The Logan Economic Alliance for Development held their annual Business & Industry Appreciation luncheon October 29th at the Logan County Extension office.
President Chris Milam opened the program with introductions of state and local elected officials. He also introduced the LEAD Board of Directors. The luncheon was attended by 279 honorees and guests.
The keynote speaker was Hal Goode, President & CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development. Mr. Goode spoke on technical education and its relevance in today’s economy and job market. He congratulated the Russellville Area Technology Center on its record enrollment and status in the community. Workforce development and educational attainment are extremely important in attracting business expansions and locations. He also congratulated Logan County leadership for their positive approach toward workforce development and regional cooperation.
Tom Harned, LEAD Executive Director commented on a very successful and busy year for the community. The monthly unemployment rates have been in the top three lowest for the ten BRADD counties, Muhlenberg, Todd & Christian all year.
Harned also noted that LEAD sold an acre of land to Rogers Machine shop in Auburn to facilitate an expansion.
Auburn Leather was named Export-Import Bank of the U.S. small business exporter of the year.
LEAD awarded 6 small business grants of $2000 each this past year.
LEAD will continue to advocate for completion of the southern by-pass. Funding is in place for design and right of way acquisition. It’s necessary to continue emphasizing the need for complete construction funding.
LEAD is working with RJ Corman on saving and rehabbing the Russellville train station. Corman is applying for a transportation enhancement grant for the building. The local Historical Society is also involved in the project.
LEAD continues to work with MHM Metals in Australia. Our latest information calls for the start of activity on the Russellville site sometime in 2014.
LEAD offered congratulation to Mayor Donna Blake and the Adairville City Council for a successful sale of the Auburn Hosiery Mills building
LEAD announced the development of a renovation and expansion project for the Russellville Area Technology Center (RATC). Ross Tarrant Architects have been employed to develop plans for the project. Ron Murrell with the firm gave a slide presentation showing elevations and floor plans for the building located on the Russellville High School campus.
RATC had 647 students, with a waiting list last year, the highest number for any ATC in the state. Many Logan County citizens know the RATC as the vocational or trade school. Although located on the RHS campus it also serves students from Logan County and Todd Central.
Awards for increased investment and employment were presented to Auburn Leather Company, Carpenter Company, First Southern National Bank, H&H Sheet Metal and Precision Soya of Kentucky.
Awards for increased employment were presented to Pro-Tec Welding and Ventra Plastics.
The Newcomer Award was presented to Stampede Land Development, Inc. of Calgary Alberta Canada. Stampede has located their oil sand mine and processing operation in north Logan County. They have made a multi-million dollar investment in the operation and will be hosting a community open house in January.
The luncheon concluded with President Milam thanking the sponsors, and the Logan County Cattlemen for the food.