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Firkin Fest shows another season of steady progress - Chamber

June 19, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — You could hear the buzz of voices a block away coming from the tent stretched across Winchester Avenue Saturday for the third annual Firkin Fest. And by about 3 p.m., you could almost feel the convivial buzz of a crowd sipping samples of craft beer, listening to live music and enjoying each others’ company. The festival, which brought 103 craft beers under one canvas roof for lovers of the brew to sample, has steadily improved, said Ed Prichard, who has attended all three.

‘The Force’ will light up First Friday event in Ashland - Chamber

June 1, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky — The force will awaken Friday in downtown Ashland. Ashland’s popular monthly celebration First Friday will celebrate the iconic “Star Wars” saga. “Star Wars” Night, from 5 to 9 p.m., will feature choreographed lightsaber performances and demonstrations by the local lightsaber theatrical group the Imperial Legion. Attendees will learn how to fight like Jedi or Sith and may purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to win “Star Wars” gear. Imperial Legion activities will take place on Judd Plaza.

Department of Tourism launches 99 Days of Summer travel guide - Chamber

June 1, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Tourism today announced the launch of 99 Days of Summer, an interactive section of the website with 99 travel suggestions for the 2017 summer season, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. “There are so many great things to do in Kentucky that it can sometimes be overwhelming to make those summer travel plans,” Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum said. “99 Days of Summer was created to give you trip and activity suggestions whether you are leaving for a week or looking for something to do the next day. We want everyone to enjoy the summer and these daily ideas can help you do just that.” 99 Days of Summer is an interactive calendar with pictures, events, maps and information. Each day has a different suggestion. THIS STORY WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED AT LANEREPORT.COM

Community works together in recruitment of Braidy Industries - Chamber

April 26, 2017

GREENUP, Ky. — Braidy Industries announced today the construction of a $1.3 Billion aluminum rolling mill in South Shore.   The announcement comes with 500 full-time jobs and 1,000 construction jobs for the Greenup County site. The Ashland Alliance is proud to share its local story in partnership with the Governor’s official press release for Braidy Industries’ announcement in Northeast Kentucky.

Braidy Industries to create 550 jobs with $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill in Wurtland - Chamber

April 26, 2017

WURTLAND, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin and executives from Braidy Industries Inc. today announced the company will build a $1.3 billion aluminum mill and create 550 advanced manufacturing jobs in Greenup County to produce sheet and plate for the automotive and aerospace industries. The announcement marks a turning point in bringing economic vitality to Eastern Kentucky, and comes just two days after the 53rd anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 declaration of the “War on Poverty” in Appalachia.

Alliance talks small business tax credits, Owensboro visit - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Alliance President Tim Gibbs said Wednesday the Alliance is considering a plan to visit Owensboro to study how the river city has “reinvented itself” in recent years.

Youth Leadership app deadline March 27 - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Applications for the Youth Leadership program must be received by March 27 for consideration.

‘50 seat’ bill awaits governor’s signature - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — A House bill that would lower the seating requirements for downtown Ashland restaurants to serve alcohol from 100 to 50 seats passed both legislative chambers on Tuesday evening and now awaits Gov. Matt Bevin’s signature.

Russell second overall in Governor’s Cup - Chamber

March 21, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russell Middle School won second place overall Monday in the state Governor’s Cup competition, and its quick recall team took home the first-place trophy.

Citizens Bank Business After Hours today - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Business After House, sponsored by Citizens Bank of Kentucky, Big Sandy Superstore and the Ashland Alliance, will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Citizens Bank of Kentucky, 855 Central Avenue, Ashland.

Kentucky Power unveils new logo - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. – Kentucky Power, a utility subsidiary of American Electric Power, on Wednesday unveiled a new logo and tagline as part of its focus on providing innovative energy solutions for customers and communities.

Extension program promotes students’ art - Chamber

March 21, 2017

GREENUP, Ky. — The new artwork on Greenup optometrist Bradley Morris’ office wall is easily distinguishable from the framed poster-size prints of models wearing designer glasses.

ACTC hosts SkillsUSA competition - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College hosted more than 130 high school students from five area career and technical centers for the annual SkillsUSA Kentucky competitions on March 3.

Career fair Tuesday in Morehead - Chamber

March 21, 2017

MOREHEAD, Ky. — The Spring Career Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Morehead State University in the Laughlin Health Building gym. The fair is open to students, alumni or community member looking for full-time work, a part-time position or an internship. Also, representatives from graduate programs will be in attendance.

50-seat bill passes House, heads to Senate - Chamber

March 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A state bill that could help attract business to downtown Ashland by slashing the minimum seating requirement for businesses to sell alcohol to 50 is en route to the Senate. House Bill 183 was approved 57 to 25 Wednesday night on the House floor.

Safe Harbor Cornerstone Awards March 23 - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky will hold its sixth annual Cornerstone Awards and 1,000 Women (and Men) fundraising campaign luncheon at noon on March 23 at Bellefonte Country Club. This year’s hostess is Alison Christie.

ACTC Young Men’s Conference March 7 - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Area leaders will share their advice for success at the Young Men’s Conference March 7 at Ashland Community and Technical College.

EKU to host 30th East Kentucky Leadership - Chamber

March 21, 2017

RICHMOND, Ky. – The East Kentucky Leadership Foundation will hold its 30th anniversary conference at Eastern Kentucky University April 27-28.

Ashland Career Center to lose OET workers - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet will move forward with a plan to remove Office of Employment and Training, or OET, workers from the Kentucky Career Center in Ashland, but the center will remain open and continue to provide some employment services.

ACTC science fair grows in 5th year - Chamber

March 21, 2017

COALTON, Ky. — Success is in the numbers, and for Ashland Community and Technical College’s Science and Engineering Fair, the numbers are way up.

Ashland approves merger of depts. - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland Board of City Commissioners on Thursday approved the consolidation of the Department of Economic Development with the Department of Planning and Community Development in a 3-1 vote.

Workforce needs take center stage - Chamber

March 21, 2017

Employers, educators, and people from all areas of Kentucky’s workforce system came together Wednesday at the Kentucky Chamber’s 2nd Annual Kentucky Workforce Summit to discuss how to address the issues the state faces in trying to build a healthy and skilled workforce.

Ashland to discuss merger of departments - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland Board of City Commissioners will meet today to discuss merging the Department of Economic Development with the Planning and Community Development Department, among other agenda items.

Learning leadership through Alliance program - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — There’s a time for the high school juniors in the Ashland Alliance’s Youth Leadership program when “leadership” is no longer just a word but a goal. For many it is their visit to The Neighborhood, Ashland’s one-stop social service coalition, said Missy McCalvin, the program’s coordinator.

Spectrum now cable provider in Ashland area - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Charter Communications Inc. announced this morning the launch of Spectrum in the Ashland area. After merging with Time Warner Cable last May, it is the second-largest cable company in America, with more than 90,000 employees.

Unions frustrated with new right-to-work - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Local union leaders lambasted two of the seven bills that became law Monday after torching through the Kentucky General Assembly and Gov. Matt Bevin’s office.

Gibbs highlights brighter days ahead - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Alliance President/CEO Tim Gibbs told Rotarians on Monday he hopes 2017 will be a year of growth for the community.

Greenup council updated on water plant - Chamber

March 21, 2017

GREENUP, Ky. — Richard Howerton gave the Greenup City Council an update on the progress of the city’s new water plant on Tuesday. Howerton, of Howerton Engineering and Surveying, which is designing the plant, said the firm is about 15 to 20 percent along in the process.

Bevin, Gill to promote state at auto show - Chamber

March 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin and Cabinet for Economic Development Sec. Terry Gill are in Detroit today, promoting Kentucky and speaking with automotive industry leaders at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Right-to-work, prevailing wage repeal pass - Chamber

March 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Right-to-work and prevailing wage repeal legislation passed on the Senate floor and was sent to the governor’s desk Saturday afternoon, setting the stage to make  Kentucky the 27thright-to-work state in the country.

Ashland opposes state judicial redistricting - Chamber

March 20, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — A statewide judicial redistricting plan that would strip Boyd County of two of its four judges but provide a family court judge was decried on Thursday by the Ashland Board of City Commissioners. “From Ashland’s standpoint, it seems like reductions in everything come up our way,” said Mayor Steve Gilmore. “We want to go in defense of keeping the number of judges we have.”

Right-to-work, other bills on track - Chamber

March 20, 2017

Bills dealing with right-to-work, repeal of the prevailing wage, medical review panels, pension transparency and more are on track to become law by the weekend as the legislature moved the bills forward Thursday by passing them in the chambers.

‘New day in the city’ with Ashland commission - Chamber

March 20, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Commissioner Marty Gute called it a “new day in the city” as the Ashland Board of City Commissioners held its first official meeting of 2017. Gute and fellow incumbent Commissioner Amanda Clark were ceremoniously sworn into office Thursday along with newly elected Commissioners Marshall Steen and Matt Perkins, and Mayor Steve Gilmore.

ACTC offers condensed 12-week option - Chamber

March 20, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College is offering 12-week classes this spring to give new and continuing students additional options for earning college credit. The 12-week classes have the same content as semester-long classes but cover the content in less time.

Tax Reform, Business Focus of Address - Chamber

March 7, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — In his second State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Matt Bevin illustrated that a focus on bringing jobs to Kentucky and passing laws and reforms to make the state more competitive remain at the center of his vision for the state. During his speech Wednesday night, Bevin said he is working to ensure any company looking at Kentucky as an option for their facilities knows that the state is willing to do what needs to be done to be competitive and attract new jobs.

Economic Development

Boyd fiscal court gives final approval to new tax financing district - Economic Development

June 15, 2017

CATLETTSBURG New county tax dollars chiefly generated by a Marriott-brand hotel can officially be captured by the City of Ashland for 20 years and used to fund more development projects. The Boyd Fiscal Court gave final approval to the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district on Tuesday. The vote was unanimous. The TIF district will be called the “Ashland Plaza Development Area” and exist between 14th Street, Bath Avenue, 16th Street and Greenup Avenue. Without its creation, investors planning to buy the Ashland Plaza Hotel, renovate it and turn it into a Marriott-brand Delta Hotel would likely back out of the purchase.

Appalachian Regional Commission announces $15.7M in grants to coal communities - Economic Development

June 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) on Wednesday announced $15.7 million in investments in 18 projects that will help grow the economies in coal-impacted communities in seven Appalachian states by creating or retaining more than 1,700 jobs, benefiting nearly 1,200 students and workers, and leveraging an additional $64 million into the Appalachian Region. “Each one of these awards is a blueprint for new jobs, fresh opportunities, and a robust economic future for Appalachia,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl. “Together, these investments bring added capital into the Region and help Appalachia prepare to globally compete in manufacturing, technology, local agriculture, construction, and a variety of other industry sectors.”

Morehead State receives grant for next phase of SOAR project - Economic Development

June 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — Morehead State University has been awarded a $497,305 Appalachian Regional Commission grant for the next phase of Shaping Our Appalachian Region Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics project.   The program is one of four that ARC has invested in, totaling $1.87 million in grants to help expand and diversify the economy in the coalfields of southern and eastern Kentucky. The goal of MSU’s SOAR STEM project is to develop a highly skilled STEM workforce that can foster job growth and business expansion in an area that has experienced major job losses because of the decline in coal.  

Pavilion for downtown Ashland is ‘in works’ - Economic Development

June 5, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — A plan to build a pavilion, or another multiuse structure, in downtown Ashland that would shelter local farmers and artisans and be used for special events is “in the works,” according to Mayor Steve Gilmore. The number of requests that the city build a new public structure downtown, specifically on Judd Plaza, has resurged in recent months. In March, hundreds chimed in on Facebook threads floating ideas for a pavilion, leading local farmer Casey Muncy to suggest the city act on the idea during a public meeting.

Build-ready project gets boost with Alliance grant - Economic Development

June 1, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College and the Ashland Alliance were two of several recipients of economic development grants dispersed throughout eastern Kentucky via Kentucky Power Co. on Tuesday. The grants, which totaled $400,700, were dispersed to 12 projects. The awards are a part of the Kentucky Power Economic Development Growth Grants and the Kentucky Power Economic Advancement Program. The Alliance was given $17,500 through KEAP for a project to seek build-ready certification at the EastPark industrial site.

New Ashland city manager named - Economic Development

May 26, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland's newly-named city manager said he's ready to leave the Pentagon and the Army behind and manage the city he's "always loved." Michael Graese, 51, of Arlington, Va., was hired by the Ashland Board of City Commissioners Thursday in a unanimous vote after a lengthy executive session. “I really want to be here,” Graese said in a phone interview with The Daily Independent. “I have always loved Ashland, from the first time I visited in 1986.”

Bevin touts pro-business reforms, infrastructure and location advantages - Economic Development

May 24, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — As a featured speaker at the Invest in America! 2017 Summit, Gov. Matt Bevin told global investors, trade consultants and national media that workforce development efforts, cutting red tape and signing right-to-work legislation are improving Kentucky’s business climate and propelling the state toward a record investment level.

Marathon GM addresses Ashland Rotary - Economic Development

May 24, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Marathon Petroleum Corp. refinery general manager Brad Levi gave Ashland Rotarians a look into the company on Monday. Marathon runs seven facilities, including the Catlettsburg refinery, which Levi said has a Tri-State economic impact of $2.4 billion. There are 750 Catlettsburg employees, in which about three quarters reside in Kentucky, said Levi. He also touched on the production of the refinery, saying it first started out running 1,000 barrels a day in 1922. Now the refinery runs about 272,000 a day.

Camtech Manufacturing Solutions opens new facility in Science Hill - Economic Development

May 23, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 22, 2017) - Gov. Matt Bevin today joined Camtech Manufacturing Solutions LLC, a factory automation, machining and custom engineering services provider, in Science Hill to opening a new headquarters, which already allowed the company to grow employment from five to 20.

Economic Boom in Northeast Kentucky - Economic Development

May 18, 2017

Northeast Kentucky is on the cusp of an economic boom with Braidy Industries leading the way. They are investing $1.3 billion in a new aluminum mill to be located here. Craig Bouchard, Braidy Industries Chairman and CEO, said, “States are being great on incentives and Right to Work is becoming more popular. We are about to build our mill in the fine state of Kentucky which just became a Right to Work State and that’s one of the reasons we went there… We are on the cusp of a boom and by the way Appalachia is going to lead that boom. It’s the best place to go and we are spending 1.3 billion dollars to prove our point there.“ Discover why Northeast Kentucky is an excellent place to locate your business by contacting Tim Gibbs at Ashland Alliance,

Jobs Are Being Created in Northeast Kentucky - Economic Development

May 17, 2017

Over 1,000 Construction Jobs and 550 Permanent Jobs Are Being Created in Northeast Kentucky!  Northeast, Kentucky (May 15th, 2017) –  High-paying jobs are coming to Northeast Kentucky and the Appalachian region. Aluminum company Braidy Industries is constructing the first aluminum rolling mill to be built in the United States for more than three decades. This $1.3 billion investment will create 1,000 construction jobs, 550 permanent jobs and more than 1,000 jobs in supporting industries. This is the most significant project for the economy of Northeast Kentucky and Appalachia in decades and will be an incredible economic boost for the region.

New jobs created in Northeast Kentucky - Economic Development

May 16, 2017

New jobs are being created in Northeast Kentucky. Braidy Industries has chosen this area to construct a 2.5-million-square-foot aluminum mill. This represents a $1.3 billion investment into the area that will create 1,000 construction jobs and 550 permanent, high-wage positions. One of the reasons Braidy Industries decided to locate in Northeast Kentucky is we have an abundance of highly-skilled metal workers, at eight times the national average. Any manufacturing company looking for employees will find an incredible workforce who is dedicated and hard-working. We have the data to backup this up and are happy to share detailed reports with any business looking to locate in our region.

Braidy Industries to locate new aluminum mill in Northeast Kentucky - Economic Development

May 16, 2017

Ashland Alliance is proud to announce that Braidy Industries has chosen to locate their new aluminum mill in Northeast Kentucky. This is an exciting time for our region and the momentum is growing. As Braidy Industries Chairman and CEO Craig Bouchard said, “We are on the cusp of a boom and by the way… Appalachia is going to lead that boom. It’s the best place to go and we are spending 1.3 billion dollars to prove our point there.” Businesses who want to ride the momentum being created in Appalachia should contact Tim Gibbs at Ashland Alliance to discover why now is the right time to invest.

Businesses recognized at awards ceremony at Boyd County Community Center - Economic Development

May 15, 2017

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Matt Perkins and his family-owned business, Second Hand Rose, were the big winners at the Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards ceremony on Thursday at the Boyd County Community Center. The event recognized small business owners and advocates in Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties.

Braidy Industries Building Aluminum Rolling Mill in Northeast Kentucky - Economic Development

May 15, 2017

Braidy Industries Building Aluminum Rolling Mill in Northeast Kentucky, Investing $1.3 Billion and Creating 550 Jobs Northeast, Kentucky (May 15th, 2017) – Braidy Industries, Inc. is a U.S. aluminum firm with big plans. They have recently announced that they will be making a $1.3 billion investment into a new, state-of-the-art rolling mill in Northeast Kentucky. This will be the first new aluminum mill built in the United States in 30 years, representing a significant investment into the future of the U.S. economy and the Appalachian region.

High Wages and Economic Growth Expected with Braidy Industries, Inc. $1.3 Billion Investment - Economic Development

May 12, 2017

High Wages and Economic Growth Expected with Braidy Industries, Inc. $1.3 Billion Investment Northeast, Kentucky (May 8th, 2017) - Ashland Alliance is pleased to announce that Braidy Industries, Inc. will be investing $1.3 billion dollars in the ground-up construction and operation of an aluminum melting and rolling mill. This investment will create 1,000 construction jobs and 550 full-time jobs once the mill is operational.

Over 1,000 Jobs are Coming to Northeast Kentucky - Economic Development

May 11, 2017

Over 1,000 Jobs are Coming to Northeast Kentucky!  Ashland Alliance is pleased to announce that over 1,000 jobs are coming to Northeast Kentucky through an investment being made by Braidy Industries, Inc. The aluminum firm will be constructing the first new aluminum mill, to be built, in the United States in over thirty years. Construction on the 2.5-million-square-foot facility is set to begin in first quarter of 2018. Once operational, they will have the capacity to produce 370,000 metric tons of aluminum products per year to be sold to the aerospace and automotive industries.

TIF would help fund downtown Ashland development - Economic Development

May 9, 2017

ASHLAND The City of Ashland plans to create a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district in downtown Ashland to help two investors turn the Ashland Plaza Hotel into a Marriott-brand hotel, and to fund major public projects downtown, including a new convention center and parking garage. TIF programs are used by government bodies to capture future, anticipated increases in tax revenues inside a specific district. The captured revenue can be used only for development projects in said district. They are created based on the concept that without the new developments, such as the opening of a new hotel that will likely boost property, sales, payroll and income tax revenues, there would be no jump in tax dollars generated in the TIF district.

Ashland Plaza Hotel to become Marriott Delta — four-star brand hotel - Economic Development

May 3, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Developers plan to buy the Ashland Plaza Hotel and transform it into a Marriott Delta, a four-star brand hotel, in a move that will revamp a struggling downtown and create about 85 to 100 jobs, Ashland Community and Economic Development Director Chris Pullem said. The developers, Jim Nizzo and Andy Spiros, of New York, will likely invest about $16 million in the renovation project, said Pullem, who led the city’s efforts to land the project in Ashland. He said the announcement is “a long time coming." The city had approached the developers about buying the property two years ago after another investor had backed out.

ACTC to develop training programs for Braidy plant - Economic Development

May 1, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College will develop two specialized course programs to train workers for the aluminum mill planned for construction in South Shore, according to college and company sources. The programs to be developed for Braidy Industries include associate degrees in material sciences and advanced manufacturing, and will “train its workforce on an evergreen basis while developing a pipeline of human talent for its mill and future manufacturing businesses in Greenup County, as well as surrounding counties,” according to a statement on the website of company CEO Craig Bouchard.

Braidy Industries to create 550 jobs with $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill in Wurtland - Economic Development

April 26, 2017

WURTLAND, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin and executives from Braidy Industries Inc. today announced the company will build a $1.3 billion aluminum mill and create 550 advanced manufacturing jobs in Greenup County to produce sheet and plate for the automotive and aerospace industries. The announcement marks a turning point in bringing economic vitality to Eastern Kentucky, and comes just two days after the 53rd anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 declaration of the “War on Poverty” in Appalachia.

Bevin Expected to Announce New Aluminum Plant with Hundreds of Jobs on Wednesday - Economic Development

April 26, 2017

FRANKFORT, KY Gov. Matt Bevin is expected to announce Wednesday that an aluminum manufacturing plant will bring hundreds of new jobs to Wurtland, an Ohio River town of about 995 in Greenup County. Bevin scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference Wednesday in Wurtland to announce “an economic development project that will positively impact Kentucky’s eastern region.”  

Russell council opts against downtown rezoning - Economic Development

April 25, 2017

RUSSELL, Ky. — Russell City Council members voted Monday in favor of nixing a proposal to rezone downtown Russell after Greenup County Joint Planning Commission Chairman Tom Saylor told them downtown residents voiced “animosity” toward the idea. The proposal, made to the planning commission in January, was to amend the city’s zoning ordinance to entice developers to put residential units on the ground floors of vacant downtown buildings. Currently, ground floors can only be used for residential purposes through a conditional use permit which must be renewed each year, a deterrence to property owners who may want to turn an entire building into apartments. The amendment would’ve effectively removed the need for annual renewal by allowing property owners to apply for accessory use permits rather than conditional use.

Eastern Kentucky broadband project moving forward - Economic Development

March 21, 2017

SOMERSET, Ky. – Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED) put out the call for projects designed to Move Eastern Kentucky Forward with Broadband at the end of 2016, and leaders and business owners from across the region answered with some of their best ideas.

Olive Hill gets $243,000 grant from ARC - Economic Development

March 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Appalachian Regional Commission approved a grant for $243,000 to the City of Olive Hill to repair and replace components of its aging water system and address health concerns in the city’s downtown area.

Kentucky Power to aid coal industry - Economic Development

March 21, 2017

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky Power is breaking down barriers to help struggling coal businesses get back to work and return jobs to eastern Kentucky.

AppHarvest to locate in Pikeville, create jobs - Economic Development

March 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Agricultural startup AppHarvest plans to build a $50 million high-tech greenhouse, creating 140 full-time jobs in Pikeville at a former surface coal mine repurposed for new industry, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

Kentucky breaks export record at $29 billion - Economic Development

March 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s exports broke an all-time record in 2016 with $29.24 billion in goods and services shipped abroad from the commonwealth, a 5.8-percent increase from 2015, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

Ashland working on downtown development - Economic Development

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Mayor Steve Gilmore said the city’s acquisition of the old Ashland Oil building is a “piece of the development puzzle,” but is also a “gift” the city won’t accept if a potential business deal breaks down.

ACTC conference targets sophomores - Economic Development

March 21, 2017

COALTON, Ky. — A leadership conference for young men will bring several hundred area sophomores to Ashland Community and Technical College in early March to learn skills important for successful careers.

Amazon plans to build $1.49 billion hub - Economic Development

March 21, 2017

HEBRON, Ky. — Kentucky Chamber member Amazon announced Tuesday they plan to build a $1.49 billion shipping hub over several years to serve its fleet of Prime Air planes at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, creating 2,700 full- and part-time jobs.

Kayser Automotive to add 100 jobs - Economic Development

March 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. – With an agreement in place to benefit two Western Kentucky manufacturers and communities, Gov. Matt Bevin today announced A. Kayser Automotive Systems USA plans to hire 100 additional employees as it expands into a facility next door to its current plant in Fulton.

Boyd school board pleased with renovations - Economic Development

March 21, 2017

SUMMIT — Board members inspected the ongoing renovation of Boyd County Middle School on Tuesday, and aside from a few grumbles about tile choices in a hallway, comments were overwhelmingly laudatory.

Highlands set for long-awaited renovations - Economic Development

March 20, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Carol Allen hopes the long-anticipated renovations will begin on the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center within the next two weeks.

Boyd school district adopts improvement plan - Economic Development

March 20, 2017

SUMMIT, Ky. — The newly adopted improvement plan for the Boyd County School District calls for improvements in graduation rates, college and career readiness, reading and math proficiency and other benchmarks of academic achievement. The Comprehensive District Improvement Plan is a blueprint for schools to follow in improving education; it includes seven goals and detailed strategies for meeting them.

Ky. offering $2M in local workforce grants - Economic Development

March 20, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment and Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) are making $2 million in funding available to local workforce development boards for three types of grants to support innovative workforce services. The deadline to submit proposals is Dec. 30, 2017.

Emerging Technologies Conference March 10 at ACTC - Economic Development

March 7, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College will hold the 2nd annual Emerging Technologies Conference on March 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Technology Drive Campus. The free conference will include presentations on technologies that are changing our business and industrial processes as well as the way we communicate and learn. Keynote presenter Bryan Johnson is president and CEO of SynTech Creative. His goals is to generate revenue for persons with disabilities while creating tech jobs in our area.  SynTech provides services in web and graphic design, web and applications development, IT systems, VOIP services, augmented staff solutions, marketing, and search engine optimization.

President’s Report

President’s Report – June 16, 2017 - President’s Report

June 16, 2017

Hello Summer! Summer has arrived!  This week for the Alliance highlighted the amount of activity that can be squeezed into seven days.  For the last two weekends in a row, we hosted companies either looking at our area for locations or expansion opportunities.  Along with that, we made some very important friends that could help each and every one of your businesses. Saturday was the Dinner on the Bridge celebration and dinner on Bennett's Mill Covered Bridge in Greenup County.  The Alliance bought the last five tickets to be had for the evening and highlighted the longest covered bridge open to traffic in the United States and transportation marvel built in 1855.   Sometimes it takes an outside set of eyes to point out how special our area truly is. 

President’s Report – June 2, 2017 - President’s Report

June 2, 2017

Marking the Halfway Point! June marks the halfway point of 2017.  As each of you are reviewing how your business is measuring up to your goals and forecast for the year, so is the Ashland Alliance.  I hope this will also be another opportunity for the Alliance to sit down and review how your membership is benefiting your company and how we can help customize our programs to assist you. We have added 11 new members since the first of the year and have worked with several existing members on some exciting opportunities you're going to see in the next few months.  Several of our members are giving discounts to Ashland Alliance members and the referral program announced last week has already linked several new businesses with our membership.

President’s Report – May 26, 2017 - President’s Report

May 26, 2017

A Record-Breaking Year! It was a banner day in Kentucky!  Earlier today, Governor  Bevin announced a record-breaking year in economic development.  Prior to this year, the most ever invested in development in Kentucky was $5.1 billion dollars.  As of today, Kentucky has seen $5.8 billion this year!   This development brings more than 9,500 jobs to the state. A large part of this investment, is, of course, the location of Braidy Industries in Greenup County.   Based on the Governor's announcement. Braidy Industries will put an additional $35-40 million in payroll in the region.  Things are certainly looking up for our region. The Ashland Alliance hopes keep up this momentum and believes there is no better time to be a member of our organization.  We are here to serve you and your needs.  Please let us know how we can help!  —Tim Gibbs

President’s Report – May 19, 2017 - President’s Report

May 19, 2017

Work Ready! One of the best assets of our region is its workforce.  A couple of years ago, business and industry teamed with education to create the Work Ethic Seal for our high school students.   This week has been all about the Work Ethic Seal.    We have participated in awards ceremonies at Boyd County, Ashland and Raceland this week.  We passed out silver cords for the graduates to wear and Work Ethic Seal cards to carry in their wallets.  The Alliance wants the graduates to carry the cards and use them as verification that they are ready for the workforce when filling out job applications.  

President’s Report – May 12, 2017 - President’s Report

May 12, 2017

Collaboration and New Beginnings It has been a busy week here at the Ashland Alliance.  Last week the theme of my update was centered on the Kentucky Derby.  This week collaboration and new beginnings seem to be front and center.  We participated in the joint public hearing of the Boyd County Fiscal Court and the City of Ashland.  It is great thing to see both governments working collectively toward a common vision.  The Alliance has felt the need for additional hotel rooms,  especially in the downtown area,  with the guests and clients we host.  This project has the ability to highlight the wonderful downtown we have here.  Hopefully, we will get to share it with a few hundred more a night coming soon.

President’s Report – May 5, 2017 - President’s Report

May 5, 2017

Bet on the Long Shot Thank you for the opportunity to share the week of the Ashland Alliance.  It hardly seems a week has passed since our announcement of Braidy Industries in South Shores. We have already started work on how to build from this announcement and make the marketing case for additional investment in our region.  It is a wonderful thing to have momentum for the region.  It is something that we won't waste and will use to help all of our existing businesses in the area.

President’s Report – April 28, 2017 - President’s Report

April 28, 2017

It's Time to Say YES!!! For the first time in 4 weeks, it is time to say....YES!!!!!  It has been hard to write this piece for nearly a month and not be able to share how close we were to being a part of something special for this region.  This has been the single most important week in my life for me and my staff. Braidy Industries is the real deal.  This company will not only bring a  huge investment and great jobs but, it will help us bring additional companies and opportunities.   It is wonderful news for our members and the region.

President’s Report – March 17, 2017 - President’s Report

March 22, 2017

A Warm Week I have been teasing mother nature over the last few weeks.  Our winter has seemed light compared to those of my youth and March was just a short month away from Spring.  I do have to say, this week was the coldest week of March that I can remember here in the tri-state.  The weather, however, has done nothing to offset the warmth the Alliance has felt this week.

President’s Report – March 10, 2017 - President’s Report

March 21, 2017

Marching on … A famous author once wrote, “Only those with tenacity can march forward in March.”  While the purpose of my report each week is to inform you of the activity of the prior week and look ahead to the next one,  I thought a reminder that spring is coming, the sun will shine and we are moving in the right direction as a region was appropriate.

President’s Report - March 3, 2017 - President’s Report

March 8, 2017

March Madness March is always transition season in Kentucky.  Just when you think you have an idea what is what, it changes.  It also makes you realize how much you take for granted.   Five years ago Wednesday we had tornadoes in the area. This past week, nearly everyone we know knew someone that lost their power or was affected by the weather.  I am just glad no one got hurt and spring is on the way.

President’s Report - Nov 18, 2016 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to share the activities and opportunities of the Alliance with you and our community. The holiday season is in the air and the Winter Wonderland season is in full swing. Hopefully each one of you will find something to enjoy and share with your business and family members over the holidays. Last night Desco Federal Credit union sponsored the Festival of Trees and Trains Business After Hours at the Paramount Arts Center. 

President’s Report - Nov 25, 2016 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Thanksgiving day has passed. There is turkey in fridge and we are all starting to think, “what is next?”  Tomorrow is your opportunity to get out and support your local small businesses and have some good food and drink. Saturday represents Small Business Saturday in America. Ashland in Motion along with Ashland Alliance, Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bridges Magazine, and Morehead State University Ashland Small Business Development Center, are hosting Brunch and Browse in downtown Ashland from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

President’s Report - Dec 2, 2016 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

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.

President’s Report - Dec 9, 2016 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Sitting here watching the first snowflakes of the season, it is hard not to feel the holidays.  Last night Bellefonte Centre and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital hosted one of our largest Business After Hours of the year.  Our Young Professional Association collected canned goods for their Food Feud in support of River City Harvest.  And, last night was WWOL Karaoke with Santa sponsored by Kentucky Farmers Bank.  We are in full swing celebrating the holiday season at the Alliance.

President’s Report - Dec 16, 2016 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

One week from Christmas…  I hope everyone is ready to spend the holidays with their families.  This season there has been a renewed awareness of our local shops and stores and their unique offerings of gifts.  Our partnership with Ashland in Motion and the Shop Local Shop Small campaign has been a wonderful bonus for our business community. 

President’s Report - Jan 6, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Exciting news for Ashland Alliance in 2017! Happy New year to our partners of the Ashland Alliance.  Now that we are all back from the holidays, it is a great time to look forward to how we can serve you this year.  It starts with improving the delivery of this weekly update from us.  The new design is geared toward giving you more information and allowing you the choice of what information can benefit your business.  Each one of the links located in this report will direct you to information that will keep you better informed and engaged with our offerings to you.

President’s Report - Jan 13, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

What a Week! It is definitely Friday the 13th!  If you think about all the action that has taken place since the last President’s Report, it seems like more than a week.  We have tried to link information about each of the items listed in this report to you.  This has been difficult with such strong emotions from each side and the amount of, what could be called biased, information that is out there.   In the past week we have experienced Right to Work, repeal of Prevailing Wage and serious changes to how our employment services office in this region will be operated.

President’s Report - Jan 20, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to share another week from the Ashland Alliance.  While we have appreciated the feedback on how we can better serve you and your business and keep you better informed, we want to come visit your business and learn firsthand how we can design and deliver services for your membership.  We understand nothing can take the place of listening to you about how we can serve you.

President’s Report - Jan 27, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

We are here to serve you! The last full week of January is already here. For us at the Alliance, it has been a week working with many of our existing members and add a few new as well.  January is the single biggest month of membership renewals we experience each year. Each renewal presents an opportunity to review and inform us of how we can better serve our members.

President’s Report - Feb 3, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Time to Grow! Thank you for the opportunity to share the first week of February with you,  our membership of the Alliance.  Our week started last Friday night in Frankfort at the Governor’s Mansion.  We were invited to participate in the Japanese American Society of Kentucky Reception. 

President’s Report - Feb 10, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Promoting our region! Thank you for the opportunity to share a busy week here at the Alliance. Our week started Sunday during the Super Bowl. The Alliance hosted a site visit with clients from Osaka, Japan. Our clients flew into Huntington, after 24 hours of travel and our duties as host and presenter began. Monday of this week, the Alliance, along with our partners, hosted this potential company for a marathon day of 13 hours, highlighting nearly all aspects of the region and the support systems for their company. Many thanks go out to our partners that hosted, presented and showed why our region is a great place for business. On Tuesday, left for a recruiting trip with Kentucky Association for Economic Development, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and One East Kentucky for a west coast marketing trip. The Alliance had the opportunity of presenting to three additional companies looking for site locations. These are active projects with real opportunity for job creation and investment. Even with recent reporting about our industrial parks and changing funding, we continue to place the region in front of creators of jobs and investment. Our outreach with our partners and membership continues as well. Just this week we have reached out with educational partners and industry to help continue the conversation of creating the best possible workforce and training system anywhere in this state and nation. These systems go a long ways with clients like we hosted this week and marketed to on the West Coast. This, along with the competitive advantage of location, cost of doing business and qualified workforce gives us the tools we need moving forward. Next week will be a busy one as well, Community Leadership Development hosts its first organizational meeting. Youth Leadership has one the best sessions of the year in their visit to Frankfort and the Capitol. Both programs are seeking to prepare our future leaders for their role in our development. We appreciate you and your business. Please let us know how we can serve you. Understanding your business is the single best way we can stay connected and provided you the serve and value you deserve. If we haven’t been to your business lately please use the provided link to reach out and schedule an appointment. As always thank you for the opportunity to help lead the Alliance and grow our community. The Bottom Line Keep up to date by subscribing to The Bottom Line or checking out the Kentucky Legislature’s Page. 2017 Annual Northeast KY Small Business Awards Member Services Are you hiring? Let us post your openings. This is a service we offer free to our members. We hope to help you get the word out about what you need for your business! Pollock’s Jewelers needs a Sales Associate Pollock’s Jewelers is looking for a full-time sales associate. Minimum requirements include: Minimum 18 years of age Ability to work Saturdays Ability to work overtime (on an occasional basis) Maintain confidentiality Accuracy/attention to detail High School diploma/GED Sales, retail and/or jewelry experience is preferred, but not required. Please send all resumes to: P.O. Box 147 Ashland, KY 41105-0147. Contact Pollock's Jewelers here. Spring Golf Outing The Ashland Alliance’s annual golf outing will be May 5 at Bellefonte Country Club.

President’s Report - Feb 17, 2017 - President’s Report

March 1, 2017

A Little Sunshine Looking out at a sunny Friday in February in the 60’s makes me think winter is over.  And I know that me saying this ensures a foot of snow will fall before it’s all over.  Thinking of spring does, however, bring thoughts of growth and return of life to the area.  I think that is a good message for today’s recap of the week at the Alliance.

President’s Report - Feb 24, 2017 - President’s Report

February 24, 2017

Together We Grow It’s a great day to be in Kentucky! Last week, I officially called Winter out and said it was over. I had several of you reach out and remind me that our largest snow storms have been in March. I think I will take that chance and stick to my prediction of Winter is over.

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