Central Kentucky business, government and community leaders are gearing up for the Bluegrass Region’s annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In on July 11-12. The two-day trip offers attendees the opportunity to meet with members of Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation, agency officials, Congressional staff, and legislative experts to discuss important federal policy issues impacting the region, state and nation.
Attendees on the trip are diverse and 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 policies or projects aimed at making the region a better place to live and work.
The annual “Kentuckians in Washington” Reception will be hosted on July 11 at the Library of Congress to promote networking among Central Kentucky leaders and those Kentuckians living and working in various sectors in Washington.
This year, some of the Bluegrass Region’s federal legislative priorities include support for: tax reform and regulatory reforms, trade agreements that help grow Kentucky businesses, efforts to curb the opioid epidemic, transportation and broadband infrastructure investments, higher education reauthorization including funding for career and technical education, funding for important research and innovation grants that benefit the University of Kentucky and start-up businesses, and health care reforms to lower costs.
Attendees are anticipated to visit with officials with the U.S. Department of Commerce and Federal Communications Commission to learn more about the administration’s trade policies and advocate for Central Kentucky’s economy, and improve access to quality broadband infrastructure in the region.
The Bluegrass Region D.C. Fly-In is organized by Commerce Lexington Inc. and the Central Kentucky Public Policy Group. Members of the Central Kentucky Policy Group are responsible for crafting the federal policy agenda each year. The group 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.
2018 D.C. FLY-IN