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Ashland alcohol sales expand via special election - Chamber

January 26, 2018

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — The legal sale of alcohol in Ashland will expand to a third precinct after a mini-landslide election Tuesday in the city’s Carp precinct. The final tally in the Carp-only special election was 17-5 in favor of allowing alcohol sales inside the east Ashland district. Carp has about 480 registered voters. The vote expands the city’s unique alcohol sales status from the Moore and Central precincts to Carp. Any future alcohol license seekers who hope to locate a business in Carp must comply with the same rules in place for businesses in the Moore and Central precincts.

Education grants available from Kentucky Power and AEP - Chamber

January 23, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Kentucky Power and American Electric Power is offering schools and teachers in eastern Kentucky extra money through to grants. AEP has earmarked funds for Kentucky Power to award to area schools through the FIRST robotics program and the Teacher Vision Grant Program. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a multi-national robotics competition that teams professionals and high school students to solve an engineering problem in an intense and competitive way. Grant amounts range from a couple of hundred dollars up to a few thousand. Smaller grants are available for elementary and middle school robotics.

Ashland CPA talks changes with future income tax returns - Chamber

January 23, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Jonathan Lett gave Ashland Rotarians an overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 at their Monday meeting. Lett, a certified public accountant at Griffith, DeLaney, Hillman and Company, touched on the bigger changes that will affect 2018 income tax returns including the child tax credit and itemized deductions.

MSU sees enrollment increase in winter session - Chamber

January 23, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Morehead State University’s 2017-18 winter session showed an increase of 207 students from the previous year, according to university officials. The just-completed session had an enrollment total of 751 students with 96 courses for 2,820 credit hours, an increase from 544 students with 70 courses for 2,000 hours in 2016-17.

Ashland’s Carp precinct to vote on alcohol sales today - Chamber

January 23, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Voters in Ashland’s Carp precinct will decide whether the legal sale of alcohol can be expanded in the city through a special election today (Tuesday, Jan. 23). Polls will be open for Carp voters from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boyd County Emergency Medical Services headquarters, located at 2758 Greenup Ave. If the vote passes, it would mean the licensed sale of alcohol would be legal in three Ashland precincts rather than two.

Greenbo Lake State Park upgrades complete - Chamber

January 22, 2018

GREENBO LAKE STATE PARK — After a year and a half the facilities at Greenbo Lake State Park are once again open and ready to serve both the community and tourists alike. During the down time the park staff completed not only the necessary repairs and renovations but also many other needed upgrades to the park. Park Director Stephanie Poplin said that her staff weathered the changes and challenges – such as operating all of the park’s business out of the Marina area during the repair time – and that everyone stepped up and did much more than expected of them. The park was able to retain all of the full time staff during the difficult time, and that everyone learned to do what was necessary to make it a success. “We were all one big close, cozy family for eighteen months,” Poplin said.

Remembering Gertrude Ramey - Chamber

January 22, 2018

Gertrude Ramey left a legacy few will ever match in this world. The late Boyd County resident used the pain and devastating tragedy of her childhood — losing her mother and siblings to influenza — as the motivation for lifelong mission of helping children. At Ramey's childrens' homes in Boyd County she offered the most valuable commodities in this world: shelter, food, and unconditional love to otherwise unwanted children. She gave to thousands of Kentucky kids, crafting a legacy now remembered on the walls of the Kentucky State Capitol at the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit.

Downtown Ashland Gravy Bowl Feb. 10 - Chamber

January 4, 2018

ASHLAND - Competition heats up the weekend following the Super Bowl as Ashland in Motion hosts The Gravy Bowl, Ashland’s first biscuit and gravy competition, and challenges the community to get their gravy in the game and see how it measures up on the playing field. The Gravy Bowl is scheduled for10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 10, at Park Place, located at 1701 Central Avenue.

Design work starts for future Boyd football/soccer complex - Chamber

January 4, 2018

CANNONSBURG, Ky. — Plans are in the works for a new football and soccer complex at Boyd County High School although it might be years before the district can afford to build the complex. The school board this month contracted with the Sherman Carter Barnhart architecture firm to draw up design options and submit cost estimates to convert the existing soccer practice field. The practice field was recently developed as part of the contract to build a softball field. It is located directly in front of the high school, which is on a plateau overlooking Kentucky 180 across from the former high school.

Braidy announces scholarship fund for local students - Chamber

December 29, 2017

The shareholders of Braidy Industries have established a $10,000 Leadership Scholarship Fund for Greenup and Boyd County High School students, the company said in a statement that also identified the company's shareholders. The fund will be dedicated to senior students "continuing on to post-secondary studies, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the course of their high school careers. It is expected that scholarship candidates will be peer-nominated," the company said.

Christmas parade brings crowd to downtown Ashland - Chamber

November 23, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. —  Winchester Avenue was buzzing with holiday cheer and excitement Tuesday evening as the annual Winter Wonderland of Lights Christmas Parade weaved through downtown Ashland. Along the sidewalks, parade-goers bunched together as they watched community members march past them. For many, like Mark and Debrah Hulett, doing so is a yearly ritual.

Gibbs: An exciting time in the Tri-State - Chamber

November 21, 2017

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Ashland Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Gibbs rattled off a series of reasons why economic development leaders are thankful this Thanksgiving. Gibbs, speaking as the Alliance celebrated 100 years as a chamber at the 19th Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation, said of course he is thankful for Braidy Industries’ recent announcement to locate to the Tri-State.

Winter Wonderland of Lights opens with ceremony - Chamber

November 14, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The special nature of the Ashland community was on bright display Monday night as 850,000 newly lit Christmas lights illuminated a chilly evening at Central Park. The Opening Night Ceremony at the Central Park Bandstand was a night of celebration, of Christmas music and a time to come together for families, their kids and the community.

Alliance Community Leadership Development program holds graduation - Chamber

October 30, 2017

The Ashland Alliance Community Leadership Development program held a graduation ceremony Friday at the Bellefonte Country Club. The class consisted of 40 individuals who sought to be better leaders and learn about the community, local businesses, organizations and ways to help foster good in the area. As a first responder Matt McAlisters says he “when we went around to see all these organizations, my eyes were opened to how much good there is here.”

Kentucky Power awards $150,000 AEP Foundation grant to Red Cross - Chamber

October 6, 2017

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky Power on Monday announced a $150,000 gift to the Eastern Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross. The grant from the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation and Kentucky Power will fund the purchase of an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) for eastern Kentucky and as many as 25,000 meals for distribution during a future deployment. “Eastern Kentucky is no stranger to natural disasters like floods yet has never had its own dedicated Emergency Response Vehicle,” said Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite.

Region’s schools making progress on test scores - Chamber

October 2, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky high schools are showing improvement in three key areas — high school graduation, advanced placement performance and college-readiness benchmarks, according to the Kentucky Department of Education. Northeast Kentucky districts contacted this past week report their own schools made comparable progress in all three areas. The department released the information Thursday in lieu of the usual accountability date because the state is transitioning from the former accountability system, called Unbridled Learning, to a new system scheduled for rollout in the 2018-18 school year.

Poage Landing Days festival this weekend in downtown Ashland - Chamber

September 14, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. Poage Landing Days President Christy Meade is looking forward to the upcoming festival set for this weekend. “People are gonna see the same thing that they’ve come to expect from Poage Landing Days over the past many years,” she said As of Tuesday, Meade said 130 vendors had signed up, including food and crafts. In addition to vendors, the festival will present live entertainment, amusement activities, a bike and car show and Dock Dogs competitions. Meade said this year’s entertainment would also include gospel music on Sunday for the first time.

Registration forms for annual Christmas Parade available - Chamber

September 8, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival is now accepting registrations for the Annual Christmas Parade. The parade will be held in downtown Ashland, KY on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. Registration forms may be obtained by calling 606-324-5111; emailing:; or visiting the Alliance office, 1730 Winchester Avenue. Parade registrations must be returned no later than November 10. Judging criteria for this year’s float competition: “Best Overall”, “Best Theme” and “Runner-up”. There will be prizes of two $500 awards and a $300 award for runner-up. The parade will also feature a band competition, with the winning band leading next year’s parade.

Community to celebrate completion of Book T. Washington Mural - Chamber

August 25, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland in Motion is excited to announce that the Booker T. Washington School Mural has been completed, and invites the community to the unveiling of a long-awaited initiative that celebrates Ashland's history and the African-American community. Ashland in Motion will host a reception and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 29 at the Ashland Train Depot, located next to the mural site, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The reception will feature photographs and memorabilia from the Booker T. Washington School. The reception and ribbon cutting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

38th Annual Community Leadership Development Program schedule complete - Chamber

July 27, 2017

Dear Alliance Member: The Ashland Alliance is pleased to announce the 38th Annual Community Leadership Development Program schedule is complete and registrations are now being accepted.  The 2017 theme is “Empowering Future Leaders Through Community Involvement” The program will take place September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, with a workshop and graduation luncheon on October 27. Each day features different, behind-the-scenes explorations of business, government, education and cultural aspects of our community. These are presented through speakers, forums, field trips, training exercises and other activities.

Business After Hours at Bare Arms Tuesday - Chamber

July 17, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Bare Arms and Patriot Barbeque along with Ashland Alliance are hosting a Business After Hours on Tuesday, July 18 from 5-7 p.m.  Free gun rental (or you can bring your own) and Range time will be offered.  Bare Arms invites you to come and check out their new holster business at 3502 Winchester Avenue.  This event is open to Ashland Alliance members.  Please call Missy (606)324-5111 to RSVP.

Summer Motion set for 5-day run beginning Friday - Chamber

June 27, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ready for some summer fun? Summer Motion has five full days of activities beginning Friday night in Central Park. The first three days of the festival will be in the picturesque park setting with a variety of food vendors, local musical entertainment, a car show, a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby, a Basketball Skills Challenge, carnival rides, craft and specialty booths and a watermelon eating contest. “We have a little something for everyone,” said Sheila Fraley, a co-chairman with Ruby Deerfield for the second year in a row.

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 announces the construction of a $1.3 Billion aluminum rolling mill in East Park*.   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

Kentucky Power welcomes applications for final year of KEAP grant program - Economic Development

February 16, 2018

LOUISA, Ky. – Kentucky Power on Monday outlined guidelines for the Kentucky Power Economic Advancement Program in 2018, the final year for the grants. The application period opened at the kickoff event and will continue until March 16. In 2014, Kentucky Power committed to providing $1 million over five years to communities it serves and established the KEAP program to award $200,000 annually during that time period. The KEAP program was created as part of an agreement with the Kentucky Public Service Commission and others to provide economic development assistance to customers in Kentucky Power’s service area.

CEO of Braidy Industries: ‘We’re going to succeed’ - Economic Development

February 15, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Craig Bouchard has only to look outside the window of his downtown office in this northeastern Kentucky city for motivation. Ashland is a shell of what it used to be. But if Bouchard has his way, that will change. Bouchard, chairman and CEO of Braidy Industries, is leading an ambitious initiative to build a $1.3 billion state-of-the-art aluminum rolling mill in an area that hasn’t had positive economic news in almost 30 years. In less than two months, Braidy plans to break ground on a greenfield rolling mill that is named after one of Bouchard’s six children. For people in the northeastern Kentucky area, news of hundreds of high-paying jobs has restored hope.

Braidy still on track for spring groundbreaking - Economic Development

February 14, 2018

Braidy Industries is making significant progress on its massive aluminum rolling mill and continues to pursue a Spring groundbreaking on the facility at EastPark Industrial Center, a company vice president said Tuesday. "We are still on track to break ground in the next couple of months," said Nathan Haney, senior vice president of government relations at Braidy, in remarks made to Ashland's Breakfast Kiwanis Club. "We are really shooting hard for April," Haney said.

Ky Power to upgrade EastPark grid to support economic development, improve reliability - Economic Development

February 8, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Kentucky Power is strengthening the power grid and increasing economic development opportunities in eastern Kentucky with plans for significant upgrades to the electric transmission system in Boyd County. The EastPark Transmission Project consists of building approximately 3 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line and a new substation to provide electric service to Braidy Industries’ planned aluminum mill facility in the EastPark Industrial Center. Once complete, the work will provide the 1,000-acre business park with a reliable and robust power source capable of handling continued customer growth.

Sewer work on tap for EastPark - Economic Development

February 8, 2018

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Infrastructure improvements at the planned home of Braidy Industries’ $1.3-million aluminum mill were on the agenda Tuesday at a Boyd County Fiscal Court meeting, including a new pump station and sewer line. EastPark, the 1,000-acre industrial site at the junction of Boyd, Greenup and Carter Counties, needs some work to facilitate the Braidy plant scheduled to be built by 2020. Braidy Industries closed on a deal in mid-December to pay $993,578.26 for 204 acres of land on EastPark’s site B, located mostly in Boyd, and part of Greenup County. The company said it will break ground on the mill in April.

Positive trends observed in local real estate - Economic Development

February 6, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Newly released real estate numbers show solid sales growth in several eastern Kentucky cities of the Tri-State. Randy Memmer, president of the Ashland Area Board of Realtors, sees strength in the area’s overall real estate market, along with a very bright future ahead. “It is a good market for both buyers and sellers,” said Memmer. “If your house is priced right you are going to be out of that market real quick vs. where we used to be, which was maybe six or eight months (on the market).”

Braidy announces second phase of $1.3 billion investment - Economic Development

February 1, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Braidy Industries Inc., a manufacturer of efficient, eco-friendly aluminum alloys, has been approved for a near $603 million investment to build an eco-friendly and technically advanced aluminum mill in Greenup County at a January meeting of the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) Board. The investment is the second phase of a $1.3 billion investment by Braidy in Eastern Kentucky. The mill is expected to have the lowest conversion costs and highest operating margins among its North American competition. Gov. Matt Bevin praised Braidy’s decision to further invest in Kentucky.

Rail spur grant secured in Greenup - Economic Development

January 31, 2018

Greenup County landed a sizable grant Monday that county leaders will help solidify job growth in Wurtland and surrounding areas. The Department for Local Government (DLG) in Frankfort confirmed Monday an $819,300 Community Development Block Grant was allocated to Greenup County Fiscal Court, on behalf of the Riverport Authority, to construct a rail spur at Wright-Mix Material Solutions in Wurtland. In July the Pikeville-based concrete company, along with Gov. Matt Bevin, announced Wright-Mix's plans to create 130 jobs and invest $8.5 million in a new production facility at the river port in Wurtland. "We've been looking for (news on this grant application) for a couple of weeks and we hoped they would ok it," said Greenup County Fiscal Court Judge Executive Bobby Carpenter. "It's for a rail spur, you have to have a crossing, and there will also be a set of scales and a scale facility in this same mix...that is a scale to weigh trucks for the authority."

Farmers-first Iidustrial hemp operation to create 271 jobs in Bourbon County - Economic Development

January 29, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – AgTech Scientific plans to create 271 jobs at a new hemp-products development and manufacturing center in Paris as it forges relationships with Kentucky farmers and partners on research projects with the state’s flagship university, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “AgTech’s plans for Bourbon County put the company at the forefront of realizing Kentucky’s potential as an international leader in hemp production,” said Gov. Bevin. “The fact that their business plan includes groundbreaking research being performed at the University of Kentucky and mutually beneficial partnerships with our state’s farmers holds exciting possibilities for both industrial and agricultural hemp. This would not have been possible without last year’s efforts to better align state law with federal guidelines, which ensure hemp is grown and processed with the utmost transparency and under strict law enforcement supervision.”

Kentucky Power’s head of economic development named VP at Appalachian Power - Economic Development

January 26, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Brad N. Hall, who has led Kentucky Power’s bold economic development efforts since 2012, was named Friday as vice president of external affairs for sister operating company Appalachian Power. In his new role, Hall will have responsibility for customer services, corporate communications, government affairs, economic development, community affairs and environmental issues covering Appalachian Power’s territories in Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Hall will report to Appalachian Power President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Beam. Hall is currently external affairs manager at Kentucky Power, responsible for economic and business development, governmental affairs and environmental issues in eastern Kentucky. He replaces Mark E. Dempsey, a former Kentucky Power governmental affairs manager who is retiring after 42 years with American Electric Power (AEP). Both companies are units of AEP.

Greensburg lands $11.6 million Hardin Scientific facility - Economic Development

January 25, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Biotech device maker Hardin Scientific Inc. will locate its new $11.6 million manufacturing and development operation in Green County, a project expected to create 50 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “Hardin Scientific combines cutting-edge science with the kind of business initiative we want to encourage more of in Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “Companies like this are fueling our state’s rise to national distinction in research and advanced manufacturing. It is the entrepreneurs with big ideas, like those guiding Hardin Scientific, that are making this happen. It is great to see a homegrown product of one of Kentucky’s universities leading the way as we move into the future.”

Novelis to create 125 jobs with new aluminum plant in Todd County - Economic Development

January 25, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Aluminum supplier Novelis Inc. will create 125 full-time jobs with a nearly $305 million investment as it locates a new processing plant in Guthrie to produce automotive-grade sheet, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “We are excited to see Novelis, a leader in the global aluminum industry, expand its Kentucky presence and bring new advanced-manufacturing jobs to Todd County,” said Gov. Bevin. “Partnering with companies like Novelis who are investing here for the long term, supports the state’s economy and advances our efforts to make Kentucky the center for engineering and manufacturing excellence in America. We are grateful to Novelis for this tremendous vote of confidence in our workforce and for broadening their footprint in Kentucky.”

Kentucky intensifies efforts to grow startups and entrepreneurs - Economic Development

January 23, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is ramping up its focus on startups and entrepreneurship growth following a record year of investment in the commonwealth. As part of this effort, the Cabinet has added Brian Mefford to the position of executive director within the Office of Entrepreneurship. Mefford previously founded Connected Nation Inc., an internationally recognized broadband services firm, where he served as CEO for nearly a decade. He later founded CNX, an offshoot of Connected Nation, where he led the development of a patent-pending software platform that allows government entities to partner with broadband service providers to share assets, information and processes to accelerate fiber broadband and 5G network growth.

Braidy Industries announces key hires for aluminum mill - Economic Development

January 12, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Braidy Industries announced today key hires and executive promotions as they progress plans for their flagship 300,000 ton-capacity aluminum rolling mill in Eastern Kentucky. Brigadier General Blaine Holt, USAF (Ret.) assumes the role of COO from his previous role as executive vice president of Operations and will continue to report to Braidy Industries CEO, Craig Bouchard. Holt will manage operations and logistics, including the War Room, and general oversight of the $1.3 billion flagship rolling mill in Eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky sets record for investments in 2017 - Economic Development

January 12, 2018

Kentucky’s economic growth in 2017 exceed the past two years, which were the best years in more than a decade. According to the Cabinet for Economic Development, the state had its best year since the mid-90s. Officials announced a record $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017 along with commitments to create more the 17,200 jobs — the most since 2000.

Kentucky’s corporate investment hits record $9.2 billion in 2017 - Economic Development

January 4, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Shattering its previous investment record, Kentucky announced $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017, bringing commitments to create more than 17,200 jobs, the most since 2000, Gov. Matt Bevin said today. “Kentucky’s record-setting performance this year in job creation and corporate investment is a direct result of the pro-business legislation, policies and programs we’ve enacted over the past two years,” Gov. Bevin said.

Job growth top goal for Alliance as 2018 rings in - Economic Development

January 4, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — It is an exciting time to be in the Tri-State. It it appears the winds of change are pushing the region forward into a new chapter of economic growth. Braidy Industries has promised more than 500 new jobs. Wright Concrete is expanding and constructing an 80,000 square-foot facility in the Wurtland Riverport. The Downtown Ashland Plaza Hotel is scheduled to be transformed into a new, state-of-the-art hotel. King's Daughters Medical Center added 125 positions and 19 physicians and The Ashland Alliance said nearly 1,200 permanent jobs have been announced or created recently.

Business world A-list together as shareholders in Braidy Industries - Economic Development

January 3, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Heavy hitters in the business world have joined together as shareholders in Braidy Industries, the firm that’s building a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill in northeastern Kentucky. The list includes entrepreneurs, industrialists, investors, a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, a world-renowned Harvard University economist, as well as current and former researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Braidy Industries closes on purchase of industrial site land - Economic Development

December 21, 2017

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Braidy Industries has finalized the purchase of 204 acres of industrial park land — a critical step in its plans to construct a $1.3-billion aluminum rolling mill. Leaders of the Northeast Kentucky Regional Industrial Park Authority on Wednesday closed on a transaction with Braidy for the purchase of the land at EastPark Industrial Center. The total sale price is more than $900,000, according to EastPark board chairwoman Nickie Smith.

High-Tech Battery company bringing 900 jobs to Pikeville and Lexington - Economic Development

December 15, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin today joined local officials and executives from EnerBlu Inc., a high-power energy-storage provider, in Pikeville to announce the company’s decision to locate its headquarters and manufacturing operations in Kentucky. The company will invest $372 million and create 875 full-time jobs in Eastern Kentucky with the establishment of a production facility in Pikeville, and an additional $40 million and 110 jobs with the relocation of its headquarters to Lexington.

Kentucky schools rushing to prepare workers for a wealth of cybersecurity jobs - Economic Development

December 14, 2017

Workforce demand for information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, the U.S. Labor Bureau of Statistics reports. This growth in jobs, however, is not being matched by an equivalent growth in the number of people qualified to fill those positions – not even close.

2018 Kentucky Angel Investment tax credit applications being accepted - Economic Development

December 13, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Angel Investment Act Program saw resounding success once again in 2017, boasting more than $8.2 million in investments leveraged for startups and small business in the Commonwealth. The program began accepting applications today from investors for 2018 tax credits. “This program’s continued success shows just how healthy the entrepreneurial spirit in this state is,” said Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. “Small businesses and startups are important forces for growth and prosperity in Kentucky. The Angel Investment Tax Credit contributes directly to a thriving economy and job creation by providing an incentive for investors to help fund these businesses.”

Federal-Mogul Motorparts will create 25 jobs with Glasgow expansion - Economic Development

December 13, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin has announced Federal-Mogul Motorparts LLC, a provider to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the automotive aftermarket, will invest more than $8.68 million and create 25 full-time jobs with an expansion of its operation in Glasgow. “Federal-Mogul Motorparts has called Kentucky home for more than 20 years, and has been a dependable employer in Barren County during that time,” Gov. Bevin said. “This investment will allow the company to react quickly to changes within the industry, which is exactly the type of forward thinking that allows Kentucky to remain at the forefront of the nation’s automotive industry. We are grateful for this decision by Federal-Mogul and are excited that the people of Barren County will have these new job opportunities.”

Advanced battery maker plans $412 million investment with 975 jobs in Pikeville and Lexington - Economic Development

December 8, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Pikeville will get 875 jobs paying an average of $39 per hour when a planned $372 million advanced battery manufacturing facility opens in the next few years. Power solutions provider EnerBlu Inc. will first place it’s $40 million headquarters and research and development operations in Lexington, creating an additional 110 jobs paying an average of $52 per hour. State officials approved economic development incentives for the project in Frankfort, bringing the promise of significant well-paying jobs to a section of the state that needs it most.

Optical product distributor plans $27 million facility creating 173 new jobs in Florence - Economic Development

December 8, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Distributor of optical products ABB Optical plans to invest $27 million in an expanded facility in Florence, which will preserve 50 jobs and create 173 additional positions averaging $15 per hour with benefits. State officials approved economic development incentives for the project in Frankfort at a monthly Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority board meeting.

Industry analyst says Braidy alumimum plant ‘interesting business case’ - Economic Development

November 29, 2017

The CEO of an aluminum mill slated to open in eastern Kentucky claims the company will be able to sell aluminum for 50 percent cheaper than its competitors, allowing it to pay workers $65,000-per-year starting salaries. This spring, Braidy is scheduled to break ground on the $1.3 billion plant, which will be located in an industrial park that straddles Greenup, Boyd and Carter Counties.

New Oakley C. Collins bridge brings change - Economic Development

November 29, 2017

RUSSELL, Ky. — One year ago today it opened to great fanfare, and since then the new bridge between Russell and Ironton has changed the two towns it connects. Recently christened the Oakley C. Collins Memorial Bridge after a long-time Lawrence County, Ohio state legislator, the span bypasses downtown Russell and siphons traffic directly to U.S. 23.

Braidy CEO delivers upbeat speech at Alliance Annual Meeting - Economic Development

November 21, 2017

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard on Monday told more than 600 northeastern Kentuckians his company will “kill” its metals competition. Braidy plans to build a $1.3-billion aluminum rolling mill in EastPark, an industrial center at the junction of Boyd, Greenup and Carter counties.

Marathon’s partnership with ACTC trains future technicians - Economic Development

November 16, 2017

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — ​In the 1990s, Ashland Community and Technical College, in conjunction with Marathon Petroleum Corporation, began an applied process technologies program as a way to save training time for newly hired operations technicians. Since the program began, there have been more than 1,500 graduates to move on to employment with area manufacturers, including MPC’s Catlettsburg refinery.

Greenup pursues parkway expansion - Economic Development

November 16, 2017

Greenup County is lobbying the state of Kentucky to fund an expansion of the Industrial Parkway corridor in light of the announcement by Braidy Industries to locate a major aluminum mill in the EastPark Industrial Center. At the Greenup County Fiscal Court meeting this week county commissioners and Judge Executive Bobby Carpenter all agreed to urge urge the state to expand the parkway, designated Ky. 67. The county passed a formal resolution saying as much, and that resolution will be sent to both the Legislature and the region’s local legislators.

Young entrepreneurs all business at ACTC - Economic Development

November 16, 2017

It isn’t enough for entrepreneurs to learn their prospective business inside and out, although it helps, according to a business startup expert at Ashland Community and Technical College. Business success depends on the ability to be flexible, to gauge the market and pivot from one objective to another in order to be responsive to customer needs, according to Mick Fosson, director of ACTC’s innovation office.

Braidy Industries to be Located near Technical College - Economic Development

November 14, 2017

  Braidy Industries’ location in EastPark places them nearby Ashland Community and Technical College, which is developing a two-year degree program tailored to train workers for the plant. A virtually next-door location will enable Braidy trainees more convenient access to ACTC such as studying at the college while working at Braidy simultaneously. Over time, the traffic generated by Braidy will enhance ACTC’s visibility which could result in higher enrollments. To view the original article, please click here.

Braidy invites community to celebrate new offices in downtown Ashland - Economic Development

November 9, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Braidy Industries President and CEO Craig Bouchard lauded his company’s new-look corporate headquarters as “one of the greatest offices in Kentucky.” “This office was scraped clean. It literally had nothing on any wall 100 days ago,” Bouchard told The Daily Independent. “Now you see one of the greatest offices — this whole complex — in Kentucky, thanks to the incredible work done right here in Ashland.”

Toyota Unveils $80 Million Production Engineering Headquarters in Georgetown - Economic Development

November 2, 2017

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin joined Toyota executives and local officials in Georgetown to celebrate the opening of the company’s $80 million North American production engineering headquarters. More than 600 engineers at the new facility connect the dots between Toyota’s vehicle design teams and its factory production lines. Known as the Production Engineering Manufacturing Center, the Georgetown facility will also help innovate and develop new technology for Toyota’s manufacturing plants across North America.

Russell makes plans for new restaurant - Economic Development

November 2, 2017

RUSSELL, Ky. — Business developers want to build a large new restaurant in the Russell Plaza that would specialize in chicken wings and seat about 100. Indiana-based Wings, Etc. Grill & Pub would be off U.S. 23 near the Best Western Hotel on a lot owned by Cartee Land Development Inc. Phil Biggs, an engineer working with the property owner, asked the Russell City Council in a meeting last week to tentatively approve the business development, assuming the private entities close the deal.

Morehead recieves nearly $400K donation from Toyota - Economic Development

November 1, 2017

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Morehead State University, in partnership with SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region), has received a nearly $400,000 donation from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc. that will implement STEM curriculum in 40 elementary schools during two years. Morehead State has been engaged with the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) initiative for the past several years. As part of the SOAR initiative, MSU’s College of Education began the SOAR-STEM project with funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

Economy in Tri-State making positive strides - Economic Development

October 30, 2017

Carter County's job numbers continue to improve. Carter's unemployment rate was at 7.6 percent in September, which is a very significant improvement over months prior. In July Carter County’s unemployment rate was fourth highest in the state at 11.3 percent. A month later, it dropped slightly to 10.5 percent out of work. Tim Gibbs, president and chief executive officer of the Ashland Alliance, said the improved job numbers in Carter aren’t some obscure statistical aberration. Area businesses are, in fact, hiring.

Alliance Community Leadership Development program holds graduation - Economic Development

October 30, 2017

The Ashland Alliance Community Leadership Development program held a graduation ceremony Friday at the Bellefonte Country Club. The class consisted of 40 individuals who sought to be better leaders and learn about the community, local businesses, organizations and ways to help foster good in the area. As a first responder Matt McAlisters says he “when we went around to see all these organizations, my eyes were opened to how much good there is here.”

EastPark agrees to sell property to Braidy Industries - Economic Development

October 26, 2017

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. The EastPark board of directors on Tuesday hammered down a deal to sell a massive plot of land to Braidy Industries, which said it will build a $1.3-billion aluminum mill. The board voted unanimously to allow chairwoman Nickie Smith to sign a nonbinding letter of intent to sell property to Braidy. The terms of the sale — including total price — are not yet public, because the board is awaiting approval from Braidy Industries after making minor changes to the proposed agreement between the EastPark board and Braidy.

Braidy looks to EastPark for $1.3B aluminum plant - Economic Development

October 18, 2017

Braidy Industries announced Tuesday morning a major change in the location for its $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill, from South Shore to the EastPark industrial site in Greenup and Boyd counties. The move was made necessary by an analysis of the South Shore property and the realization that it could not accommodate the deep foundations necessary to support Braidy's mill, according to Braidy officials. "In our diligent efforts, we discovered a risk that our peculiar needs for deep foundations for the mill could not be met without incurring material delays to our planned groundbreaking in the second quarter of 2018," said Braidy Industries Executive Vice President of Engineering, Alan Blankshain.

Kentucky Power awards $133,334 in grants to One East Ky, Ashland Alliance - Economic Development

October 18, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. – Economic development grants totaling about $133,300 have been awarded to the Ashland Alliance and One East Kentucky. Ashland Alliance is receiving $23,334 for its efforts to recruit Wright-Mix Material Development Co. to Greenup County. The cement manufacturer is expanding its business with the addition of an $8.5 million facility that will employ 130 full-time workers. The company plans to renovate and expand an existing building at the Greenup/Boyd Riverport. The grant allows Ashland Alliance to leverage an additional $76,666 in local incentive funding for the project.

Braidy announcement heralded in Carter County - Economic Development

October 18, 2017

Braidy Industries gave regional economic development a shot in the arm back in April, when they announced that they would be locating their new $1.3 billion aluminum mill in South Shore. Braidy’s announcement Tuesday that the mill now is planned for EastPark Industrial Center is good news for Carter County, with hundreds of expected new jobs now located much closer to Grayson and Olive Hill. Carter County Judge Executive Mike Malone said he is excited for the possibilities the announcement brings to the community.

Greenup officials optimistic about Braidy move - Economic Development

October 18, 2017

GREENUP, Ky. — Despite Braidy Industries switching locations from South Shore to the EastPark industrial site, Greenup County officials remain pleased the upcoming jobs will remain in the county. “I’m just so glad that we had a backup plan and that it worked. We saved our jobs and they’re going to be in Greenup County,” said Greenup County Judge-Executive Bobby Carpenter, referring to the anticipated 550 positions the Braidy aluminum mill is expected to create.

ACTC president: Braidy move “phenomenal” news - Economic Development

October 18, 2017

The change in plans that will put Braidy Industries in the EastPark Industrial Center means that the $1.3 billion aluminum manufacturing mill will be within shouting distance of Ashland Community and Technical College’s campus there. That is big news to the college, which is developing a two-year degree program tailored to train workers for the plant. “This is phenomenal news. We’re all very excited,” said ACTC President Kay Adkins.

Haney gives “Braidy speed” update at meeting - Economic Development

October 13, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The company behind the upcoming $1.3-billion aluminum rolling mill in East Park is currently moving at “Braidy speed,” in preparation of its opening. “We will work our tails off to make everything work,” said Nate Haney, the senior vice president of Government Relations for Braidy Industries, at the Ashland Kiwanis Club on Wednesday. Haney gave an update on the new mill, which will employ 550 workers, saying everything is currently going well. According to Haney, Braidy has secured well over 100 percent of their capacity of the mill already in customers.

Kentucky Power grants contribute to new jobs in region - Economic Development

October 11, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. – An investment of nearly $37,000 in economic development grants has contributed to nearly 100 new jobs in Eastern Kentucky within a matter of months. Earlier this year, Kentucky Power awarded an $18,700 Kentucky Power Economic Development Growth Grant to the Pike County Fiscal Court. The funds were used to market job training, placement services and other activities at the Pike County Teleworks hub. Kentucky Power also awarded an $18,000 Kentucky Power Economic Advancement Program grant to the Lawrence County Fiscal Court.

Morehead States president gives update on university - Economic Development

October 11, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Morehead State University is striving to see how it can turn a vision into being by having the safest, most affordable and most personable four-year university in the state, according to the school’s president. “I think we can do that along with you and our many partners in the region,” MSU President Dr. Joseph “Jay” Morgan told Ashland Rotarians at the club’s meeting on Monday. Morgan, who has headed MSU since July, said the school’s enrollment is “fairly stable” with around 10,394 enrolled for the fall semester. He said the school’s most popular programs revolve around the health-care field, with nursing at the top.

Manufacturing company coming to Pikeville - Economic Development

October 11, 2017

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. — A new manufacturing company will soon be coming to Pikeville. Monday evening the Pikeville City Commission announced Silver Lining, a tanker truck manufacturing company, is coming to the city. The company will go inside a new 60,000 square foot spec building, which will be built at the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park. The company will bring 50 new jobs with a starting pay of 50,000 dollars. Construction for the building is currently out to bid. Officials estimate it will take about 18 months to build.

City National Bank celebrates grand opening at KDMC - Economic Development

October 6, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Joined by representatives from King’s Daughters Medical Center and the Ashland Alliance, City National Bank customers and employees celebrated the grand opening of a new branch at King’s Daughters Medical Center on Tuesday. Following a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting at the new location on the first floor of the hospital’s Medical Plaza A, visitors were treated to complimentary refreshments throughout the day and entered to win a host of prizes, including a Yeti cooler, 50-inch TV, University of Kentucky basketball tickets and gift cards to local gas stations. City’s Kentucky Region Manager Lori Cooksey said the event surpassed expectations.

City upgrading ‘How Can We Help?’ process online - Economic Development

September 29, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — A new upgrade to the city of Ashland’s webpage will soon allow residents to better report issues. City Manager Michael Graese shared with Ashland Rotarians on Monday the plan to improve the website’s “How Can We Help?” feature that allows residents to request assistance in areas ranging from water issues to unkempt homes. This excludes emergency situations. The webpage, found under Quick Links on, currently allows users to choose from a number of issues, attach photos and leave comments on how the city can be of assistance. The site can be accessed on a cellphone as well.

Toyota hybrid powertrain project will invest $121 million in Kentucky - Economic Development

September 28, 2017

PLANO, Texas – Toyota just upped the stakes to remain the top manufacturer of hybrid vehicles worldwide with a $373.8 million investment in five U.S. manufacturing plants that will support production of its first American-made hybrid powertrain and to implement Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) at its Alabama plant. Each of the projects is scheduled to begin this year and all should be operational by 2020. The investments will include adding new production of hybrid transaxles (hybrid vehicle transmissions) at the Buffalo, W.Va., manufacturing facility; expanding 2.5-liter engine capacity at the Georgetown, Ky., plant; increasing production of 2.5-liter cylinder heads at Bodine Aluminum’s Troy, Mo., plant; and modifying the Bodine Jackson plant to accommodate production of hybrid transaxle cases and housings and 2.5-liter engine blocks.

Ashland Plaza Hotel officially sold; plans to renovate into 4-star Marriott Delta - Economic Development

September 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Two businessmen officially bought the Ashland Plaza Hotel and announced Thursday how they plan to revamp it into a 4-star Marriott-brand Delta Hotel - a move city officials hope will energize a struggling downtown.  "You're not going to recognize this," said Jim Nizzo of New York-based WB Hospitality as he gestured toward the Ashland Plaza Hotel lobby. Nizzo and his partner Andy Spiros announced the purchase alongside city officials and Ashland Community and Economic Development Director Chris Pullem, who spearheaded efforts to entice the developers.

Paul praises Braidy Industries, says it’s ‘exciting’ time to be in Ashland - Economic Development

September 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul met with leaders of Braidy Industries in Ashland on Thursday, saying the arrival of the aluminum manufacturer in the Tri-State will offer a much-needed and very exciting economic boost to the region. "I don't think I have the words to say how exciting it is," said Paul, R-Ky. "It is a really big deal for them to be locating here. Its been tough. I've been here and to have a brand new company, brand new industry, probably hiring some of the people who have those skills in metal works, that will probably get jobs with Braidy — I think it is great for the community and the area." Paul gathered with Braidy leaders and also representatives from local government, business and industry in a closed-door meeting to talk about Braidy. The senator wanted to hear what his office can do to help Braidy and the region's related economic growth.

City commission lays groundwork for more alcohol sales - Economic Development

September 20, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The City of Ashland’s alcohol sales status is unique to the rest of the state, and the city commission introduced an ordinance that could enable an expansion of the “Ashland law.” The commission gave initial approval to an ordinance declaring the Carp precinct “adversely affected by the legal sale of alcohol in neighboring precincts.” The Carp precinct is on the north side of Winchester, from just past 25th Street to 35th Street. The precinct is barely outside the Central precinct. The Central and Moore precincts are the only two precincts in which alcohol can be legally sold.

Kentucky Power’s development efforts singled out by national magazine - Economic Development

September 14, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. – Site Selection Magazine has cited Kentucky Power’s successful economic development efforts in naming American Electric Power as one of the nation’s top 10 utilities for economic development. In its September issue, the magazine acknowledged Kentucky Power and AEP’s role in helping to bring Braidy Industries to eastern Kentucky. This year marked the sixth consecutive year AEP has been recognized by the magazine. The magazine reported that “When Braidy Industries this spring announced a 550-job, $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill (near) Ashland, Kentucky, Braidy Chairman and CEO Craig Bouchard pointed out a key factor:

Gov. Bevin lays out details of tax reform vision - Economic Development

September 14, 2017

Delivering remarks to the Kentucky Chamber’s Tax Summit via video Thursday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin detailed his vision for tax reform including moving to a more consumption-based system, getting rid of the inventory and death taxes, aligning the state’s tax code more with the federal government and more. In the video, Bevin apologized that he was not able to attend the conference in person. He is in Washington, D.C. for a meeting with members of the Trump administration and others on economic and workforce development issues. evin said Kentucky’s tax code is “antiquated” and noted the Chamber’s advocacy efforts for modernization and said he is grateful for those who have sounded the alarms on the tax code and brought attention to the need for reforms.

Small businesses incentives pushed by state - Economic Development

September 13, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky small businesses still have an opportunity to claim a tax credit of up to $25,000 on their 2017 taxes, but time is limited to apply for this year’s credit. By applying for the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program by Nov. 1, small businesses stand the best chance of receiving approval in time for their 2017 tax filings. Tax credits are available for companies that, in the past 24 months, added at least one new employee and invested $5,000 or more in qualifying equipment or technology. The program, offered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, encourages growth among the state’s small businesses.

Kentucky Power offering custom contracts to help coal - Economic Development

September 11, 2017

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Coal production in eastern Kentucky is seeing growth, increasing 9.2 percent in the second quarter of 2017 over the same period last year, according to the Kentucky Quarterly Coal Report. Earlier this year, Kentucky Power sought and received permission from the Kentucky Public Service Commission to launch the Coal Plus program to alter its rate structure to offer custom contracts to coal businesses struggling to stay open or reopen their mines and put miners back to work in eastern Kentucky.

ARC announces nearly $2 million in additional POWER investments - Economic Development

September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) today announced nearly $2 million in additional awards to continue strengthening the economies of Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities. These investments will help grow an emerging local agricultural network, develop an innovative suite of training programs to serve growing industries, and provide technical assistance with strategic planning for an emerging social enterprise in Central Appalachia.

Coal businesses benefiting from Kentucky Power’s Coal Plus custom contract program - Economic Development

September 6, 2017

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Coal production in eastern Kentucky is seeing growth, increasing 9.2 percent in the second quarter of 2017 over the same period last year, according to the Kentucky Quarterly Coal Report. Earlier this year, Kentucky Power sought and received permission from the Kentucky Public Service Commission to launch the Coal Plus program to alter its rate structure to offer custom contracts to coal business struggling to stay open or reopen their mines and put miners back to work in eastern Kentucky. The plan gives Kentucky Power flexibility in designing special contracts with coal companies and coal processing businesses, such as providing a discount for companies that agree to operate under an interruptible rate.

Gilmore discusses Ashland growth at Rotary - Economic Development

August 29, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Mayor Steve Gilmore discussed growth in the city and gave an overview of the local Tax Increment Financing program to the Ashland Rotary Club on Monday. Gilmore referred to Braidy Industries’ upcoming $1.3-billion aluminum rolling mill in East Park, saying it has “opened the floodgates” for other businesses to start looking at Ashland and its surrounding areas.   He touched on these potential companies, saying they will bring more people to the area. “Because of the magnitude of Craig Bouchard’s (Braidy CEO) work, a lot of companies not affiliated or associated with the aluminum industry, when they see him coming to little East Park, Ky. ... they know he knows something,” said Gilmore.

Job growth a top priority for Kentucky Power - Economic Development

August 29, 2017

Kentucky Power is focused on economic development. Matthew J. Satterwhite, president and chief operating officer of the utility, said the company is committed to doing what it takes to create new jobs in eastern Kentucky. He said in a recent interview with The Daily Independent the utility has witnessed a drop in its customer base from roughly 175,000 to 168,000 as the economy suffered setbacks. The cure for that slippage, he said, is job growth. “Before I accepted the job I really studied what has to happen," said Satterwhite, who was named president of Kentucky Power in December. "I realize I am the president of the company, but I have to spend almost all of my time on economic development. It really is where we need to start. There has to be a change.”

Morehead State president optimistic about the future - Economic Development

August 29, 2017

Morehead State University's new president, Dr. Joseph “Jay” Morgan, said enrollment for the public institution looks solid for the Fall. Morgan visited Boyd County this past week to meet with fellow educators and business leaders. He said he doesn't have an exact number yet for enrollments, but "our first-time freshmen (numbers) look really good." "That is a good indicator for an institution if you've got freshmen with positive numbers," Morgan said. "And those numbers look good in relation to what was budgeted for when I arrived at Morehead. Our sophomores, right now -- and we don't have super accurate counts...early numbers are fairly positive."

Braidy Industries leader: local welcome incredibly positive - Economic Development

August 25, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The founder and CEO of a company planning a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill in the northeastern corner of Kentucky said Thursday he wants the plan to put 3,000 families back to work and guarantee them a future. Craig Bouchard was the guest of Gov. Matt Bevin at the Governor’s Local Issues Conference here at the Galt House Thursday, sitting for an interview before attendees conducted by Bevin. At Bevin’s urging, the General Assembly approved $10 million in tax incentives and a $15 million stock investment in Braidy Industries to lure the plant to East Park in Greenup County.

Bevin, Braidy Industries’ Bouchard talk leadership and economic development - Economic Development

August 25, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin and Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard on Thursday shared center stage at the 42nd annual Local Issues Conference Governor’s Luncheon at the Galt House in Louisville. They discussed key developments and decisions that led to one of the most historic economic investments in Eastern Kentucky. Braidy Industries announced in April that they will construct a $1.3-billion, 2.5 million-s.f. aluminum mill in Greenup County. The mill plans to produce sheets and plates for the automotive and aerospace industries and the U.S. Department of the Defense. The facility will add an estimated 550 advanced manufacturing jobs and company executives to the Commonwealth.

Expansion by Murakami in Campbellsville to employ 20 - Economic Development

August 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin has announced Murakami Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc., which makes automotive vision systems, will build a more than $2.7 million, 20 employee warehouse on its Taylor County campus. “This investment by Murakami highlights the increasing strength of Kentucky’s automotive sector, which employs more than 100,000 people statewide,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “It shows ongoing confidence in Kentucky as a top location for manufacturing and supplying automotive products to customers. I am confident that Murakami’s new investment in Taylor County and its increased presence in Kentucky will position the company for success for many years to come.”

Stratus Plastics to open facility in Morgantown - Economic Development

August 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Stratus Plastics International Inc., an automotive and consumer goods supplier, will invest $4 million to locate a factory in Morgantown, creating 29 full-time jobs in Western Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “Our state’s leadership in the automotive industry is increasingly well recognized in North America and around the globe, as we continue attracting businesses like Stratus Plastics,” Gov. Bevin said. “The decision by Stratus executives to locate in Butler County further strengthens Kentucky’s manufacturing base. Its facility will be a great addition to the region’s economy and we look forward to seeing this growing company succeed.”

Kentucky Power president: Eastern Kentucky primed for economic growth - Economic Development

August 15, 2017

Eastern Kentucky native son and author Jesse Stuart once wrote, “If these United States can be called a body then Kentucky can be called its heart.” My experience shows me that he was referring to the grit, determination and pride of the people of Eastern Kentucky. As Kentucky Power’s new president and COO, I am proud to join you and our employees in Eastern Kentucky. We are your neighbors and friends, and we share that same grit, determination and pride in our company. It’s what makes us dedicated to work hard for you in providing, safe and reliable power.

Ashland to issue $4.6M in bonds to help revamp downtown - Economic Development

August 11, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland commission on Thursday agreed in principle to let the city finance department issue bonds of about $4.6 million to help business developers turn the Ashland Plaza Hotel into a Marriott brand. The measure still needs final approval. It’s a crucial step in the city’s plan to revamp its downtown. The hotel developers, Jim Nizzo and Andy Spiros of New York, plan to buy the Plaza Hotel and transform it into a Marriott Delta. The sale will likely close next month according to City Economic Development Director Chris Pullem.

Braidy Industries names executives to lead $1.3 billion aluminum mill in Greenup County - Economic Development

August 11, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Braidy Industries, Inc. CEO Craig Bouchard has announced key executives to lead the company's initiative to build an aluminum rolling mill in East Park, Kentucky, bringing 1000 construction jobs followed by 550 advanced manufacturing jobs to Kentucky's Appalachian region. These individuals will oversee Construction, Engineering, Manufacturing, Human Resources, Procurement, Marketing, Government Relations, Sales, IT and Administration. The corporation also announced that it had opened its headquarters at 1544 Winchester Avenue, in Ashland's Community Trust Building. "We are creating the lowest cost producer of sheet and plate aluminum for automotive, aerospace and defense," said CEO Craig Bouchard. "Central to our ability to accomplish this is our executive management team, who have a combined 200 years of industrial and management experience.

Kentucky to pursue new $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda plant - Economic Development

August 11, 2017

Kentucky will pursue a new $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda plant, according to Gov. Matt Bevin who told WDRB he intends to beat other states that want the plant. Bevin said the state is the ideal central location and provides access to existing Toyota suppliers because of the huge Georgetown Toyota plant, where the Camry model is built, WDRB reported. Bevin spoke at the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association’s annual conference in Lexington.

Pendleton Art Center has new owner, changes planned - Economic Development

August 9, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Pendleton Art Center has a new owner a few months after the downtown property was listed on the real estate market. Dr. Everett Gevedon purchased the historic Winchester Avenue building June 29th from its former owners. Gevedon bought the building June 29th 2017, according to the property deed. The building, which was actually two buildings renovated together, features two floors and a basement on one side and three floors and a basement on the other.

EastPark 14th location statewide to earn Kentucky’s Build-Ready certification - Economic Development

August 4, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A site in the EastPark industrial park near Ashland recently became the 14th location statewide to earn Kentucky’s Build-Ready certification, signaling to potential occupants that the location includes features that would greatly reduce construction time and cost. The 45-acre tract, expandable to 132 acres, includes a 100,000 square-foot building pad that can accommodate a manufacturing facility of 50,000 square feet or more. The site, zoned for heavy industrial use, includes access to water, sewer, natural gas and electric. It also provides logistical advantages, as it is fewer than 3 miles from I-64 and approximately 13 miles from the Greenup/Boyd Riverport at Wurtland on the Ohio River.

EastPark Industrial Park gains Build-Ready status - Economic Development

August 4, 2017

The EastPark Industrial Park became the first industrial site in eastern Kentucky to earn Build-Ready distinction on Friday, at a time when the park’s board has struggled to sell property but believes momentum is shifting. Companies looking to move into an industrial site that has Kentucky Build-Ready status can circumvent normal red tape processes and start construction immediately after buying or leasing on-site property. The Build-Ready program was created three years ago, and now includes 14 sites with the addition of EastPark.

Audubon Metals to expand in Henderson - Economic Development

July 28, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin has announced aluminum producer Audubon Metals LLC will expand its Henderson plant with a more than $8.3 million investment that will create 39 full-time jobs. “Audubon Metals has been a steadfast employer and community partner in Henderson County for more than 20 years. We are pleased to announce this latest investment and new jobs by a company whose products are central to so many of Kentucky’s manufacturing operations – from automotive parts and vehicle assembly to the appliance industry and more,” Gov. Bevin said. “This expansion also further demonstrates the strength of Kentucky’s aluminum industry. I congratulate Audubon on its continued success and look forward to seeing additional growth in the future.”

SOAR Summit set for Aug. 4 in Pikeville - Economic Development

July 24, 2017

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System office and its five colleges from the Shaping Our Appalachian Region will take part in the 2017 SOAR Summit on Aug. 4. KCTCS will host breakout sessions focused on aerospace and manufacturing opportunities in Appalachia at 1 p.m. and broadband and the digital economy at 2:30 p.m. KCTCS President Dr. Jay Box will moderate the two sessions, and Hazard Community and Technical College President Dr. Jennifer Lindon will be the welcome speaker for each session.

New plastics recycling company to hire 60 in Haverhill - Economic Development

July 24, 2017

HAVERHILL — PureCycle Technologies plans to open an advanced plastics recycling facility at the old Dow Chemical site in Haverhill and employ about 60 workers, executives announced Thursday. The average starting pay will be between $40,000 and $50,000, according to Southern Ohio Port Authority Executive Director Jason Kester. Some operations are set to begin next summer, and the full-scale plan is set to open in 2020.

Infusion Solutions to make headquarters in Putnam Building in downtown Ashland - Economic Development

July 24, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Downtown Ashland will be the new location for Infusion Solutions’s corporate headquarters. The home infusion and specialty pharmacy is relocating from its Mall Road location above Super China Buffet, bringing their 28 employees to the Putnam Building on the corner of 16th Street and Winchester Avenue. Its new location will be directly across the street from Community Trust Bank and the Braidy Industries corporate headquarters.

Braidy Industries Announces Board of Directors - Economic Development

July 17, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Braidy Industries, Craig T. Bouchard, today announced the full slate of the company’s Board of Directors. “Braidy Industries has had the great fortune to attract leadership, experience and accomplishment to our Board of Directors. Our directors will provide invaluable insight to create the low-cost producer of high-quality aluminum and advanced materials for the transportation and defense industries in America,” said Bouchard. “We are not just building a company, but the foundation of enterprise that will place Eastern Kentucky at the forefront of advanced manufacturing. This is the team we needed to ensure that result.”

Ashland Alliance touts region in France at Paris Air Show - Economic Development

July 12, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Alliance President Tim Gibbs said the agency must now focus on the “follow up” stage after he and Alliance Vice President Amanda Clark, executives with Braidy Industries, Kentucky Power and One East Kentucky, and Gov. Matt Bevin traveled to France to sell Kentucky at the Paris Air Show. The Ashland Alliance representatives spent the full week – June 19 to June 25 – at the colossal aviation showcase, where the world’s largest providers of military and civilian aircraft, including Boeing, Airbus and Lockheed Martin, flaunted their products to hundreds of international tycoons and delegations. The Kentucky group held 23 recruitment meetings – including 13 with CEOs of major aerospace and defense companies – over a four-day span, Gibbs said.

New facility in Wurtland to hire 130 employees; $16 per hour average pay - Economic Development

July 11, 2017

WURTLAND, Ky. The average wage for Wright-Mix Material Solutions employees at the planned Wurtland facility will be about $16 per hour, plus benefits, local economic development officials said Friday. The Pikeville-based concrete company, along with Gov. Matt Bevin, announced Thursday Wright-Mix plans to create 130 jobs and invest $8.5 million in a new production facility at a river port in Wurtland. The facility could be operating by January, and will specialize in fully-automated toll blending and bagging operations. The announcement captivated a careworn northeastern Kentucky region already electrified by recent promises of future jobs – most notably, the 550 attached to the planned Braidy Industries aluminum mill in EastPark.

$8.5 million facility, 130 jobs coming to Wurtland - Economic Development

July 6, 2017

WURTLAND, Ky. — A company specializing in part in cement-based products is paving the way to more jobs in northeastern Kentucky. Wright-Mix Material Solutions LLC will invest $8.5 million in a production facility at Wurtland’s river port. The new location will field 130 full-time jobs, announced Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday. “... Wright-Mix will grow its parent company’s home-state economic impact and employment while reaching new customers across Kentucky’s borders,” Bevin said in a press release. Bevin said Wright-Mix’s Wurtland establishment will showcase “a central location, outstanding shipping and logistics infrastructure and the availability of raw materials and talent.”

Wright-Mix Material Solutions Announces New Facility in Wurtland Riverport - Economic Development

July 6, 2017

WURTLAND, Ky. — Wright-Mix Material Solutions LLC will expand and construct an 80,000 Sq. Ft. facility with $8.5 million investment employing 130 full-time jobs in Greenup County. The new Wurtland Riverport location offers Wright the ability to use multiple modes of transportation and logistics.  Ohio River barge loading and unloading along with CSX railroad and US Highway 23 offer excellent transportation modes for the facility. The Greenup/Boyd County Riverport Authority wishes to highlight the partnerships that helped promote and position the Wurtland Riverport as the new home of Wright-Mix Material Solutions LLC. Groups such as City of Wurtland, Greenup County, Kentucky Power, Woodlands Foundation and the Ashland Alliance all played roles in helping make our community the choice for Wright-Mix Solutions in Greenup County.

Ammo casings plant to locate in Pulaski County, create 50 Jobs - Economic Development

June 30, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — ShellTech LLC, a newly formed high-volume manufacturing subsidiary of Shell Shock Technologies LLC, plans to locate an ammunition shell casing factory in Pulaski County with a $3.2 million investment that will create 50 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “Kentucky welcomes this investment by ShellTech, the newest member of our state’s booming engineering and manufacturing sector,” Gov. Bevin said. “Their decision to locate in the commonwealth and bring excellent jobs to our communities, reflects positively on our state. I am grateful for their site selection and look forward to their success in the months and years ahead.”  ShellTech’s new facility in Eubank will manufacture lightweight, nickel-alloy and aluminum NAS³ cartridge cases designed by its parent company, Shell Shock Technologies LLC of Westport, Conn. 

Plastic injection molder Adkev to locate in Danville - Economic Development

June 29, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Adkev Inc., a family-owned custom plastic injection molding manufacturer, will locate in Boyle County with a nearly $15.7 million investment that is expected to create 70 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “Adkev is a tremendous success story that highlights how a small startup business can blossom into one of the top performers in its industry,” Gov. Bevin said. “The company’s stature within the automotive and appliance industries, together with its commitment to customers, employees and community, make it a perfect fit for Kentucky. I congratulate both Adkev and the Boyle County area for this exciting next step in their incredible journey.”

Nothing out of ordinary in closing of hotel sale - Economic Development

June 29, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Sale of the Ashland Plaza Hotel has been delayed until at least August, according to a hotel spokesman. However, the delay does not mean the sale is in danger, according to Ashland Community and Economic Development Director Chris Pullem. The buyer continues to plan renovation of the hotel and conversion into a national chain, according to a statement the hotel issued Tuesday. “At this stage, the sale is not final and there are a number of different contingencies that need to be completed in order for the sale to actually occur, but negotiations are still continuing,” according to the statement.

Bluegrass Supply Chain Services to add location in Park City - Economic Development

June 28, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Bluegrass Supply Chain Services LLC, a third-party logistics provider for the automotive and food and beverage industries, will invest more than $3.35 million and create 51 jobs at two locations: a new operation in Edmonson County and upgrades at its Bullitt County facility. “Bluegrass Supply Chain Services has been a customer-focused and high-growth employer in Kentucky for the past 15 years,” Gov. Bevin said. “Their decision to open a fourth location in the commonwealth and to reinvest in an existing facility is a compliment to Kentucky’s leadership in the distribution and logistics sectors. I congratulate BSCS and thank its leaders for their continued confidence in Kentucky.”

Maxim Crane Works to build corporate office in Campbell County - Economic Development

June 28, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Maxim Crane Works LP, the nation’s leading crane rental and lifting services provider, will build a $4.71 million office and create 100 full-time jobs in Wilder as it consolidates its operational offices in Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “Maxim Crane Works is integrally involved in constructing our nation’s infrastructure, skylines, factories and amenities. They are also busy building on their own success here in the commonwealth,” Gov. Bevin said. “Kentucky is an attractive choice for corporate investment, thanks to recent improvements we’ve made to our business climate, a high quality of life and our gateway location between the Midwest and South. We are grateful for Maxim’s decision to grow in Kentucky and I look forward to the company’s success in the years ahead.”

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.

President’s Report

President’s Report – Feb. 16, 2018 - President’s Report

February 16, 2018

Holding Down the Fort Happy Friday everyone! Here's a quick recap of the week: Monday morning began with an appearance on The Big Picture with Jill York. The weekly show takes an in-depth look at local issues and The Alliance was featured to discuss economic development in the region. I've added A LINK HERE if you want to watch. Our Executive Committee meeting was held on Wednesday. The committee asked that I remind anyone interested in serving on our Board of Directors to please submit a letter of interest by February 23, 2018. Letters received after that date will not be considered by the Nominating Committee. Today, while delivering donuts, I visited the Boyd County Public Library, who is celebrating 30 years as an Ashland Alliance member this week. I also stopped in Bare Arms and took a peek at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in downtown Ashland. You can read more about each of these in the Dunk n' Development section of this report.

President’s Report – Feb. 9, 2018 - President’s Report

February 9, 2018

Change is in the Air I start this week’s update from the Alliance with a couple of questions: What season are we in and how long will it be before we get to spring? There is a lot of activity going on but I, like a lot of people, just want to get there soon! It has been another busy week here in the office and out and about with many of you. It is an excellent time to give you an update on the Kentucky Legislative Session. Last year at this time there had been many high-profile bills filed, voted on, and signed under an emergency order. This year, not so much. There has been due diligence work on many fronts but to date, it has not been the fast-paced session of last year. I do think there will be a pension bill introduced and action soon. Details on this are being held close to the vest and when we have something to share, we will be sure to inform you. This one issue will affect the 2-year budget and nearly everything else that may be under consideration. We are continuing to link you to the Kentucky Chamber report on legislative topics in this weekly update for those of you that want the deep dive into happenings in Frankfort.

President’s Report – Feb. 2, 2018 - President’s Report

February 2, 2018

Never a Dull Moment Hello from the desk at the Alliance. It has been another one of those weeks where's Friday at 4:00 pm!!!! Where did the week go? Oh well, lets recap the week. Tuesday, we started off with a site visit. It is always a good thing when we have a chance to pitch what makes our community special to prospective new businesses. The main point we stress is how we can compete and in turn make them successful. We all know that business decisions are multifaceted but, in general terms, they are based on sound financial decisions. So, we learn everything we can about the client, their business, and the trends of their clusters, then we align who we are and what we can offer to make them successful. There may not be one single way to do this the right way but, there are certainly wrong ways to do this. Many times, you must adjust your presentation on the fly by the input you receive while making the pitch. I am happy to share that we are getting more chances to show who we are and why this area is set for economic growth going forward.

President’s Report – Jan. 26, 2018 - President’s Report

January 26, 2018

Time to Say Thanks! Each week I try to pick a theme for the comments about the weekly activity of the Ashland Alliance. This week, thank you is the pick. There are always reasons for us to thank our members and our partners for the work that takes place. But, this week, there are a couple things I want to point out and share with you. Kentucky Power announced today that Brad Hall, External Affairs Manager (Alliance Executive Board Member) is taking a new position with Appalachian Power as Vice President of External Affairs. Appalachian Power is an AEP company which covers portions of Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee. This is a great opportunity for Brad, and for the new region he will represent. Brad has been fundamental to the changes that have taken place in this area over the last several years. His fingerprints have touched and lead the efforts to certify sites, conduct workforce studies, and fund economic development in partnership with Kentucky Power. He simply has made a difference. We (and I) owe him a great amount of gratitude for the leadership and commitment he has shown to us. It will be sad to see Brad move on but, I know he will make a difference for a new area moving forward.

President’s Report – Jan. 18, 2018 - President’s Report

January 19, 2018

Favorite Friday! Time to recap a brisk week here at the Alliance. On Tuesday (during the 1-2-inch snowfall that turned out to be 5”) Amanda an I had the opportunity to walk through the soon-to-be Delta Marriot. This $14 million project that is going to bring regional travelers and business people back to the center of the town is well underway. All the rooms and common areas are stripped out and plans are drawn for the rebuild of the facility. It was exciting to see the activity and work that is going into this project. Last week I mentioned that we were starting a new program to engage our member and highlight activity they are having. We are delivering Dave’s Donuts each Friday morning to Alliance Members. But, for this to work we need to know who to come see! Drop us a line and get on the list for a smiling face, doughnuts, and chance to share your news with the Alliance Members and the community. This week I stopped in and visited Russel Area Technology Center and the Ashland Town Center. Each had great news to share.

President’s Report – Jan. 12, 2018 - President’s Report

January 12, 2018

Bring It On! Each of you is probably waiting for the first significant snowfall of the year to happen or hopefully waking up with a cup of hot coffee in your hand. This is just reminder that winter is still the season and spring is still on the horizon. But, each day is getting longer, and it won’t be long before this too shall pass. This week was also one of transition as the new year has settled in a new normal. Our program, Youth Leadership is rolling along and held their Arts and Culture Day in Ashland. While many of the students from the seven school districts may have spent time in the Paramount Theater and Highlands Museum, they certainly hadn't had the behind-the-scenes view and interaction with the people that make it work. In addition, the class was lucky enough to go backstage of the Daily Independent for a view of what makes a paper run as well. All the sessions of this program build on knowledge and help prepare the next generation of leaders, workers, and business owners right here in Northeast Kentucky.

President’s Report – Jan. 5, 2018 - President’s Report

January 5, 2018

Times Move On As we start the new year it is time to renew one of the core functions of the Alliance for your business. The Alliance is proud to serve as your legislative advocate and partner as the Kentucky Legislative session begins. Frankfort is abuzz with the 60-day budget session and several pieces of legislation that could affect you and your business.  Over this 60 day session, the Alliance will provide a weekly update on the actions of the legislative session and ensure you have timely access to your elected officials. Last night, the Alliance attended the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Annual Chamber Day with 1,600 business leaders in Lexington. This event featured presentations from all of the elected leaders of the Kentucky House and Senate along with Governor Bevin. The discussion was focused on the budget, which looks to be difficult at best, and how to handle the pension crisis. One thing was very clear, the pension issue is to be addressed. Kicking the can down the road is not an option. 

President’s Report – Dec. 29, 2017 - President’s Report

December 29, 2017

One Last Look It's hard to believe that the year is over. With each year passing it is important to look back at what happened and how we can learn from it. 2017 was a turning point for this region. The work of many, the partnership, and the investment in ourselves paid dividends. For this, I say thank you to each one of you, your business and your guidance. It is important to say these words to close the year. This is the last time you will hear from us what was done last year. It is time to turn the page. We have to make our way again and raise the bar for the region. I know each one of you will do your part and support the efforts of the team. Let’s make 2018 a record year. We have all the reasons in the world to believe this is the beginning of something special for our families and business communities.  

President’s Report – Dec. 8, 2017 - President’s Report

December 8, 2017

Season of Giving Only 17 days to Christmas. While Christmas is known by many as the season of presents and holiday cheer, this week, it also was known for more. My Ashland Rotary email told me the names that were giving their time ringing the bell to help raise money for those less fortunate. I also was thrilled to serve breakfast with our favorite Santa Claus this past Saturday at the Winter Wonderland Breakfast with Santa. It has been a wonderful time in our area. Last night was one the largest Business After Hours of the Year at Our Lady of Bellefonte Centre. This Holiday Business After Hours is always one of the best times to celebrate the season with friends and the business community. I personally want to thank the staff of OLBH for their dedication and hard work.

President’s Report – Dec. 1, 2017 - President’s Report

December 1, 2017

A Little Leftovers I hope each one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with friends and family. Today's report will be a recap of what was one of my most enjoyable weeks with the Alliance in the last 3.5 years.  Last Monday's Annual Meeting exceeded my expectations! Over 600 of you joined in the celebration of 2017. But, it was much more than just what each of us has seen over the last year. It was an awakening of a region. It was a realization that this region and its people can build a stronger economy and kids of today will have the option to stay here and raise their families just as you have.

President’s Report – Nov. 17, 2017 - President’s Report

November 17, 2017

It is Here! What a wild and crazy week at the Ashland Alliance. Friday is nearly over and I just thought….I haven’t even started on my weekly report! I believe everyone knows that Monday is our Annual Dinner and it has been all-hands-on-deck in preparation for that. We are SOLD OUT!!!!!! We have twice the number of last year and have a great program with Governor Bevin and Craig Bouchard as featured speakers. I also get a chance to chime in with a yearly review. Let me say this, I have outlined my presentation and it is good. This has been a very good year for the Alliance and our community. And, the best is yet to come.

President’s Report – Nov. 10, 2017 - President’s Report

November 10, 2017

Special People in Special Times Thank you for another week of sitting in the chair at the Ashland Alliance. This week there hasn’t been much sitting as every day and evening there have been events, a ribbon cutting and preparation for the season to come. November is always a busy season. However, with the addition of new companies and expansion of existing ones this has been a crazy week. Braidy officially opened their World Wide Headquarters on Monday, in the Community Trust Bank Building. Over 200 people attended to see the completely renovated floor that houses the Braidy team. Craig had his entire team out for the community to meet and discuss how we move forward together. It was a wonderful experience to feel the excitement and see a world class office in Ashland.

President’s Report – Nov. 3, 2017 - President’s Report

November 4, 2017

All That is New is Old Happy Friday from the desk of the Ashland Alliance. It seems hard to believe we are already into November. November seems to be that transition month with shorter grayer days. It is also the time of the greatest color we have before the return of winter. I am feeling the change in the season and I think my comments of the week may be wrapped in that blanket. Yesterday I had the honor to represent the Alliance and Braidy Industries in Hitchins Kentucky at the Carter County Christian Acadamy Gym dedication. This facility was a WPA project (1939) that has been restored and will serve the CCCA and it's 109 students. Most of you know the history of this Carter County Community. In 1893 fireclay was discovered. This magical substance had a high value for the qualities of being high-heat resistant and very strong. With the development of the iron and steel industries of this area, it was a critical component used for lining the furnaces of Armco.

President’s Report – Oct. 27, 2017 - President’s Report

October 27, 2017

24 Days and Counting Each Friday I have the pleasure of recapping the work and activity of the Ashland Alliance. This Friday is no exception, other than sitting down at my computer today, I realized it is only 24 days until the Alliance holds the celebration it has had since its creation. Our Annual Meeting is being held November 20th. I should not be surprised that as of yesterday we had already sold 39 tables of 10! There is a strong possibility we will sell out! This event featuring Governor Bevin and Craig Bouchard will be a great evening highlighting what is happening in our area and what is to come. We are pleased to announce that other companies that have chosen northeast Kentucky for new facilities and expansions are joining the celebration as well. Wright Mix-Materials Solutions, Steel of West Virginia and the proud new owners of the former the Ashland Plaza Hotel, WB Hospitality, will be our guest for the evening.

President’s Report – Oct. 20, 2017 - President’s Report

October 20, 2017

Moving Ahead Together To say this was an ordinary week in the region and at the Alliance would be an understatement. While I can’t cover all the details of this week's news, I will try to share some light and insight with you, our members and friends. I appreciate the opportunity to share with you how your organization is working to make this community a better version of itself. At times, I can’t share in real-time how and what is going on. The last couple of weeks is a good example of this. First and foremost, Braidy Industries is building a $1.3 billion facility here. The papers got the story correct. The project ran into engineering challenges that could have delayed it. This is very important because Braidy has pre-sold over 100% of their 300,000 tons of product. It is not easy to build a plant of this size with the 100-200 ton machinery they will have. Locations that fit this description are not located everywhere. But, Craig Bouchard stood in Greenup County at the McConnell House and said we will build this and we will put people back to work.

President’s Report – Oct. 13, 2017 - President’s Report

October 13, 2017

Happy Friday! It is a wonderful week to be sitting in the chair at the Alliance. This week has been a busy one! I spent two days at one of the largest aviation business shows in the nation. I had the chance to meet with six companies that all had active projects or opportunities for expansion. They were interested in hearing the positive things happening in the area. It truly is a good time to be in Northeast Kentucky. I also had the opportunity to partner with the Alliance staff on the Town Square Ribbon Cutting for their newly designed Midtown Branch today. This state-of-the-art facility builds on new trends in banking. It maximizes new technology in online services and continues the use of smiling staff many of you use daily. It was a perfect day to gather and celebrate investment in our community.

President’s Report – Oct. 6, 2017 - President’s Report

October 6, 2017

A Taste of Fall Thank you for being a part of the Ashland Alliance!  I apologize for not publishing a President Report last week. Last Friday, the Alliance held its fall golf outing at Diamond Links Golf Course. The full-day event had 21 teams competing for the traveling trophy. It was a perfect fall day at Dimond Links. I couldn't help but notice the investment and improvements to the golf course by the new owners. Our first-place winner was the Kings Daughters Medical Center team. There was a tie for the low score with Kings Daughters winning the tiebreaker by scoring an eagle on the 18th hole over the Marathon Petroleum team. Proud to say thank you for all involved and for the sponsors of the event. Braidy Industries was the headline sponsor with Don Hall Chevrolet, Pepsi, and Dave’s Bakery all helping make it a great day.

President’s Report – Sept. 22, 2017 - President’s Report

September 22, 2017

Moving Ahead What a crazy week at the Ashland Alliance and in our community. From Monday on, there was something substantial every day of the week. Although we can’t tell what season it truly is outside, we do know things are changing in our region. Thank you for your role and support in helping lead the way for a new Ashland and a stronger Northeast Kentucky. Monday held the FIVCO 50th Annual Meeting at the newly remodeled Greenbo State Resort Park. This event highlighted the progress that our area has seen in infrastructure development over the last 50 years. FIVCO does much more than just infrastructure, however. It touches our lives in many ways; from local planning, meals on wheels, and GIS mapping. Each of these involves representatives from five counties and cities to come together for a regional good. That, in my view, is the secret sauce of the organization.

President’s Report – Sept. 15, 2017 - President’s Report

September 15, 2017

Save the Date! I'm excited to share the news of the week! Please save the date of November 20th, 2017 for a very special Ashland Alliance Annual Dinner. This celebration is the perfect way to kick off your holiday week. The event will be held at the Boyd County Community Center and will feature live music, great food, and a speaker lineup promises not to disappoint. Governor Matt Bevin and Braidy Industries President/CEO, Craig Bouchard, are our featured speakers. We have a lot of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving season. These two gentlemen will share with you how our region is poised for today and the future. This event should be the biggest and best celebration this region has seen in a long, long time. We are expecting a large crowd and a great time for the event. Over the next week or two, you will see opportunities for sponsorships and table reservations. It is our goal to have each and every one of you there that evening. It is because of you and your support that the Ashland Alliance is able to play its role in making great things happen in this region. This is our opportunity say thank you for the good fortune that is happening in the region.

President’s Report – Sept. 8, 2017 - President’s Report

September 8, 2017

Everything Is Relative We end this week as we started the last one. Last week while we dug out our rain jackets and watched our local football games in the rain, each one of us probably knew someone or a family that was worried or had a loved one in Texas or the coast being affected by Hurricane Harvey. One of our newest residents with Braidy Industries spent a couple days getting through flooded roads to get to his house in Houston all the time wondering if it was there and what shape it would be in when he arrived. This week is no different. We are facing another hurricane and another region of the country is under the threat of damage. And like last week we have families rooted here that are worried for their loved ones and their homes in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Earlier this week we received a phone call from Joanna King, Executive Director of the Eastern Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross. They are gathering the support and resources to give much needed help in these hard-impacted areas. Joanna is a board member of the Alliance and represents the best of this region and is doing a great job in bringing the troops together to deal with the problems at hand.

President’s Report – Sept. 1, 2017 - President’s Report

September 1, 2017

Moving Forward Thank you for the opportunity to recap the week at the Alliance. As the title of this week's report suggests, we are moving forward this first week of September. Several things and individuals had an impact on me this week. I thought this would be the time and the place to recognize them and their contributions. Wednesday of this week, Ashland Alliance partnered with Ashland in Motion for a Business After Hours for the dedication of the Booker T. Washington School Mural at the Ashland Flood Wall. Over 250 people attended to celebrate the historic role this school played for the African-American community in Ashland. This gathering of all people from the area highlighted inclusion, diversity, and how history can show the path to move forward with respect for all. Thursday, the Alliance got to celebrate one of our own moving forward in the next chapter of their career. Lloyd Keyser, a 38 ½ year employee of Kentucky Power, announced his retirement. Lloyd simply has done nearly everything a volunteer could do with the Alliance.

President’s Report – Aug. 25, 2017 - President’s Report

August 25, 2017

Season of Change As summer fades to fall, the Alliance prepares for the changes that are coming. It has been a busy week here. We have finalized the Community Leadership Development roster. Thirty-eight professionals are starting their professional development and knowledge of Ashland and the region. We have had over 2000 people in the leadership program and, odds are, someone in your organization is one of them. That person has a better understanding of what makes this a great place to live and work. I mentioned that the season is changing. With this change comes a thought of what is to come. We are now accepting registration for the annual Winter Wonderland of Lights Christmas Parade. This is the largest Christmas Parade in the Commonwealth of Kentucky! Last year we had over 3,700 people in the parade. This parade is well over 60 years old! 

President’s Report – Aug. 18, 2017 - President’s Report

August 18, 2017

From the Top! Each week I appreciate the opportunity to show you the activity and direction the Alliance is working on for the advancement of the community. My goal is to provide insight into the working of the Alliance with our partners that will affect your business in a positive way. This week, there was an abundance of work on your behalf. I think it is fitting we start at the top. Governor Bevin along with Secretary of Economic Development Terry Gill visited Catlettsburg and Marathon Refinery and Marine. It is always a great day when our Governor along with the Secretary of Economic Development spends an afternoon in our area. Their visit and the afternoon I spent with Secretary Gill, on a recruitment trip the day before in Indiana shows the commitment and understanding of what we have here in Northeast Kentucky. In addition, Marathon has their own story to tell. With 775 employees and 800 contract employees, this facility has the refining capacity of nearly a quarter million barrels of oil a day. 

President’s Report – Aug. 11, 2017 - President’s Report

August 11, 2017

Back to School Summer is starting to wane and schools are starting back.  This week with the Alliance has been a busy one.  Any of you that have stopped by the office has seen firsthand the mounds of backpacks (652 packed this year!);  all ready to find their new homes with well-deserving and appreciative children going back to school.  I know I have mentioned this program of our Young Professional Association many times before.  But, there is something heartwarming to see the results of the community coming together to benefit those in need.  All of this takes place without anyone taking credit or placing the “I” in how it happens. There is a lesson to be learned there.  Collectively, we can get things done when we care more about the results than who gets the credit.  We have great partners and I appreciate each one of them.  Without the work of many, we would not be the community that makes this home.  Our kids are not the only ones that have lessons to learn!

President’s Report – Aug. 7, 2017 - President’s Report

August 7, 2017

Let's SOAR! Last Friday, my V.P. Amanda Clark and I, had the honor to participate in the 4th Annual SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Conference in Pikeville, Ky.  This was the third SOAR conference I have attended since coming back to my home state of Kentucky and becoming the President of the Alliance. Each one of these conferences has had a different feel and different perspective on where we are in Eastern Kentucky economically and what ideas there are for growth and development in some of the nation's hardest hit counties.  This one one was different. On Friday I heard our Governor, Matt Bevin,  give one of the most moving speeches I have heard in three years back in the Commonwealth.  He spoke of how Kentucky is awakening; how all parts of the state are finally getting to take advantage of what they’ve always had; how the story of Kentucky is being heard.   He spoke of growth, but this growth was coming because we had something to offer.   University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Coach John Calipari’s was the keynote speaker.  Some things we just can't make up.  Coach Cal spoke of meeting Craig Bouchard and learning about Braidy Industries.  We spoke of the reasons why WE are going to win. 

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

July 28, 2017

Summer Silly Season Thank you for the opportunity to update you on all things Ashland Alliance.  This once again has been a very busy week from the chair.  I think this is one of my favorite times of the year.  For anyone that has walked in the office over the last week, you know what time it is.  It is BACKPACK season!!!  This is the time when our Young Professionals partner with the school systems in Boyd and Greenup County to help those that need a bit of assistance getting ready for school. I remember walking in stores this time in the summer in my youth.  It always upset me that this time of year was "back to school" season.  Of course, I was just upset that my summer was coming to an end.  However, back to my point.  These backpacks stacked to the ceiling of the Alliance and what they represent is a great thing.  In the past, there have been 600-800 backpacks that contain a complete set of clothing, with the needed school supplies, all packed in a nice school backpack, ready to go to school on day one.

President’s Report – July 21, 2017 - President’s Report

July 21, 2017

Continuing To Build Thank you for the opportunity to bring another weekly update from the  Ashland Alliance. It has been a very productive and busy week.  Several meetings kicked off the work week on Monday.  We are wanting to visit each and every Alliance Member one on one.  On Tuesday, Bare Arms Indoor Range hosted Business After Hours with catering by Patriot Barbeque.  This turned out to be a great After Hours with many of our friends and members getting to see the area's first indoor gun range.  After Hours are a great way to show off your business and  let others experience what you have to offer. Our board of directors' meeting was held on Wednesday and was packed with useful information - Ernie Pitt spoke to the group about the Employment Support of the Guard & Reserves.  Did you know that currently 50% of the United States Military is made up of Reserves and Guard Units?  That is why it is so important to have great relations with private sector employeers.

President’s Report – July 14, 2017 - President’s Report

July 14, 2017

Can You Feel It? Thank you for the opportunity to bring another weekly update from the  Ashland Alliance.  Following up on last week’s announcement of Wright-Mix Material Solutions' new Wurtland facility,  I thought it would good to highlight our partners and what may be coming next. One main point that this vital is that the Alliance and  our partners do not create any jobs.  The private sector and companies like yours drive the economy.  Our role is to position the community as a good place to do business and market to companies looking for a new location to expand or relocate.  Our job is to ensure we give them the best possible information and support to give our area the highest chance to win the project. Leads for these company locations come from different sources;  The Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky Power/AEP, Boyd, and Greenup counties and the Riverport Authority, just to name a few.  What matters is,  regardless of from where the lead comes,  that everyone work together, have the same voice, and place the best information, presentation, and face possible for the region.

President’s Report – July 7, 2017 - President’s Report

July 7, 2017

Celebrate Good Times Happy Friday from the desk of the Ashland Alliance.  After coming off a great 4th of July celebration and Summer Motion and Greenup County's 4th of July festivities,  we are in the midst of summertime in Northeast Kentucky.  We have additional reasons to be thankful this week.  Yesterday we had the privilege of announcing a new business to the region. Wright-Mix Material Solutions, LLC will add 130 jobs with an $8.5 million investment in the Wurtland Riverport.  This announcement made with the Greenup/Boyd Riverport highlights the momentum of the region.  This family owned business, based out of Pikeville Kentucky,  will build an 80,000 sq. ft facility that will use rail, river, and road for shipping and logistics. Announcements such as this emphasize when communities and strategic partners work together,  great things can be accomplished. Partners in this project include Kentucky Power, Woodlands Foundation, City of Wurtland, Greenup County Fiscal Court and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet with the Ashland Alliance.

President’s Report – June 30, 2017 - President’s Report

June 30, 2017

Happy Birthday America! July 4, 2017 marks the 241st year since the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence while meeting in Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  Those 1,337 words changed the course of human history.  Now, this 4th of July weekend in Northeast Kentucky, we celebrate who we are and what has been given for our freedom.  I hope each person has a moment to think about our history and read our Declaration of Independence. Thank you for taking the time on this busy holiday weekend to follow along with the Alliance.  Last week I didn’t submit a piece for your review due to the fact of being at the Paris Air Show on a recruitment trip.  The Alliance along with Governor Bevin, Economic Development Secretary Gill, Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard, and Kentucky Power led a powerhouse delegation highlighting the competitive advantages of Eastern Kentucky for the Aerospace Industry. 

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 East Park. 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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