Hello from the desk of the Ashland Alliance. Now that the New Year is completely underway it is time to get going for you! Middle of the week holidays are hard on the business community. However, this week has felt, for the first time, like the New Year is finally here and it’s time to get going!

Last night I had the honor to represent the Alliance at the Kentucky Chamber Day in Lexington. This event is the unofficial kick off of the 2020 Kentucky Legislative Session. 2020 is the 60 day budget session with a large cast of new people in new positions. The Alliance will represent and keep you up to date on all things politics that can affect your business. Over the next week you will see additional opportunities with the Alliance to have your voice heard in Frankfort.

Over the last year we have asked each of you to make time for us to better understand how we can serve your business. It is vital that we know where you are today and how we can customize your membership and your return on your investment in the Alliance. So, we would like to reach out to you, our members, and set up a time to come visit with you. Please contact the Alliance office and we will set up a meeting with you.

This week has also been a week of transition within the Alliance. Chairman Andrew Jones passed the gavel to our 2020 Chair Kristie Whitlatch. Our first Executive Board meeting was chaired by Kristie and her energy and focus will be felt by all over the next year. We have already discussed reaching out to you the members to see what you want and value. We want to use your input of what is the best use of the bandwidth of this organization. We have to have that focus of value for you and your business.

2020 is going to be a great year in Northeast Kentucky. I look forward to continuing to provide information, advocacy, value for you and your business. Together we are stronger than apart and we are ready to run!

Enjoy the day and thank you for the opportunity to build a better community and economy.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance