Alliance President’s Report – Dec. 2, 2016

Winter is in the air as the holidays approach. With that, we have many things to be thankful for. This past weekend, we partnered with Ashland in Motion for a highly successful Shop Local Season Brunch and Browse. Last Saturday, Downtown Ashland was busy with people exploring our local shops and restaurants.  It was a great day to learn more about what makes downtown special.

Our Legislative Preview sponsored by Marathon Petroleum Company and AEP Kentucky Power is Wednesday, December 7. This event is presented by Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Ashland Alliance.  “How Will Change Affect your Business” is this year’s theme. With the Kentucky Legislative session set to start in January and the new super majority in the House and Senate, this year’s session could hold potential for significant changes in Kentucky. David Adkisson, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will lead the conversation. The elected State Delegation has been invited as well.

Winter Wonderland of Lights

This time of year we can’t give an update without highlighting our Winter Wonderland of Lights. Santa is in the Park greeting children. Over the first weekend, we had 500 children from 15 states. For anyone of you that love to help give back over the holidays lets us know how you can help with Santa’s House.

  • Winter Wonderland Express Train Rides, Central Park, Weekends 11/1/-12/20
  • Visits with Santa, Central Park Roundhouse, 11/24-12/18
  • Breakfast with Santa, Ashland Transportation Center, 12/3 9:00 a.m.
  • Karaoke and Pizza  with Santa, Ashland Transportation Center, 12/8 6 p.m.

Chamber Activities

A Business After Hours will be at Bellefonte Centre & Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. The event will be December 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. – Bellefonte Centre, 5th floor, 1000 Ashland Drive, Ashland Ky. All attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation as part of the Ashland Alliance Young Professionals Food Drive. Donations benefit Helping Hands and River Cities Harvest.

Economic Development Activities

Just because we are in the Holiday Season doesn’t mean there is not activity. We compete every day for jobs and work to keep our business community competitive.  It is also the season to plan ahead for next year.

  • Our Board gave the first reading of our 2017 budget that included how we are marketing and recruiting companies to our region.
  • Our Aerospace workgroup has also started building a regional platform for the growth of aerospace in the Tri-State Region.  When our region has good paying jobs everyone benefits.

—Tim Gibbs, Alliance president and CEO