Ashland Alliance

President’s Report – Aug. 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. 

The facility has roots back to 1924 and is one of the largest employers in our region. Brad Levi, refinery General Manager is also a board member of Ashland Alliance and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce along with several other organizations locally. I have provided a link from the Governor's visit to Marathon which I believe highlights the partnership and connections government and private sector can have for the common benefit.

Next is talk of the President. No…not that President..even I won’t go there. On Wednesday, August 23rd, The Ashland Alliance along with Morehead State Alumni Association is hosting a Business After Hours at the Highlands Museum located at 1620 Winchester Avenue. This event will offer a chance to meet the President of Morehead State University. Dr. Jay Morgan is coming to Ashland to connect with our business community and the many alumni of MSU. This is a great chance to introduce yourself and build on the connection we have with Morehead State University.

There are a few additional events that I want to highlight for your calendar. The Ashland Alliance Annual Meeting will be held on October 19th. This event will highlight the year we have had. It will also be a celebration and will have a great speaker line up that I will share soon with you. This is one not to miss! FIVCO Development District will celebrate 50th anniversary on Monday, September 18th at Greenbo State Park. If you are interested in either of these events, please feel free to give the Alliance a call. FIVCO is a key partner in assisting our cities and counties on a regional basis with projects from economic development to transportation and infrastructure. FIVCO is also partnering with the Alliance on providing additional help and resources to build on the positive economic activity we have had here with a part-time position housed at the Alliance.

Thank you for the opportunity to share the activity of the week and our work for the future of this community. As always, we are here to serve you and your business to build a strong community.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance President and CEO



FIVCO Area Development District will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Monday, September 18 at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park.

“FIVCO was the first area development district formed in the Commonwealth,” said John Clevenger, FIVCO ADD board president and an Elliott County citizen member. He continued, “the goal of the ADDs is to assist cities and counties with economic development, transportation, aging and disability services, mapping, recreation, water and wastewater projects, and any other projects or activities that they wish to pursue.”

According to Sherry McDavid, FIVCO ADD executive director, many volunteer board members, local elected officials, and committee members from the service area of Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence counties have all contributed to the success of FIVCO ADD over the last 50 years. “It is our hope that former employees, board and committee members will be able to attend this celebration,” she said.

The cost of the annual meeting is $30 per person. A reception will start at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Anyone wishing to attend can contact Teresa Rayburn or Sherry McDavid at (606)929-1366 or a list of attendees along with a check made payable to FIVCO ADD can be mailed to 32 Fivco Court, Grayson, KY 41143.

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