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Economic Development

ASHLAND, Ky. — A series of traffic roundabouts and rear-angled parking are on the menu for renovations on Winchester Avenue in the coming years, per a presentation made Thursday at the Ashland City Commission meeting. The idea behind the move is to continue the push toward making downtown Ashland a destination spot for the area, where people could spend an afternoon dining and shopping. On Thursday, that idea got a bit more concrete when Stephen Sewell, an engineer with Palmer Engineering, presented finds and proposed plans made from a recent traffic study. Mayor Matthew B. Perkins said the updates have been needed for a long time.

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ASHLAND, Ky. — Three teams of teen innovators from Russell High School won cash for their business ideas at the eighth annual Glockner Dare to Dream pitch contest. They are: Locked and Loaded Game Birds, a team consisting of Jasmine Webb, Autumn Jeffrey and Gracie Bates. The team won first place and $6,000 cash, plus $200 for an idea that reduced the carbon footprint and another $250 for being a viable business idea that is practical, has low startup cost and is ready to go. Under the business model, their company will rent guns, provide ammo, bird dogs, group photos and clean the birds for the ultimate “Locked and Loaded” hunting experience. Jeffrey operates guided pheasant hunts; her family hunts pheasants as a hobby, said Melissa Wilburn, business and marketing teacher at Russell.

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President's Report

April 30, 2021

Derby Time in Kentucky! Hello from the desk of the Ashland Alliance. Derby time in Northeast Kentucky has not always been the first Saturday in May. From 1924-1928 our own Raceland Racetrack was known as the “Million Dollar Oval." This 1.5-mile thoroughbred track hosted the Raceland Derby on July 28th, 1924. Five horses that had been in the Kentucky Derby were in the field that day. Over 15,000 spectators were in the stands and on the rail. Black Gold was the winner that day. After the demise of Raceland, Jack O. Keene went on to build another Kentucky track you've probably heard of — Keeneland. There is so much history here in our community. Every year on the Day of the Oaks and before the Kentucky Derby it is ok to think, 'what if Raceland was still here today'? My attention is focused on what is here now and how we can help this community grow! The Ashland Alliance hosted another ribbon cutting this week with First National Bank of Grayson located in Summit in front of Wal Mart. We have another ribbon cutting scheduled for tomorrow morning at 11AM for Time Warp in Ashland Town Center. The Alliance also partnered with the Edge Business Center for their open house on Thursday. If you have not been to the Edge Business Center, you are missing out! The feel of their customized, business support center is a great asset for this area. The owner Jack Patterson spoke with me yesterday about hope for this area. His comments hit a cord with me. “You have to have hope”. I appreciate this from a self-made businessman.