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Chamber delegation head to Capitol Hill for Washington Fly-In, discussion about key issues

More than 70 business, government and community leaders from Central Kentucky are gearing up for the Regional Public Policy Group’s annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In presented by Columbia Gas of Kentucky on July 12-13.

During the trip, attendees will meet with members of Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation and federal agencies officials to learn about and discuss critical issues facing the nation and Kentucky.  The trip also provides the opportunity for regional leaders to advocate for key issues that advance regional economic development and improved quality of life in Central Kentucky.

Attendees on the trip are diverse and representative of various sectors of the local economy, such as government, banking, health care, non-profit, education, manufacturing, energy, and professional services. 

Members of the delegation act as “policy ambassadors” for Central Kentucky.  They share the issue concerns of the business community with members of Congress, and advocate for a federal policies or projects aimed at making the region a better place to live and work.  

The annual “Kentuckians in Washington” reception will be hosted on the evening of July 12 at Union Station to promote networking among Central Kentucky leaders and those Kentuckians living and working in various areas in Washington.

This year, the Bluegrass Region’s federal legislative priorities are focused on issues that advance job creation in Central Kentucky.  These include support for: health care reforms that enable employers to provide access to quality and affordable health care, comprehensive tax reform that fosters job growth and attracts investment and innovation, regulatory reform across all federal agencies, and increased investments in transportation infrastructure. 

The Bluegrass Region D.C. Fly-In is organized by Commerce Lexington Inc. and the Central Kentucky Regional Public Policy Group.  Members of the Regional Policy Group are responsible for crafting the federal policy agenda each year.  The Regional Policy Group meets monthly to discuss issues important to the region, and membership includes business, community and government leaders within the eight-county region of Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford counties.

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