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Economic Development

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin today announced formation of the Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), a national-model partnership between Kentucky’s universities and colleges to translate intellectual property and innovations into market-ready products and startups while providing businesses access to collective public resources. Led by the Cabinet for Economic Development’s KY Innovation office, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, C3 will provide resources to all the state’s public universities and colleges. Faculty and students at Kentucky institutions will have access to shared services including identification, development, marketing and protection of intellectual property, increased industry engagement and student experiential learning and workforce development. The program will also foster interstate collaboration to form a regional commercialization corridor. C3 will be funded in part through a $1.2 million grant from KY Innovation.

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ASHLAND, Ky. — It's officially the holiday season in Ashland, and the community kicked off the occasion by lighting up Central Park Monday during the Winter Wonderland of Lights opening ceremony. “(The festival) means something to this community,” said Tim Gibbs, president of Ashland Alliance. “To celebrate who we are, what we have, and what it means to this community — to celebrate the holidays.” The new addition to this year’s light display is the 30th Anniversary light which was unveiled during the opening ceremony. This year marks the 30th year of the Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival. After the unveiling the ceremony featured a musical celebration by Michael Reeves, the John Thornsbury Trio, and the Paul Blazer Choir.

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President's Report

November 16, 2018

Time to Roll! Hello from the desk of the Ashland Alliance. With the Holiday season on us, we aren’t spending too much time at our desks. This week we held the Kick off for the Winter Wonderland of Lights at Central Park. We were joined with about 300-400 people on a chilly night for the lighting of the 758,000 LED lights! It is hard to express how proud of a feeling it is to see cars backed up slowly driving around Central Park looking at the work and dedication of so many for the benefit of all. It is like the scene from the movie Field of Dreams where, in the end, they show all the cars coming to see the baseball field, "Build it, and they will come."  Last night was the DESCO Federal Credit Union Business After Hours at the Paramount Art Center's Festival of Trees and Trains. This event is a highlight of the holiday season. Over 300 people attended and felt the charm of the Paramount with the best backdrop for the holidays that there is in the Tri-State. The Alliance is proud to be a part of this event and the beautiful front door this has become for the community. Just today, I watched busloads of children from our schools lining up to see what the Paramount and the business community has put together.