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Bluegrass group takes regional tour of Western Kentucky

Tour includes stops in Bowling Green, Hopkinsville, Fort Campbell and Paducah

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2013) —  A Bluegrass delegation of more than 40 people is visiting key features in the far western portion of the state today and Friday in the 2013 Kentucky Regional Tour presented by Community Trust Bank. Coming off an informative trip in the Greater Louisville region last year, this two-day bus tour includes stops in Bowling Green, Hopkinsville, Fort Campbell and Paducah.

IMAG0065In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a tradition of visiting other areas of Kentucky with two busloads of political and business leaders from the Bluegrass Region who toured Eastern Kentucky. The intention of what has now become the Kentucky Regional Tour is to listen and learn from the leaders in each of the cities and locations visited.

“These trips are great learning opportunities for people within our city and region,” said Danny Murphy of the University of Kentucky College of Law, who is chairman of the board of Commerce Lexington Inc. this year. “Not only do they allow us to say ‘thank you’ to leaders and elected officials in other communities across the state, but they also help us find commonalities and ways that we can work together that will benefit the state as a whole.

“My wife and I had the privilege to live and work in Paducah for several years before moving back to Lexington. Western Kentucky will always have a special place in our hearts, and I look forward to seeing how the region has grown over the years,” Murphy said.

Day one of the tour Nov. 14 features stops in Bowling Green at the National Corvette Museum and on the campus of Western Kentucky University, followed by visits to the Commonwealth Agri-Energy ethanol production farm and to Fort Campbell near Hopkinsville, with a reception, dinner and overnight stay in Paducah. On day two, the group will learn more about Paducah from a variety of local business leaders, then head to Ohio County for a tour of a surface mine at Armstrong Coal’s Equality Boot Mine.

The group departed from the Aviation Museum of Kentucky near Blue Grass Airport on Thursday and will return to Lexington about 5:30 p.m. Friday.