Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

June 9, 2014

First day on the job

New Ashland Alliance president hits the streets

ASHLAND — Tim Gibbs planned to do a lot of listening during his first day on the job as the new top man at the Ashland Alliance, although he said he was rolling up his sleeves and diving right in before the day was half done.

“I don’t know if it’s a stereotypical day,” Gibbs said, smiling and shaking his head slightly as he reviewed his Monday activities before making one last visit to the office before starting to think about having supper and calling it a day.

The morning kicked off early with a staff meeting at the Ashland Alliance offices at 7 a.m., he said, recalling his ambition to be out in the community meeting business leaders and elected officials by 8 a.m. “That didn’t happen,” he said, explaining the Alliance staff had enough imperative issues and updates to instead hold him there for several hours.

Gibbs said he was able to meet many local business people during that day’s Ashland Rotary lunch meeting, which he attended as a visiting member, before meeting the chairman of the Alliance’s board of directors and then traveling to Greenup County for an afternoon of interactions he says excited him on a deep and personal level. Those meetings included opportunities to talk to existing business and industrial leaders, as well as county administrators and officials who have an excellent vision for the future, and have already developed a clear plan of action to reach their goals.

“I wanted to listen for common themes and what individuals need to keep going, or maybe to make the more prosperous,” he said.”I found a community that was, I think, hungry to move forward. This was a day of roll up the sleeves, take notes and names and make follow ups. We’ve been planting some seeds.”

Those he met with also seem confident the area’s business and industry can continue, and expand, while also attracting new players to the game.

“I don’t think anyone is satisfied with the rate of growth,” he said, countering that most, however, seem to be aware of positive economic factors and the potential for well-planned expansion.

“We have to be strategic and not overbuild or overextend ourself,” he observed. “We already have partners and collectively, we can present a competitive advantage.”

As his day drew closer to an end, Gibbs said he was surprised and more than satisfied with the level of “nuts and bolts” information and projects he encountered on his first day, leaving with the conclusion “I’m happy to be here. I’m happy for me and my family to be here.”

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

Text Only
Local News
  • Good deed done: ReStore returns cash to owner

    Staff of Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore recently discovered a large sum of money in a donated piece of furniture.

    July 25, 2014

  • Highway to be named for late airman from Morehead

    State leaders will join Kentucky Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini in Morehead next week to name a Kentucky highway in memory of a Rowan County native and member of the United States Air Force with 12 years of service who died last year while serving in Afghanistan.S

    July 25, 2014

  • Food vendor charged in slaying back to selling

    A Louisville hot dog vendor who is free on bond after being charged with murder in a suspected case of road rage has returned to selling hot dogs at his long-time perch in front of the courthouse.

    July 25, 2014

  • 2 charged with punishing child with hot sauce

    Two people have been charged with criminal abuse after police say they force fed hot sauce and vinegar to a 4-year-old girl on several occasions.

    July 25, 2014

  • Paul blends privacy with civil rights in speech

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul blended his message of libertarian-fueled privacy policies with civil rights-inspired criminal justice reforms during a speech Friday to the National Urban League’s annual convention in this presidential battleground state.

    July 25, 2014

  • RONNIE ELLIS: Fancy Farm only days away

    We’re just days away from the annual Fancy Farm Picnic and political free-for-all which used to be the “official” beginning of fall campaigns in Kentucky.

    July 25, 2014

  • 07/25/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State

    Local news

    July 25, 2014

  • Golden Corral sends children to camp

    Ashland’s Golden Corral teamed with other restaurants across nation this year to raise $1.5 million to send a total of 3,000 children to Camp Corral.

    July 24, 2014

  • Burglars steal golf gear

    A couple of golf enthusiasts might not make their tee times Saturday because burglars stole golf equipment from their garages.

    July 24, 2014

  • Music instructor claims age discrimination

    The Russell Independent School District is denying allegations of a former band director who claims in a lawsuit the district discriminated against him because of his age.

    July 24, 2014