Ashland Alliance

President’s Report – Dec. 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.

The amount of work that goes into running an event of that size would be a daunting task any week of the year. When you take into account that the next day was the Winter Wonderland of Lights Parade, I am lucky my staff didn't kill me. Lots of thanks have to be expressed. Paula, Missy, Keri, and Amanda all deserve the credit for the well-planned and well- run event. Also, I would like to say thank you to Bellefonte Country Club who catered their largest event ever that night and Boyd County which worked with us to make the event and the Community Center perfect for the night.

Last, of all, I would personally like to thank Andrew Jones, Chairman of the Alliance for his leadership over the last year. Andrew, Governor Bevin, and Craig Bouchard all stood in front of 600 people and delivered the message of hope. I was lucky to be able to stand on the stage with these men. Governor Bevin and Craig together are about as good as you can get, speaking of what the region can and will be going forward. Their vision and passion was powerful and well received by all. This was our finest moment since I began at the Alliance but, it represents the beginning not the end of our path forward.

We have many reasons to be hopeful this holiday season. Tuesday evening it wasn't just 600 of our closest friends; it was over 3,000 in the parade and 10,000 to 20,000 in downtown Ashland. It was a perfect crisp night for a Christmas Parade. Amanda and I both did live TV color commentary for MyTown TV and Channel 3 for the evening. I believe it was the largest crowd since I started working this parade 4 years ago. The evening was well-planned and the volunteers of Winter Wonderland deserve credit. When Paula plans a parade, the trains run on time!!!

Thank each and every one of you for what you do for this community. Thank you to my wonderful, dedicated staff that put their heart and soul into this organization. 

Happy Holidays.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance President and CEO

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