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Regional Public Policy Group making annual Fly-In to D.C. July 11-12; advocating for regional issues

About 60 business, government and community leaders from Central Kentucky are gearing up for the Regional Public Policy Group’s annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In on July 11-12.

It is sponsored by Columbia Gas of Kentucky.

During the trip, attendees will meet with members of Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation, agency officials, Congressional staff, and legislative experts to discuss important federal policy issues impacting the region, state, and nation. 

The trip also provides the opportunity for regional leaders to advocate for key issues that advance regional economic development and improve quality of life in Central Kentucky.

Attendees on the trip are diverse and represent various sectors of the local economy such as government, banking, healthcare, 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 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 July 11 at the Library of Congress to promote networking among Central Kentucky leaders and those Kentuckians living and working in various sectors in Washington. 
This year, some of the Bluegrass Region’s federal legislative priorities include support for: trade agreements that help grow Kentucky businesses; efforts to curb the opioid epidemic; immigration reform to help local employers with workforce needs; support for hemp production in Kentucky; transportation and broadband infrastructure investments; higher education reauthorization, including funding for career and technical education; funding for important research and innovation grants that benefit the University of Kentucky and start-up businesses; health care reforms to lower costs for employers; and continued regulatory reforms. 
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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