1) Our Government Affairs Committee, chaired by Matthew 25 Administrator Cyndee Burton, unveiled Kyndle's 2016 Legislative Priorities at the Legislative Preview Breakfast this morning. You can read them here.
2) Thanks to State Sen. Dorsey Ridley and State Representatives Jim Gooch, Dr. David Watkins and Suzanne Miles for braving the snow and ice to attend today's breakfast and offer their thoughts on the 2016 General Assembly session. Very interesting commentary on what should be a difficult but fascinating few months in Frankfort.
3) I had the chance to join other chamber execs from all over the region in addressing the General Assembly's Western Kentucky Caucus last Wednesday morning at the Capitol Annex. The caucus is chaired by Sen. Stan Humphries of Cadiz and made up of every legislator west of I-65. We gave the group an update on the I-69 and I-65 spur (Natcher Parkway) projects and offered suggestions on how they could help both during this session. Below is a picture showing Humphries (standing in red tie) beginning the meeting, which went very well.
4) Make plans to join Kyndle for both a day and an evening in Frankfort on Feb. 11. We'll be at the Capitol during the day visiting with our elected officials, among other activities. From 5 to 7 EST that evening we'll attend the free West Kentucky Thank You Night celebration at the Frankfort Convention Center, which will include free BBQ, a cash bar, entertainment by the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Jazz Band, speeches by General Assembly leaders and an expected crowd of around 1,000 Western Kentuckians. The Kyndle team is in the process of arranging group transportation from Henderson to Frankfort that will leave in the morning and return that night. Call (270) 826-7505 to save a seat. If you'll be in Frankfort already, please come to the evening festivities. All are welcome.
5) One of the reasons McLean County is a Kyndle partner and an investor in Four Star Industrial Park is that two-thirds of the county sits in the flood plain, which means it has precious little land for industrial development. So it supports industrial parks that are close by. Flooding last week illustrated McLean County's challenges with low-lying ground.
6) Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen recently offered this outlook on Kentucky's economic prospects heading into 2016.
7) Henderson Community College has scheduled free workshops designed to help adults with their soft skills starting later this month. Topics will include such things as working in teams, communication, positive attitude and much, much more. HCC is even throwing in free lunch! The entire series of sessions will be offered at multiple locations, including in Union and Webster counties. More info is available here.
8) What would you do with the money if you win Powerball? Well, you better do this.
9) More on the prospects for Alcoa with additional background on its evolving business focus, the local smelter layoffs and China. None of this news is very good for our region.