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Welcome to Lexington, Kentucky!

It is with great joy that we welcome you to Lexington, Kentucky, the Horse Capital of the World, for the 2018 America in Bloom Symposium & Awards Celebration. Founded in 1775, Lexington was named in honor of the battle of Lexington, Massachusetts. It soon became one of the largest, wealthiest towns west of the Allegheny Mountains. Today we are home to several institutions of higher learning, including the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University. While in Lexington, you will not only visit some of our historic buildings and gardens, you will also experience our concentrated urban business and residential center with its walkable downtown.

In 1958 Lexington leaders established our Urban Services Boundary (USB), the first defined growth boundary in the United States. As a result, growth continues to be carefully planned, and you are never more than a short drive from our thriving farms, including our signature horse farms. In 1974 Lexington and Fayette County merged, so even though we have about 310,000 people and 285 square miles, we have 1 government that serves the entire county. Lexington frequently is listed in the top ten cities in the United States in a variety of categories related to job growth; quality of life for families, retirees, young professionals; and median income and low cost of living.

Plan to come a few days early or stay late to take advantage of many highlights Lexington has to share, including the iconic Kentucky Horse Park. Be sure to check out VisitLex.com for tips on where to visit and eat, and to learn about fun activities for all ages.

Now, come on, y’all. We’ll see you in Lexington!

Sincerely,
The AIB Lexington Host Committee