Central Kentucky business leaders got briefings on Southern and Eastern Kentucky economic strategies this week. The Commerce Lexington-sponsored trip included stops in Williamsburg, Hazard, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Paintsville, and Salyersville.
Group President Bob Quick says the trip and related events are about coordinated efforts to grow a statewide economy. The Commerce Lex CEO says it’s incumbent on central Kentucky business interests to reach out and help other economies as well. “When all the Commonwealth is growing, then we’re all going to do better,” noted Quick.
Included in the two-day swing was a stop at the Kentucky Consular Center. Workers there are using broadband technologies that incorporate facial recognition training to screen U.S. Visa candidates. In Pikeville, business reps visited Bitsource, a company helping to retrain unemployed coal miners.