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Central Kentucky government and community leaders set for annual Washington, D.C. Fly-in July 24-25

Central Kentucky business, government and community leaders are gearing up for the Bluegrass Region’s annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In presented by Columbia Gas of Kentucky on July 24-259. The two-day visit offers the opportunity for leaders to advocate for federal issues important to the regional economy.

Attendees on the trip are diverse and represent 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. The delegation will represent the region by meeting with members of Kentucky’s U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators, various agency officials, and legislative experts to learn about key issues and promote policies that help businesses in the region.

This year’s Bluegrass Region 2019 federal advocacy priorities include:

Trade: Support for the USMCA and other trade/tariff polices that help Kentucky businesses grow.

Infrastructure: Support for increased federal investments in vital infrastructure including U.S. DOT BUILD Grants.

Health Care: Support for health care policy changes that lower costs for employer-sponsored healthcare plans.

Workforce: Support for policy reforms related to key workforce development issues such as immigration reform, higher education reauthorization and making apprenticeship certifications more flexible to meet business needs.

R&D Grants: Support for continued federal funding for important research and development grants that benefit the University of Kentucky’s research and start-up businesses. This year, UK was awarded the largest federal grant ever for a four-year opioid study. The more than $87 million study is aimed at reducing opioid deaths by 40 percent in 16 counties, including Fayette.

Hemp: Support for regulatory changes to help advance Kentucky’s hemp.

Visit www.commercelexington.com to read the complete list of advocacy issues and the Fly-In agenda.

The Bluegrass Region’s D.C. Fly-In is organized by Commerce Lexington Inc. and the Central Kentucky Public Policy Group. Members of the Central Kentucky Policy Group are responsible for crafting the federal policy agenda each year. The group meets monthly to discuss issues important to the region, and membership includes 45 business, community and government leaders within the eight-county region of Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford counties.

From Commerce Lexington

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