Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recently announced that Noel Caldwell has been named Executive Director of the Kentucky One Stop Business Portal. The Portal was established by the General Assembly in 2010 to provide a single, unified point of entry for business owners and their delegates. Grimes, along with the Finance and Economic Development Cabinets and the Commonwealth Office of Technology, is working to improve and expand the Portal.

Caldwell will be responsible for overseeing the implementation and management of the Portal and ensuring that the goals of the Portal are accomplished. Caldwell previously served as Director of Business Filings in Grimes’ office, where he assisted in successful campaigns to modernize Kentucky’s business laws and oversaw services provided to the business community. Prior to joining Grimes’ staff, Caldwell practiced law in Lexington.

“Noel has done an outstanding job as Director of Business Filings,” said Grimes. “His ability to achieve greater efficiency for Kentucky businesses, through both our laws and the services we provide, will be valuable to the One Stop Portal.”

Lori H. Flanery, Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, announced that Corey Kline will be the Executive Branch Liaison for the Portal. Kline will continue to serve as the Cabinet’s legislative liaison, in which capacity she works closely with the Cabinet’s management team and legislators on issues that affect the Cabinet. Kline previously served as the Cabinet’s representative on the Portal’s Advisory Committee and has worked on several large-scale special projects for the Cabinet, including Gov. Beshear’s Smart Government Initiative and tax amnesty program.

Flanery said, “Corey’s professionalism and grasp of key issues will be a tremendous asset to the team as more resources and services are added to the One Stop Portal.”

The Portal enables businesses to interact with multiple government agencies through one access point, reducing confusion, redundancy and inconsistencies. Already, the Portal has resulted in time savings of up to 75 percent for processing business registrations, allowing businesses to open their doors sooner.

“Noel and Corey are a great foundation for the Portal,” said Grimes. “Their combined skills and experience will enable us to implement the next phases of the Portal, achieving even greater automation and integration, quickly and effectively.”




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