Today seemed like one of those symbolic days that stand out in the year. It feels like the end of Summer and beginning of Fall. It is time to turn your attention from the yard and the lake, to football, leaves and family gatherings to celebrate the one national holiday in honor of work and the value of it.

This week the Alliance has worked to honor this day and what it stands for. We work for you! This week, just as in weeks before, we partnered for a great Business After Hours with Re/Max Real Team Realty. CJ held a wonderful event with great food, drink and even prizes! Two 50’ TV’s, three crisp $100 bills, and one $100 gift card were drawn for at the event. It is always a great time for the business community to stop on the way home and unwind.

Between the music, food, drink and prizes I think everyone had a good time. Thank you CJ and happy birthday, to you!!!

Another role out for the Alliance is the Annual Meeting and Regional Celebration being held on October 5 and our Fall Golf Outing being held on September 20. Both events offer a chance to come out and have a good time with your business community. The Annual Meeting has become the biggest and best business meeting in all Eastern and Northeastern Kentucky. We expect a great crowd to come out and hear firsthand how our economy is doing and what is next for the region.

Speakers for this event are being finalized now. We know we have our Honorable Governor Matt Bevin for the 4th year in a row. This is an event he doesn’t want to miss. We also have two other high-level speakers we are working with now! We have changed the event in small ways to make it better for you! Its downtown at the Marriott Delta. We will use the Paramount Arts Center for the speaking part of the evening. Also, its business casual so leave your tie at home. Finally, we plan to dance the night away with music and dancing along with rooms available at the Marriott. This will be a great time to celebrate the growth of our region and our downtown.

My last event to share is the Ashland Alliance Fall Golf outing at Diamond Links Golf Course.  Being held on September 20 the outing will begin at 9:30 with a shot gun start. It also features a “special beverage stand” on the turn courtesy of Smokin J’s. This fall golf event is just a great way to spend a Friday with 3 of your friends competing for great prizes, a wonderful lunch, and our traveling trophy.

I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy your family and let’s build a strong community.

To sign up for Annual Meeting or the Fall Golf Outing please call us at (606) 324-5111.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance