It's been an amazing, challenging, inspiring first year for our organization.
When the Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Kentucky Forward merged to form Kyndle, the goal was to create a more efficient, cohesive and successful strategy for regional industrial recruitment and expansion, and to maintain chamber services for businesses in Henderson County while strengthening ties with chambers in Webster, Union and McLean counties.
Nearly one year into Kyndle's existence, almost all those targets are being met.
Our efforts to support local businesses through information, services and advocacy activities provided by our chamber have grown to include even more events and educational offerings. We anticipate significant growth in our stakeholdership numbers in 2015 and will be organizing a fun and exciting membership event early in the year to help make that happen.
On the economic development side, Kyndle assisted with sizable expansions at both Century Aluminum Sebree and Budge Industries this year. The job additions were just the latest in what has been a noticeable improvement in the regional employment market in 2014. Like many others, we are concerned about the closing of Patriot Coal's operations in Northwest Kentucky and its impacts.
Our industrial recruitment portfolio was filled with prospects in 2014 and remains very active as we head into the new year. Although we weren't able to make any announcements about new industry these past 12 months, we have high hopes that good news on that front is coming soon. The level of cooperation between Kyndle's four counties in putting our best foot forward for industrial prospects is truly amazing and should pay off handsomely in the near future.
In a link below, you'll find a more detailed summary of Kyndle's progress in 2014. I encourage you to read it for a better understanding of our mission. We look for even better results for our Stakeholders and communities in 2015, and we offer heartfelt appreciation for our volunteers and investors for their enthusiasm and support.
From our Kyndle family to yours, Season's Greetings! Here's to even greater accomplishments for us all in 2015.
Brad Schneider, CEO