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Job growth top goal for Alliance as 2018 rings in

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.

All of this is good news, but it also begs the question — what's next?

Tim Gibbs is president and chief executive officer of the Ashland Alliance, which is responsible for advancing economic development and business prosperity in the region. He said there is a lot of work to do to capitalize on the successes of 2017, but he believes the future is bright.

"We have had a taste of success this (past) year, and we want to replicate it and move forward," Gibbs said. "There are new opportunities."

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