Ashland Alliance

President’s Report – Sept. 8, 2017

Everything Is Relative

We end this week as we started the last one. Last week while we dug out our rain jackets and watched our local football games in the rain, each one of us probably knew someone or a family that was worried or had a loved one in Texas or the coast being affected by Hurricane Harvey. One of our newest residents with Braidy Industries spent a couple days getting through flooded roads to get to his house in Houston all the time wondering if it was there and what shape it would be in when he arrived. This week is no different. We are facing another hurricane and another region of the country is under the threat of damage. And like last week we have families rooted here that are worried for their loved ones and their homes in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Earlier this week we received a phone call from Joanna King, Executive Director of the Eastern Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross. They are gathering the support and resources to give much needed help in these hard-impacted areas. Joanna is a board member of the Alliance and represents the best of this region and is doing a great job in bringing the troops together to deal with the problems at hand.

Our week here at home seems much easier then some facing these issues. I hope everyone finds a way to help in some way. 

Our week has been a busy one as well. We celebrated a great Business After Hours with Active Day Medical Adult Day Care on Tuesday. It was great to see many of you come out to network and learn more about this service to the community. Sally Vance is always a wonderful host and made for a great evening with friends from the region.

Also, this week was the Community Leadership Development Program kick off for 2017. There are 40 individuals that are on the path to learn more about themselves and their community over the next eight weeks. Week one was Law and Order Week. Our group toured the Boyd County Court House, Federal Correctional Institute in Summit and had lunch at Safe Harbor. This is a wonderful chance to learn and give back to their home community.

Next week we have another Business After Hours on Tuesday the 12th at Ashland Child Development Center. This event will be held from 5:30-7:30 PM and is a great opportunity to not only learn more about businesses in your area but a great chance for you to network and build your business as well.

Fall is a great time to live in our region. I am thankful for each one of you and the support you give to us, the region, and those in need across the nation in times of crisis.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance President and CEO

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