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Economic Development

ASHLAND, Ky. — A trio of businessmen are choosing to partake in Ashland’s rejuvenation as the city’s economic growth continues to expand. The 3 J Group, made up of partners Jason Camp, John Vorndran and Jimmy “Ribs” Blanke, refer to themselves as an ambitious crew and there is no denying it considering their plans to bring four new businesses to town. “We came into this area to make a big splash and we’re going to,” Camp said. The businesses set to open are Smokin’ J’s Rib & Brewhouse in the Park Place building, the Winchester Steak, Seafood and Bourbon Bar at the soon-to-open Marriott-brand Delta Hotel and The 3 J Group Events & Catering.

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NEW YORK — Jubilant Ashland middle schoolers hit the streets of New York Wednesday morning to celebrate winning a six-figure prize package in a technology competition. “We’re just all standing in Times Square. We’re all really excited. We’re jumping up and down and texting all our friends. We’re overwhelmed with excitement,” said seventh-grader Aubree Hay after learning her team of student technology enthusiasts had copped one of three top prizes in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The prize is $150,000 worth of high-tech hardware and software for Ashland Middle School, where Aubree and her teammates developed an innovative device for first responders to use in safely handling improperly discarded syringes.

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President's Report

April 13, 2018

Pipeline Development Good Friday the 13th to you, our members, friends, and partners. I start this report off sitting in the Orlando Airport waiting on flights to bring me back to the Commonwealth. This week has been a special week for the Ashland Alliance and me. We partnered with One East Kentucky, our economic development friends from the south to recruit aviation-based businesses at the MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operating) Americas Show in Orlando. Before you think, Florida, wish I was there; these shows are a lot of work too! Over the last 3.5 days, our group had 12 meetings with companies that are actively looking for expansion locations. In each of these meetings, we had the chance to share what we have to offer and make a business case for Northeast Kentucky. Not only did I get to sit down, one-on-one one with decision makers but we also had a booth at the show.

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