Chamber News

Mar 22, 2017

LFC Class visits Frankfort


The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Floyd County (LFC) visited Frankfort for their Legislative Session on March 22.

LFC Class visits Frankfort

The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Floyd County (LFC) visited Frankfort for their Legislative Session on March 22.

 

The class started the morning with an in-depth tour of the Kentucky State Capitol Building. The group was guided on a detailed tour of the property. Larry Brown, State Representative from the 95th district, joined the group for the majority of the tour and offered his inside perspective from a legislator’s view. While in the House Chamber, Brown described a typical day in the General Assembly and elaborated on several bills that had passed during the 2017 session that will affect our region and Kentucky businesses.

 

After the tour and the discussion from Representative Brown, the LFC class assembled in a Capitol Annex room and met Robert Jenkins, Deputy Director of the LRC. Jenkins provided a detailed discussion on the legislative process and how individuals can become more involved. He reiterated how it was important for everyone to understand the process and be active.  

 

Immediately following Jenkins’ presentation, Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball joined the group. Treasurer Ball addressed the group with an uplifting message about how she feels that adding value to the lives of others is so important. Ball also described the duties of the Treasurer’s office and that she is the “watch dog” for Kentucky taxpayer money and transparency is crucial.

 

Next, the LFC class traveled to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce headquarters. Amy Cloud, Director for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) welcomed the class and introduced Kate Shanks, Kentucky Chamber’s Public Affairs Director. Shanks updated the class on several legislative issues and described how the 2017 session had been a historic session. She described how many business priority bills had passed and would become law (once signed by the governor). She emphasized to the group how important it is to contact local legislators to show support or opposition for bills. She provided the group with the hotline number, 1-800-372-7181, and explained that it’s a simple process, but make a huge difference.

 

The next Leadership Floyd County class will focus on economic development and be held at the East Kentucky Science Center in Prestonsburg.

 

The 2016-17 Floyd County Leadership class includes Amber Hall, Citizens National Bank; Danita Hampton, McDowell ARH; Jamie Hall, US Bank; Mitchell Pearson, Prestonsburg Tourism; Shelly Crisp, Mountain Arts Center; and Steve Russo, Big Sandy Community & Tech. College (East KY Science Center).