Ashland Alliance

President’s Report – July 21, 2017

Continuing To Build

Thank you for the opportunity to bring another weekly update from the  Ashland Alliance.

It has been a very productive and busy week.  Several meetings kicked off the work week on Monday.  We are wanting to visit each and every Alliance Member one on one.  On Tuesday, Bare Arms Indoor Range hosted Business After Hours with catering by Patriot Barbeque.  This turned out to be a great After Hours with many of our friends and members getting to see the area's first indoor gun range.  After Hours are a great way to show off your business and 

let others experience what you have to offer.

Our board of directors' meeting was held on Wednesday and was packed with useful information - Ernie Pitt spoke to the group about the Employment Support of the Guard & Reserves.  Did you know that currently 50% of the United States Military is made up of Reserves and Guard Units?  That is why it is so important to have great relations with private sector employeers.

Nate Haney, Braidy Industries, gave a brief update, as well, on how the project is developing and what could be coming next.  The last presentation was given by Rep. John Blanton on the Rural Jobs Act.   The Rural Jobs Act is a piece of legislation he is introducing to create additional incentives for the Eastern region of Kentucky.  The Ashland Allaince Board voted to support his legislation.

A ribbon cutting was held at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center to celebrate the updates and renovations to the building on Thursday.  Through a community block grant and funding from the Woodlands Foundation, they were able to add handicap accessible front entrances, update restrooms on three floors and update the elevator.  To conclude the week, I attended the 12th Annual Kentucky Chamber Business Summit and Annual Meeting.  We have also responded to three additional requests for information (RFI). 

There are many events coming up and we ask that you support each other and attend these functions.

We continue to be on the move and thank you for your support and the support of your business.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance President and CEO

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