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.
We are already through two-thirds of January! It seems the year just started and know we are planning for spring events and Business After Hours. This week marked the first full board meeting of the year. Our January Board Meeting was held at The Old Post Office. The meeting allowed us to unveil our new brand and logo and discuss with our board how we are going to market our community this year. We hosted Younger and Associates from Memphis Tennessee. This firm specializes in economic development and marketing. It was a chance to put together the work over the last two years: Certified Site, WorkReady Communities, East KY Workforce Study, AeroReady Community, into a detailed plan of action.
We also hosted President of the Kentucky Association of Economic Development Hal Goode. Hal has been a partner for the Ashland Alliance for the last several years. He helped lead our strategic planning last year and led a conversation on changes in Frankfort and how it will affect our community. In addition, we added new board members to the Alliance and Adopted the 2017 budget. There was a lot of information to present for consideration and I appreciate the Board of Directors that lead this organization.
I always enjoy January. For one reason, it is a great time to set the stage for the year. It allows us to plan and communicate how we can affect the direction for the next 12 months. It lets us to look back at what worked the prior year and how we can raise the bar and bring new ideas and partnerships to the table. After spending two days with consultants this week, I asked what was the single biggest surprise that they found here. The answer is not surprising: We don’t sense a positive sense of hope. Hope is an overused but powerful word. We are going to do everything in our power this year to help foster actions that bring hope for everyone in this area. I know this is lofty goal but, January is the time for such. With your help and with your guidance we can impact our community and make it a stronger better place.
Welcome Chairman Andrew Jones!
Andrew Jones takes the helm as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Other officers elected at the meeting were Kristie Whitlatch, Vice Chair; John Spears, Treasurer; and Jerry Brienza, Secretary.
Reames Youth Professionals President
Past President of the Young Professionals Association, Christy Hajjar is now an Administrative Law Judge for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We wish her the best in her new position! Ryan Reames is now the President of the organization.
Red Tape Reduction
Governor Bevin knows that for businesses to thrive in Kentucky, the Commonwealth must cut through the red tape of excessive and complex regulatory burdens that continue to be a hardship for many small business owners. While these types of regulations can be effective and even protect public interests, they can also stifle economic growth, impose high costs on businesses and impede private sector investment.
If you are aware of a regulation that you believe to be outdated, unnecessary or overly complex, let us know by filling out this form. All suggestions will be reviewed and evaluated.
The Bottom Line
2017 Annual Northeast KY Small Business Awards
Third Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
The Ashland Lions Club will present its third annual murder mystery dinner theater Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Ashland Transportation Center (99 Fifteenth Street.). Marriage, Mob & Murder is a mafia-style story focused on two families attending the wedding of their children when the groom is gunned down enroute to the ceremony. Attendees to the Lions Club event will play the role of wedding guests. Tickets are $60 with ticket packages available for those who purchase table sponsorships. All proceeds benefit the Ashland Lions Club’s eyesight program. For tickets or information on sponsorship, call club president Kandel Cain at (606) 494-2429. Tickets also are available from any member of the Ashland Lions Club or by sending the club a message through their Facebook page.
Russell Rotary Comedy Dinner Theatre
The dinner will be at Bellefonte Country Club, Saturday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Ursula Nance at 606.388.4500 or Earl Twinam at 606.833.5963.