Ashland Alliance

President’s Report – May 14, 2018

Someone Please Bring Back All Those Golf Balls I Lost

Hello from the desk of the Ashland Alliance.! Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s Spring Golf Outing and thank you to the sponsors that helped make it a great day. 30 teams battled the course and the weather to enjoy spring in Northeast Kentucky. And, as I mentioned in my title today, I know I lost more golf balls than anyone else out there! I also stayed out too long to get last week's report out!

Here is a recap of the last couple of weeks—Last week started with friends at Russell High School. They were celebrating their 7th Governor’s Cup. This academic competition is held each year with every school in Kentucky competing for the title of the top academic team in the Commonwealth. Russell defeated a school of 3,000 STEM-based students on the way to their championship. Russell is not alone in featuring the best and brightest in Northeast Kentucky and statewide.

Raceland-Worthington High School won the state quick recall state championship and third in the Governor’s Cup with Ashland Paul Blazer finishing fifth overall.

Quality academics are an important part of building the economy of this region. In the last two years, we have hosted companies who visited our schools to see what type of people, workers, and feeder systems that are in place to support their needs and what type of schools their kids can attend when they build in this area. This is a key factor in who comes to our area. We have developed close ties with all of the school systems in this region and want to send our heartfelt congratulations on a job well done! We are proud of you.

The Alliance also partnered with Members Choice Credit Union and Jimmy John's for a couple of great Business After Hours. These events offer a chance to learn more about our area businesses and to network to help spread the word about your business and services.

It is a great sign of spring that three weeks in a row we have wonderful partners opening their business for After Hours fun.
Finally, we celebrated our small business community at the Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards. I've added photos of all of the local award recipients. I want to say congratulations to Ashland Alliance Board Member Earl Twinam and member Tri-State Industrial Supply. They both received awards at the State Small Business Development Council ceremony in Frankfort last week.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance President and CEO

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