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Alliance President’s Report – March 24, 2017

Spring Has Finally Arrived! It’s been another busy week here at the Alliance.  In a week that ended with news of our new city manager being hired and one of largest employers introducing industry to our children, we started the week working with our schools and linking the...
Posted On March 24, 2017
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Ashland names new city manager, W.Va. native Huff

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland’s new city manager said he’s “ready to come home” to the Tri-State region. Gary A. Huff, a Fort Gay, West Virginia native and Marshall University graduate, was officially hired by the Ashland Board of City Commissioners on Thursday after a unanimous vote....
Posted On March 24, 2017
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Work Ready scholarship applications available

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Applications for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship are now available from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. The scholarship helps Kentuckians who have not yet earned an associate’s degree pay for training that leads to a certificate or...
Posted On March 24, 2017
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Alliance President’s Report – March 17, 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...
Posted On March 17, 2017
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Broadband project moving forward

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. A...
Posted On March 17, 2017
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Alliance talks small business tax credits

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. Gibbs said Owensboro’s economic growth is “en fuego,” Spanish for on...
Posted On March 17, 2017
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‘50 seat’ bill awaits governor’s signature

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. A provision of HB 183, sponsored by Rep....
Posted On March 16, 2017
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Alliance President’s Report – March 10, 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,...
Posted On March 10, 2017
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Kentucky Power unveils new logo

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. “Kentucky Power is investing in smarter energy infrastructure...
Posted On March 10, 2017
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Olive Hill gets $243,000 grant from ARC

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. The cast iron waterline dates back to the early 1960s...
Posted On March 10, 2017
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ACTC hosts SkillsUSA competition

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. Secondary contest students represented Boyd County High School Career and...
Posted On March 8, 2017
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Kentucky Power to aid coal industry

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky Power is breaking down barriers to help struggling coal businesses get back to work and return jobs to eastern Kentucky. Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite on Thursday announced the Coal Plus program, which is designed to give Kentucky Power...
Posted On March 7, 2017
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AppHarvest to locate in Pikeville, create jobs

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. “AppHarvest’s project will bring exciting,...
Posted On March 6, 2017
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Alliance President’s Report – March 3, 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...
Posted On March 3, 2017
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Emerging Technologies Conference March 10

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...
Posted On March 3, 2017
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