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Ashland Alliance President Tim Gibbs happily declared, “It’s time to go,”referring to the sale of tickets for the annual meeting of the Ashland Alliance.

Governor Andy Beshear and Senior Advisor Rocky Adkins will speak. Adkins can even choose a few strings on an instrument.

“They better have a good group around me if that’s the case,”Adkins said with a chuckle on Friday.

Gibbs is thrilled the meeting is returning to normal mode after going virtual the last go-around due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While health and safety practices will be in effect, The Alliance is clamoring and expecting large crowds at the Camp Landing Entertainment District on Thursday, April 21 from 6-9 p.m. in Cannonsburg.

Beshear has helped Ashland Alliance continue an impressive streak.

“This is the eighth straight year a governor has spoken,” Gibbs said. “It’s always nice to do a recap of the year and we’re looking forward to next year. It is useful for the business community to know where we are and where we are going.

Gibbs called it the largest business social gathering in Eastern Kentucky.

Camp Landing and Malibu Jack’s – which is the resort’s anchor point – provide plenty of space for attendees to explore.

“Camp Landing is 500,000 square feet of fun, including race cars, bowling, putt putt golf, video games and more.”reads the Alliance event flyer. “All rides and activities are included with an annual meeting ticket.”

Malibu Jack’s is the newest member of the Alliance.

“The business world is going to be represented here, and what’s going on at these high tables?” said Gibbs. “People talk about where they are, where they’re going, what’s going on with them, the issues they’re working on together. It’s incredibly important. Year after year, we’ve heard all the great things that have come out of it.

Added Scott Martin, COO of Ashland Alliance:“It’s the networking that everyone misses.”

Adkins said Beshear is looking forward to the event. He said the governor had ‘laser focus’over northeastern Kentucky.

“I tell you the Governor has a fondness for the Northeast Kentucky and Ashland area,”said Adkins. “We are focused every day on the next phone call we receive to try to get things done for our region – potential industrial sites, road projects to be completed and overall investment to be made.

“There’s no doubt that every time I come back to the area there’s a new sense of energy there,”Adkins added. “People are ready for something good to happen.”

Gibbs said the governor would “also make a big announcement.”

The event will feature live music, dancing, an open bar and heavy appetizers. There will also be a VIP sponsorsection.

“It’s going to be fun,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs recommends that those interested get tickets as soon as possible. The cost is $75 for Alliance members and $95 for non-members.

Call Ashland Alliance at (606)324-5111 or visit eventbrite.com and type Ashland Alliance Annual Dinner for tickets. Follow the Ashland Alliance Facebook page for up-to-date information.

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