Ashland Alliance

President’s Report - Dec 9, 2016

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.

The Alliance also hosted David Adkisson, President/CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as the lead speaker for out Legislative Preview Luncheon sponsored by Marathon Petroleum and Kentucky Power/AEP.  This was the first look at the 2017 Kentucky legislative Session.  This is the first time in 93 years the Kentucky House of Representatives is under Republican control.  How this change will affect your local business was discussed at the event.  We know with this being a short session, items for debate will move fast.  One benefit that I wanted to highlight is this active link to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce weekly legislative update that is available to you as an Alliance Member.  We want you to have timely information for this short 30-day session.  Click here to subscribe to The Kentucky Chamber’s Bottom Line newsletter.

We are also planning topics and events for next year.  One of the items that we have listed for consideration is the new overtime rules for business. This is one topic that has effected many of our local business.  This has been put on hold temporarily while a judge rules if the changes will go into effect.  As always, we are wanted to hear from you our members and partners.  If you have to ideas for topics and events, please share with us.

Winter Wonderland of Lights

Winter Wonderland Express Train Rides, Central Park, Weekends 11/1/-12/20
Visits with Santa, Central Park Roundhouse, 11/24-12/18
Learn more here.

Chamber Activities

Congratulations to Town Square Bank for collecting 558 pounds of food in the Ashland Alliance Young Professionals Food Feud. Here is the breakdown of what was collected:

  • Town Square Bank  (558 pounds)
  • Community Hospice (252 pounds)
  • Community Trust Bank (144.4 pounds)VanAntwerp Attorneys (62.2 pounds, plus $45)
  • Vesuvius (108 pounds)
  • Ashland Alliance Business After Hours last night (281.8 pounds, plus $80)

Total: 1,438.60 pounds of food and $125, all of which was donated to River Cities Harvest, who will redistribute it to the food banks in the area.

Economic Development Activities

We know the number one thing everyone wants to hear is new jobs are coming.  What we can say is we have had more opportunity to compete over the last 3 months then we have ever had in the region.  Each project has its own time line and board of directors to answer to.  There continues to be reason to be hopeful and optimistic for the rest of this year and the beginning of the new year.  You will be the first to hear of any breaking news we have.

Thank you for the opportunity to share activity and dose of holiday optimism.

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