Hello from the desk of the Ashland Alliance!  These are incredible days to be living in our area. I feel blessed to have the chance to play our role in the rebirth of this place we call home. I know at times issues, situations, and perceptions seem to divide us. I hope everyone can hold on to hope and realize our best days are ahead.

Now that I have my sermon out of my system let’s talk about the week! Monday, I experienced a magical day. I made a one-day trip to New York and was invited by Braidy Industries to the New York Stock Exchange for the announcement of their lead investor in the Braidy Atlas Mill by EN+ Group Subsidiary, United Company Rusal the world’s largest aluminum company outside of China.

To say this was a wonderful experience is an understatement. The NYSE is the symbol of American capitalism. The history of being in the building and seeing the heartbeat of where business and industry meet was incredible. It was even more than that. It was both a beginning and a culmination point. Braidy has been a large part of our lives for two years. The progress they have made and the renewed hope for this region is spectacular. Now with Rusal being announced the faith we have had has paid off. Craig Bouchard and his team have found a diamond in this region and the partners that are building his vision into a reality.

I hope everyone can come together and embrace the day, the opportunity, and the future. Our state flag has it right. United we stand, divided we fall. I am proud of the progress Braidy, and this community made this past week. Let’s embrace the positive and move forward together.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance