Ashland Alliance

President’s Report – Nov. 10, 2017

Special People in Special Times

Thank you for another week of sitting in the chair at the Ashland Alliance. This week there hasn’t been much sitting as every day and evening there have been events, a ribbon cutting and preparation for the season to come. November is always a busy season. However, with the addition of new companies and expansion of existing ones this has been a crazy week.

Braidy officially opened their World Wide Headquarters on Monday, in the Community Trust Bank Building. Over 200 people attended to see the completely renovated floor that houses the Braidy team. Craig had his entire team out for the community to meet and discuss how we move forward together. It was a wonderful experience to feel the excitement and see a world class office in Ashland.

Wednesday evening the Alliance participated in the Kentucky Power Public Service Commission Rate public hearing.  While I know no one ever wants to pay additional cost for power and rate increases are complex and often wrapped in political overtones….this was an important place for the Alliance to be. Over the last two years nearly $300,000 has been spent in Boyd and Greenup Counties on economic development by Kentucky Power. Site certifications at EastPark and workforce studies used to attract several of the companies announced all have roots from these dollars. The .15 per meter per month economic development fund has made a difference in the direction of this community.

Last night was also a very special night. The Alliance was honored to partner with Morning Pointe of Russell and host a ribbon cutting for The Lantern-assisted living, personal care and Alzheimer’s Memory Care facility. This state of the art Center of Excellence sets the bar on service and family support in a growing and difficult field of care. It represents how growth, development and jobs come in many forms. We are extremely lucky to have such a facility in our area. It was a moving experience to see the impact this facility has on the lives of their clients and families.

My final note of the day is about something that hasn’t even happened yet. On Monday, November 13, Winter Wonderland of Lights Opening Night is here! Our program starts at 6 pm at Central park with music, good cheer, and ending up with Santa's arrival. The Parade Grand Marshal will also be announced at this time. This will be a golden time to come out and start off the holiday season with friends and family. The theme of the season is “A Christmas Wish.”

There are so many reasons we have to be thankful this year. I hope each of you find your way to help make this a better and stronger place for our friends, family and future. Thank you for the chance to do our part in making this a reality.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance President and CEO

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