Lunae-Oria Health Establishes Bowling Green, Kentucky, Corporate Headquarters
The new headquarters will be located at the Western Kentucky University Innovation Campus.
“From the moment Oria’s founder, Dr. Richard Connell, painted his vision for leveraging telehealth to help reach the people who need it most, I knew he was ready to build something special,” said Oria CEO and Lunae co-founder Amanda Havard. “When discussing expansion, we knew we needed to find somewhere special. When we came to Bowling Green and got to witness firsthand the unbelievable alignment of the WKU Innovation Campus, the Chamber, local government and business resources, we knew that we’d found a place to call home. We’ve chosen Bowling Green because we can see it is uniquely poised to build an uplifting, cohesive, collaborative community for innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives. After a decade and a half of surviving in competitive environments, we’re looking forward to cultivating a collaborative ecosystem here in the commonwealth.”
To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved a 10-year incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement can provide up to $200,000 in tax incentives based on the company’s investment of $266,000 and annual targets of: creation and maintenance of 33 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 10 years; and paying an average hourly wage of $28 including benefits across those jobs.
By meeting its annual targets over the agreement term, the company can be eligible to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates. The company may claim eligible incentives against its income tax liability and/or wage assessments.
“Ensuring that Kentuckians from every corner of the state have access to quality health care services is critical to the commonwealth’s continued success and growth,” noted Governor Andy Beshear. “Innovative companies providing quality services and high-paying jobs, like Lunae, increasingly are choosing Kentucky to locate and grow their business. I want to thank company leadership for believing in the commonwealth and Southcentral Kentucky and I look forward to their future success.”
In addition, Lunae can receive resources from Kentucky’s workforce service providers. Those include no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job-training incentives.
“We believe that Lunae will not only bring economic growth to our region but also significantly improve access to quality health care across the commonwealth,” added Ron Bunch, CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to working closely with Amanda and her team in achieving our shared vision.”
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