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Since 1979, the Community Leadership Development (CLD) program has been growing leaders in our community. The development program consists of eight weeks, meeting once a week, covering topics that include advocacy, healthcare, local history, education, industry, government and leadership.
Community Leadership Development goals include:
• Developing leadership skills
• Developing a better informed citizenry
• Providing unique networking opportunities
• Promoting community pride
• Promoting a sense of civic responsibility
• Fostering volunteers for local non-profit agencies
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Fostering a young professional workforce between the ages of 21 and 39, the Young Professionals Association was formed to strengthen the vitality of Ashland and surrounding areas by providing a network of professional development, social opportunity, economic development and community service programs.
From monthly board meetings to member committees, YPA also provides a quarterly luncheon and frequent social events to unite young professionals throughout Boyd and Greenup counties and a host of other social events to unite the area’s young workforce.
Each year YPA coordinates an annual backpack program for children in Boyd and Greenup counties. The primary goal of the program is to ensure that each elementary school student starts the school year with the necessary school supplies and at least one new outfit. Through the involvement of our membership and many other members of the community, each year has been extremely successful.
In the YPA’s first year, it was decided that this would be the association’s primary community service project. Throughout each new annual campaign, YPA has been able to increase the number of backpacks delivered to children in the community.
Instead of relying heavily on corporate donations, this program is designed to get individual employees involved. The YPA begins each year by meeting with counselors and youth service center directors at the elementary schools within Boyd and Greenup counties. After being supplied with a list of school supplies and clothing sizes, YPA members are responsible for finding individuals to sponsor the children. Backpacks are returned to the Ashland Alliance office prior to the first week of school.
Participation in the backpack program can be achieved in one of the following four ways:
• Sponsor a child on your own. Pick one child and purchase all of the needed supplies.
• Sponsor with a group. Instead of taking on the responsibility for all of a child’s supplies, join with a coworker to sponsor a single child.
• Become a Business Coordinator. As a business coordinator you are our primary contact for your group or business. While this does carry some added responsibility, the most important part of the job is to help generate interest within the workplace. Ideally, you would generate a list of interested participants, and facilitate the sponsorship of children within the organization.
Many organizations in the area provide excellent examples of the results that can be achieved by having a business coordinator within the organization. Employees at Marathon Petroleum have taken on the responsibility of providing all of the requested backpacks at two elementary schools. Peoples Bank employees have been a vital part of the programs success over the past three years by setting goals and encouraging the involvement of associates and customers. The bank’s management has participated by sponsoring a contest in which teams are formed with the goal of finding sponsorship for the most backpacks. The employees at Kings Daughters Medical Center and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital were also actively involved in the 2006 program due to excellent coordinators within the organization.
• Provide a monetary contribution to the Ashland Alliance Foundation for the benefit of the program. All contributions to the foundation are tax deductible.
The Youth Leadership Program increases interaction between businesses and the youth in the region.
The program takes part in sessions designed to educate on community issues, encourage mutual respect and facilitate in a shared concern for a commitment to the advancement of Boyd and Greenup counties.
It is the goal of the Ashland Alliance to instill in these young people the responsibility for their own lives, and the lives of others and society, and to develop responsibilities for leadership in each area.
The program is comprised of 40 juniors from seven high schools in Boyd and Greenup counties and meets once monthly for seven months. Students are granted school attendance for sessions attended.
Business After Hours (Networking events for members and guests)
Business of the Week (Recognizing local businesses)
Calendar (Keep up with chamber and community events)
Winter Wonderland of Lights (Annual holiday lights in Central Park and downtown)
• Spring Golf Outing
• Fall Golf Outing
• Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival
• Business After Hours
• Leadership Programs
• Public Affairs/Political Forums
• Cleanup Inituatives
Whether you want to engage business, outdoor recreational activities, attend a festival, take in a concert, travel the Country Music Highway, visit a museum or just enjoy the scenic beauty, Ashland offers many choices on how to spend your time.
On the shore of the Ohio River, many outdoor activities in our area revolve around the water. In addition to the river, Carter Caves State Park, Greenbo Lake State Park, Yatesville Lake State Park and Ohio’s Lake Vesuvius are all only a short drive away. Whether your pleasure is boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, camping or hiking, you’re sure to find what you enjoy in the Ashland area.
First-class golf and tennis are also options. The area has numerous 18-hole golf courses and one of the best tennis centers in Kentucky.
After a full day, spend the evening dining at one of Ashland’s fine restaurants or attend a performance at the downtown Paramount Arts Center. The Paramount offers a vast performing arts venue.
While you’re in the area, take a leisurely stroll through historic downtown. A map, available through the Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, will guide you through Ashland’s history and its development. Don’t miss this opportunity to stop by the Riverfront Park area. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ASHLAND AREA
Central Park is housed on 47-acres between Lexington and Central avenues and 17th and 22nd streets. Attractions at the park include a fountain area, playgrounds, baseball fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a bandstand, ice rink and more.
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Central Park’s popular fountain area
The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center provides avenues of discovery for children and visitors of all ages. History and heritage along with energy and excitement come together on the Country Music Highway at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. From toddlers to adults, visitors find activity and information that puts the past in perspective and moves the present into the future.
The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center
1620 Winchester Avenue
Ashland, KY 41101
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The Jesse Stuart Foundation features the works of Northeastern Kentucky native Jesse Stuart and other regional authors. The foundation and library provide a place to reflect and learn more about the region.
Jesse Stuart Foundation
The Pendleton Art Center is home to artists and craftsworkers who have a wide range of talents. The Center is an interactive venue with working studios.
Pendleton Art Center
1537 Winchester Avenue, Ashland
Studio Rental Info: 606.920.9863
Café Phone: 606.325.3815
Hotline: 513.559.3958 ext. 1257
The Paramount Arts Center first opened on September 5, 1931. The theater has undergone several renovations since 1972, most recently in 2002 when a new stagehouse was added and new dressing rooms, rehearsal space and banquet facility were added in a nearby building that was purchased in 1998. In addition, this renovated space was connected to the main building. The theater now operates as a non-profit organization, showing symphonies, plays, ballets and other productions.
Paramount Arts Center
1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland
VIDEO: History of Paramount Arts Center
Armco Park is best described as having rolling hills and wooded areas. This community park is just south of Ashland’s city limits. The park has nature trails, frisbee golf, playground equipment and five shelter houses with water, electric and restrooms. Site of Boyd County War Memorial. Handicapped accessible.
U.S. 60 & Ky. 716, Summit
Hours of Operation: 8am-9pm
Riverfront Park hosts Ashland’s annual Summer Motion festival. The park features the Port of Ashland, an active boat dock, and picnic facilities for everyone to enjoy.