Southeast Kentucky Chamber members visit Capitol
by Ralph B. Davis
PIKEVILLE — On Thursday, March 15, a group of 13 Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce members, staff, and administrators traveled to Frankfort for the first Chamber Day at the Capitol.
“The goal in providing our members an experience at the Capitol was to introduce them to the workings of the Kentucky legislature, to allow them to meet with their legislators, to give them a chance to meet the Governor, and to afford them the opportunity to voice their opinions to their legislators in private meetings,” Chamber Director Brad Hall explained.
The group attended both the Senate and House sessions. During the House of Representatives meeting, the group was recognized in House Chambers publically by members of the House, including Rep. Leslie Combs, Rep. Hubert Collins, Rep. W. Keith Hall, and Speaker Greg Stumbo. The day was capped off with a meeting with Speaker Greg Stumbo.
“This was a great opportunity for our Chamber members to participate in State government and experience the Capitol in a special way,” Hall said. “We were able to go as a group and have our voices heard and discuss some key issues with our State Legislators. We had such a great visit at the Capitol and we look forward to making this an annual event for our members,” Hall added.
Members of the group included Joe Adams, Coca Cola of Pikeville; Jared Arnett, vice president of operations, Chamber; John Blackburn, First Commonwealth Bank; Don Paul Corbin, US Bank; Brad Hall, president and CEO, Southeast Kentucky Chamber; Skip Holmes- Fairway Media, Sandra Johnson- Arison Insurance, Amanda Legg- ServPro, Tracy Syck- Shred-All Innovations, Joel Thornbury- Care More Pharmacy, Sandy Thornbury-Care More Pharmacy, Violet Trout-Progressions Medical Weight Loss and Jim Workman-Rock Solid Records Management.
“This day would not have been possible without the aid of Speaker Greg Stumbo and his staff as well as the dedication of Representative Leslie Combs in assisting us with pulling this event together in such a short amount of time. They made our first Day at the Capitol better than we could have imagined,” said Jared Arnett, VP of Chamber Operations.
For more information please contact the Chamber office at 877-738-4400 or visit www.sekchamber.com
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