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The Bottom Line: New Ky. Chamber president to tour commonwealth ahead of 2020 session

Ashli Watts

FRANKFORT, Ky. — As Ashli Watts enters her new role as president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the organization’s leaders will be traveling the state to present the Kentucky business community’s 2020 Legislative Agenda containing the top priorities of the business community.

The tour will also feature the key issues facing the legislature in 2020 and how they fit into the chamber’s Four Pillars for Prosperity report, which was updated in 2019.

Watts will kick off the 2020 legislative preview tour Tuesday and will visit 19 local communities before the new year. Additionally, the Kentucky Chamber’s Annual Legislative Preview Conference is on Dec. 16, 2019.

The statewide briefing tour is aimed at familiarizing members of local chambers of commerce with the priorities of the Kentucky Chamber. The business community’s key issues for 2020 include:

  • Investing in Kentucky’s Infrastructure
  • Continuing Pension Reform
  • Enacting Sports Wagering
  • Curbing Tobacco Use
  • Preparing Our Workforce
  • Continuing Pro-Growth Tax Reform
  • Reforming Kentucky’s Criminal Justice System
  • Ensuring Patient Protection
  • Allowing Principal Selection
  • Improving Early Childhood Education
  • Improving Kentucky’s Legal Liability Climate

Below is the schedule of the 2020 legislative tour dates:

Shelbyville – Tuesday, November 12
12:00 PM EST
Shelbyville Rotary
Centenary United Methodist

Owensboro – Friday, November 15
10:45 AM CST
Owensboro Chamber of Commerce
Owensboro Young Professionals Unite Summit

London – Thursday, November 21
11:45 AM EST
London-Laurel County Chamber
Chamber Membership Luncheon

Hopkinsville – Tuesday, December 3
7:30 AM CST
Christian County Chamber of Commerce
Eye Opener Breakfast: 2019 Legislative Update

Henderson – Tuesday, December 3
12:00 PM CST
Kyndle – Henderson Chamber of Commerce
Legislative Preview Luncheon

Murray – Wednesday, December 4
8:00 AM CST
Murray – Calloway County Chamber of Commerce
2020 Legislative Preview Breakfast

Mayfield – Wednesday, December 4
12:00 PM CST
Mayfield – Graves County Chamber of Commerce

Paducah – Thursday, December 5
7:30 AM CST
Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce
Paducah Convention Center

Owensboro – Tuesday, December 5
12:00 PM CST
Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

La Grange – Friday, December 6
9:00 AM EST
Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development
After the Election – A Legislative Update

Mount Sterling – Monday, December 9
8:30 AM EST
Mt. Sterling – Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Bowling Green – Monday, December 9
12:30 PM CST
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

Danville – Wednesday, December 11
1:00 PM EST
Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce
Boyle County Public Library

Pikeville – Thursday, December 12
7:30 AM EST
Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Ashland – Thursday, December 12
12:00 PM EST
Ashland Alliance
Bellefonte Country Club

Winchester – Friday, December 13
12:00 PM EST
Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce

Kentucky Chamber Legislative Preview – Monday, December 16
8:00 AM EST
Kentucky Chamber
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa – Lexington

Erlanger – Wednesday, December 18
11:30 AM EST
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Lexington – Friday, December 20
8:00 AM EST
Commerce Lexington

* Below are legislative visits scheduled after the new year

Munfordville – Wednesday, January 8
12:00 PM EST
Hart County Chamber of Commerce

Cynthiana – Thursday, January 30
6:30 PM EST
Harrison County Chamber of Commerce

Somerset – Tuesday, March 3
12:00 PM CST
Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber