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Work continues on site in the downtown Ashland area. (Photo courtesy of The Independent) | READ MORE ON THIS STORY

New Ironton-Russell bridge

Workers are playing catch-up after a brutal winter (Photo courtesy of The Independent) | READ MORE ON THIS STORY

Riverfront and downtown view of Ashland from Ohio

The Ashland Alliance presence continues to grow in economic development efforts as well as chamber and community issues

The Ashland Alliance offers many different programs and events to help grow business and community networking opportunities. LEARN MORE

The Ashland Alliance offers many different programs and events to help grow business and community networking opportunities.

The Ashland Alliance was formed in 1999 as the joint organization for the Boyd County / Greenup County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization. Today, the Alliance is a “front-line” advocate for local business and industry as we work with our many partners to continue to make this area an excellent place to live, work and play.
Boyd and Greenup counties are located in northeast Kentucky, on the southern border of the Ohio River in central Appalachia. We have many amenities not enjoyed by other communities our size, including excellent healthcare, significant arts and entertainment opportunities, top-rated golf and tennis venues, as well as a multitude of parks, streams, lakes and rivers to enjoy.
Critical to the mission of the Alliance are our ongoing efforts to think, plan and act “regionally.” One of our greatest and most unique attributes is the Ohio River. It links together our Huntington/Ironton/Ashland metropolitan statistical area, known locally as the “Tri-State” or the “KYOVA” area with more than 350,000 people.
The Ashland Alliance also boasts a membership 500 businesses strong that continues to grow. With a renewed effort to increase the value of an Alliance membership, companies find multiple occasions to share contacts, buy from each other, grow relationships and market their products.



    Building community leaders

    The Ashland Alliance is the joint organization for the Boyd County/Greenup County Chamber of Commerce, serving as a front-line advocate for local business and industry as we work with our many partners to continue to make this area an excellent place to live, work and play.
    The Ashland Alliance also boasts a membership 500 businesses strong and continues to grow. With a renewed effort to increase the value of an Alliance membership, companies find multiple occasions to share contacts, buy from each other, grow relationships and market their products.




    Community Leadership Development (CLD)

    A Community Leadership group visits Marshall University's football stadium during a recent transportation and technology tour.

    A Community Leadership group visits Marshall University’s football stadium during a recent transportation and technology tour.

    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

    CLD planning committee

    Program Co-chair

    Lloyd Keyser
    Kentucky Power
    12333 Kevin Ave., Ashland, KY 41102
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    Program Co-chair

    Matt Perkins
    Second Hand Rose Consignment
    3205 13th St., Ashland, KY 41102
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    Alliance Contact

    Paula Mayo
    Ashland Alliance
    1730 Winchester Ave., Ashland, KY 41105
    Email Mayo

    Young Professionals Association

    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.


    Program Description

    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.

    How to Get Involved

    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.


    Youth Leadership Program

    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.


    Other Chamber Events and Opportunities

    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)

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Spring Golf Outing
    • Fall Golf Outing
    • Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival
    • Business After Hours
    • Leadership Programs
    • Public Affairs/Political Forums
    • Cleanup Inituatives




    The Ashland, Ky., area has plenty to offer

    Ashland's Riverfront Park host the annual Summer Motion and houses the Port of Ashland dock.

    Ashland’s Riverfront Park, along the Ohio River, hosts the annual Summer Motion festival and houses the Port of Ashland dock.

    Ashland is situated on the banks of the Ohio River where Kentucky meets neighboring Ohio and West Virginia (known as the Tri-State area).

    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


    Area Attractions


    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.
    Map Central Park
    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
    Map Highlands Museum and Discovery Center


    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
    Winchester Avenue
    Downtown Ashland


    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.
    Armco Park
    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.


    Relocation Information

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    Visitor Resources

    Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau • 606.329.1007 or 800.377.6249 • Email Bureau



Northeastern Kentucky has the perfect blend of business growth potential, tight-knit communities and quality of life

kentucky_mapWhether examining employment opportunities, the school systems, recreational activities, the local art scene or the area’s inherent scenic beauty, life in northeastern Kentucky and the Tri-State has it all. …
While northeastern Kentucky’s community and quality of life are reasons to call it home, local, national and international businesses have chosen to locate in the area because of its many advantages. When combined with neighboring communities in Ohio and West Virginia, northeastern Kentucky comprises a metropolitan statistical area of nearly half a million people. This impressive population is attractive for its potential both as an eager and energetic labor force and a loyal and dedicated customer base.
Moving a business to the Tri-State couldn’t be easier, too, thanks to the Ashland Alliance. As the chamber of commerce for Boyd and Greenup counties, the Ashland Alliance works with prospective companies to ensure a smooth transition for those who choose to do business in the area, providing such services as site selection and assisting with business incentives for job creation and retention. LEARN MORE ABOUT NORTHEASTERN KENTUCKY

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