Ashland Alliance

President’s Report – Nov. 3, 2017

All That is New is Old

Happy Friday from the desk of the Ashland Alliance. It seems hard to believe we are already into November. November seems to be that transition month with shorter grayer days. It is also the time of the greatest color we have before the return of winter. I am feeling the change in the season and I think my comments of the week may be wrapped in that blanket.

Yesterday I had the honor to represent the Alliance and Braidy Industries in Hitchins Kentucky at the Carter County Christian Acadamy Gym dedication. This facility was a WPA project (1939) that has been restored and will serve the CCCA and it's 109 students. Most of you know the history of this Carter County Community. In 1893 fireclay was discovered. This magical substance had a high value for the qualities of being high-heat resistant and very strong. With the development of the iron and steel industries of this area, it was a critical component used for lining the furnaces of Armco.

General Refractories built the Hitchins facility in 1912 and operated it until 1990’s. This facility offered growth and employment for a large segment of the Carter County population. Seeing the building, the school, and the community that remains from this company made me think of our local businesses, the new ones that are coming and how they will have a similar effect for the next 100 years.

I was there yesterday to represent that the students at Carter County Cristian Academy are going to have a future and options that students before them did not. I was there to represent hope and jobs in our area of Kentucky. This is an honor and one that I don’t take lightly. Just like what we see happening now in our area in the past there has been a bright light and new opportunities. Thank you for the chance to represent what each one of you has had a part in; supporting the work of building a new economy. This is what we are doing while every day working to ensure your business is successful as well.

Yesterday was also another successful Ashland Alliance Business After Hours at PNC Bank. Mike Corwin was a wonderful host showing what was once old is new with their home location of PNC being located in the former C&O Train Station on Carter Avenue. Mike has a great way of making people feel comfortable at his bank. He engaged over 100 people about the services PNC offers mixed with the history of the train station, the Pullman Car outside and how the C&O was a major influence on the economy of Northeast Kentucky.

This has been a wonderful week in live in Northeast Kentucky. We have many reasons to be thankful and look forward to working with you and your business to make a strong economy for you and your family.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with a great staff, wonderful members, and our elected officials in setting the stage for the next 100 years.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance President and CEO

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