Vision Award. Constructech is a trade magazine covering the convergence of construction and technology.
Most recently, Gray has worked in conjunction with a compliance auditing software firm from Australia to further customize its extensive safety and quality management system. Together, they built and developed a QMS iPad application that allows for real-time pre-planning, inspection, verification and reporting collaboration between jobsite staff and design and construction resources. As a result field re-work has been reduced, as well as the number of warranty-related service calls.
■ Calvin G. Grayson, a former Kentucky transportation secretary and planner whose career in transportation spans nearly seven decades, has received a national honor from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Grayson, director emeritus of the Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky, has been named the recipient of the Thomas H. MacDonald Memorial Award, presented annually by AASHTO for continuous outstanding service over an extended period of time or an exceptional contribution to the art and science of highway engineering.
The award is named for Thomas H. MacDonald, chief of the federal Bureau of Public Roads and the Public Roads Administration — forerunners of the current Federal Highway Administration — from 1919 to 1953.
■ Lexington Urban League Young Professionals has honored Ray Daniels with its annual Community Service Award. The Urban League of Lexington has presented: John Calipari Family Foundation for Children with its annual Community Service Award; Kim E. Crumbie with the 2013 Individual Champion of Diversity Award; Columbia Gas of Kentucky with the 2013 Corporate Champion of Diversity Award; and National Diversity Solutions has been recognized as the 2013 Ambassador of Diversity.
■ Trey McCallie, an associate broker with Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty, has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation by the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors. Trey joins more than 16,000 real estate professionals in North America who have successfully completed a course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.
■ U.S. Bank has been named the number one Small Business Administration lender by total dollar volume and number of units in Kentucky for the SBA fiscal year ending Sept. 30. The $17 million in SBA loans approved by U.S. Bank in Kentucky represent a 12 percent increase over last year. In the SBA's fiscal 2013, U.S. Bank approved 81 SBA loans totaling $17 million in Kentucky, up from 43 loans for $15.2 million in 2012. Nationwide, U.S. Bank was the number two SBA lender by dollar volume with $639 million in loans for 2013. One of the leading banks for small businesses, U.S. Bank introduced a website for small business owners last year called U.S. Bank Connect. The website offers tools and insights for small business owners who are at any stage of the business life cycle from startup to retirement. Learn more at Usbankconnect.com.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo