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Economic Development

It's been a big week for Braidy Industries. It started off Monday morning with a pair of significant company announcements — the acquisition of Veloxint, a high tech metals company that is expected to compliment Braidy's $1.5 billion aluminum rolling mill at EastPark Industrial Center. That same morning Braidy said it completed a $75 million Series B common stock offering. Later in the week, Braidy Chief Executive Officer Craig Bouchard spoke to a packed room full of potential employees interested in enrolling in Ashland Community & Technical College's Advanced Integrated Technology associate degree program, which is a training program offering industrial based courses. Those who complete the program could lead to a position at Braidy -- a company that plans to offer jobs paying $65,000 a year in a region struggling to create new jobs.

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Chamber of Commerce

LEXINGTON, Ky. – King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky., has entered into a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. By becoming a UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network member, King’s Daughters can offer patients in Eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and West Virginia access to additional specialty and subspecialty care, including clinical trials and advanced technology, while allowing them to stay closer to home for most treatments. In 2017, 802 new cancer cases were treated at King’s Daughters, with most patients coming from 12 counties in the region. In Kentucky, these include Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lawrence, Lewis, and Martin counties. In Ohio, patients primarily come from Lawrence and Scioto counties. Patients from Wayne County, W.Va., also seek treatment at King’s Daughters.

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President's Report

March 16, 2018

Madness has Begun! For many people (me included) the first Thursday and Friday of March Madness is an extraordinary time. For the Ashland Alliance, it was the time that we realized our TV doesn’t work. It has been on the wall for nine months, but we hadn’t turned it on other than for power points and internet connection. I wasn’t happy.... It has been a busy week here at the Alliance. It may not be Madness, but we are busy. I spoke to Wurtland City Council this week at their March meeting. It was an excellent opportunity to understand what the City of Wurtland was working towards and how the Alliance can be a part of it. The Alliance at its best serves as the middle ground between business and industry and our elected officials and the people they serve. Something else of interest is there is a new bill filed this week in the Kentucky House of Representatives that would take statewide the Work Ethic Seal program the Alliance has with our high schools and seniors that choose to participate. This program lets seniors use their senior year to prove they are ready to enter the workplace. It allows seniors to sign a contract that shows they have done what business community says it needs: Show up to work, don’t be late, work well with others, care about your community. This sincere commitment is huge! It shows that our seniors are ready, and it allows us to market this community as understanding the needs of business and industry and preparing the youth for the opportunities of today.