Ashland Alliance

President’s Report - Nov 18, 2016

Thank you for the opportunity to share the activities and opportunities of the Alliance with you and our community. The holiday season is in the air and the Winter Wonderland season is in full swing. Hopefully each one of you will find something to enjoy and share with your business and family members over the holidays. Last night Desco Federal Credit union sponsored the Festival of Trees and Trains Business After Hours at the Paramount Arts Center. 

This annual event hosted approximately 300 people and offered them the opportunity to see the trees and trains and help raise money for the Paramount Women’s Association.

The Alliance is also involved in other things that represent how we can help our community. This month we held session 3 of 7 for the Youth Leadership Program. They visited Safe Harbor, Community Hospice and The Neighborhood-Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Center. Here they helped serve meals to those in need and assisted in The Dressing Room hanging clothes and assisting with other needs.  It shows them how there are those that need a helping hand and how each one of them can give back.

Finally, if you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the Ashland Alliance Annual Dinner held on October 20 here is a video. Governor Paul Patton was the featured speaker.

Thank you for the opportunity to build a stronger community and to share all our area has to offer.


Winter Wonderland of Lights

Listed below is the full schedule of events over the next couple of weeks. Just a few fun facts! There will be over 4,000 people IN the Winter Wonderland Parade next week. Also, there will be 4 high school bands, the Shriners, and Channel 3 WSAZ along with Ohio University Southern will be live streaming video for your pleasure. Last year we had people watching their grandkids from New Zealand. It is a great time of year to be in the Tri-State!

  • Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival Opening Night, 11/14
  • Winter Wonderland Light Displays Central Park, 11/14-1/6/17
  • Business After Hours-Festival of Trains and Trees, 11/17 from 5:00-7:00pm
  • Annual Christmas Parade, 11/22 at 7:00pm
  • Winter Wonderland Express Train Rides-Central Park, Weekends 11/18-12/20
  • Visits with Santa, 11/24-12/18
  • Breakfast with Santa, 12/3  9-11am
  • Karaoke and Pizza with Santa, 12/8   6-8 pm

Chamber Events

  • Santa Express Train Rides-Central Park, Nov. 18, 19, 20
  • Winter Wonderland of Lights Parade-Downtown Ashland, Nov. 22, at 6:50 p.m.
  • Youth Leadership session 4, Dec. 2
  • Legislative Preview at Bellefonte Country Club, Dec. 7 at Noon
  • Holiday Business After Hours at Bellefonte Centre, Dec. 8, from 5-7 p.m.

Economic Development Activities

  • The Ashland Alliance along with Ashland In Motion is also starting a Shop Small Buy Local Campaign for the Holidays.  We know every dollar we spend here stays in this community and supports the business community.  Please place on your calendar the 2nd Annual Celebrate Small Business Saturday Nov. 26th Brunch and Browse…… The theme of the day in Downtown Ashland is SHOP. EAT. REPEAT and with 7 restaurants and door prizes at our local stores it is sure to be a fun time downtown. Brunch and Browse from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in downtown Ashland.  Click here for more information about the event.  Tickets are limited, so get yours today!
  • Marketing and Branding Program for Alliance underway. We will be unveiling a possible new logo soon.

I hope each of you find a way to enjoy the holiday season. The Alliance is happy to serve you and your businesses.  As always,  we want and need to know your business. We have programs, connections, and support that can help. Please feel free to stop by send an email or call to help us serve you better. Lastly, let’s make this a great holiday season.

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