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Economic Development

ASHLAND, Ky. – At the ceremonial start of construction on the $1.5 billion, 600-job Braidy Industries aluminum rolling mill near Ashland, Gov. Matt Bevin joined elected officials and business leaders in hailing the project as the economic comeback of Eastern Kentucky and a direct result of the state’s right-to-work legislation. “Today is a landmark day for the commonwealth, as we celebrate the official commencement of this monumental project in Eastern Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “This is one of the most substantial investments ever made in our state, and the additional opportunities unleashed by the arrival of Braidy Industries have extraordinary potential. The initial 1,000 construction jobs, followed by 600 high-paying, permanent jobs, together with the overall, morale-boosting impact this company will have on the entire region, will transform the economic landscape of Eastern Kentucky for generations to come. We are grateful to Braidy Industries for its decision to locate in Kentucky, and we look forward to nurturing a strong corporate partnership in the years ahead.”  

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Chamber of Commerce

ASHLAND, Ky. — Winchester Avenue was a one-stop-shop for food and entertainment at First Friday. The downtown event was unique to others in the past, acting as a “One Family” celebration following the groundbreaking of Braidy Industries, which occurred Friday afternoon. The evening featured a special appearance from Naomi Judd and live entertainment from Tanya Tucker along with emerging country artist Olivia Ooms. Local bands Creek Don't Rise, Josh Brown & The Hard Livin’ Legends and the Bronson Arroyo Band also took the stage. Other event amenities included food trucks, vendors and a car show. Rita McAllister said she came down for the music. “I said, ‘that Tanya Tucker has to put on a good concert, there’s no way she couldn’t,’” she said, anticipating her performance.

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President's Report

June 15, 2018

Jump! Hello from the desk of the Ashland Alliance.  There has not been a lot of time to be sitting here in the office over the last week. Our crew has been out and about visiting your businesses and welcoming new ones to the area. There is plenty of action going on in our region. Our week started after the President’s Report was sent out last Friday. The Alliance partnered with Enersurv Consulting Firm located in Greenup. This full-service consulting firm offers engineering, environmental, right of way, survey & mapping along with other services for the community and region. We held a ribbon cutting in their new office space with a large turnout. The Ashland Alliance also partnered with Ashland Credit Union to open their new location in the Ashland Town Center on Wednesday. It is always a treat to share in the joy of new and expanding businesses in our area. Please make sure to stop in and say hi to our new business locations. I have the honor of being the first to invite you, the Alliance Membership, to an exceptional event on July the 2nd. This is a great way of kicking off the July 4th holiday week with your friends from the Ashland Alliance. We are hosting the United States Senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for a Washington Update Luncheon.  This noon luncheon will be held at The Old Post Office (1645 Winchester Avenue). This event is a special Ashland Alliance Member invite. There is limited seating. Please RSVP by clicking the link below or by calling the Alliance Office at (606) 324-5111. The Ashland Alliance is honored to host Senator McConnell in our area and to see the progress that is taking place.