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An eastern Kentucky business has secured a large supply contract with a federal agency and that means new jobs are on the way.  The Department of Homeland Security has entered into a deal with Dropbox Incorporated, a business based in Worthington, Kentucky.  The development process between Dropbox and DHS took a little less than a decade to finalize but they are now in the production phase.  The $2 million contract will not only call for more supplies but also dozens of jobs in the area. ”Well, we currently have about 110 employees and I think we’re going to at least add another 30, 40.  Probably mostly welders, there’s a lot of steel that goes in these, in this project.  A lot of big, heavy plate steel.  So we’re going to be buying a lot of local steel,” said CEO Robert Slagel of Portable Solutions Group. 

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Chamber of Commerce

ASHLAND, Ky. — Several local philanthropic organizations made sizable pledges to the new Clark Family Discovery Center campaign at the Highlands Museum on Saturday night during Dancing with Our Stars. The John W. Clark Oil Company pledged $125,000 and Clarks Pump-N-Shop pledged another $125,000 to the Clark Family Discovery Center, bringing the total pledged amount to $250,000. “The Clark family presented us with a big pledge,” Highlands Museum and Discovery Center Director Carol Allen said. “We're incredibly excited. There were three presentations total. And, the architect and design team are already at work.” The Clark family were among several charitable donors at Dancing with Our Stars. The Foundation for the Tri-State presented a check for $61,000 with $51,000 of those funds pledged by the Woodlands Advised Fund and $10,000 from the Mansbach Foundation Fund. The Woodlands Foundation also presented a $50,000 pledge to the Clark Family Discovery Center.

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President's Report

February 15, 2019

Friday Check-up Hello from the desk of the Ashland Alliance. Thank you for following what your organization is doing and updates from our region. I started off thinking about discussing the number of people that are sick with colds and flu. In our Executive Board Meeting this week, both Our Lady of Bellefonte and Kings Daughters Hospitals spoke of how many people have been coming in and the services they provide to break the cycle of cold and flu. If I am guessing, most of you look to us for positive news on the economy, and I think help with that as well. Let’s start with Portable Solutions Group located in Worthington. This Greenup County company is taking Kentucky to the world. It exports to countries around the globe with specialty products that meet the needs of industries in ways that have never been produced before. Most of you have heard me speak of building a new economy on the skills of the past. Portable Solutions Group is an example of this. They excel from the ability of our workers.  Combine a workforce based in metal fabrication with the vision of Robert Slagel, and his team has opened the door of the world to our community. I do have to mention that Rob and his team just received a $2.15 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security for nuclear scanners to be installed in ports of the United States to protect us from materials being smuggled in via containers.