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Regional leaders to meet with Kentucky Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.

To discuss critical issues facing the state

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 22, 2014) — Business, government and community leaders in 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 23-24.

During the trip, attendees will meet with members of Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation and their legislative staffs 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 also will meet with representatives of the U.S. EPA about the agency’s new regulations on carbon emissions, and the potential impact on Kentucky’s economy and electricity rates. They will receive an in-depth briefing from a panel of experts about reform legislation to workforce investment laws and how the changes will improve workforce training in Central Kentucky.

Trip participants 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. They share the issue concerns of the business community with members of Congress, and advocate for federal policies or projects aimed at making the region a better place to live and work.

Federal legislative priorities this year include protecting Kentucky’s low electricity rates and energy economy, improving the workforce development system, and ensuring critical investments in transportation infrastructure, higher education, research and innovation, and the region’s military economy.

The Central Kentucky Regional Public Policy Group (CKRPPG), of which Commerce Lexington Inc. is a member, is responsible for crafting the federal policy statements each year.  The CKRPPG 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.