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Somerset, KY

T-Mobile

Now that T-Mobile has 4G LTE in the set, has anyone had any experience with it? Considering switching from ATT.  (Aug 16, 2015 | post #1)

Somerset, KY

What's coming to Somerset

The main projects which are confirmed and widely known about are the hotel which has a bistro and Starbucks, the Mellow Mushroom going in across from Bob Evans, Zaxby's by Walmart and the super or mega Kroger in Stonegate. The information about the hotel has been in the paper a few times. Other than that, you can go to the Center and see the hotel plans on the wall.  (May 1, 2015 | post #2)

Somerset, KY

Somerset is wet, where are the new Restaurants?

Starbucks didn't fail here. It failed nationally at that time. The Somerset store was closed because they closed all of the Starbucks stores built in a certain time window. The Marriott Hotel going in at the center has a Starbucks in it, so I guess it's coming back. Like others have said, Somerset is not like London, Richmond or Danville in the sense that the population changes in the summer since it has far more tourists. Currently, on the weekend the wait time at all of the decent restaurants is high. The area is getting more restaurants and it should do fine supporting them.  (Apr 24, 2015 | post #126)

Somerset, KY

PCLC-tv Somerset's local news station?!

I have asked this question a lot and there was a group that was close to making this happen a couple of years ago. I don't think the issue is necessarily with funding as much as it is in getting access to a network. I don't remember the exact details but it was not nearly as easy as it sounds, even if you have unlimited funds. It has something to do with available channels I believe. You are correct about the population dynamic but I think the way they look at it is geographical coverage. Pikeville and Hazard are better suited locations, not because of a market or population but because they are in deserts of coverage. It can't possibly because of population because that whole part of the state is losing population, year after year.  (Mar 26, 2015 | post #3)

Somerset, KY

new hotel in somerset?

Good points. I am not trying to say that there shouldn't be knife and gun shows. I'm just saying that it should have something for everyone. I'm a bit fan of the center but as the other poster mentioned, there may be unexplored avenues of engagement. Great analysis on the benefits!  (Mar 1, 2015 | post #8)

Somerset, KY

Somerset is wet, where are the new Restaurants?

Haha you are right. I had gotten a figure of $1.05B for PC and I got stuck on the B. Thosd shoukd be M's. I got it from the census data for the per capita income and multiplies it by the projected population. It's the easiest way to get a comparative economic figure that's not distorted by local governments. Now thatis just a way of aggregating income. There are a number of other factors in measuring economies but its an easy way to get a quick view.  (Dec 21, 2014 | post #33)

Somerset, KY

Somerset is wet, where are the new Restaurants?

I think what he is pointing out is the bizarre way in which the city limits are framed. Well over half the people who live in "Somerset " do not live in Somerset. I am not even talking about the people who live in Burnside, Bronston, Ferguson, etc. I am talking about all of the people that live out on Oak Hill, Slate Branch, 39, 1247, etc. They certainly don't live in any other city in the county but they don't live in Somerset either. This discrepancy between the actual population and the official population confuses businesses who want to locate here. Comparing county size makes sense in that way. For all practical purposes, Pulaski County is Somerset. It's the center in every way. It's not like Madison County, for example, where Berea and Richmond are two distinct population centers. Nobody in Burnside says "I think I will drive up to the Hobby Lobby in Somerset". There is a case for thinking of Pulaski County as Somerset. PC is the largest county economy ($981B in aggregate income) east of Bowling Green and south of Madison County followed by Pike ($887B) and Laurel Counties ($844B). So, if you draw a line from Bowling Green to Richmond to Ashland and include everything South of that line, PC is the largest economy, measured by county. That's a good portion of the entire state (over 50 counties). Solidifying that edge over relatively close rivals like Laurel County will be what drives future growth. Of course, it's going to be smaller than Madison and Warren counties for some time but conveying that fact to potential businesses may accelerate growth.  (Dec 20, 2014 | post #29)

Somerset, KY

KY Senator Vows to End Somerset Gas Sales

The problem here is that local conditions have created this possibility. It's not the case, as you are inferring, that governments everywhere else in the US realize what their roles are and dutifully avoid competition with the free market. It's just that there's usually not an opportunity to do so. The other issue is that Capitalists typically argue that private enterprise is more efficient and can provide a better product or service than can a bloated bureaucracy. What happened to that argument? How is it that this bureaucracy is able to provide the same product at a lower price if the market is superior at this game? If you take the canonical example of privatization of the USPS, the argument is that private companies should be able to compete with the USPS for mail services and they would do a better job, at a better price. Well, that's exactly what is happening here. The city has a single gas station and there are dozens of other gas stations. Shouldn't this be an opportunity for capitalism to shine, to demonstrate how much more effective the market is at quashing inefficiency? If the city were taking a loss on the gasoline, as that theory would have us believe, we wouldn't even be having this discussion because they would immediately suspend the program. The last paragraph is simply based on bad information. The city, currently, is selling gasoline at a profit. It's not dependent, at all, on tax revenue. In fact, it is making the city money. If the city did nothing but put gas stations out of business, statewide, it would have zero negative effect on your children because it is a self-sustaining endeavor.  (Dec 20, 2014 | post #37)

Somerset, KY

Income base medical center in Somerset?

The Catholic place is probably your best bet. I still find it amazing that in a city with dozens and dozens of Baptist churches, not one of them does a fraction of what the small Catholic church does for the needy. Anyway, I think the clinic is called St Luke's? You can call St. Mildred's for more information I am sure. You could also perhaps schedule checkups at the Health Department for your children and ask the physician about these things.  (Oct 9, 2013 | post #11)

Somerset, KY

Income base medical center in Somerset?

If you look at the new medical plans, they punish ER usage under Obamacare. It's a high coinsurance if you are not admitted. If you are, the coinsurance is waived. May help to look at the new plans to prepare yourself. Urgent Care rates under the new plans are reasonable.  (Oct 9, 2013 | post #10)

Somerset, KY

New Building

It's a Snappy Tomato, one of their bigger stores with a buffet I do believe.  (Oct 7, 2013 | post #2)

Somerset, KY

Retail development in Somerset?

I think you can try to attract factories and companies and that is a good policy but someone started those companies. To grow the local economy, you can either bring in large employers or you can try to capture money that is going to other cities. Somerset was losing around $12 million a year to other places in alcohol sales alone, so we are now keeping that local. We are losing money to all kinds of places like Lexington every time someone drives out of town to get something they cannot get here. That's part of any town, I know but the more of it that you can keep local, the more of it stays within the local economy. I do agree with Tough Love though that locally owned business is preferable. I would be happy to see a Target or Meijer but it would be even better to see a bunch of healthy boutique stores and locally owned restaurants. Just as an example, a study found that for every $100 spent at a locally owned bookstore, $45 stayed within the local economy vs $13 spent at a chain store. Here is a good infographic showing some of the research: http://www.elocal. com/infographics/w hy-buy-local.html  (Sep 24, 2013 | post #25)

Somerset, KY

Retail development in Somerset?

All good points. If there were enough economically progressive influence, it could go a different direction and focus on locally grown businesses like towns this size might do in New England. The economy would grow more quickly since more of the money circulates locally. The problem with that is that some local businesses don't even try to create something that would be competitive with a franchise establishment. Some are great, but there is a minimum viable business model that seems to prevail in most cases.  (Sep 23, 2013 | post #19)

Somerset, KY

Retail development in Somerset?

This is all related. If you talk to the people who actually show companies the city and drive them around town to see what the area has to offer, you will find that many of these companies will not locate to places that do not have good shopping centers, a night life, etc. That is one of the reasons there is a push for a convention hotel. The area is certainly getting better, but in order to attract better jobs, we do need more retail, restaurants, better parks, etc. That is one of the main reasons that it is easier to land a company in one of the satellite towns around Lexington. They have nothing to offer but Lexington is close enough. Somerset needs to present something to offer prospective factories and other companies.  (Sep 23, 2013 | post #17)