ASHLAND, Ky. — Representatives from several East Kentucky groups visited the Paris Air Show recently with the intent of bringing more of the aerospace industry to the area.
Those from the region who went included Ashland Alliance President Tim Gibbs, Kentucky Power External Affairs Manager Amanda Clark, Ashland Community and Technical College President Dr. Larry Ferguson and Integrated Technology Program Coordinator Michael Tackett, and One East Kentucky President and CEO Chuck Sexton and Project Manager Ivy Stanley.
The air show takes place every two years and the Ashland Alliance attended last time as well. Gibbs said the group attended meetings with several different companies—all of which had an active recruitment project ongoing, looking for expansion. One of the companies was GE Aviation, a company that makes aircraft engines.
“We’re putting Ashland, ACTC on the international stage and that’s something that is very difficult to do so I think it was a worth while trip,” said Ferguson.
One East KY is a Blueprint Partner of SOAR and One East KY President and CEO Chuck Sexton is a member of the SOAR Executive Board.
Ashland Community and Technical College, as part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, is a Founding Partner of SOAR.
Kentucky Power is an East Kentucky Partner of SOAR.
Others from the region visited the Paris Air Show, including USA Drone Port Director Bart Massey, Officials with Hazard Community and Technical College, and Bob Helton, executive director of Morehead Rowan County Economic Development.
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