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AMS, Blazer both in running for big tech prize - Chamber

December 5, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Youthful technology buffs are seeking a twofer in a competition to apply high-tech knowhow to community problems. Student groups at Paul Blazer High School and Ashland Middle School are among five state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. It is the same competition an AMS team won last year, netting $170,000 worth of computers and other hardware for their school. The Blazer project uses a rooftop-based drone to scan the multi-building campus during lockdowns, faculty adviser Jay Hale said.

Kentucky Power creates line mechanic community college scholarships - Chamber

November 26, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Kentucky Power has established two scholarships in an effort to encourage more women and minorities to become line mechanics. The new Kentucky Power Lineman Scholarship is open to students enrolling at Ashland Community and Technical College and Hazard Community and Technical College. Scholarship winners receive $1,500 to help fund their training. The first scholarships will be awarded in the spring 2019. To qualify, recipients must be enrolled in the lineman college program at ACTC or HCTC; have a high school diploma or GED and a 11.0 reading score on the TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education); have a 2.4 GPA; demonstrate potential for academic excellence; submit an application and essay answering, “Why I want to become a line person;” and require financial assistance. Preference will be given to a minority or female applicant when all other qualifications are equal.

Ashland lights up for the holidays - Chamber

November 15, 2018

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.

Online votes needed for Ashland riverfront concert series - Chamber

October 30, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland in Motion is now in the running to bring a 10 to 12-week live music series to the Ashland Riverfront during the summer/fall of 2019, with the outcome partially weighing on online voting. Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, Ashland in Motion hopes to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are a matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Up to 15 nonprofits will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.

President Trump to rally in Huntington on Friday - Chamber

October 30, 2018

HUNTINGTON, W.VA. — President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Huntington Friday. The Make America Great Again rally is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern. Trump is expected to rally for Republican Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey. According to an announcement sent out by Trump's campaign the event is scheduled for 4 p.m. but doors open at 1 p.m. Eastern for general admission. Tickets are available through the Donald Trump campaign website www.donaldjtrump.com. It is the president's second visit to Huntington in the last 14 months.

ACTC president offers insights on economic impact - Chamber

September 20, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College’s new president Larry Ferguson shared with Ashland Rotarians on Monday where the college currently stands. Ferguson, who will officially begin his role on Oct. 1, said a recent study performed to look at the college’s economic impact showed that $120.2 million of income was added in the region because of ACTC from 2015 to 2016. Additionally, 1,734 total jobs were supported and there was a 19.4 percent rate of return to students, meaning for every dollar they invested about 20 percent was returned to them. Taxpayers were retuned 9.2 percent.

Winter Wonderland of Lights preperations under way - Chamber

September 11, 2018

The Christmas season is rapidly approaching, and the Ashland Alliance’s Winter Wonderland of Lights parade will take place on Tuesday, November 20 in downtown Ashland. The theme for this year is, “Christmas-Past, Present, and Future”.  Judging criteria for the float competition: is “Best Overall”, “Best Theme” and “Runner-up”. There will be prizes of two $500 awards and a $300 award for runner-up. The parade will also feature a band competition, with the winning band leading next year’s parade. Please find the Application Form and the Rules and Regulations, as set forth by WWOL and the Ashland Police Department. When you sign the Application Form, your signature signifies you have read and will abide by the rules for the parade.  I will send you a staging area map with your participation confirmation letter.

12th Street bridge to close two months for maintenance - Chamber

August 10, 2018

LEMINGSBURG, Ky. — The Ben Williamson Memorial Bridge between Ashland and Coal Grove will close for two months after Labor Day for a $1 million preventive maintenance project, according to a Transportation Cabinet spokesman. The span will reopen by mid-November, according to the spokesman. The project will provide new connecting joints, a new driving surface and other repairs to ensure the bridge’s longevity, said Chief District Engineer Bart Bryant of Kentucky Department of Highways District 9. “While we understand the concerns this will create, it’s vitally important that work is done to keep the bridge in service for the 14,000 vehicles a day that use it,” Bryant said. “It’s our goal to get that work done safely and quickly as possible.” Closing the bridge is the safest option for both motorists and contractors because the structure is too narrow to work in one lane while traffic is flowing in the other lane, and it also shortens the repair time, according to the spokesman.

39th Annual Community Leadership Program schedule completed, registration being accepted - Chamber

July 25, 2018

Dear Alliance Member: The Ashland Alliance is pleased to announce the 39th Annual Community Leadership Development Program schedule is complete, and registrations are now being accepted. The 2018 theme is "Leadership in the Making". The program will take place September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, with a workshop and graduation luncheon on October 26. Each day features different, behind-the-scenes explorations of business, government, education, and cultural aspects of our community. These are presented through speakers, forums, field trips, training exercises and other activities.

Fairview hosts STEAM camp - Chamber

July 16, 2018

WESTWOOD, Ky. — Summer break doesn’t stop Fairview Independent Schools from teaching STEAM components. Last week a group of 32 students attended the district’s second annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Camp held Monday through Wednesday. Corey Moore, Fairview technology technician and Student Technology Leadership Program coordinator, said this year’s theme was focused around the 60th anniversary of NASA and space exploration, teaching students about rockets, galaxies and even chemical reactions.

Summer Motion kicks off this weekend - Chamber

June 29, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — The annual summer festival will start Saturday and continue through Wednesday. Co-chairman Sheila Fraley said carnival rides will also be open starting at 5 p.m. Friday as a soft opening to the event in Central Park. On Saturday, the festival will officially begin with a 5K and 10K at 8 a.m. Fraley said this year’s new events will include a watermelon social at 2 p.m. Saturday at the park to celebrate Summer Motion’s 30th year. The inaugural Summer Motion Pickleball Classic will also be at the tennis/pickleball courts at the park on Saturday and Sunday. Musical entertainment will be Saturday and Sunday at Central Park with local musicians and continue the following nights as the festival moves to the Port of Ashland with big names like the Marshall Tucker Band and Restless Heart.

Volunteers help with progress of Ashland riverfront trail - Chamber

June 25, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — An army of volunteers showed up at Ashland's riverfront early Saturday with the city's long-term future in mind. They were here to help extend a waterfront trail leading to the city's iconic bridges and back. They raked crumb rubber onto the trail, cut back brush and perhaps most importantly gave back to the city they call home as part of the Build Ashland project. "A lot of good people," said Build Ashland board member D.J. Rymer. "I think this walking path-hiking trail is going to go over pretty well." Ashland City Commissioner Marty Gute said there's been a lot of effort and thought put into the trail, which is developing at a minimal cost to the city.

Nine area spans on initial bridge upgrade list - Chamber

June 25, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A six-year, $700 million statewide bridge upgrade program includes nine spans in Northeast Kentucky on the top priority list. Five of the bridges are in Greenup County, two are in Carter County, and one each in Boyd and Lawrence counties. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to rehabilitate or replace more than 1,000 bridges over the next six years, and all nine area spans are among the 341 on the initial upgrade list, according to spokesman Ed Green.

Community celebrates “One Family” in downtown Ashland - Chamber

June 2, 2018

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.

First Friday’s “One Family” celebration tomorrow night - Chamber

May 31, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Celebrate as one family as Braidy Industries presents a very special First Friday and shares the groundbreaking excitement with the community! WHEN: Friday, June 1 WHERE: Downtown Ashland TIME: 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. FEATURING: Downtown concert featuring Naomi Judd and Tanya Tucker, as well as emerging country artist Olivia Ooms. Also performing are local bands Creek Don't Rise, Josh Brown & The Hard Livin’ Legends, and the Bronson Arroyo Band.

Summer Motion lineup set for June 30 - July 4 - Chamber

May 30, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Some bigtime musical performers are scheduled for this year’s Summer Motion lineup. Artists come from genres including contemporary Christian, classic rock and country. The annual festival will be June 30 through July 4. The first two nights will showcase local musicians at Central Park, while nationally known acts will take the stage the following days when the festival will move to the Port of Ashland.

Naomi Judd, Tanya Tucker part of groundbreaking celebration - Chamber

May 25, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. (KT) – Braidy Industries will be celebrating its June 1 groundbreaking with a country music lineup that includes Naomi Judd, who hails from the city, and Tanya Tucker in a free concert on the streets of downtown Ashland. Braidy said the day's events start with a groundbreaking ceremony on the site at the EastPark Industrial Center featuring Gov. Matt Bevin. Tours of the properties and Ashland Community & Technical College, which is offering a Braidy Industries two-year advanced manufacturing degree program. The ceremony runs from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Boyd County schools receive big energy rebate - Chamber

May 11, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Boyd County Board of Education on Thursday received about $20,000 in cash incentives from Kentucky Power after completing energy-saving projects, including lighting and heating improvements. The upgrades were installed in 2017 at Boyd County Middle School. The county worked with Kentucky Power’s Commercial Incentive Prescriptive Custom Program to earn the cash back for the completed improvements. The improvements included lighting upgrades to LED lights, as well as the installation of programmable thermostats for the school’s HVAC system. The rebate program has since been discontinued by order of the Kentucky Public Service Commission to reduce surcharges charged to customers.

First Friday to feature Festival of Fitness, sports exhibit - Chamber

May 4, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — This month’s First Friday will be focused on hometown spirit. The festival will be held in downtown Ashland from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday in conjunction with Festival of Fitness, hosted by Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities. Festival of Fitness features over 20 local businesses and organizations that advocate for health and wellness in the community. Available First Friday activities will include pickleball and tennis demonstrations, health screenings, cooking demonstrations, dance performances by Ashland Youth Ballet students and a children’s obstacle course. In addition, those attending First Friday will be able to view The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center’s featured traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America” for a discounted admission of $3. The exhibit is on display until May 19.

Downtown Ashland 4th annual beer festival on tap - Chamber

April 30, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland’s rapidly-growing craft beer festival will include more brews and perks than ever before when it hits downtown again this summer. The fourth-annual Firkin Fest is on tap for June 16 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. More than 100 unique craft beers will be flowing from kegs as live music blasts from local artists and local merchants line up and down Winchester Avenue. Craft breweries that plan to bring brews specifically made for the festival include Newport based Braxton Brewing Company, and Lexington-based Country Boy Brewing and West Sixth Brewing. General admission ticket includes 10 craft beer tasting tickets and official Firkin Fest mini mug.

Ashland riverfront trail work gets commission green light - Chamber

April 30, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland commission on Thursday approved the blueprints for a trail extension at the city’s riverfront. The commission accepted the plan proposed by local architect Kim Jenkins. The city’s park board had given initial approval to the trail last week. Ashland Public Information Office Joanna King said a start date for construction has not been determined yet. The work will involve extending the riverfront’s current path to loop under the green and blue bridges. The new path will add an extra quarter mile to a third of a mile of walking trail. Multiple side trails will also be incorporated that will lead down to the river.

Ashland tech kids win big prize in Big Apple - Chamber

April 12, 2018

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.

Ashland’s storied past focus of new documentary - Chamber

March 27, 2018

David E. Carter has a treasure trove of memories generated from a lifetime of living and working in the Ashland area. They are fond memories. They are memories which roll and pulse through the mind like a spring breeze sweeping across newly blossomed daffodils in Ashland's Central Park. They are memories of what it was like growing up as a boy in the Tri-State in a different era, of early life in Flatwoods, of going to school in Russell and finding any way possible to get to Ashland to play baseball in a city filled with industry and a vibrant sense of community.

24th Annual Spring Golf Outing - Chamber

March 21, 2018

The Ashland Alliance's 24th Annual Spring Golf Outing will be May 4, 2018, at Bellefonte Country Club. Registration is currently open with the following structure: Team, Hole Sponsorship, Team Mulligans - $765 Teams at $600 Individuals at $150 per person Hole Sponsorship - $125 Mullingans at $40 per team Lunch only at $25 per person

King’s Daughters joins Markey Affiliate Network - Chamber

March 16, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. – King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky., has entered into a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. By becoming a UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network member, King’s Daughters can offer patients in Eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and West Virginia access to additional specialty and subspecialty care, including clinical trials and advanced technology, while allowing them to stay closer to home for most treatments. In 2017, 802 new cancer cases were treated at King’s Daughters, with most patients coming from 12 counties in the region. In Kentucky, these include Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lawrence, Lewis, and Martin counties. In Ohio, patients primarily come from Lawrence and Scioto counties. Patients from Wayne County, W.Va., also seek treatment at King’s Daughters.

ACTC president retiring after five-year tenure - Chamber

February 27, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College President Kay Adkins is stepping down at the end of June from the position she has held for five years. “It has always been my plan to make this my last post,” said Adkins. “I’m originally from western Kentucky and was trying to get closer to home.” Adkins’ departure is a loss to the college, said board of directors member Ann Perkins. “I’m devastated. Kay has been one of our strongest community leaders and best presidents.”

Ashland alcohol sales expand via special election - Chamber

January 26, 2018

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — The legal sale of alcohol in Ashland will expand to a third precinct after a mini-landslide election Tuesday in the city’s Carp precinct. The final tally in the Carp-only special election was 17-5 in favor of allowing alcohol sales inside the east Ashland district. Carp has about 480 registered voters. The vote expands the city’s unique alcohol sales status from the Moore and Central precincts to Carp. Any future alcohol license seekers who hope to locate a business in Carp must comply with the same rules in place for businesses in the Moore and Central precincts.

Education grants available from Kentucky Power and AEP - Chamber

January 23, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Kentucky Power and American Electric Power is offering schools and teachers in eastern Kentucky extra money through to grants. AEP has earmarked funds for Kentucky Power to award to area schools through the FIRST robotics program and the Teacher Vision Grant Program. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a multi-national robotics competition that teams professionals and high school students to solve an engineering problem in an intense and competitive way. Grant amounts range from a couple of hundred dollars up to a few thousand. Smaller grants are available for elementary and middle school robotics.

Ashland CPA talks changes with future income tax returns - Chamber

January 23, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Jonathan Lett gave Ashland Rotarians an overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 at their Monday meeting. Lett, a certified public accountant at Griffith, DeLaney, Hillman and Company, touched on the bigger changes that will affect 2018 income tax returns including the child tax credit and itemized deductions.

MSU sees enrollment increase in winter session - Chamber

January 23, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Morehead State University’s 2017-18 winter session showed an increase of 207 students from the previous year, according to university officials. The just-completed session had an enrollment total of 751 students with 96 courses for 2,820 credit hours, an increase from 544 students with 70 courses for 2,000 hours in 2016-17.

Ashland’s Carp precinct to vote on alcohol sales today - Chamber

January 23, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Voters in Ashland’s Carp precinct will decide whether the legal sale of alcohol can be expanded in the city through a special election today (Tuesday, Jan. 23). Polls will be open for Carp voters from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boyd County Emergency Medical Services headquarters, located at 2758 Greenup Ave. If the vote passes, it would mean the licensed sale of alcohol would be legal in three Ashland precincts rather than two.

Greenbo Lake State Park upgrades complete - Chamber

January 22, 2018

GREENBO LAKE STATE PARK — After a year and a half the facilities at Greenbo Lake State Park are once again open and ready to serve both the community and tourists alike. During the down time the park staff completed not only the necessary repairs and renovations but also many other needed upgrades to the park. Park Director Stephanie Poplin said that her staff weathered the changes and challenges – such as operating all of the park’s business out of the Marina area during the repair time – and that everyone stepped up and did much more than expected of them. The park was able to retain all of the full time staff during the difficult time, and that everyone learned to do what was necessary to make it a success. “We were all one big close, cozy family for eighteen months,” Poplin said.

Remembering Gertrude Ramey - Chamber

January 22, 2018

Gertrude Ramey left a legacy few will ever match in this world. The late Boyd County resident used the pain and devastating tragedy of her childhood — losing her mother and siblings to influenza — as the motivation for lifelong mission of helping children. At Ramey's childrens' homes in Boyd County she offered the most valuable commodities in this world: shelter, food, and unconditional love to otherwise unwanted children. She gave to thousands of Kentucky kids, crafting a legacy now remembered on the walls of the Kentucky State Capitol at the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit.

Downtown Ashland Gravy Bowl Feb. 10 - Chamber

January 4, 2018

ASHLAND - Competition heats up the weekend following the Super Bowl as Ashland in Motion hosts The Gravy Bowl, Ashland’s first biscuit and gravy competition, and challenges the community to get their gravy in the game and see how it measures up on the playing field. The Gravy Bowl is scheduled for10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 10, at Park Place, located at 1701 Central Avenue.

Design work starts for future Boyd football/soccer complex - Chamber

January 4, 2018

CANNONSBURG, Ky. — Plans are in the works for a new football and soccer complex at Boyd County High School although it might be years before the district can afford to build the complex. The school board this month contracted with the Sherman Carter Barnhart architecture firm to draw up design options and submit cost estimates to convert the existing soccer practice field. The practice field was recently developed as part of the contract to build a softball field. It is located directly in front of the high school, which is on a plateau overlooking Kentucky 180 across from the former high school.

Braidy announces scholarship fund for local students - Chamber

December 29, 2017

The shareholders of Braidy Industries have established a $10,000 Leadership Scholarship Fund for Greenup and Boyd County High School students, the company said in a statement that also identified the company's shareholders. The fund will be dedicated to senior students "continuing on to post-secondary studies, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the course of their high school careers. It is expected that scholarship candidates will be peer-nominated," the company said.

Christmas parade brings crowd to downtown Ashland - Chamber

November 23, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. —  Winchester Avenue was buzzing with holiday cheer and excitement Tuesday evening as the annual Winter Wonderland of Lights Christmas Parade weaved through downtown Ashland. Along the sidewalks, parade-goers bunched together as they watched community members march past them. For many, like Mark and Debrah Hulett, doing so is a yearly ritual.

Gibbs: An exciting time in the Tri-State - Chamber

November 21, 2017

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Ashland Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Gibbs rattled off a series of reasons why economic development leaders are thankful this Thanksgiving. Gibbs, speaking as the Alliance celebrated 100 years as a chamber at the 19th Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation, said of course he is thankful for Braidy Industries’ recent announcement to locate to the Tri-State.

Winter Wonderland of Lights opens with ceremony - Chamber

November 14, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The special nature of the Ashland community was on bright display Monday night as 850,000 newly lit Christmas lights illuminated a chilly evening at Central Park. The Opening Night Ceremony at the Central Park Bandstand was a night of celebration, of Christmas music and a time to come together for families, their kids and the community.

Alliance Community Leadership Development program holds graduation - Chamber

October 30, 2017

The Ashland Alliance Community Leadership Development program held a graduation ceremony Friday at the Bellefonte Country Club. The class consisted of 40 individuals who sought to be better leaders and learn about the community, local businesses, organizations and ways to help foster good in the area. As a first responder Matt McAlisters says he “when we went around to see all these organizations, my eyes were opened to how much good there is here.”

Kentucky Power awards $150,000 AEP Foundation grant to Red Cross - Chamber

October 6, 2017

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky Power on Monday announced a $150,000 gift to the Eastern Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross. The grant from the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation and Kentucky Power will fund the purchase of an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) for eastern Kentucky and as many as 25,000 meals for distribution during a future deployment. “Eastern Kentucky is no stranger to natural disasters like floods yet has never had its own dedicated Emergency Response Vehicle,” said Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite.

Region’s schools making progress on test scores - Chamber

October 2, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky high schools are showing improvement in three key areas — high school graduation, advanced placement performance and college-readiness benchmarks, according to the Kentucky Department of Education. Northeast Kentucky districts contacted this past week report their own schools made comparable progress in all three areas. The department released the information Thursday in lieu of the usual accountability date because the state is transitioning from the former accountability system, called Unbridled Learning, to a new system scheduled for rollout in the 2018-18 school year.

Poage Landing Days festival this weekend in downtown Ashland - Chamber

September 14, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. Poage Landing Days President Christy Meade is looking forward to the upcoming festival set for this weekend. “People are gonna see the same thing that they’ve come to expect from Poage Landing Days over the past many years,” she said As of Tuesday, Meade said 130 vendors had signed up, including food and crafts. In addition to vendors, the festival will present live entertainment, amusement activities, a bike and car show and Dock Dogs competitions. Meade said this year’s entertainment would also include gospel music on Sunday for the first time.

Registration forms for annual Christmas Parade available - Chamber

September 8, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival is now accepting registrations for the Annual Christmas Parade. The parade will be held in downtown Ashland, KY on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. Registration forms may be obtained by calling 606-324-5111; emailing: paula@ashlandalliance.com; or visiting the Alliance office, 1730 Winchester Avenue. Parade registrations must be returned no later than November 10. Judging criteria for this year’s float competition: “Best Overall”, “Best Theme” and “Runner-up”. There will be prizes of two $500 awards and a $300 award for runner-up. The parade will also feature a band competition, with the winning band leading next year’s parade.

Community to celebrate completion of Book T. Washington Mural - Chamber

August 25, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland in Motion is excited to announce that the Booker T. Washington School Mural has been completed, and invites the community to the unveiling of a long-awaited initiative that celebrates Ashland's history and the African-American community. Ashland in Motion will host a reception and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 29 at the Ashland Train Depot, located next to the mural site, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The reception will feature photographs and memorabilia from the Booker T. Washington School. The reception and ribbon cutting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

38th Annual Community Leadership Development Program schedule complete - Chamber

July 27, 2017

Dear Alliance Member: The Ashland Alliance is pleased to announce the 38th Annual Community Leadership Development Program schedule is complete and registrations are now being accepted.  The 2017 theme is “Empowering Future Leaders Through Community Involvement” The program will take place September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, with a workshop and graduation luncheon on October 27. Each day features different, behind-the-scenes explorations of business, government, education and cultural aspects of our community. These are presented through speakers, forums, field trips, training exercises and other activities.

Business After Hours at Bare Arms Tuesday - Chamber

July 17, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Bare Arms and Patriot Barbeque along with Ashland Alliance are hosting a Business After Hours on Tuesday, July 18 from 5-7 p.m.  Free gun rental (or you can bring your own) and Range time will be offered.  Bare Arms invites you to come and check out their new holster business at 3502 Winchester Avenue.  This event is open to Ashland Alliance members.  Please call Missy (606)324-5111 to RSVP.

Summer Motion set for 5-day run beginning Friday - Chamber

June 27, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ready for some summer fun? Summer Motion has five full days of activities beginning Friday night in Central Park. The first three days of the festival will be in the picturesque park setting with a variety of food vendors, local musical entertainment, a car show, a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby, a Basketball Skills Challenge, carnival rides, craft and specialty booths and a watermelon eating contest. “We have a little something for everyone,” said Sheila Fraley, a co-chairman with Ruby Deerfield for the second year in a row.

Firkin Fest shows another season of steady progress - Chamber

June 19, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — You could hear the buzz of voices a block away coming from the tent stretched across Winchester Avenue Saturday for the third annual Firkin Fest. And by about 3 p.m., you could almost feel the convivial buzz of a crowd sipping samples of craft beer, listening to live music and enjoying each others’ company. The festival, which brought 103 craft beers under one canvas roof for lovers of the brew to sample, has steadily improved, said Ed Prichard, who has attended all three.

‘The Force’ will light up First Friday event in Ashland - Chamber

June 1, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky — The force will awaken Friday in downtown Ashland. Ashland’s popular monthly celebration First Friday will celebrate the iconic “Star Wars” saga. “Star Wars” Night, from 5 to 9 p.m., will feature choreographed lightsaber performances and demonstrations by the local lightsaber theatrical group the Imperial Legion. Attendees will learn how to fight like Jedi or Sith and may purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to win “Star Wars” gear. Imperial Legion activities will take place on Judd Plaza.

Department of Tourism launches 99 Days of Summer travel guide - Chamber

June 1, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Tourism today announced the launch of 99 Days of Summer, an interactive section of the kentuckytourism.com website with 99 travel suggestions for the 2017 summer season, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. “There are so many great things to do in Kentucky that it can sometimes be overwhelming to make those summer travel plans,” Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum said. “99 Days of Summer was created to give you trip and activity suggestions whether you are leaving for a week or looking for something to do the next day. We want everyone to enjoy the summer and these daily ideas can help you do just that.” 99 Days of Summer is an interactive calendar with pictures, events, maps and information. Each day has a different suggestion. THIS STORY WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED AT LANEREPORT.COM

Community works together in recruitment of Braidy Industries - Chamber

April 26, 2017

GREENUP, Ky. — Braidy Industries announces the construction of a $1.3 Billion aluminum rolling mill in East Park*.   The announcement comes with 500 full-time jobs and 1,000 construction jobs for the Greenup County site. The Ashland Alliance is proud to share its local story in partnership with the Governor’s official press release for Braidy Industries’ announcement in Northeast Kentucky.

Braidy Industries to create 550 jobs with $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill in Wurtland - Chamber

April 26, 2017

WURTLAND, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin and executives from Braidy Industries Inc. today announced the company will build a $1.3 billion aluminum mill and create 550 advanced manufacturing jobs in Greenup County to produce sheet and plate for the automotive and aerospace industries. The announcement marks a turning point in bringing economic vitality to Eastern Kentucky, and comes just two days after the 53rd anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 declaration of the “War on Poverty” in Appalachia.

Alliance talks small business tax credits, Owensboro visit - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Alliance President Tim Gibbs said Wednesday the Alliance is considering a plan to visit Owensboro to study how the river city has “reinvented itself” in recent years.

Youth Leadership app deadline March 27 - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Applications for the Youth Leadership program must be received by March 27 for consideration.

‘50 seat’ bill awaits governor’s signature - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — A House bill that would lower the seating requirements for downtown Ashland restaurants to serve alcohol from 100 to 50 seats passed both legislative chambers on Tuesday evening and now awaits Gov. Matt Bevin’s signature.

Russell second overall in Governor’s Cup - Chamber

March 21, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russell Middle School won second place overall Monday in the state Governor’s Cup competition, and its quick recall team took home the first-place trophy.

Citizens Bank Business After Hours today - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Business After House, sponsored by Citizens Bank of Kentucky, Big Sandy Superstore and the Ashland Alliance, will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Citizens Bank of Kentucky, 855 Central Avenue, Ashland.

Kentucky Power unveils new logo - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. – Kentucky Power, a utility subsidiary of American Electric Power, on Wednesday unveiled a new logo and tagline as part of its focus on providing innovative energy solutions for customers and communities.

Extension program promotes students’ art - Chamber

March 21, 2017

GREENUP, Ky. — The new artwork on Greenup optometrist Bradley Morris’ office wall is easily distinguishable from the framed poster-size prints of models wearing designer glasses.

ACTC hosts SkillsUSA competition - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College hosted more than 130 high school students from five area career and technical centers for the annual SkillsUSA Kentucky competitions on March 3.

Career fair Tuesday in Morehead - Chamber

March 21, 2017

MOREHEAD, Ky. — The Spring Career Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Morehead State University in the Laughlin Health Building gym. The fair is open to students, alumni or community member looking for full-time work, a part-time position or an internship. Also, representatives from graduate programs will be in attendance.

50-seat bill passes House, heads to Senate - Chamber

March 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A state bill that could help attract business to downtown Ashland by slashing the minimum seating requirement for businesses to sell alcohol to 50 is en route to the Senate. House Bill 183 was approved 57 to 25 Wednesday night on the House floor.

Safe Harbor Cornerstone Awards March 23 - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky will hold its sixth annual Cornerstone Awards and 1,000 Women (and Men) fundraising campaign luncheon at noon on March 23 at Bellefonte Country Club. This year’s hostess is Alison Christie.

ACTC Young Men’s Conference March 7 - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Area leaders will share their advice for success at the Young Men’s Conference March 7 at Ashland Community and Technical College.

EKU to host 30th East Kentucky Leadership - Chamber

March 21, 2017

RICHMOND, Ky. – The East Kentucky Leadership Foundation will hold its 30th anniversary conference at Eastern Kentucky University April 27-28.

Ashland Career Center to lose OET workers - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet will move forward with a plan to remove Office of Employment and Training, or OET, workers from the Kentucky Career Center in Ashland, but the center will remain open and continue to provide some employment services.

ACTC science fair grows in 5th year - Chamber

March 21, 2017

COALTON, Ky. — Success is in the numbers, and for Ashland Community and Technical College’s Science and Engineering Fair, the numbers are way up.

Ashland approves merger of depts. - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland Board of City Commissioners on Thursday approved the consolidation of the Department of Economic Development with the Department of Planning and Community Development in a 3-1 vote.

Workforce needs take center stage - Chamber

March 21, 2017

Employers, educators, and people from all areas of Kentucky’s workforce system came together Wednesday at the Kentucky Chamber’s 2nd Annual Kentucky Workforce Summit to discuss how to address the issues the state faces in trying to build a healthy and skilled workforce.

Ashland to discuss merger of departments - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland Board of City Commissioners will meet today to discuss merging the Department of Economic Development with the Planning and Community Development Department, among other agenda items.

Learning leadership through Alliance program - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — There’s a time for the high school juniors in the Ashland Alliance’s Youth Leadership program when “leadership” is no longer just a word but a goal. For many it is their visit to The Neighborhood, Ashland’s one-stop social service coalition, said Missy McCalvin, the program’s coordinator.

Spectrum now cable provider in Ashland area - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Charter Communications Inc. announced this morning the launch of Spectrum in the Ashland area. After merging with Time Warner Cable last May, it is the second-largest cable company in America, with more than 90,000 employees.

Unions frustrated with new right-to-work - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Local union leaders lambasted two of the seven bills that became law Monday after torching through the Kentucky General Assembly and Gov. Matt Bevin’s office.

Gibbs highlights brighter days ahead - Chamber

March 21, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Alliance President/CEO Tim Gibbs told Rotarians on Monday he hopes 2017 will be a year of growth for the community.

Greenup council updated on water plant - Chamber

March 21, 2017

GREENUP, Ky. — Richard Howerton gave the Greenup City Council an update on the progress of the city’s new water plant on Tuesday. Howerton, of Howerton Engineering and Surveying, which is designing the plant, said the firm is about 15 to 20 percent along in the process.

Bevin, Gill to promote state at auto show - Chamber

March 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin and Cabinet for Economic Development Sec. Terry Gill are in Detroit today, promoting Kentucky and speaking with automotive industry leaders at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Right-to-work, prevailing wage repeal pass - Chamber

March 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Right-to-work and prevailing wage repeal legislation passed on the Senate floor and was sent to the governor’s desk Saturday afternoon, setting the stage to make  Kentucky the 27thright-to-work state in the country.

Ashland opposes state judicial redistricting - Chamber

March 20, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — A statewide judicial redistricting plan that would strip Boyd County of two of its four judges but provide a family court judge was decried on Thursday by the Ashland Board of City Commissioners. “From Ashland’s standpoint, it seems like reductions in everything come up our way,” said Mayor Steve Gilmore. “We want to go in defense of keeping the number of judges we have.”

Right-to-work, other bills on track - Chamber

March 20, 2017

Bills dealing with right-to-work, repeal of the prevailing wage, medical review panels, pension transparency and more are on track to become law by the weekend as the legislature moved the bills forward Thursday by passing them in the chambers.

‘New day in the city’ with Ashland commission - Chamber

March 20, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Commissioner Marty Gute called it a “new day in the city” as the Ashland Board of City Commissioners held its first official meeting of 2017. Gute and fellow incumbent Commissioner Amanda Clark were ceremoniously sworn into office Thursday along with newly elected Commissioners Marshall Steen and Matt Perkins, and Mayor Steve Gilmore.

ACTC offers condensed 12-week option - Chamber

March 20, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College is offering 12-week classes this spring to give new and continuing students additional options for earning college credit. The 12-week classes have the same content as semester-long classes but cover the content in less time.

Tax Reform, Business Focus of Address - Chamber

March 7, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — In his second State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Matt Bevin illustrated that a focus on bringing jobs to Kentucky and passing laws and reforms to make the state more competitive remain at the center of his vision for the state. During his speech Wednesday night, Bevin said he is working to ensure any company looking at Kentucky as an option for their facilities knows that the state is willing to do what needs to be done to be competitive and attract new jobs.

Economic Development

City National, Town Square officially merge - Economic Development

December 11, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Monday marked the first day that all Town Square Bank branches operated as City National Bank following a merger of the two. Under the agreement made earlier this summer, City announced it would acquire Poage Bankshares, Inc. (parent company of Town Square Bank). “We’ve had a lot of positive response,” said City National Kentucky Region Manager and Vice President Lori Cooksey. “I think people realize that it shows confidence in our community that City wants to expand their presence here. Customers have been great, the Town Square employees that are with us are excited about it… they’re nervous, it’s a change, but I think it’s going really well.”

ACTC developing programs to meet industry needs - Economic Development

December 10, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Two new degree programs under development at Ashland Community and Technical College are expected to open job prospects for workers on the river and in hospital laboratories. The programs are marine technology and histotechnology and both still at least months from rollout, according to interim dean of arts and sciences Nicole Griffith-Green. ACTC is developing the programs to meet worker needs at Marathon Petroleum and King’s Daughters Medical Center, but graduates would have skills applicable to other employers, Griffith-Green said. The marine technology program would train students as river engineers on the towboats that move commercial barges up and down the river.

Braidy aluminum mill advancing - Economic Development

December 7, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Braidy Industries says its $1.68 billion aluminum mill project in Eastern Kentucky is moving forward, according to what it called a fact sheet released by the company Tuesday in response to questions posed to it by news media. Braidy is seeking to raise a total of $500 million in capital through the sale of its common stock. As of Nov. 26, Braidy had about 560 investors, including those who have subscribed via the Netcapital portal. Subscriptions via the Netcapital portal currently total 673,250 shares at $18 per share, for a commitment total of $12,118,500, according to the fact sheet. That amounts to about 2.5 percent of what the company hopes to raise. In addition to unaccredited investors investing through the Netcapital portal, materially more than 100 institutional funds and accredited investors have purchased Braidy shares directly from Braidy in private placement transactions under the SEC's Regulation D.

Kentucky Power renews partnership with local banks - Economic Development

December 7, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Kentucky Power has renewed financing with regional and local banks to help fund the utility’s ongoing capital needs and promote area economic development. The bank partnership, first created in 2014, provides Kentucky Power access to $75 million via a senior unsecured four-year term loan. The financing allow Kentucky Power to update its infrastructure to continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity to its customers in eastern Kentucky. Thirteen banks with operations in Kentucky Power’s service territory are participating in the financing partnership led by Community Trust Bank and Fifth Third Bank. Other banks include: Citizens Bank of Kentucky; First Commonwealth Bank; First & Peoples Bank and Trust Co.; Town Square Bank; Commercial Bank (West Liberty); The Commercial Bank of Grayson; Kentucky Farmers Bank; Hyden Citizens Bank; Inez Deposit Bank; Farmers & Traders Bank; and Farmers State Bank.

Apprenticeship program expands to Kentucky - Economic Development

November 28, 2018

A national apprentice program is helping Kentucky manufacturers tackle their workforce needs through registered apprenticeship programs. Based in Huntington, W.Va., the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) launched its Apprenticeship Works initiative in 2016, with support from a U.S. Department of Labor grant. Since then, the apprenticeship initiative has grown steadily as manufacturers across the U.S. have recognized the benefits of an apprenticeship program in resolving their training needs. Kentucky’s apprenticeship office approved the Apprenticeship Works’ standards this fall. The approval means that Apprenticeship Works can work directly with manufacturers to establish and manage their apprenticeship programs, making apprenticeship more accessible and affordable.

Chamber president discusses business community outlook, economy - Economic Development

November 28, 2018

Ahead of the 2019 legislative session, Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson laid out the priorities of the business community and discussed the organization’s efforts on workforce issues in the state as well as the attitude of business leaders on the economy since the recession in a segment of WKYT’s Kentucky Newsmakers. The Kentucky Chamber recently released a report measuring the state’s economic strengths and weaknesses since the 2008 recession. Adkisson said the report shows Kentucky’s jobs, population and wages are growing, but there are areas of Kentucky’s economy that are lagging behind. Read the full report here.

Kentucky launches university technology commercialization Initiative - Economic Development

November 16, 2018

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.

SuperHero Creamery to open at Ashland mall - Economic Development

November 16, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — SuperHero Creamery’s new location will have customization and creativity at every corner. The business will be opening its doors at the Ashland Town Center Mall sometime next week for a soft opening, combining its previous locations in Ashland and Russell. It will be located in the space previously occupied by The Pottery Place and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt storefronts, keeping both the pottery and frozen yogurt components. “It’s definitely unique. There’s obviously not a whole lot like it,” said SuperHero Creamery Owner Nick Joyce.

Angel investor group receives over half million dollar grant - Economic Development

November 12, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — An over half million dollar grant will allow the Tri-State Angel Investment Group to further their work in helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses in the area. The grant was recently given to the group through the Appalachian Regional Commission and will be used to fund the group’s activities in conjunction with entrepreneurs, excluding investments. “The ARC money is there to help support those activities to get that company and us and everyone to a point where we can invest in them. So it’s to fund our work with them, our mentoring, our help with the development of their pitch decks, whatever assistance they may need,” explained Angel Group Chairman Don Perry.

Kentucky Power announces leadership changes - Economic Development

October 29, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – American Electric Power announced Monday that Brett Mattison has been named president and chief operating officer of Kentucky Power. Mattison, 54, currently is the director of Customer Services and Marketing for Kentucky Power’s sister company, Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Matthew Satterwhite, 45, current Kentucky Power president and COO, has been promoted to vice president of Regulatory Services and will relocate to Columbus, Ohio. Mattison will have responsibility for all aspects of electric service for Kentucky Power’s customers, effective January 1.

Ashland Alliance annual meeting draws 1,000 - Economic Development

October 26, 2018

EASTPARK, Ky. — The momentum is building. This was the message on display Thursday night at the Ashland Alliance's annual banquet. The event drew nearly 1,000 people and served as a time for economic development leaders, citizens, business owners — and the governor — the chance to celebrate the arrival of Braidy Industries, along with other recent economic development successes in the region. Gov. Matt Bevin spoke of the plan by Braidy Industries and its subsidiaries, Veloxint and NanoAl to create stronger, lighter metals they predict will revolutionize the industry at its planned rolling mill at EastPark Industrial Center. "Now you can make materials lighter and stronger than any in the world, and it will be happening right in this building, right in this county," Bevin said.

$4 million grant marked for EastPark for Braidy project - Economic Development

October 23, 2018

EASTPARK, Ky. — A $4 million grant to the EastPark Industrial Center will help prepare the site of the planned Braidy Industries aluminum plant. The money will come from the Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot program, according to fifth district U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who unveiled the grant Wednesday at the industrial park. “The northeast region is thriving with new innovative opportunities and this grant supports Braidy Industries’ plans to provide jobs to our highly skilled, readily available workforce,” Rogers said. “It also paves the way for future economic development opportunities and helps us reimagine Kentucky’s Appalachian region as a major manufacturing hub.”

Leader of new innovation effort for east Kentucky announced - Economic Development

October 19, 2018

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) was chosen as the first leader of one of Kentucky’s newly established hubs to serve, attract and develop more innovative entrepreneurs and startup businesses, Gov. Matt Bevin announced recently. KY Innovation selected SOAR to head a Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) consortium as part of its 120-county effort to modernize the way the Kentucky supports high-tech, high-growth potential businesses. RISE Appalachia establishes eight offices throughout the region to leverage technology and the digital economy across creative industries, remote employers, and technology consumers in small business, advanced manufacturing and healthcare/telemedicine. The initiative will receive $456,257 in state funding, which will be matched with $321,739 in cash and $134,517 in-kind services. 

Manufacturing month to highlight demand for Kentucky products - Economic Development

October 2, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – As one of the nation’s most manufacturing-intense states, Kentucky throughout October will recognize Manufacturing Month, the 4,500 manufacturing facilities, their more than 256,000 full-time employees and the increasing global demand for the commonwealth’s goods. “From cars and chemicals to cookies and compressor parts, Kentucky’s manufacturing sector is the foundation of the state’s thriving economy and plays a powerful role around the world,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “With nearly 13 percent of our workforce engaged in manufacturing, the commonwealth has unparalleled expertise among states in making the products that support both modern society and the individual lives of people across the globe. It is exciting to see Kentucky regularly receiving recognition as the engineering and manufacturing center of excellence in America.”

Magazine touts Kentucky Power for economic development - Economic Development

September 24, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Site Selection Magazine has cited Kentucky Power’s successful economic development efforts in naming American Electric Power as one of the nation’s top 10 utilities for economic development. Site Selection’s September issue profiles AEP, which was chosen based on its efforts to cultivate commercial and industrial business development and create jobs in Kentucky and other states it serves. The magazine considered several factors, including project activity and the jobs and capital investments that resulted from those projects.

Container conversion company buys plant at riverport - Economic Development

September 24, 2018

WURTLAND, Ky. — Increasing demand for converted shipping containers has prompted an Ironton businessman to buy the plant he has been leasing at the Wurtland Riverport for about 18 months. The purchase has excited the business development community, which views it as another ray of hope in a formerly bleak Northeast Kentucky economy. The plant will continue to churn out compact structures such as guard posts, temporary offices and the blast-resistant modules that account for the company’s latest expansion, according to Robert Slagel, president and CEO of Portable Solutions Group.

Braidy details stock offering, company acquisition - Economic Development

September 24, 2018

Braidy Industries, Inc. made two big announcements Thursday, noting it has commenced a common stock offering on its way to becoming a public company. It has also acquired a company involved in a technology known as nanocrystalline strengthening technology. Braidy Industries said in a press release that a common stock offering is aimed at raising $400 million. “The offering is primarily directed at institutional investors, but a portion of the offering has been reserved for Main Street investors under the SEC's CF rules adopted under the JOBS Act,” the company said in a release. “ In connection with the offering, Braidy will launch its investor road show for accredited investors on September 25th in New York.”

Kentucky recipient of federal grant to grow research and innovation pipeline - Economic Development

September 17, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Cabinet for Economic Development will receive $125,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch a program preparing more entrepreneurs to compete for federal research and development funding. The SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program funds initiatives that increase the number of proposals for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding. With the grant, the Cabinet will establish the Kentucky Innovation Investment Program (KIIP) as a hub for attracting, assisting and maximizing assets of top SBIR/STTR candidates. FAST funds will allow the Cabinet to implement a pilot program of outreach, recruitment, analysis and expert advice intended to deepen and improve the quality of Kentucky’s SBIR/STTR pool. KIIP’s three main objectives are to:

ACTC welding program ranked Top 3 in country - Economic Development

September 17, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College’s welding program was named Top 3 in the nation in a ranking for America’s Best College for Vocational Certificates by Washington Monthly. According to Washington Monthly, a Washington, D.C.,-based magazine, the rankings were created using information from the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful employment database. WM selected the 12 most common undergraduate certificate programs (welding, medical office assistant, etc.) and ranked the colleges that offer them by the median earnings of their students three years after graduation. The data also shows the median debt-to-earnings ratios, annual debt payments, estimated total debt, and outcome under gainful employment—pass, at risk or fail—for the schools. The 10 best and 10 worst performing schools for each program were published in its September/October issue.

Work moving fast on Ashland bridge project - Economic Development

September 17, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Workers have begun replacing connecting joints on the Ben Williamson Memorial Bridge in the first steps of a two-month preventive maintenance project during which the span will remain closed to traffic. Motorists on the adjacent Simeon Willis Bridge, which has been reconfigured to take two-way traffic, have experienced minor delays, particularly at the Ashland end, but highway officials have been monitoring the span in attempts to keep traffic flowing, a spokesman said. Backups appear to be confined mostly to rush hours, said Kentucky Department of Highways spokesman Allen Blair.

Six Lessons from CEO’s huge aluminum gambit in Appalachia - Economic Development

September 6, 2018

The ongoing construction of a $1.6-billion aluminum-rolling mill in Ashland, Kentucky, ticketed with the economic hopes and dreams of an entire region, is about as big and bold as an entrepreneur can go. But there are lessons for other business leaders in how Craig Bouchard, CEO of Braidy Industries, has approached his attempt to build his fourth billion-dollar company. When Braidy opens its mill in 2020, it’s expected to employ about 600 people who’ve been plucked from a pool of more than 7,000 applicants for jobs that Bouchard says will pay between $50,000 and $70,000 a year. Another 150 jobs are supposed to materialize in an associated metal-alloy plant nearby. And in the meantime, Bouchard expects to employ about 1,600 people doing construction.

Braidy drilling ongoing at EastPark - Economic Development

September 6, 2018

Drilling in preparation for the construction of Braidy Industries' aluminum mill is now taking place at the EastPark Industrial Center. Nathan Haney, senior vice president of government relations at Braidy Industries, said workers are driling/boring as part of long-term plans for foundational work. "It will take about two weeks — very deep, all the way down to bedrock," Haney said. "Then they will be doing additional work to prep the work for main construction. We are talking about retention, silt fences, silt walls to help get it all started."

Aluminum mill to Bring 550 jobs back to Kentucky town - Economic Development

September 4, 2018

The people of Ashland, Kentucky will see 550 high-paying jobs come back to their small community thanks to a new aluminum mill that is set to open in 2020. Braidy Industries is opening a new aluminum mill in the northeast Kentucky region after President Trump implemented a ten percent tariff on imported aluminum to protect American industry and jobs. The aluminum mill, known as Braidy Atlas, will employ about 550 workers and is set for its first production in a just a couple years, where it will be the world’s lowest cost aluminum plant, according to Kentucky Today. Already, Braidy Atlas executives say their first seven years of aluminum production are sold out.

Auto OEMs look to new Braidy Industries mill In Kentucky to ease aluminum shortage - Economic Development

September 4, 2018

The auto industry's challenge is Craig Bouchard's opportunity. Orders for formed aluminum sheet products from his company's new rolling mill in Ashland, Kentucky, through 2026 were already at 140 percent of output that's expected when the $1.6 billion facility opens in 2020. Then President Trump slapped tariffs on imported aluminum, and Bouchard said that purchasers' subscription level now stands at 200 percent. "We got a hyper-boost from tariffs," the CEO of Braidy Industries told me. "All of the car companies bought us. There's already a shortage of aluminum in North America"  as OEMs push to "lightweight" their vehicles in every way possible. "This is going to be the first aluminum-rolling mill designed specifically for the auto industry."

Ulta Beauty has grand opening at Town Center Mall - Economic Development

September 3, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ulta Beauty grand opening was met with over 100 eager shoppers Friday morning at the Ashland Town Center Mall. The beauty store chain carries cosmetic and skincare brands along with hair care products and fragrances. The store is located by the food court in the mall. Ulta General Manager Michelle Adkins said the business is excited to be at the mall, adding she knows it will be good for the community. “It has been highly anticipated so we’re just excited for obviously the jobs that we’re bringing and what the revenue is going to bring to the town of Ashland,” she said.

Ashland officials meet with KEDFA on TIF - Economic Development

August 31, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — The city of Ashland is making progress on getting final approval from the state on its downtown TIF district plans. The city's economic development director, Chris Pullem, said on Thursday morning city officials met with the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority. The meeting was held in closed session. Pullem said he could not speak to specifics of what discussed but that the meeting went well. “The response from the KEDFA board was very positive," Pullem said. "We were very encouraged...and we left there feeling pretty good." The centerpiece of the proposed TIF district is the transformation of the Ashland Plaza Hotel into a four-star Marriott-brand. Work on the hotel is ongoing. It was originally scheduled to open this Fall but that opening date has been pushed back to approximately December.

Fat Patty’s restaurant franchise sold - Economic Development

August 29, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Fat Patty’s franchise is being sold. A press release states that ARC Group Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire the Fat Patty’s franchise. The franchise encompasses four locations in West Virginia and Kentucky, including the Ashland establishment. Arc operates the Dick’s Wings & Grill restaurants. “Under the terms of the agreement, ARC Group will acquire all of the assets of Fat Patty's for a purchase price of $12.3 million,” the press release states. “The transaction is expected to close on Aug. 31.” Unaudited financial information provided to ARC Group by Fat Patty's stated the Fat Patty's franchise generated more than $11 million in revenue and $700,000 in net income during 2017.

Classes start for first students in ACTC’s Braidy Industries program - Economic Development

August 24, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Back to school is the first step for more than 100 people to go back to work. This is the first week of classes for the men and women looking for a job at Braidy Industries, the billion-dollar development in Greenup and Boyd counties. The Advanced Integrated Technology program at Ashland Community and Technical College was designed specifically for Braidy. Program Coordinator Michael Tackett says it covers a broad range of technical skills. "The students are coming in, they're going to learn about hydraulics, nuematics, electrical, motor controls, programmable logic controllers, robotics," Tackett said. "In two years they're going to get filled with a wealth of knowledge."

Braidy Atlas Video - Economic Development

August 23, 2018

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Braidy Industries announces selection of Kiewit as EPC contractor - Economic Development

August 17, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Braidy Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of Kiewit as the company’s Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (“EPC”) contractor for Braidy Atlas, its greenfield aluminum mill in Ashland, Kentucky. SMS Group (“SMS”) and EBNER Industrieofenbau GmbH Construction (“EBNER”) were also selected as equipment and furnace providers, respectively. This partnership represents a major step forward in the construction of Braidy Industries’ low-cost, innovative rolling mill, Braidy Atlas. With a dedicated management team alongside efficient onsite staff, the mill is on-schedule for first production in 2020. Once complete, Braidy Atlas will be the lowest cost aluminum mill in the world. “We are excited to have been chosen by Braidy Industries and look forward to designing and building this important project,” said Tom Shelby, executive vice president of Kiewit Corporation. “We believe our strong safety and performance track record, as well as our extensive experience as an EPC contractor will help ensure the overall success of this landmark aluminum mill.”

Techstars comes to Kentucky to convene Innovation Day summit - Economic Development

August 10, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Major stakeholders in Kentucky’s entrepreneurial revolution will gather Monday in Frankfort to take part in KY Innovation Day, with programming led by Chris Heivly and others from the worldwide entrepreneurial mentoring network Techstars. The summit, to be held at Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, provides a forum for leaders in business, education and government who will create the state’s innovation-driven 21st century economy. During Heivly’s workshop and various breakout sessions throughout the day, attendees with have the opportunity to plan and share best practices, while also engaging with the KY Innovation team about the launch of its Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) initiative to establish clusters of resources across the state for starting and growing businesses. Presidents of many of the state’s public universities will also come together at Monday’s event to discuss how to better commercialize the research being done on their campuses.

Toyota dealership breaks ground in Ashland - Economic Development

July 23, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Company and city officials broke ground today on a 30,700-square-foot Toyota dealership they hope will be the linchpin for revitalization of the eastern end of downtown Ashland. Toyota of Ashland is slated to open in early 2019 on the property once occupied by Heck’s Department Store and the Bluegrass Grill in the 3500 block of Winchester Avenue. Its owners say they will hire as many as 70 people, virtually all of them locally. “It’s going to be a state-of-the-art facility representative of the Toyota brand, and we’re looking forward to what it will do for this end of town,” said Clay Green, one of two owners.

Pro tennis tournament has a regional impact - Economic Development

July 23, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — It’s Ashland’s turn to take a swing. Hosting the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic could deliver an immeasurable impact. “We’re always thrilled when we have something of this size coming in,” said Sue Dowdy, the director of the Ashland/Boyd County Tourism & Convention Bureau. “... It’s not every day you have a big tournament like this.” Dozens of professional players will hit the Ashland Tennis Center courts on the first of two days of qualifying rounds today at 10 a.m. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m., during which there will be a flag-raising and a National Anthem performance.

Soft opening at Bluegrass RV - Economic Development

July 23, 2018

SUMMIT, Ky. — Buyers are driving in the lot at Bluegrass RV and in some cases driving out with new travel trailers in tow, even though the dealership’s official opening is three weeks away. The dealership in the former Fannin building on U.S. 60 plans a grand opening, but apparently the sight of shiny new RVs was too much for some to resist. “We’ve sold 20 since the first of July. They drive by, they see the campers and they pull in,” said Todd Meade, one of three owners. Workers are still busy rehabbing the building, which required paint, a roof, air conditioning upgrades and blacktop repairs, among other things, he said. The building required about $1.5 million to make it ready, he said.

Queen discusses ACTC‘s new associate program - Economic Development

July 20, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College’s new Advanced Integrated Technology program will be tough, but rewarding. Dale Queen, professor of communications at ACTC, reviewed the two-year program with Ashland Rotarians on Monday where he spoke about the required courses and the future jobs students can obtain upon completion. The associates degree program is in applied science in advanced integrated technology and is 60 credit hours total. The program was a direct request from Braidy Industries and will be offered at ACTC’s Technology Drive campus, right beside the mill’s proposed location.

Guitar shop opens in downtown Ashland - Economic Development

July 19, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Travis Piatt was living in Houston when he found himself at a crossroads, having to decide whether to pursue his dream of owning a guitar storefront. To do so would mean stepping away from a good job he held at the time. The outcome of his decision can now be found on Winchester Avenue where Getfiddle Custom Shop is now located. Piatt is from the local area and began his business around five years ago with repairing and building guitars and selling wiring harnesses. He did this out of his home in Grayson and also fulfilled requests from those around the world online. At the time he was also working a union job and raising his children with his wife, Candice, placing the idea of a storefront on the backburner.

Bevin expands Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship - Economic Development

July 16, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed an executive order July 11, expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to include students enrolled in certificate, diploma and associate of applied science degree in the state’s top five high-demand workforce sectors. Additionally, the scholarship will now be available for high school students for dual credit career and technical education courses in pathways in Kentucky’s top five high-demand sectors leading to industry-recognized certifications. “We are excited to be expanding our innovative Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program to empower even more students and adults to pursue their dreams,” said Gov. Bevin. “This program is equipping individuals of all ages for the high-demand careers that are available in the commonwealth today. At the same time, it is strengthening our workforce and continuing to make Kentucky the ideal location for businesses to thrive and grow.”

City National Bank to acquire Town Square - Economic Development

July 13, 2018

The parent company of City National Bank is acquiring Town Square Bank in a merger agreement announced Wednesday night. The banking merger is a significant development for the Tri-State region and specifically Ashland. Both banks have a sizable presence in the area. It was not immediately clear what the merger will mean for branch outlets and employees of the institutions in the Boyd County/Ashland area. A press release issues Wednesday night said the parent company of City National Bank of West Virginia carried out the signings of two separate definitive merger agreements. Under one agreement, City will acquire Poage Bankshares, Inc., (“Poage”) (Nasdaq: PBSK), the parent company of Town Square Bank, Ashland, Kentucky; under the other agreement, City will acquire Farmers Deposit Bancorp, Inc. (“Farmers Deposit”), the parent company of Farmers Deposit Bank, Cynthiana, Kentucky. Upon completion of the Poage merger, the subsidiary bank of Poage and will merge into City National Bank of West Virginia. Upon completion of the Farmers Deposit merger, the subsidiary bank of Farmers Deposit ]will merge into City National Bank of West Virginia.

Slim Chickens opens in Ashland - Economic Development

July 2, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Slim Chickens is now officially open for business. The fast-casual restaurant, located beside the Ashland Town Center Mall, opened its doors Monday morning after months of construction. “We have a history of trying to bring new concepts to the town,” said restaurant owner Tom Wright, speaking about himself and his business partners, Randy and Ann Vanover. Wright said the three also oversee several other local restaurants like Moe's Southwest Grill, Penn Station and Sbarro. He said he also opened up another Slim Chickens in Pikeville last November.

Forbes heralds Kentucky leaders for support of Braidy aluminum mill - Economic Development

June 29, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Kentucky political leaders are being heralded by one of the nation’s top business magazines for their bipartisan support of a $1.5 billion aluminum mill being built outside this northeastern Kentucky city. The latest edition of Forbes magazine carried a headline citing “unbelievable bipartisanship" in the state Legislature where Republican and Democratic lawmakers voted unanimously to provide Braidy Industries with a $15 million package of tax incentives to build the 1.8 million square-foot facility and create 550 high-paying jobs in the state’s Appalachian region. READ THE FORBES STORY HERE Craig Bouchard, chairman and chief executive of Braidy Industries, announced plans a year ago to build the aluminum mill. Ground was broken earlier this month with 1,000 cheering people on hand.

Business expansions in Ky. to create 500 new jobs - Economic Development

June 29, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Three business expansions expected to create more than 500 jobs brought some welcome news to northern and western Kentucky on Thursday. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated was the biggest economic news of the day as it will create more than 430 full-time jobs as part of a $30 million investment to build a sales and distribution facility in Erlanger. Coke Consolidated will locate in a planned 300,000-square-foot facility on approximately 32 acres. Among the new jobs are positions that include distribution, sales and warehouse functions. Company leaders anticipate starting work as soon as possible and expect to open by late summer 2019. 

Possible re-opening of former Kentucky Electric Steel facility explored - Economic Development

June 28, 2018

COALTON, Ky. — It appears a possible re-opening of the former Kentucky Electric Steel facility is being pursued, and if it happens, it could mean more than 100 jobs in the Boyd County area. The Daily Independent confirmed this morning that the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority is now considering a Kentucky Business Investment Program (KBI Tax Credit) proposal for the facility on South Big Run Road in Boyd County. The agenda for the meeting states the proposal is being considered for an entity known as SWVA Kentucky, LLC, dba as Kentucky Electric Steel. No further details were released and the meeting of the Economic Development Finance Authority is ongoing this morning.

Marathon opens new central control building - Economic Development

June 27, 2018

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Marathon Petroleum Company unveiled its brand new central control building on Tuesday—a project that represents a $50 million investment in the local community. The facility’s construction began in August 2016 with the purpose of housing all operators under one roof instead of their past conditions of working in various control rooms in the refinery. Refinery general manager Brad Levi said 13 operators and two supervisors are now working around the clock in the building. “We’re running 300 acres of this complex from this building,” said Levi.

South Carolina steel mill back in business - Economic Development

June 27, 2018

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — The Georgetown steel mill, now called "Liberty Steel", is back in business. Executive Chairman of GFG Alliance, Sanjeev Gupta, says, "We are melting now the first liquid steel this furnace has melted for literally three years." The Georgetown steel mill has a rocky past, shutting down in 2009 for two years and shutting down again in 2015. Brian McDougal is one of the more than 200 workers who lost a job three years ago. He says, "They talked about the steel industry was hurting in the United States anyways, but it's always a bad feeling to hear the plant you work for is closing down."

Smokin’ J’s to relocate from downtown to former Shooters Grill location - Economic Development

June 25, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Smokin’ J’s Rib & Brewhouse is moving to a new location. The newly opened restaurant is relocating from Park Place in downtown Ashland to 1320 Wolohan Dr. in Boyd County at the previous location of Shooters Grill and Sports Bar. Jason Camp, CEO of the 3J Group that owns the restaurant, said the plan has always been to utilize Park Place for a short period of time to introduce Smokin’ J’s products to the public. “We started our endeavor at Park Place with the end game being finding a full-service restaurant … we just thought this was the ideal time to relocate,” Camp said.

McConnell special guest for Legislative Update 2018 in Ashland - Economic Development

June 22, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will be a special guest for a Legislative Update 2018 event July 2 at The Old Post Office in downtown Ashland. The event will begin at noon with a cost of $20 to attend. RSVP by June 28. You can email missy@ashlandalliance.com or call the Ashland Alliance at 606.324.5111 for more information. The event is sponsored by Marathon Petroleum, King's Daughters Medical Center, Braidy Industries and VanAntwerp Attorneys.  

Braidy Industries groundbreaking signals economic boom for northeast Kentucky - Economic Development

June 9, 2018

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.”  

RV company to open dealership at former Fannin location - Economic Development

June 7, 2018

SUMMIT, Ky. — A Lexington recreational vehicle dealership will open a second location in the former Fannin Motors property on U.S. 60, one of its owners said Tuesday. Bluegrass RV will bring some $10 million in inventory, including, motorhomes, fifth wheel campers, travel trailers, popup campers and parts to the location, and over time will employ up to 75 people, most of whom will be hired locally, according to Todd Meade, one of three owners of the company. The dealership should be open for business in about 30 to 45 days, Meade said.

Aluminum mill breaks ground on day of ‘hope’ in northeastern Ky. - Economic Development

June 1, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – A company that carries the hope and future of northeastern Kentucky on its back, put on a groundbreaking ceremony worthy of its fanfare at the EastPark Industrial Center on Friday. Braidy Industries, which announced 13 months ago it was building a $1.5 billion aluminum rolling mill, had its ceremonial start of construction with around 1,000 onlookers celebrating alongside Gov. Matt Bevin, elected officials and business leaders who were signaling it as the beginning of an economic revival in the area. The Braidy party continued into the night with a star-studded country concert in downtown Ashland that included Naomi Judd and Tanya Tucker.

Firm building massive $1.3 billion aluminum mill buys more property - Economic Development

May 31, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Braidy Industries, the company planning a massive aluminum mill in northeastern Kentucky, has invested $3.4 million to acquire additional land and buildings at the EastPark Industrial Center outside of Ashland. The newly-acquired properties include the 12.6-acre tract that already has a 70,000-square-foot building, which will become the manufacturing home to Braidy’s ultra-high-strength alloy subsidiary, Veloxint. Braidy also purchased two other tracts, one 3.6 acres and the other 18.8 acres.

Ashland looks at economic development incentive program - Economic Development

May 29, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — The city of Ashland is aggressively exploring new ways to grow jobs in the city. One particular measure being discussed is a modest economic development loan program for businesses committed to creating new jobs in the city. The city Board of Commissioners has tentatively set aside $200,000 for such an endeavor. The city is still working out all the details, but Ashland Community and Economic Development Director Chris Pullem said initial discussions focus on offering loans to businesses that create new jobs in the city.

Braidy Industries breaking ground June 1 in Ashland - Economic Development

May 22, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Braidy Industries will break ground on its $1.3 billion mill in Ashland on June 1, according to a Facebook post on CEO Craig T. Bouchard’s page Saturday. Plans for the mill have been in the works since last April with northeastern Kentucky holding its collective breath until it becomes a reality. It’s expected to take about two years before the mill is operating, but the company already has enough product sold for the first seven years, Bouchard said. An invitation has been extended to Gov. Matt Bevin and others for the ribbon-cutting that will be at the East Park Industrial Center that afternoon at 1 p.m. A celebration in downtown Ashland will follow that evening, Bouchard said.

STEP funding still available for small businesses; must apply by Nov. 23 - Economic Development

May 21, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — If you run a small business in Kentucky, you may not know you have the opportunity to increase your export potential. Companies can begin exporting or boost their current international sales through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small businesses that wish to participate in the STEP program must submit an application by Nov. 23 and use approved funds by Dec. 31. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis and companies can secure approval before final plans for the capital are in place. Nearly 260 STEP applications had been approved for Kentucky companies entering the current round of funding, 83 of those coming in the most recent round, the most since Kentucky began participation in the program in 2011.

Smokin’ J’s Rib & Brewhouse opening - Economic Development

May 18, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Smokin’ J’s Rib & Brewhouse in the Park Place is opening its doors today and is celebrating with a weekend of live entertainment. Smokin’ J’s Rib & Brewhouse is at 1701 Central Ave. The restaurant feature barbeque dishes and will have a full bar. It will be open Friday through Sunday. The live music schedule for today includes 11:30 a.m., Lynzie, 3 p.m. Nick Carr, and 6 p.m. Josh Brown Band. On Saturday May 19 the schedule is for Sheldon Road at noon, Emily Kinner at 3 p.m. and Creek Don't Rise at 6 p.m. For Sunday it will be Emily Skinner at 11:30 a.m. and Devil's Creek Special at 5 p.m.

Downtown Ashland sees a revitalized approach - Economic Development

May 18, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Downtown Ashland is seeing a lot of changes. Multiple businesses have popped up within the past half-year and many are planning to make their debut, making it evident that the area is being revitalized. “I think we’re seeing good growth and we’re seeing an excitement coming back downtown and we’re seeing people wanting to open shops and open businesses downtown and it’s exciting,” said Katherine Utsinger, Ashland economic development specialist. Utsinger said the city is constantly showing properties downtown to interested businesses, noting in the past properties were only shown about once every few months.

Area’s small businesses honored at annual event - Economic Development

May 14, 2018

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — The 20th Annual Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards were presented during a breakfast ceremony on Thursday, May 10, at the Boyd County Community Center in Catlettsburg. The event recognized small business owners and advocates in Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties. This year’s event was coordinated by the Morehead State University/Ashland Small Business Development Center and the area's top leaders in banking, economic development, business and industry, and education including representatives from Ashland Alliance, Ashland Community and Technical College, Ashland Convention & Visitors Bureau, The BlackHorse Farm, City National Bank, Community Trust Bank, FIVCO-ADD, Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of Northeast Kentucky.

Kentucky Power awards six robotics grants to Ashland area schools - Economic Development

May 11, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Six Ashland area elementary and middle schools each received a $500 FIRST LEGO League robotics grant from Kentucky Power on Friday to support their robotics team. “Kentucky Power is critically aware of the need for strong science and technology education programs,” said Matthew Satterwhite, Kentucky Power’s president and chief operating officer. “We are proud to help Argillite Elementary and other students and school leaders in eastern Kentucky as they pursue firsthand experiences in science and technology.” Schools and teachers receiving $500 grants are:

Rand Paul meets with Marathon, talks local economy - Economic Development

May 4, 2018

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — U.S. Senator Rand Paul was in Catlettsburg Thursday to learn about Marathon Petroleum Company's Marine operation and to also discuss what the federal government can do to help spur more economic growth in the industry. Marathon Petroleum's Marine operation is a good news business story for Eastern Kentucky. Just this year it added 53 new employees and invested in new tow boats and barges. The Marine unit operates side-by-side with Marathon's Petroleum refinery. "We operate 21 tow boats and about 250 barges, and we move petroleum products primarily from the Catlettsburg refinery to terminals up and down the river," said Todd Sandifer manager of Marine Transportation at Marathon.

Bed and Breakfast to open in historic Ashland home - Economic Development

May 4, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — On a serene block of Bath Avenue, just a short walk from Central Park, sits a house that was once home to Kentucky Governor Simeon Willis and his family. This coming Sunday, the home will officially open as the Governor's Inn Bed and Breakfast. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 1 p.m. with tours of the home, located at 1612 Bath Ave., to follow until 4 p.m. Finger foods and desserts will be provided by Elite Catering and guests can enter to win a free night's stay. Owners and Innkeepers Tina Campbell and Alan Ray have worked to transform the home into a relaxing getaway located just minutes from Ashland’s biggest attractions. Originally from Hazard, Campbell moved to Florida for over 20 years where she “managed high rises and did condo conversions,” she said.

Ashland, Greenup, In new Economic Opportunity Zones - Economic Development

April 27, 2018

Sizable sectors of Boyd and Greenup counties have been designated new business investment Opportunity Zones by the federal government, meaning those who invest in, start up or expand business operations in the zones will be eligible for significant federal tax breaks. The opportunity zones include downtown Ashland, EastPark Industrial Center, Greenup and much of Greenup County's waterfront. The designations are brand new and hold the potential for significant enhancement of business and commerce, said Ashland Alliance Chief Executive Officer Tim Gibbs. "This is out of the new federal tax bill and 13 states have the ability to designate these zones, which means one can receive preferential treatment on their taxes to encourage investment," Gibbs said.

Broadband project work set for this summer in Boyd - Economic Development

April 26, 2018

Construction crews will begin installing a fiber optic infrastructure in Boyd County this summer as part of the long-discussed Kentucky Wired high-speed internet project, according to a project liaison. Holly Scoville, manager of government and resident relations for the project, laid out some details on how the state-wide project impacts Boyd County in a presentation this month to the fiscal court. The Kentucky Wired project is designed to build a high-speed fiber optic network connecting all 120 Kentucky counties. But it has been plagued by setbacks and delays since it was announced in 2015. As a result, the original cost estimate of $325 million has risen by millions. Halting the project, which involves a public-private partnership, would cost taxpayers more than completing it since contracts exist and bonds have been sold.

Braidy subsidiary Veloxint named Bronze Edison Award winner - Economic Development

April 23, 2018

NEW YORK — The Edison Awards, celebrating 31 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced that Veloxint was voted a Bronze Winner for Space Technology at their April 11th ceremony at The Capitale in New York City. Veloxint was represented alongside some of the world’s most recognized companies at the event acknowledging the hard work and commitment of all of the 2018 Edison Award winners. Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name.

Bidding deadline May 8 for former Fannin’s dealership property - Economic Development

April 20, 2018

A bidding process is underway for the old Fannin’s auto dealership property on U.S. 60. As part of court proceedings in Branch Banking and Trust Company v. Fannin Automotive Family, Inc., real property and all improvements, fixtures, applicable agreements, parking, access right of way and all other appurtenances on the real property at 7405 U.S. 60 was put up for bid. The bidding deadline is set for May 8. If one or more qualifying bids are received by the deadline, an auction will take place at 7405 U.S. 60 on May 9 at 10 a.m. The minimum qualifying bid is more than $3 million, according to an attorney with Kaplan, Johnson, Abate & Bird, LLP, the firm representing LS Associates, LLC, which is serving as the court-appointed receiver for Fannin and Fannin LLC.

New businesses coming to Ashland - Economic Development

April 12, 2018

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.

Independent Stave to build new $66.5 million cooperage in Morehead - Economic Development

April 5, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin has announced barrel manufacturer Independent Stave Co. will create 220 jobs for Kentuckians with a new $66.5 million cooperage in Morehead. “Independent Stave is a strong corporate partner to Kentucky with multiple locations across the commonwealth. This new investment, which will create 220 jobs in Eastern Kentucky, is the latest sign that ISC has truly made itself at home in our state,” Gov. Bevin said. “The bourbon industry plays a significant role in our economy, and that extends to cooperages and other sectors. We are grateful to the company for its continued commitment to Kentucky and are excited about its prospects for continued growth in the future.”

Century Aluminum announces $116 million-plus investment to upgrade smelter in Hawesville - Economic Development

April 4, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin has announced Century Aluminum Co., a global producer of primary aluminum, will invest approximately $116.5 million for improvements at its operation in Hawesville that will create over 250 full-time jobs. “Kentucky’s aluminum industry continues to build upon the momentum generated within the sector in recent years, and Century Aluminum has certainly been no exception,” Gov. Bevin said. “The more than 250 jobs created through this investment will be a boon for Hawesville and Hancock County. I want to thank the company for its dedication to the Kentucky workforce, as well as everyone who helped keep this investment and job growth in the commonwealth.”

Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative expanding - Economic Development

April 2, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Projects funded by the $100 million Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative (KWRSI) — and $150 million in locally matched funds — have led to the commencement of 40 projects with many already training students for high-demand technology jobs. “Kentucky is advancing rapidly in our mission to become America’s center for engineering and manufacturing excellence, and the Work Ready Skills Initiative is playing a significant role,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “The innovative KWRSI collaborations between local communities, private sector employers, and educational institutions will be truly transformational. We are excited to continue this strong momentum in developing Kentucky’s workforce for the high-skills jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Braidy finalist in 4 categories in global metals awards - Economic Development

March 29, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – A prospective aluminum rolling mill company in northeastern Kentucky is a finalist in four categories for the S&P Global Platts Global Metals Award. Braidy Industries CEO Craig T. Bouchard is a candidate for CEO of the Year while the company was also named a finalist for Breakthrough Solution of the Year, Aluminum Industry Le ader of the Year and Rising Star of the Year.Bouchard said the global metals award nominations were “quite a surprise, given our early stage, and will be seriously noticed by all of our competitors and potential customers.”

Wings Etc. Grill & Pub coming to Russell - Economic Development

March 27, 2018

RUSSELL, Ky. — A new restaurant called Wings Etc. Grill & Pub will now officially be located in the Russell Plaza. On Friday C3 Partners Russell LLC closed on the property, located next to the Best Western Hotel, which was owned by Cartee Land Development Inc. dba Arby’s. Cartee Land Development Inc. owns and develops the property within the plaza, which also houses the Golden Corral, Gold Star Chili and Arby’s. “This is just another transaction to help further develop that property,” said Ben Cooksey, attorney CFO for Cartee Land development Inc., adding that the area sold is slightly over an acre.

Kentucky intensifies efforts to assist small businesses, encourage innovation - Economic Development

March 21, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – With a growing list of business friendly initiatives, Kentucky is accelerating efforts to become a national leader in startup activity and a hotbed of innovation. Among plans to focus on small business, entrepreneurship and related job creation in the commonwealth, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development will increase assistance to startups and add to available capital by attracting more private-sector investors.

Braidy Industries expands executive team - Economic Development

March 21, 2018

Braidy Industries, Inc. announced today key executives joining the company’s initiative to build an aluminum rolling mill in East Park. “We have added three more stars to the Braidy executive ranks,” said Blaine Holt, Chief Operating Officer of Braidy Industries. “We continue to bring an unprecedented collection of skills to our mission of delivering quality metal products at the lowest cost to the mass transportation market in the North America, Europe and Asia," Holt said in a press release. "Our cost structure remains our driven blade of competitive advantage.”

Downtown Ashland hotel transformation on track - Economic Development

March 20, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Jim Nizzo, co-owner of the Ashland Plaza Hotel building, said community support has been “priceless” as his company works to resuscitate the property and turn it into a four-star Marriott-brand Delta Hotel. The massive renovation project ignited last fall when Nizzo and his business partner Andy Spiros of New York-based WB Hospitality officially bought the Ashland landmark for $3.6 million. The businessmen are investing more than $17 million in the renovation project. Work includes the installation of a façade, a complete redesign of the front entrance on Winchester Avenue and the lobby. The new hotel will have 152 rooms, three more than the building has currently. All the old furniture has been stripped from every room in the building.

KCTCS board approves new associate program to support Braidy Industries - Economic Development

March 20, 2018

VERSAILLES, Ky. — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents on Friday approved an associate in applied science in advanced integrated technology for Ashland Community and Technical College. Offering the degree was a direct request from Braidy Industries, which is developing a new aluminum manufacturing and stamping mill at EastPark. The mill will be located directly across from the ACTC Technology Drive campus and is projected to employ 500-550 workers. The focus of the AIT program is to train students in advanced technology applied to plant operations.

Braidy Industries in-depth: We can be the spark for local economy - Economic Development

March 15, 2018

It's been a big week for Braidy Industries. It started off Monday morning with a pair of significant company announcements — the acquisition of Veloxint, a high tech metals company that is expected to compliment Braidy's $1.5 billion aluminum rolling mill at EastPark Industrial Center. That same morning Braidy said it completed a $75 million Series B common stock offering. Later in the week, Braidy Chief Executive Officer Craig Bouchard spoke to a packed room full of potential employees interested in enrolling in Ashland Community & Technical College's Advanced Integrated Technology associate degree program, which is a training program offering industrial based courses. Those who complete the program could lead to a position at Braidy -- a company that plans to offer jobs paying $65,000 a year in a region struggling to create new jobs.

Portable Solutions readies for the future - Economic Development

March 9, 2018

WORTHINGTON, Ky. — Local executives and politicians — along with businessmen from as far away as Denmark — gathered at the headquarters of Portable Solutions Group on Tuesday night. The company hosted an open house highlighted by tours of the facility and speeches by Portable Solutions owner Robert Slagel, and Braidy Industries President and CEO Craig Bouchard. The top floor of the Portable Solutions building was brimming as guests mingled over shrimp and drinks.

Marathon Career Fair a big success - Economic Development

March 9, 2018

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Students Riley Schneider, Reagan Lewis and Maribeth Yerian learned a lot on Wednesday morning, but their schooling on this day wasn't in a traditional classroom. Instead, the students from Harvest Christian Academy were among thousands of youth from the Tri-State who made their way through Marathon Petroleum's Career Fair. The Fair, held in Boyd County at Marathon's training facility off Highway 23, seeks to pique the interests of youth in science, math, technology and perhaps spark the thought — over the long haul — about careers at Marathon.

Braidy outlines optimism about ACTC partnership - Economic Development

March 9, 2018

Braidy Industries President and CEO Craig Bouchard told job seekers not to feel discouraged that his company has received 5,500 applications for 600 jobs. “I wouldn’t let that turn you off for one second,” said Bouchard. The top Braidy executive was speaking to more than 200 local residents Tuesday night at the Ashland Community and Technical College’s campus at the EastPark Industrial Center. They were gathered at the campus to learn what working for Braidy would entail. The company said it plans to build a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill in EastPark in 2020, and hire about 600 employees.

Braidy Industries acquires high-technology metals company - Economic Development

March 6, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Less than one year after their announcement of plans to construct a $1.5 billion greenfield aluminum mill in Greenup County, Kentucky, Braidy Industries announces its successful completion of a $75 million Series B common stock issuance at $10 per share. Following the close of this financing, Braidy Industries finalized its acquisition of 100% of the outstanding equity of MIT-incubated ultra-high strength alloy and powder metallurgy provider, Veloxint.

ACTC readies for Braidy technology training - Economic Development

March 5, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Training on equipment to be used at the Braidy Industries aluminum mill — slated for construction at EastPark — will be a major component of a new degree program at Ashland Community and Technical College. Students who complete the program and meet other requirements will then have a chance at one of the more than 500 job openings projected for the mill upon opening in 2020. Classes will be highly computerized and will use simulators on which students will learn how to operate the plant’s machinery, dean of academic affairs Nicole Griffith-Green said.

ACTC sessions on Braidy program this month - Economic Development

March 1, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College is excited to announce our plans regarding the Advanced Integrated Technology (AIT) program and our partnership with Braidy Industries. You can begin your education this fall at ACTC. Join us for an informational session to learn more about the AIT program. This session will include the opportunity to apply to ACTC, learn more about the AIT program, meet representatives from other ACTC programs, speak with representatives from financial aid, and schedule placement testing. If you are interested in learning more about the AIT program, please register for one of the three sessions identified below. The sessions will be held in the Rocky Adkins Pavilion at the Technology Drive Campus, located on the Industrial Parkway.

Ashland commission approves payments to hotel developers - Economic Development

February 27, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland commission agreed to move more than $80,000 in bond money to business developers as plans to turn the Ashland Plaza Hotel into a four-star Marriott-brand progress. The city authorized four separate payments on Thursday to WB Hospitality, LLC from the Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, bond proceeds to reimburse for construction work. A TIF program is a tool commonly used by local governments to generate funding for large-scale public redevelopment projects or incentive packages for business development. A majority of the TIF payments made to WB Hospitality approved last week – $51,376.35 – is for WB Hospitality to reimburse a contractor, Precedence Inc., for elevator improvements and other work at the hotel.

Ashland moving forward with Judd Plaza revamp - Economic Development

February 20, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Plans to redevelop Judd Plaza in downtown Ashland are progressing and could lead to the addition of a small park. The Ashland commission accepted a $31,700 proposal this month from EN Engineering, LLC to perform engineering and drafting services associated with the stretch of brick road between Community Trust Bank and First Presbyterian Church. Mayor Steve Gilmore said the funding for a redesign project is already available because it was carried over from the 2016-2017 fiscal year. A redesign of Judd Plaza has been discussed off and on for at least the past 10 years.

Kentucky Power welcomes applications for final year of KEAP grant program - Economic Development

February 16, 2018

LOUISA, Ky. – Kentucky Power on Monday outlined guidelines for the Kentucky Power Economic Advancement Program in 2018, the final year for the grants. The application period opened at the kickoff event and will continue until March 16. In 2014, Kentucky Power committed to providing $1 million over five years to communities it serves and established the KEAP program to award $200,000 annually during that time period. The KEAP program was created as part of an agreement with the Kentucky Public Service Commission and others to provide economic development assistance to customers in Kentucky Power’s service area.

CEO of Braidy Industries: ‘We’re going to succeed’ - Economic Development

February 15, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Craig Bouchard has only to look outside the window of his downtown office in this northeastern Kentucky city for motivation. Ashland is a shell of what it used to be. But if Bouchard has his way, that will change. Bouchard, chairman and CEO of Braidy Industries, is leading an ambitious initiative to build a $1.3 billion state-of-the-art aluminum rolling mill in an area that hasn’t had positive economic news in almost 30 years. In less than two months, Braidy plans to break ground on a greenfield rolling mill that is named after one of Bouchard’s six children. For people in the northeastern Kentucky area, news of hundreds of high-paying jobs has restored hope.

Braidy still on track for spring groundbreaking - Economic Development

February 14, 2018

Braidy Industries is making significant progress on its massive aluminum rolling mill and continues to pursue a Spring groundbreaking on the facility at EastPark Industrial Center, a company vice president said Tuesday. "We are still on track to break ground in the next couple of months," said Nathan Haney, senior vice president of government relations at Braidy, in remarks made to Ashland's Breakfast Kiwanis Club. "We are really shooting hard for April," Haney said.

Ky Power to upgrade EastPark grid to support economic development, improve reliability - Economic Development

February 8, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Kentucky Power is strengthening the power grid and increasing economic development opportunities in eastern Kentucky with plans for significant upgrades to the electric transmission system in Boyd County. The EastPark Transmission Project consists of building approximately 3 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line and a new substation to provide electric service to Braidy Industries’ planned aluminum mill facility in the EastPark Industrial Center. Once complete, the work will provide the 1,000-acre business park with a reliable and robust power source capable of handling continued customer growth.

Sewer work on tap for EastPark - Economic Development

February 8, 2018

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Infrastructure improvements at the planned home of Braidy Industries’ $1.3-million aluminum mill were on the agenda Tuesday at a Boyd County Fiscal Court meeting, including a new pump station and sewer line. EastPark, the 1,000-acre industrial site at the junction of Boyd, Greenup and Carter Counties, needs some work to facilitate the Braidy plant scheduled to be built by 2020. Braidy Industries closed on a deal in mid-December to pay $993,578.26 for 204 acres of land on EastPark’s site B, located mostly in Boyd, and part of Greenup County. The company said it will break ground on the mill in April.

Positive trends observed in local real estate - Economic Development

February 6, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Newly released real estate numbers show solid sales growth in several eastern Kentucky cities of the Tri-State. Randy Memmer, president of the Ashland Area Board of Realtors, sees strength in the area’s overall real estate market, along with a very bright future ahead. “It is a good market for both buyers and sellers,” said Memmer. “If your house is priced right you are going to be out of that market real quick vs. where we used to be, which was maybe six or eight months (on the market).”

Braidy announces second phase of $1.3 billion investment - Economic Development

February 1, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Braidy Industries Inc., a manufacturer of efficient, eco-friendly aluminum alloys, has been approved for a near $603 million investment to build an eco-friendly and technically advanced aluminum mill in Greenup County at a January meeting of the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) Board. The investment is the second phase of a $1.3 billion investment by Braidy in Eastern Kentucky. The mill is expected to have the lowest conversion costs and highest operating margins among its North American competition. Gov. Matt Bevin praised Braidy’s decision to further invest in Kentucky.

Rail spur grant secured in Greenup - Economic Development

January 31, 2018

Greenup County landed a sizable grant Monday that county leaders will help solidify job growth in Wurtland and surrounding areas. The Department for Local Government (DLG) in Frankfort confirmed Monday an $819,300 Community Development Block Grant was allocated to Greenup County Fiscal Court, on behalf of the Riverport Authority, to construct a rail spur at Wright-Mix Material Solutions in Wurtland. In July the Pikeville-based concrete company, along with Gov. Matt Bevin, announced Wright-Mix's plans to create 130 jobs and invest $8.5 million in a new production facility at the river port in Wurtland. "We've been looking for (news on this grant application) for a couple of weeks and we hoped they would ok it," said Greenup County Fiscal Court Judge Executive Bobby Carpenter. "It's for a rail spur, you have to have a crossing, and there will also be a set of scales and a scale facility in this same mix...that is a scale to weigh trucks for the authority."

Farmers-first Iidustrial hemp operation to create 271 jobs in Bourbon County - Economic Development

January 29, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – AgTech Scientific plans to create 271 jobs at a new hemp-products development and manufacturing center in Paris as it forges relationships with Kentucky farmers and partners on research projects with the state’s flagship university, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “AgTech’s plans for Bourbon County put the company at the forefront of realizing Kentucky’s potential as an international leader in hemp production,” said Gov. Bevin. “The fact that their business plan includes groundbreaking research being performed at the University of Kentucky and mutually beneficial partnerships with our state’s farmers holds exciting possibilities for both industrial and agricultural hemp. This would not have been possible without last year’s efforts to better align state law with federal guidelines, which ensure hemp is grown and processed with the utmost transparency and under strict law enforcement supervision.”

Kentucky Power’s head of economic development named VP at Appalachian Power - Economic Development

January 26, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — Brad N. Hall, who has led Kentucky Power’s bold economic development efforts since 2012, was named Friday as vice president of external affairs for sister operating company Appalachian Power. In his new role, Hall will have responsibility for customer services, corporate communications, government affairs, economic development, community affairs and environmental issues covering Appalachian Power’s territories in Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Hall will report to Appalachian Power President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Beam. Hall is currently external affairs manager at Kentucky Power, responsible for economic and business development, governmental affairs and environmental issues in eastern Kentucky. He replaces Mark E. Dempsey, a former Kentucky Power governmental affairs manager who is retiring after 42 years with American Electric Power (AEP). Both companies are units of AEP.

Greensburg lands $11.6 million Hardin Scientific facility - Economic Development

January 25, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Biotech device maker Hardin Scientific Inc. will locate its new $11.6 million manufacturing and development operation in Green County, a project expected to create 50 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “Hardin Scientific combines cutting-edge science with the kind of business initiative we want to encourage more of in Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “Companies like this are fueling our state’s rise to national distinction in research and advanced manufacturing. It is the entrepreneurs with big ideas, like those guiding Hardin Scientific, that are making this happen. It is great to see a homegrown product of one of Kentucky’s universities leading the way as we move into the future.”

Novelis to create 125 jobs with new aluminum plant in Todd County - Economic Development

January 25, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Aluminum supplier Novelis Inc. will create 125 full-time jobs with a nearly $305 million investment as it locates a new processing plant in Guthrie to produce automotive-grade sheet, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “We are excited to see Novelis, a leader in the global aluminum industry, expand its Kentucky presence and bring new advanced-manufacturing jobs to Todd County,” said Gov. Bevin. “Partnering with companies like Novelis who are investing here for the long term, supports the state’s economy and advances our efforts to make Kentucky the center for engineering and manufacturing excellence in America. We are grateful to Novelis for this tremendous vote of confidence in our workforce and for broadening their footprint in Kentucky.”

Kentucky intensifies efforts to grow startups and entrepreneurs - Economic Development

January 23, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is ramping up its focus on startups and entrepreneurship growth following a record year of investment in the commonwealth. As part of this effort, the Cabinet has added Brian Mefford to the position of executive director within the Office of Entrepreneurship. Mefford previously founded Connected Nation Inc., an internationally recognized broadband services firm, where he served as CEO for nearly a decade. He later founded CNX, an offshoot of Connected Nation, where he led the development of a patent-pending software platform that allows government entities to partner with broadband service providers to share assets, information and processes to accelerate fiber broadband and 5G network growth.

Braidy Industries announces key hires for aluminum mill - Economic Development

January 12, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Braidy Industries announced today key hires and executive promotions as they progress plans for their flagship 300,000 ton-capacity aluminum rolling mill in Eastern Kentucky. Brigadier General Blaine Holt, USAF (Ret.) assumes the role of COO from his previous role as executive vice president of Operations and will continue to report to Braidy Industries CEO, Craig Bouchard. Holt will manage operations and logistics, including the War Room, and general oversight of the $1.3 billion flagship rolling mill in Eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky sets record for investments in 2017 - Economic Development

January 12, 2018

Kentucky’s economic growth in 2017 exceed the past two years, which were the best years in more than a decade. According to the Cabinet for Economic Development, the state had its best year since the mid-90s. Officials announced a record $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017 along with commitments to create more the 17,200 jobs — the most since 2000.

Kentucky’s corporate investment hits record $9.2 billion in 2017 - Economic Development

January 4, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Shattering its previous investment record, Kentucky announced $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017, bringing commitments to create more than 17,200 jobs, the most since 2000, Gov. Matt Bevin said today. “Kentucky’s record-setting performance this year in job creation and corporate investment is a direct result of the pro-business legislation, policies and programs we’ve enacted over the past two years,” Gov. Bevin said.

Job growth top goal for Alliance as 2018 rings in - Economic Development

January 4, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. — It is an exciting time to be in the Tri-State. It it appears the winds of change are pushing the region forward into a new chapter of economic growth. Braidy Industries has promised more than 500 new jobs. Wright Concrete is expanding and constructing an 80,000 square-foot facility in the Wurtland Riverport. The Downtown Ashland Plaza Hotel is scheduled to be transformed into a new, state-of-the-art hotel. King's Daughters Medical Center added 125 positions and 19 physicians and The Ashland Alliance said nearly 1,200 permanent jobs have been announced or created recently.

Business world A-list together as shareholders in Braidy Industries - Economic Development

January 3, 2018

ASHLAND, Ky. – Heavy hitters in the business world have joined together as shareholders in Braidy Industries, the firm that’s building a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill in northeastern Kentucky. The list includes entrepreneurs, industrialists, investors, a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, a world-renowned Harvard University economist, as well as current and former researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

President’s Report

President’s Report – Nov. 16, 2018 - 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.

President’s Report – Nov. 2, 2018 - President’s Report

November 2, 2018

Moment to Say Thanks! I realize that it has been a few weeks since my last report. With our Annual Meeting last week, it has been a busy time at Ashland Alliance. I think it is appropriate to say thank you to each one of you. I believe most of you were in the room with nearly 1,000 of your closest friends, feeling the hope and direction that is coming from this community. It was a special night in Northeast Kentucky. I must thank all our sponsors including Braidy Industries, Kiewit Construction, and Veloxint. Events like this just don’t take place without a lot of work! Studimo Staging and Lights were on top of their game in transforming a warehouse that is going to change the world into a great venue for the Alliance. Cab's Catering was spot on serving nearly 1,000 people great food in under 35 minutes. 3J's Catering handled the receptions with ease.  There are so many that worked to make this the night to remember. Thank you to each one of you.

President’s Report – Sept. 21, 2018 - President’s Report

September 21, 2018

Happy Friday! Happy Friday from the road! Today finds me working from Frankfort at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference. The conference provides interesting conversations among Chamber Executives from across Kentucky. After hearing the best and brightest ideas and offerings, I believe there are lessons to be learned for the Ashland Alliance about how we can offer value for our members. This gathering showed me more than just what we could do better. It taught me our community is actually aligned pretty well. Many communities don't work together for a common cause. While every community can do better, from what I heard, Ashland, Boyd and Greenup County actually work very well together. Our progress is proof and why the results will have far-reaching effects for you and your family.

President’s Report – Sept. 14, 2018 - President’s Report

September 17, 2018

Mark Your Calendars! Wow! September and October are full of exciting events for the Ashland Alliance, our members and partners! We are also seeking sponsors for our 20th Annual Meeting. We've provided information about sponsorship below. If you want to sponsor this spectacular event, please let us know by October 11 in order for your sponsorship to be included in signage and printed materials at the event. ANNUAL MEETING INFORMATION AND SPONSOR FORM Also coming up is our Fall Ball Chase AND, we are hosting a lunch with Congressman Hal Rogers on October 17th. —Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance President and CEO

President’s Report – Sept. 7, 2018 - President’s Report

September 7, 2018

Save the Date!! October 25th is the Ashland Alliance Annual Meeting. It will be the 20th time we have gathered to celebrate the year and glance to the future of our region. Last year 608 people came together to hear about our future. We celebrated business accomplishments and announcements and were honored to have Governor Bevin and Braidy Industries CEO, Craig Bouchard as featured speakers. This year we plan to raise the bar even higher. We will be announcing the speaker line up in the next week or two. We have already secured a fabulous program to highlight what is happening in the region and where tomorrow will take us. It's time for you mark your calendar. Call the Alliance and be a part of history! Last year, if I had placed one more table for the event, I believe I would have been cited for exceeding the limit of the room! This year, I promise it will be even bigger and an extraordinary event for all of us. 

President’s Report – August 24, 2018 - President’s Report

August 24, 2018

A Great Time to Call This Home Fall is always my favorite season. In this last week, the cool mornings and cooler days have brightened my steps and made me realize how lucky we are to live in this area. My thoughts today are to share this same type of enthusiasm with you. I want you to feel what I have experienced this week. Here goes! This week I had the opportunity to work with the newly selected contractor for the Braidy Atlas facility in EastPark. I got to see the animated build out of the 13th largest building under one roof in the United States. We were planning where to park 1,500 cars and trucks and how to stage the building of such a massive project. It was truly exciting to be a part of.

President’s Report – August 17, 2018 - President’s Report

August 17, 2018

Our Business Network It has been one of those weeks. We all have them where what can go wrong, does. But, that is not the message of today or the week. My thought is of the half-full side. Every challenge I have had this week there has been someone or a local company that could help. In this economy of the world wide web sometimes you just need someone that knows how to fix things. The community has always been this type of place where you can get things done. I was standing next to the road today with a cut tire (on the car less than four days), and five different people stopped and offered to help me. I didn’t know one of them. That, my friends, is who we are.  Today we delivered doughnuts to our anniversary members. Companies and people that have built this community and have a vested interest in it becoming what we all see, and feel is starting to happen. I also met with one of our national company members in Enterprise Car Rental. They taught me something as well. It is less expensive to rent a car for business travel than charge mileage on your vehicle. Enterprise will arrange to drop off and pick up the car at your place of work. Enterprise is one of many quality companies and people in this area. In a hard week, it's good to have friends, even if they are people you don’t know.

President’s Report – August 10, 2018 - President’s Report

August 10, 2018

Backpack! Backpack This week was a great reminder of what a wonderful place our region is. I just want to take a moment to tell each of you how much I appreciate you. You make this a great community and the Ashland Alliance is grateful. Your generosity never fails to touch me. For the last couple of weeks, we have been the "drop off point" for the Young Professionals' Annual Backpack Program. It's been a little difficult navigating through the office, but each of the 706 backpacks that have been dropped off here represents a child in our community who will start school with the supplies they need, new clothes and shoes to start the school year. It truly warms my heart. I've added a few photos so that you may see what its is like getting these in here and getting them out! Thank you to everyone who filled a backpack or donated to the program. Thanks also to the Ashland Alliance Young Professionals and our area Family Resource Centers for making sure this program continues to be a success.

President’s Report – July 27, 2018 - President’s Report

July 27, 2018

There's No Place Like Home Great week here in Northeast Kentucky! For me, it is interesting since last week I was lucky enough to participate with our Governor selling Kentucky to other parts of the world. Last week was the Farnborough Airshow which is the largest gathering of Aerospace companies, many of which focus on metal and metal fabrication in the world. The Ashland Alliance along with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Governor Bevin met with seventeen companies looking for expansion opportunities in the United States. So, while we are hosting athletes and families from around the world with the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic this week, our area was also taking our story to the world. I hope you have had the chance to see what world-class tennis looks like here in Ashland. I have had the opportunity to welcome players and their families to our part of the world and country to show what summertime in Kentucky looks like. I have reasons to be proud, and I want to thank Braidy Industries in becoming a corporate partner in highlighting our community.

President’s Report – July 9, 2018 - President’s Report

July 6, 2018

242 Years and Going Strong! Happy July 4th week from the Ashland Alliance. I hope many of you had the opportunity to spend the holiday with your family and celebrate our great nation’s birthday. Monday of this week was a special day for the Alliance and our area. Not only was it the actual 242nd anniversary of the vote of the thirteen colonies to form this Nation, but the Alliance also hosted the United States Senate Majority Leader and Senior Senator of Kentucky Mitch McConnell. 120 members of the Ashland Alliance family joined Leader McConnell for a Washington Update at the Old Post Office in downtown Ashland. Senator McConnell took note of the changes happening in this region and spoke of the hope that he has seen here for the first time in a long time. The conversation focused on what is going on in Washington and how many times it may be better then what has been reported by the media. Senator McConnell relayed how he works with others in the Senate and the House. His conversation was a great chance for members of the Alliance to hear from Senator McConnell, ask questions, and even get a keepsake photo afterward. All in all, it was a great way to start the July 4th week. The luncheon and Summer Motion provided an excellent week for the region.

President’s Report – June 22, 2018 - President’s Report

June 22, 2018

SelectUSA Investment Summit Hello from Gate 21 of Reagan National Airport. This report will be a short one. Amanda and I are on our way home after a few days at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C. The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the highest-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. The signature event provides an opportunity to bring together companies from all over the world, economic development organizations from every corner of the nation, and other parties working to facilitate business investment in the United States. If you haven’t yet, please RSVP if you plan on attending the Washington Update Luncheon with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. 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 calling the Alliance Office at (606) 324-5111.  —Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance President and CEO

President’s Report – June 15, 2018 - 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.

President’s Report – June 8, 2018 - President’s Report

June 8, 2018

We're Back! Sorry that you haven’t received a President’s report for the last few weeks. It has been very nuts around here with last week's Braidy Groundbreaking (VIEW PHOTOS OF THE GROUNDBREAKING HERE) and the week before when I was on the road meeting with businesses looking at our area for expansion. All in all its been a great couple weeks for the Ashland Alliance and the region. This week started off with the afterglow of having the Governor, Craig Bouchard, and several thousand people for the Braidy celebration and groundbreaking. It is impressive to see the progress that can happen with people working together. I want to take a moment and say thank you to the staff of the Alliance. There were several long days and nights in assisting Braidy Industries for the event. Our job is unique but, with it comes times when you have to do more then what is the norm for most companies. Thank you, ladies, for making the Alliance a special place! This week we celebrated ribbon cuttings, new announcements, and new projects.  Great American Kitchens and Baths opened on Winchester Avenue. The Alliance provided the ribbon and Gregg Maddox, and his staff hosted the community for the official kick-off to their kitchen and bath showroom. Hearing Mr. Maddox speak of why now is the time to invest in Ashland, confirms what a lot of people are feeling. Things are on the move here.

President’s Report – May 14, 2018 - President’s Report

May 11, 2018

Someone Please Bring Back All Those Golf Balls I Lost Hello from the desk of the Ashland Alliance.! Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s Spring Golf Outing and thank you to the sponsors that helped make it a great day. 30 teams battled the course and the weather to enjoy spring in Northeast Kentucky. And, as I mentioned in my title today, I know I lost more golf balls than anyone else out there! I also stayed out too long to get last week's report out! Here is a recap of the last couple of weeks—Last week started with friends at Russell High School. They were celebrating their 7th Governor’s Cup. This academic competition is held each year with every school in Kentucky competing for the title of the top academic team in the Commonwealth. Russell defeated a school of 3,000 STEM-based students on the way to their championship. Russell is not alone in featuring the best and brightest in Northeast Kentucky and statewide. Raceland-Worthington High School won the state quick recall state championship and third in the Governor’s Cup with Ashland Paul Blazer finishing fifth overall.

President’s Report – April 27, 2018 - President’s Report

April 27, 2018

Momentum Backed by History Before I get to the recap of activity for the week I have something interesting to share. I believe this thought was stirred up from last week's strategic planning meeting we held at Keeneland. Almost every day there are things that make me think of the past and our future. Today I noticed a photo of the USS Ashland (LSD-48), the United States Navy Whidbey Island Class Landing Ship. This was the second ship the US Navy commissioned in honor of Henry Clay's home estate, Ashland, in Lexington Kentucky. Henry Clay's Estate is also the name sake of the City of Ashland. The USS Ashland is based in Sasebo Japan and was built in 1988. Henry Clay was a statesman for Kentucky and the United States. He was known as the Great Compromiser. He could see all sides and find the possible among the options at hand. That seems like a great message today as well. Our upward trend taking root in Ashland and all of the communities of Northeast Kentucky is also based on the historical work of others. The foundation of business and industry is setting the stage for the growth of today. For those that laid this foundation...thank you.

President’s Report – April 20, 2018 - President’s Report

April 20, 2018

Planning for the Future Today marked a significant day in the 101 years the Ashland Alliance has been representing Northeast Kentucky. Today, 40 individuals came together to chart a course forward, reaffirm the role this organization plays and set measurable goals. We invited partners to the table and encouraged all to have their say to build the path forward. Kentucky Power sponsored our strategic planning event. They too want to build a stronger region and have served as a leader in Northeast Kentucky. It has been a good day. Thank you to this committee for your time, thoughts, and commitment to this organization and the place we call home. My section of this report is a bit shorter than usual. Our strategic plan is still rolling out, and already I can see and feel how important this is. We are in a different place for this strategic planning retreat. We now know how to compete and that we can win. No the question is: Are we ready and how do we take full advantage of the opportunity while seeking a diversified economy? These are great topics to discuss, and I will be happy to share the results of the day coming very soon to each of you.

President’s Report – April 13, 2018 - 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.

President’s Report – April 6, 2018 - President’s Report

April 6, 2018

April Showers Bring Flowers — What Does Snow Bring? Hello from the desk of the Ashland Alliance. Just as this week continues to be a week a transition from winter to spring, so have the activities for the Alliance. My week started off as the last-minute speaker for the Ashland Rotary Club. About 10:45 a.m., my phone rang with the request to stand in for a speaker that was ill and had lost her voice. Well, we never miss a chance to share the news of the region and point out how great things are happening for all of us and our partners. It was an interesting presentation for me. I have spoken to the Rotary Club before but, this one was different. Most presentations I make are laid out well in advance. The themes are constant with our activities and highlight what has happened and we hope is coming. In front of the Rotary Club, I spoke of an idea that was presented to me by the facilitator for the Alliance Strategic planning session later this month. In my first conversation with this lady, I described a community with historical roots of manufacturing and commerce that had seen decline the last 30-40 years but had recently found its way. Our facilitator, who hosts events like ours all over the country, pushed back. She stated that in her research of the community and our marketing of it, we didn’t look like a community that was distressed but one on the move. She thought it was time to move on, to embrace the positive and not be weighed down by the past. Just as we are facing snow in April; maybe its time for a change.

President’s Report – March 23, 2018 - President’s Report

March 23, 2018

Madness On! With Marshall, the University of Kentucky, and Ohio State out of the NCAA Tournament, its time to turn our attention to spring. I’m not sure how many of you stayed up WAY past your regular bedtimes last night, but Friday morning came very early today. Welcome to spring and, of course, snow that could blanket the ground tomorrow. Before I go into the activity of this week, there was one event that I missed last week. I failed to mention the great Business After Hours that Citizens Bank hosted with their partner Big Sandy Superstore. This event is always a fun and exciting time celebrating the joy of March Madness. On top of that, they always have great prizes, food and live entertainment. Jason and his whole team set the bar high for events that follow, and I wanted to say thank you from the Alliance.

President’s Report – March 16, 2018 - President’s Report

March 16, 2018

Madness has Begun! For many people (me included) the first Thursday and Friday of March Madness is an extraordinary time. For the Ashland Alliance, it was the time that we realized our TV doesn’t work. It has been on the wall for nine months, but we hadn’t turned it on other than for power points and internet connection. I wasn’t happy.... It has been a busy week here at the Alliance. It may not be Madness, but we are busy. I spoke to Wurtland City Council this week at their March meeting. It was an excellent opportunity to understand what the City of Wurtland was working towards and how the Alliance can be a part of it. The Alliance at its best serves as the middle ground between business and industry and our elected officials and the people they serve. Something else of interest is there is a new bill filed this week in the Kentucky House of Representatives that would take statewide the Work Ethic Seal program the Alliance has with our high schools and seniors that choose to participate.

President’s Report – March 9, 2018 - President’s Report

March 9, 2018

Nice Week of Announcements I feel good to be sitting in a warm office looking out at the sunny but cold day in the Tri-State. It also feels encouraging to look back at the activity of the week and look forward to things to come. Just like the early flowers and trees that are starting to show signs of life, so too is the announcements and information about growth in the local economy. The Daily Independent featured headlines about the Braidy Industries purchase of the Veloxint Company and their manufacturing facility being located in Eastpark. This is exciting news. It is, not only 100 jobs and the first announcement related to Braidy since our community was chosen for the $1.4 billion manufacturing site, it runs much deeper than that. It truly sets this community on a path toward being the “Advanced Material Manufacturing Center of the world.” These are Craig Bouchard's words, and they mean a bright future for Northeast Kentucky.

President’s Report – March 2, 2018 - President’s Report

March 2, 2018

Marching On! Hello from the desk of the Ashland Alliance. It has been another busy week here at the Alliance. As I started to lay out the recap of the week, I noticed several things that we worked on fall into that category of not being able to share at this point. I hope you're ok with the knowledge that good things are happening, and we see opportunities that we haven’t seen before. In time we can share the news and bring everyone together but, a large part of our work is based on keeping things quiet until the right time. March is an exciting time to be in Kentucky. Trees have already started to bud, and everything is showing signs of life. This week, we too, have started the work of transition. Its never too early for Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival committee to be planning the 30th year providing holiday lights, displays that need to be refurbished; and to confirm the season's schedule.

President’s Report – Feb. 23, 2018 - President’s Report

February 23, 2018

High Water Mark Hello from the desk of the Ashland Alliance. This week we have included a couple of photos and links to videos from the 1937 flood. I thought it was appropriate to point out this is not the first time or the worst flooding the region has experienced but, it does have a significant effect on the people and business community along the mighty Ohio River. In between the raindrops, this has been another busy week in Northeast Kentucky. The Alliance was proud to collaborate with 58 volunteers today for a planning session of the Community Leadership Development Program. This is the 39th year that the Alliance and the steering committee have highlighted what it means to be a leader in the community and how this builds a strong future for everyone. What is impressive is the fact the all 58 members of this committee are graduates of the program and care enough for others to experience what they did to give their time and effort. The steering committee is cochaired by Lloyd Keyser and Matt Perkins. The program is a wonderful attribute of the Alliance and Northeast Kentucky. Applications will soon be sent out for the class of 2018.

President’s Report – Feb. 16, 2018 - President’s Report

February 16, 2018

Holding Down the Fort Happy Friday everyone! Here's a quick recap of the week: Monday morning began with an appearance on The Big Picture with Jill York. The weekly show takes an in-depth look at local issues and The Alliance was featured to discuss economic development in the region. I've added A LINK HERE if you want to watch. Our Executive Committee meeting was held on Wednesday. The committee asked that I remind anyone interested in serving on our Board of Directors to please submit a letter of interest by February 23, 2018. Letters received after that date will not be considered by the Nominating Committee. Today, while delivering donuts, I visited the Boyd County Public Library, who is celebrating 30 years as an Ashland Alliance member this week. I also stopped in Bare Arms and took a peek at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in downtown Ashland. You can read more about each of these in the Dunk n' Development section of this report.

President’s Report – Feb. 9, 2018 - President’s Report

February 9, 2018

Change is in the Air I start this week’s update from the Alliance with a couple of questions: What season are we in and how long will it be before we get to spring? There is a lot of activity going on but I, like a lot of people, just want to get there soon! It has been another busy week here in the office and out and about with many of you. It is an excellent time to give you an update on the Kentucky Legislative Session. Last year at this time there had been many high-profile bills filed, voted on, and signed under an emergency order. This year, not so much. There has been due diligence work on many fronts but to date, it has not been the fast-paced session of last year. I do think there will be a pension bill introduced and action soon. Details on this are being held close to the vest and when we have something to share, we will be sure to inform you. This one issue will affect the 2-year budget and nearly everything else that may be under consideration. We are continuing to link you to the Kentucky Chamber report on legislative topics in this weekly update for those of you that want the deep dive into happenings in Frankfort.

President’s Report – Feb. 2, 2018 - President’s Report

February 2, 2018

Never a Dull Moment Hello from the desk at the Alliance. It has been another one of those weeks where suddenly....it's Friday at 4:00 pm!!!! Where did the week go? Oh well, lets recap the week. Tuesday, we started off with a site visit. It is always a good thing when we have a chance to pitch what makes our community special to prospective new businesses. The main point we stress is how we can compete and in turn make them successful. We all know that business decisions are multifaceted but, in general terms, they are based on sound financial decisions. So, we learn everything we can about the client, their business, and the trends of their clusters, then we align who we are and what we can offer to make them successful. There may not be one single way to do this the right way but, there are certainly wrong ways to do this. Many times, you must adjust your presentation on the fly by the input you receive while making the pitch. I am happy to share that we are getting more chances to show who we are and why this area is set for economic growth going forward.

President’s Report – Jan. 26, 2018 - President’s Report

January 26, 2018

Time to Say Thanks! Each week I try to pick a theme for the comments about the weekly activity of the Ashland Alliance. This week, thank you is the pick. There are always reasons for us to thank our members and our partners for the work that takes place. But, this week, there are a couple things I want to point out and share with you. Kentucky Power announced today that Brad Hall, External Affairs Manager (Alliance Executive Board Member) is taking a new position with Appalachian Power as Vice President of External Affairs. Appalachian Power is an AEP company which covers portions of Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee. This is a great opportunity for Brad, and for the new region he will represent. Brad has been fundamental to the changes that have taken place in this area over the last several years. His fingerprints have touched and lead the efforts to certify sites, conduct workforce studies, and fund economic development in partnership with Kentucky Power. He simply has made a difference. We (and I) owe him a great amount of gratitude for the leadership and commitment he has shown to us. It will be sad to see Brad move on but, I know he will make a difference for a new area moving forward.

President’s Report – Jan. 18, 2018 - President’s Report

January 19, 2018

Favorite Friday! Time to recap a brisk week here at the Alliance. On Tuesday (during the 1-2-inch snowfall that turned out to be 5”) Amanda an I had the opportunity to walk through the soon-to-be Delta Marriot. This $14 million project that is going to bring regional travelers and business people back to the center of the town is well underway. All the rooms and common areas are stripped out and plans are drawn for the rebuild of the facility. It was exciting to see the activity and work that is going into this project. Last week I mentioned that we were starting a new program to engage our member and highlight activity they are having. We are delivering Dave’s Donuts each Friday morning to Alliance Members. But, for this to work we need to know who to come see! Drop us a line and get on the list for a smiling face, doughnuts, and chance to share your news with the Alliance Members and the community. This week I stopped in and visited Russel Area Technology Center and the Ashland Town Center. Each had great news to share.

President’s Report – Jan. 12, 2018 - President’s Report

January 12, 2018

Bring It On! Each of you is probably waiting for the first significant snowfall of the year to happen or hopefully waking up with a cup of hot coffee in your hand. This is just reminder that winter is still the season and spring is still on the horizon. But, each day is getting longer, and it won’t be long before this too shall pass. This week was also one of transition as the new year has settled in a new normal. Our program, Youth Leadership is rolling along and held their Arts and Culture Day in Ashland. While many of the students from the seven school districts may have spent time in the Paramount Theater and Highlands Museum, they certainly hadn't had the behind-the-scenes view and interaction with the people that make it work. In addition, the class was lucky enough to go backstage of the Daily Independent for a view of what makes a paper run as well. All the sessions of this program build on knowledge and help prepare the next generation of leaders, workers, and business owners right here in Northeast Kentucky.

President’s Report – Jan. 5, 2018 - President’s Report

January 5, 2018

Times Move On As we start the new year it is time to renew one of the core functions of the Alliance for your business. The Alliance is proud to serve as your legislative advocate and partner as the Kentucky Legislative session begins. Frankfort is abuzz with the 60-day budget session and several pieces of legislation that could affect you and your business.  Over this 60 day session, the Alliance will provide a weekly update on the actions of the legislative session and ensure you have timely access to your elected officials. Last night, the Alliance attended the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Annual Chamber Day with 1,600 business leaders in Lexington. This event featured presentations from all of the elected leaders of the Kentucky House and Senate along with Governor Bevin. The discussion was focused on the budget, which looks to be difficult at best, and how to handle the pension crisis. One thing was very clear, the pension issue is to be addressed. Kicking the can down the road is not an option. 

President’s Report – Dec. 29, 2017 - President’s Report

December 29, 2017

One Last Look It's hard to believe that the year is over. With each year passing it is important to look back at what happened and how we can learn from it. 2017 was a turning point for this region. The work of many, the partnership, and the investment in ourselves paid dividends. For this, I say thank you to each one of you, your business and your guidance. It is important to say these words to close the year. This is the last time you will hear from us what was done last year. It is time to turn the page. We have to make our way again and raise the bar for the region. I know each one of you will do your part and support the efforts of the team. Let’s make 2018 a record year. We have all the reasons in the world to believe this is the beginning of something special for our families and business communities.  

President’s Report – Dec. 8, 2017 - President’s Report

December 8, 2017

Season of Giving Only 17 days to Christmas. While Christmas is known by many as the season of presents and holiday cheer, this week, it also was known for more. My Ashland Rotary email told me the names that were giving their time ringing the bell to help raise money for those less fortunate. I also was thrilled to serve breakfast with our favorite Santa Claus this past Saturday at the Winter Wonderland Breakfast with Santa. It has been a wonderful time in our area. Last night was one the largest Business After Hours of the Year at Our Lady of Bellefonte Centre. This Holiday Business After Hours is always one of the best times to celebrate the season with friends and the business community. I personally want to thank the staff of OLBH for their dedication and hard work.

President’s Report – Dec. 1, 2017 - President’s Report

December 1, 2017

A Little Leftovers I hope each one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with friends and family. Today's report will be a recap of what was one of my most enjoyable weeks with the Alliance in the last 3.5 years.  Last Monday's Annual Meeting exceeded my expectations! Over 600 of you joined in the celebration of 2017. But, it was much more than just what each of us has seen over the last year. It was an awakening of a region. It was a realization that this region and its people can build a stronger economy and kids of today will have the option to stay here and raise their families just as you have.

President’s Report – Nov. 17, 2017 - President’s Report

November 17, 2017

It is Here! What a wild and crazy week at the Ashland Alliance. Friday is nearly over and I just thought….I haven’t even started on my weekly report! I believe everyone knows that Monday is our Annual Dinner and it has been all-hands-on-deck in preparation for that. We are SOLD OUT!!!!!! We have twice the number of last year and have a great program with Governor Bevin and Craig Bouchard as featured speakers. I also get a chance to chime in with a yearly review. Let me say this, I have outlined my presentation and it is good. This has been a very good year for the Alliance and our community. And, the best is yet to come.

President’s Report – Nov. 10, 2017 - President’s Report

November 10, 2017

Special People in Special Times Thank you for another week of sitting in the chair at the Ashland Alliance. This week there hasn’t been much sitting as every day and evening there have been events, a ribbon cutting and preparation for the season to come. November is always a busy season. However, with the addition of new companies and expansion of existing ones this has been a crazy week. Braidy officially opened their World Wide Headquarters on Monday, in the Community Trust Bank Building. Over 200 people attended to see the completely renovated floor that houses the Braidy team. Craig had his entire team out for the community to meet and discuss how we move forward together. It was a wonderful experience to feel the excitement and see a world class office in Ashland.

President’s Report – Nov. 3, 2017 - President’s Report

November 4, 2017

All That is New is Old Happy Friday from the desk of the Ashland Alliance. It seems hard to believe we are already into November. November seems to be that transition month with shorter grayer days. It is also the time of the greatest color we have before the return of winter. I am feeling the change in the season and I think my comments of the week may be wrapped in that blanket. Yesterday I had the honor to represent the Alliance and Braidy Industries in Hitchins Kentucky at the Carter County Christian Acadamy Gym dedication. This facility was a WPA project (1939) that has been restored and will serve the CCCA and it's 109 students. Most of you know the history of this Carter County Community. In 1893 fireclay was discovered. This magical substance had a high value for the qualities of being high-heat resistant and very strong. With the development of the iron and steel industries of this area, it was a critical component used for lining the furnaces of Armco.

President’s Report – Oct. 27, 2017 - President’s Report

October 27, 2017

24 Days and Counting Each Friday I have the pleasure of recapping the work and activity of the Ashland Alliance. This Friday is no exception, other than sitting down at my computer today, I realized it is only 24 days until the Alliance holds the celebration it has had since its creation. Our Annual Meeting is being held November 20th. I should not be surprised that as of yesterday we had already sold 39 tables of 10! There is a strong possibility we will sell out! This event featuring Governor Bevin and Craig Bouchard will be a great evening highlighting what is happening in our area and what is to come. We are pleased to announce that other companies that have chosen northeast Kentucky for new facilities and expansions are joining the celebration as well. Wright Mix-Materials Solutions, Steel of West Virginia and the proud new owners of the former the Ashland Plaza Hotel, WB Hospitality, will be our guest for the evening.

President’s Report – Oct. 20, 2017 - President’s Report

October 20, 2017

Moving Ahead Together To say this was an ordinary week in the region and at the Alliance would be an understatement. While I can’t cover all the details of this week's news, I will try to share some light and insight with you, our members and friends. I appreciate the opportunity to share with you how your organization is working to make this community a better version of itself. At times, I can’t share in real-time how and what is going on. The last couple of weeks is a good example of this. First and foremost, Braidy Industries is building a $1.3 billion facility here. The papers got the story correct. The project ran into engineering challenges that could have delayed it. This is very important because Braidy has pre-sold over 100% of their 300,000 tons of product. It is not easy to build a plant of this size with the 100-200 ton machinery they will have. Locations that fit this description are not located everywhere. But, Craig Bouchard stood in Greenup County at the McConnell House and said we will build this and we will put people back to work.

President’s Report – Oct. 13, 2017 - President’s Report

October 13, 2017

Happy Friday! It is a wonderful week to be sitting in the chair at the Alliance. This week has been a busy one! I spent two days at one of the largest aviation business shows in the nation. I had the chance to meet with six companies that all had active projects or opportunities for expansion. They were interested in hearing the positive things happening in the area. It truly is a good time to be in Northeast Kentucky. I also had the opportunity to partner with the Alliance staff on the Town Square Ribbon Cutting for their newly designed Midtown Branch today. This state-of-the-art facility builds on new trends in banking. It maximizes new technology in online services and continues the use of smiling staff many of you use daily. It was a perfect day to gather and celebrate investment in our community.

President’s Report – Oct. 6, 2017 - President’s Report

October 6, 2017

A Taste of Fall Thank you for being a part of the Ashland Alliance!  I apologize for not publishing a President Report last week. Last Friday, the Alliance held its fall golf outing at Diamond Links Golf Course. The full-day event had 21 teams competing for the traveling trophy. It was a perfect fall day at Dimond Links. I couldn't help but notice the investment and improvements to the golf course by the new owners. Our first-place winner was the Kings Daughters Medical Center team. There was a tie for the low score with Kings Daughters winning the tiebreaker by scoring an eagle on the 18th hole over the Marathon Petroleum team. Proud to say thank you for all involved and for the sponsors of the event. Braidy Industries was the headline sponsor with Don Hall Chevrolet, Pepsi, and Dave’s Bakery all helping make it a great day.

President’s Report – Sept. 22, 2017 - President’s Report

September 22, 2017

Moving Ahead What a crazy week at the Ashland Alliance and in our community. From Monday on, there was something substantial every day of the week. Although we can’t tell what season it truly is outside, we do know things are changing in our region. Thank you for your role and support in helping lead the way for a new Ashland and a stronger Northeast Kentucky. Monday held the FIVCO 50th Annual Meeting at the newly remodeled Greenbo State Resort Park. This event highlighted the progress that our area has seen in infrastructure development over the last 50 years. FIVCO does much more than just infrastructure, however. It touches our lives in many ways; from local planning, meals on wheels, and GIS mapping. Each of these involves representatives from five counties and cities to come together for a regional good. That, in my view, is the secret sauce of the organization.

President’s Report – Sept. 15, 2017 - President’s Report

September 15, 2017

Save the Date! I'm excited to share the news of the week! Please save the date of November 20th, 2017 for a very special Ashland Alliance Annual Dinner. This celebration is the perfect way to kick off your holiday week. The event will be held at the Boyd County Community Center and will feature live music, great food, and a speaker lineup promises not to disappoint. Governor Matt Bevin and Braidy Industries President/CEO, Craig Bouchard, are our featured speakers. We have a lot of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving season. These two gentlemen will share with you how our region is poised for today and the future. This event should be the biggest and best celebration this region has seen in a long, long time. We are expecting a large crowd and a great time for the event. Over the next week or two, you will see opportunities for sponsorships and table reservations. It is our goal to have each and every one of you there that evening. It is because of you and your support that the Ashland Alliance is able to play its role in making great things happen in this region. This is our opportunity say thank you for the good fortune that is happening in the region.

President’s Report – Sept. 8, 2017 - President’s Report

September 8, 2017

Everything Is Relative We end this week as we started the last one. Last week while we dug out our rain jackets and watched our local football games in the rain, each one of us probably knew someone or a family that was worried or had a loved one in Texas or the coast being affected by Hurricane Harvey. One of our newest residents with Braidy Industries spent a couple days getting through flooded roads to get to his house in Houston all the time wondering if it was there and what shape it would be in when he arrived. This week is no different. We are facing another hurricane and another region of the country is under the threat of damage. And like last week we have families rooted here that are worried for their loved ones and their homes in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Earlier this week we received a phone call from Joanna King, Executive Director of the Eastern Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross. They are gathering the support and resources to give much needed help in these hard-impacted areas. Joanna is a board member of the Alliance and represents the best of this region and is doing a great job in bringing the troops together to deal with the problems at hand.

President’s Report – Sept. 1, 2017 - President’s Report

September 1, 2017

Moving Forward Thank you for the opportunity to recap the week at the Alliance. As the title of this week's report suggests, we are moving forward this first week of September. Several things and individuals had an impact on me this week. I thought this would be the time and the place to recognize them and their contributions. Wednesday of this week, Ashland Alliance partnered with Ashland in Motion for a Business After Hours for the dedication of the Booker T. Washington School Mural at the Ashland Flood Wall. Over 250 people attended to celebrate the historic role this school played for the African-American community in Ashland. This gathering of all people from the area highlighted inclusion, diversity, and how history can show the path to move forward with respect for all. Thursday, the Alliance got to celebrate one of our own moving forward in the next chapter of their career. Lloyd Keyser, a 38 ½ year employee of Kentucky Power, announced his retirement. Lloyd simply has done nearly everything a volunteer could do with the Alliance.

President’s Report – Aug. 25, 2017 - President’s Report

August 25, 2017

Season of Change As summer fades to fall, the Alliance prepares for the changes that are coming. It has been a busy week here. We have finalized the Community Leadership Development roster. Thirty-eight professionals are starting their professional development and knowledge of Ashland and the region. We have had over 2000 people in the leadership program and, odds are, someone in your organization is one of them. That person has a better understanding of what makes this a great place to live and work. I mentioned that the season is changing. With this change comes a thought of what is to come. We are now accepting registration for the annual Winter Wonderland of Lights Christmas Parade. This is the largest Christmas Parade in the Commonwealth of Kentucky! Last year we had over 3,700 people in the parade. This parade is well over 60 years old! 

President’s Report – Aug. 18, 2017 - President’s Report

August 18, 2017

From the Top! Each week I appreciate the opportunity to show you the activity and direction the Alliance is working on for the advancement of the community. My goal is to provide insight into the working of the Alliance with our partners that will affect your business in a positive way. This week, there was an abundance of work on your behalf. I think it is fitting we start at the top. Governor Bevin along with Secretary of Economic Development Terry Gill visited Catlettsburg and Marathon Refinery and Marine. It is always a great day when our Governor along with the Secretary of Economic Development spends an afternoon in our area. Their visit and the afternoon I spent with Secretary Gill, on a recruitment trip the day before in Indiana shows the commitment and understanding of what we have here in Northeast Kentucky. In addition, Marathon has their own story to tell. With 775 employees and 800 contract employees, this facility has the refining capacity of nearly a quarter million barrels of oil a day. 

President’s Report – Aug. 11, 2017 - President’s Report

August 11, 2017

Back to School Summer is starting to wane and schools are starting back.  This week with the Alliance has been a busy one.  Any of you that have stopped by the office has seen firsthand the mounds of backpacks (652 packed this year!);  all ready to find their new homes with well-deserving and appreciative children going back to school.  I know I have mentioned this program of our Young Professional Association many times before.  But, there is something heartwarming to see the results of the community coming together to benefit those in need.  All of this takes place without anyone taking credit or placing the “I” in how it happens. There is a lesson to be learned there.  Collectively, we can get things done when we care more about the results than who gets the credit.  We have great partners and I appreciate each one of them.  Without the work of many, we would not be the community that makes this home.  Our kids are not the only ones that have lessons to learn!

President’s Report – Aug. 7, 2017 - President’s Report

August 7, 2017

Let's SOAR! Last Friday, my V.P. Amanda Clark and I, had the honor to participate in the 4th Annual SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Conference in Pikeville, Ky.  This was the third SOAR conference I have attended since coming back to my home state of Kentucky and becoming the President of the Alliance. Each one of these conferences has had a different feel and different perspective on where we are in Eastern Kentucky economically and what ideas there are for growth and development in some of the nation's hardest hit counties.  This one one was different. On Friday I heard our Governor, Matt Bevin,  give one of the most moving speeches I have heard in three years back in the Commonwealth.  He spoke of how Kentucky is awakening; how all parts of the state are finally getting to take advantage of what they’ve always had; how the story of Kentucky is being heard.   He spoke of growth, but this growth was coming because we had something to offer.   University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Coach John Calipari’s was the keynote speaker.  Some things we just can't make up.  Coach Cal spoke of meeting Craig Bouchard and learning about Braidy Industries.  We spoke of the reasons why WE are going to win. 

President’s Report – July 28, 2017 - President’s Report

July 28, 2017

Summer Silly Season Thank you for the opportunity to update you on all things Ashland Alliance.  This once again has been a very busy week from the chair.  I think this is one of my favorite times of the year.  For anyone that has walked in the office over the last week, you know what time it is.  It is BACKPACK season!!!  This is the time when our Young Professionals partner with the school systems in Boyd and Greenup County to help those that need a bit of assistance getting ready for school. I remember walking in stores this time in the summer in my youth.  It always upset me that this time of year was "back to school" season.  Of course, I was just upset that my summer was coming to an end.  However, back to my point.  These backpacks stacked to the ceiling of the Alliance and what they represent is a great thing.  In the past, there have been 600-800 backpacks that contain a complete set of clothing, with the needed school supplies, all packed in a nice school backpack, ready to go to school on day one.

President’s Report – July 21, 2017 - President’s Report

July 21, 2017

Continuing To Build Thank you for the opportunity to bring another weekly update from the  Ashland Alliance. It has been a very productive and busy week.  Several meetings kicked off the work week on Monday.  We are wanting to visit each and every Alliance Member one on one.  On Tuesday, Bare Arms Indoor Range hosted Business After Hours with catering by Patriot Barbeque.  This turned out to be a great After Hours with many of our friends and members getting to see the area's first indoor gun range.  After Hours are a great way to show off your business and  let others experience what you have to offer. Our board of directors' meeting was held on Wednesday and was packed with useful information - Ernie Pitt spoke to the group about the Employment Support of the Guard & Reserves.  Did you know that currently 50% of the United States Military is made up of Reserves and Guard Units?  That is why it is so important to have great relations with private sector employeers.

President’s Report – July 14, 2017 - President’s Report

July 14, 2017

Can You Feel It? Thank you for the opportunity to bring another weekly update from the  Ashland Alliance.  Following up on last week’s announcement of Wright-Mix Material Solutions' new Wurtland facility,  I thought it would good to highlight our partners and what may be coming next. One main point that this vital is that the Alliance and  our partners do not create any jobs.  The private sector and companies like yours drive the economy.  Our role is to position the community as a good place to do business and market to companies looking for a new location to expand or relocate.  Our job is to ensure we give them the best possible information and support to give our area the highest chance to win the project. Leads for these company locations come from different sources;  The Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky Power/AEP, Boyd, and Greenup counties and the Riverport Authority, just to name a few.  What matters is,  regardless of from where the lead comes,  that everyone work together, have the same voice, and place the best information, presentation, and face possible for the region.

President’s Report – July 7, 2017 - President’s Report

July 7, 2017

Celebrate Good Times Happy Friday from the desk of the Ashland Alliance.  After coming off a great 4th of July celebration and Summer Motion and Greenup County's 4th of July festivities,  we are in the midst of summertime in Northeast Kentucky.  We have additional reasons to be thankful this week.  Yesterday we had the privilege of announcing a new business to the region. Wright-Mix Material Solutions, LLC will add 130 jobs with an $8.5 million investment in the Wurtland Riverport.  This announcement made with the Greenup/Boyd Riverport highlights the momentum of the region.  This family owned business, based out of Pikeville Kentucky,  will build an 80,000 sq. ft facility that will use rail, river, and road for shipping and logistics. Announcements such as this emphasize when communities and strategic partners work together,  great things can be accomplished. Partners in this project include Kentucky Power, Woodlands Foundation, City of Wurtland, Greenup County Fiscal Court and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet with the Ashland Alliance.

President’s Report – June 30, 2017 - President’s Report

June 30, 2017

Happy Birthday America! July 4, 2017 marks the 241st year since the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence while meeting in Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  Those 1,337 words changed the course of human history.  Now, this 4th of July weekend in Northeast Kentucky, we celebrate who we are and what has been given for our freedom.  I hope each person has a moment to think about our history and read our Declaration of Independence. Thank you for taking the time on this busy holiday weekend to follow along with the Alliance.  Last week I didn’t submit a piece for your review due to the fact of being at the Paris Air Show on a recruitment trip.  The Alliance along with Governor Bevin, Economic Development Secretary Gill, Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard, and Kentucky Power led a powerhouse delegation highlighting the competitive advantages of Eastern Kentucky for the Aerospace Industry. 

President’s Report – June 16, 2017 - President’s Report

June 16, 2017

Hello Summer! Summer has arrived!  This week for the Alliance highlighted the amount of activity that can be squeezed into seven days.  For the last two weekends in a row, we hosted companies either looking at our area for locations or expansion opportunities.  Along with that, we made some very important friends that could help each and every one of your businesses. Saturday was the Dinner on the Bridge celebration and dinner on Bennett's Mill Covered Bridge in Greenup County.  The Alliance bought the last five tickets to be had for the evening and highlighted the longest covered bridge open to traffic in the United States and transportation marvel built in 1855.   Sometimes it takes an outside set of eyes to point out how special our area truly is. 

President’s Report – June 2, 2017 - President’s Report

June 2, 2017

Marking the Halfway Point! June marks the halfway point of 2017.  As each of you are reviewing how your business is measuring up to your goals and forecast for the year, so is the Ashland Alliance.  I hope this will also be another opportunity for the Alliance to sit down and review how your membership is benefiting your company and how we can help customize our programs to assist you. We have added 11 new members since the first of the year and have worked with several existing members on some exciting opportunities you're going to see in the next few months.  Several of our members are giving discounts to Ashland Alliance members and the referral program announced last week has already linked several new businesses with our membership.

President’s Report – May 26, 2017 - President’s Report

May 26, 2017

A Record-Breaking Year! It was a banner day in Kentucky!  Earlier today, Governor  Bevin announced a record-breaking year in economic development.  Prior to this year, the most ever invested in development in Kentucky was $5.1 billion dollars.  As of today, Kentucky has seen $5.8 billion this year!   This development brings more than 9,500 jobs to the state. A large part of this investment, is, of course, the location of Braidy Industries in Greenup County.   Based on the Governor's announcement. Braidy Industries will put an additional $35-40 million in payroll in the region.  Things are certainly looking up for our region. The Ashland Alliance hopes keep up this momentum and believes there is no better time to be a member of our organization.  We are here to serve you and your needs.  Please let us know how we can help!  —Tim Gibbs

President’s Report – May 19, 2017 - President’s Report

May 19, 2017

Work Ready! One of the best assets of our region is its workforce.  A couple of years ago, business and industry teamed with education to create the Work Ethic Seal for our high school students.   This week has been all about the Work Ethic Seal.    We have participated in awards ceremonies at Boyd County, Ashland and Raceland this week.  We passed out silver cords for the graduates to wear and Work Ethic Seal cards to carry in their wallets.  The Alliance wants the graduates to carry the cards and use them as verification that they are ready for the workforce when filling out job applications.  

President’s Report – May 12, 2017 - President’s Report

May 12, 2017

Collaboration and New Beginnings It has been a busy week here at the Ashland Alliance.  Last week the theme of my update was centered on the Kentucky Derby.  This week collaboration and new beginnings seem to be front and center.  We participated in the joint public hearing of the Boyd County Fiscal Court and the City of Ashland.  It is great thing to see both governments working collectively toward a common vision.  The Alliance has felt the need for additional hotel rooms,  especially in the downtown area,  with the guests and clients we host.  This project has the ability to highlight the wonderful downtown we have here.  Hopefully, we will get to share it with a few hundred more a night coming soon.

President’s Report – May 5, 2017 - President’s Report

May 5, 2017

Bet on the Long Shot Thank you for the opportunity to share the week of the Ashland Alliance.  It hardly seems a week has passed since our announcement of Braidy Industries in East Park. We have already started work on how to build from this announcement and make the marketing case for additional investment in our region.  It is a wonderful thing to have momentum for the region.  It is something that we won't waste and will use to help all of our existing businesses in the area.

President’s Report – April 28, 2017 - President’s Report

April 28, 2017

It's Time to Say YES!!! For the first time in 4 weeks, it is time to say....YES!!!!!  It has been hard to write this piece for nearly a month and not be able to share how close we were to being a part of something special for this region.  This has been the single most important week in my life for me and my staff. Braidy Industries is the real deal.  This company will not only bring a  huge investment and great jobs but, it will help us bring additional companies and opportunities.   It is wonderful news for our members and the region.

President’s Report – March 17, 2017 - President’s Report

March 22, 2017

A Warm Week I have been teasing mother nature over the last few weeks.  Our winter has seemed light compared to those of my youth and March was just a short month away from Spring.  I do have to say, this week was the coldest week of March that I can remember here in the tri-state.  The weather, however, has done nothing to offset the warmth the Alliance has felt this week.

President’s Report – March 10, 2017 - President’s Report

March 21, 2017

Marching on … A famous author once wrote, “Only those with tenacity can march forward in March.”  While the purpose of my report each week is to inform you of the activity of the prior week and look ahead to the next one,  I thought a reminder that spring is coming, the sun will shine and we are moving in the right direction as a region was appropriate.

President’s Report - March 3, 2017 - President’s Report

March 8, 2017

March Madness March is always transition season in Kentucky.  Just when you think you have an idea what is what, it changes.  It also makes you realize how much you take for granted.   Five years ago Wednesday we had tornadoes in the area. This past week, nearly everyone we know knew someone that lost their power or was affected by the weather.  I am just glad no one got hurt and spring is on the way.

President’s Report - Nov 18, 2016 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to share the activities and opportunities of the Alliance with you and our community. The holiday season is in the air and the Winter Wonderland season is in full swing. Hopefully each one of you will find something to enjoy and share with your business and family members over the holidays. Last night Desco Federal Credit union sponsored the Festival of Trees and Trains Business After Hours at the Paramount Arts Center. 

President’s Report - Nov 25, 2016 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Thanksgiving day has passed. There is turkey in fridge and we are all starting to think, “what is next?”  Tomorrow is your opportunity to get out and support your local small businesses and have some good food and drink. Saturday represents Small Business Saturday in America. Ashland in Motion along with Ashland Alliance, Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bridges Magazine, and Morehead State University Ashland Small Business Development Center, are hosting Brunch and Browse in downtown Ashland from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

President’s Report - Dec 2, 2016 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Winter is in the air as the holidays approach. With that, we have many things to be thankful for. This past weekend, we partnered with Ashland in Motion for a highly successful Shop Local Season Brunch and Browse. Last Saturday, Downtown Ashland was busy with people exploring our local shops and restaurants.  It was a great day to learn more about what makes downtown special.

President’s Report - Dec 9, 2016 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Sitting here watching the first snowflakes of the season, it is hard not to feel the holidays.  Last night Bellefonte Centre and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital hosted one of our largest Business After Hours of the year.  Our Young Professional Association collected canned goods for their Food Feud in support of River City Harvest.  And, last night was WWOL Karaoke with Santa sponsored by Kentucky Farmers Bank.  We are in full swing celebrating the holiday season at the Alliance.

President’s Report - Dec 16, 2016 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

One week from Christmas…  I hope everyone is ready to spend the holidays with their families.  This season there has been a renewed awareness of our local shops and stores and their unique offerings of gifts.  Our partnership with Ashland in Motion and the Shop Local Shop Small campaign has been a wonderful bonus for our business community. 

President’s Report - Jan 6, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Exciting news for Ashland Alliance in 2017! Happy New year to our partners of the Ashland Alliance.  Now that we are all back from the holidays, it is a great time to look forward to how we can serve you this year.  It starts with improving the delivery of this weekly update from us.  The new design is geared toward giving you more information and allowing you the choice of what information can benefit your business.  Each one of the links located in this report will direct you to information that will keep you better informed and engaged with our offerings to you.

President’s Report - Jan 13, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

What a Week! It is definitely Friday the 13th!  If you think about all the action that has taken place since the last President’s Report, it seems like more than a week.  We have tried to link information about each of the items listed in this report to you.  This has been difficult with such strong emotions from each side and the amount of, what could be called biased, information that is out there.   In the past week we have experienced Right to Work, repeal of Prevailing Wage and serious changes to how our employment services office in this region will be operated.

President’s Report - Jan 20, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to share another week from the Ashland Alliance.  While we have appreciated the feedback on how we can better serve you and your business and keep you better informed, we want to come visit your business and learn firsthand how we can design and deliver services for your membership.  We understand nothing can take the place of listening to you about how we can serve you.

President’s Report - Jan 27, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

We are here to serve you! The last full week of January is already here. For us at the Alliance, it has been a week working with many of our existing members and add a few new as well.  January is the single biggest month of membership renewals we experience each year. Each renewal presents an opportunity to review and inform us of how we can better serve our members.

President’s Report - Feb 3, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Time to Grow! Thank you for the opportunity to share the first week of February with you,  our membership of the Alliance.  Our week started last Friday night in Frankfort at the Governor’s Mansion.  We were invited to participate in the Japanese American Society of Kentucky Reception. 

President’s Report - Feb 10, 2017 - President’s Report

March 2, 2017

Promoting our region! Thank you for the opportunity to share a busy week here at the Alliance. Our week started Sunday during the Super Bowl. The Alliance hosted a site visit with clients from Osaka, Japan. Our clients flew into Huntington, after 24 hours of travel and our duties as host and presenter began. Monday of this week, the Alliance, along with our partners, hosted this potential company for a marathon day of 13 hours, highlighting nearly all aspects of the region and the support systems for their company. Many thanks go out to our partners that hosted, presented and showed why our region is a great place for business. On Tuesday, left for a recruiting trip with Kentucky Association for Economic Development, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and One East Kentucky for a west coast marketing trip. The Alliance had the opportunity of presenting to three additional companies looking for site locations. These are active projects with real opportunity for job creation and investment. Even with recent reporting about our industrial parks and changing funding, we continue to place the region in front of creators of jobs and investment. Our outreach with our partners and membership continues as well. Just this week we have reached out with educational partners and industry to help continue the conversation of creating the best possible workforce and training system anywhere in this state and nation. These systems go a long ways with clients like we hosted this week and marketed to on the West Coast. This, along with the competitive advantage of location, cost of doing business and qualified workforce gives us the tools we need moving forward. Next week will be a busy one as well, Community Leadership Development hosts its first organizational meeting. Youth Leadership has one the best sessions of the year in their visit to Frankfort and the Capitol. Both programs are seeking to prepare our future leaders for their role in our development. We appreciate you and your business. Please let us know how we can serve you. Understanding your business is the single best way we can stay connected and provided you the serve and value you deserve. If we haven’t been to your business lately please use the provided link to reach out and schedule an appointment. As always thank you for the opportunity to help lead the Alliance and grow our community. The Bottom Line Keep up to date by subscribing to The Bottom Line or checking out the Kentucky Legislature’s Page. 2017 Annual Northeast KY Small Business Awards Member Services Are you hiring? Let us post your openings. This is a service we offer free to our members. We hope to help you get the word out about what you need for your business! Pollock’s Jewelers needs a Sales Associate Pollock’s Jewelers is looking for a full-time sales associate. Minimum requirements include: Minimum 18 years of age Ability to work Saturdays Ability to work overtime (on an occasional basis) Maintain confidentiality Accuracy/attention to detail High School diploma/GED Sales, retail and/or jewelry experience is preferred, but not required. Please send all resumes to: P.O. Box 147 Ashland, KY 41105-0147. Contact Pollock's Jewelers here. Spring Golf Outing The Ashland Alliance’s annual golf outing will be May 5 at Bellefonte Country Club.

President’s Report - Feb 17, 2017 - President’s Report

March 1, 2017

A Little Sunshine Looking out at a sunny Friday in February in the 60’s makes me think winter is over.  And I know that me saying this ensures a foot of snow will fall before it’s all over.  Thinking of spring does, however, bring thoughts of growth and return of life to the area.  I think that is a good message for today’s recap of the week at the Alliance.

President’s Report - Feb 24, 2017 - President’s Report

February 24, 2017

Together We Grow It’s a great day to be in Kentucky! Last week, I officially called Winter out and said it was over. I had several of you reach out and remind me that our largest snow storms have been in March. I think I will take that chance and stick to my prediction of Winter is over.

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