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Chamber of Commerce members discuss change for EKY

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email
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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The President of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce made a stop in Pikeville today talking to local chamber members about the upcoming General Assembly.

Several members of the Southeast Kentucky (SEK) Chamber of Commerce met Tuesday to listen to Kentucky Chamber President Dave Adkisson talk about the future of the commonwealth, but local chamber leaders say their focus right now is strengthening the economy of Eastern Kentucky.

"The turnout here, the turnout at the SOAR Summit, it says that people are interested. We're not just going to sit back and let the economy fade away and let our people leave. We're going to fight for Eastern Kentucky, and we're going to create jobs so our people can stay here," said SEK Chamber President Jared Arnett.

The SEK Chamber serves 8 counties with more than 500 members.

Leaders say they are trying to focus on regionalism, bringing those counties together to thrive as one.

Adkisson spoke to the group sharing his thoughts on the upcoming legislative session and changes that he says need to come to help Kentucky's economy boom.

"Even though the economy is improving statewide a little bit, money is very tight and there are a lot of needs--pensions that have to be paid for, various programs that have been cut," said Adkisson.

Chamber leaders say while it is a turbulent time for the region's economy they see good things for the future.

"I don't think anybody claims to have a silver bullet and they can just magically snap their fingers and things will be exactly like we want it, but you've got to start the process and communities can reinvent themselves," said Adkisson.

Today's meeting was just one stop on a 10 city tour for Adkisson that began in Owensboro on December 5 and will end tomorrow in Danville.

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