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Hello Chamber Members,
Have you purchased your Annual Celebration tickets yet? The event is Friday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Danville Country Club. Our committee is planning another fun event and we have some great winners for our Awards. Our slogan is Unmask the Possiblities  - with a Mardi Gras theme. And the entertainment is world class! The desserts are from our members and will be delicious!!  You don't want to miss out.  Call the office at 859-236-2361, ext.120 to reserve and pay for your tickets.  The deadline is Feb. 3.

Kyle Talente, Principal for RKG and Associates, the consultant for the Economic Development Partnership working on a new strategic plan for economic development, is in town for his third visit. During this visit, he is holding focus groups with businesses and organizations in retail/small business, tourism & arts, agriculture, industry/large business, utility representatives, the railroad, Bluegrass Area Development District and the boards of the partnership.  Tonight, he will meet with elected officials from all three communities and the Fiscal Court to share more information he has gathered since his last visit and begin to share information on the report.  This meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at Inter-County Energy and is open to the public, as well. 

As part of a Centre Term course on Economic Policy, the Economic Development Partnership worked with Centre students to develop research and papers on local economic development in the Boyle County region. This week, Patten Mahler's students made their final presentations at City Hall. Topics included how to strengthen our workforce, create job opportunities, and bolster local and non-local visitors to our county and historic main street districts.   Each of the EDP partners had a small group of students to work on a designated project. The Chamber's project was " What are the main issues affecting workforce supply? " and the students focused on early childhood education. The title was " Low Risk, Common High Return:Investing in Early Childhood Education" by Centre students Ian Johnson, Hans Stromberg and Hensley Traughber. (pictured below). Read their report on page 18, and find all the reports here.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT - SAVE THE DATE February 21, 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Boyle County Fire Headquarters on Lebanon Road. Planning meetings continue by t he Chamber's workforce development committee for a community-wide project to address improving "soft skills"/professional skills/employability skills among the region's unemployed and underemployed individuals. This meeting is a gathering of all community organizations and individuals who assist local folks with issues/needs which impact their employability.  The purpose of this first meeting is to take the initial step toward developing a concerted, coordinated community-wide effort to identify and seek solutions to the obstacles that impede individuals from obtaining and retaining employment.  This will be the first in a series of meetings to create and implement action steps by early fall.  Please consider attending this meeting, and share with others who should be at the table of this discussion and planning.
Boyle County Public Library - As part of a discussion with library staff as they begin their strategic planning process, I shared some of the needs of the business community. Watch for some information in the next newsletter that will share resources available to the businesses. 


Ian Johnson, Hensley Traughber and Hans Stromberg Centre Economic Policy students..

Annual Celebration & Awards Dinner, Click on Image to Visit Event Page

Ribbon Cutting for the New Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Front Row;  Rhonda Gilliam, Jill Cutler, Kelly Boyd, Harish Patel, Bhavna Patel, Manisha Patel, Manish Patel, Cody Polston, Melissa Fightmaster, Will Walker, Kara Bastin, Myrna Miller

Back Row: Rick Serres, Nicki Johnson, Harold McKinney, Denise Terry, Vicki Goode, Nick Wade, Donnie Lonaker, Aneil Patel, Jerry Houck, Trille Bottom, Ed Tamme, Martha Johnson, Nick Patel

Manish Patel, owner, Cody Polston, Hampton Inn General Manager, and Holiday Inn Express & Suites staff Martha Johnson and Will Walker, look on as Holiday Inn General Manager Melissa Fightmaster cuts the cake at the Grand Opening. 

Welcome New Members!
Ambrosia Wellness
Sarah Cheatham
131 S. Second Street, Danville
Fitness, Massage Therapy

Canteen Vending
Brad Giles
100 Ensslin Drive, Danville

T&K Mowing & Contracting Services LLC
Tony Griffin
620 West Lexington Avenue, Danville

The Shirt Garage
Steve Bramel
126 Letton Drive, Danville
Screen Printing

Leadership Boyle County Education Day
Boyle County Middle School students presented information on the new school and shared how they were involved. Above: Superintendent Mike LaFavers thanks the students for a great report. Left: members of the Leadership Boyle County class listen to each student. 

Chamber 101 - Sponsored by Encompass Financial Advising
Chamber 101  is a monthly membership orientation.  New members are specifically invited to attend each month. But ALL members are welcome to attend.  If you have new staff who would like to attend, or perhaps you would like a refresher course to learn all we do and how you can take advantage of different benefits, you are invited to join us, too!  We rotate the time each month in order to accommodate different schedules. If you would like to attend email
Schedule for the year.
January 31, 7:30 a.m.
February 28, 12 noon
March 28, 5:15 p.m.
April 27, 7:30 a.m.
May 23, 12 noon
June 27, 5:15 p.m.
July 25, 7:30 a.m.
August 22, 12 noon
September 26, 5:15 p.m.
October 24, 7:30 a.m.
November 28, 12 noon
December 12, 5:15 p.m.

Thanks to Encompass Financial Advising for sponsoring Chamber 101.
Recent 2017 Membership Renewals - Thank You for your INVESTMENT in your Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce!!
A Lasting Impression
Advocate Messenger
Anna Ingram
B&E Furniture
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass
Blue Moon Insurance Agency
Bob Allen Motor Mall
Boyle Landmark Trust
Branscum Construction Company, Inc.
Chris Herron, Attorney
Community Trust Bank
Danville Ace Hardware
Danville Centre for Health & Rehab
Danville Country Club
Equipping Minds Brain Development Center
Farm Bureau Insurance
Grace Cafe
Joedy Sharpe Construction Company
Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems KY
Minuteman Press
Nancy McMurry Interiors, LLC
R. Brown Properties
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Spirit Chevrolet Buick Inc.
State Farm Insurance - Bob Miller, Agent
Storage Rentals of America
Sweet Beans n'things
The Great American Brass Band Festival
The Lock Box
The Nutrition Center
The Timberland Company, Inc.
Triple O Electric
United Warehousing Co., LLC
West T. Hill Community Theatre
Wilder Funeral Home

2017 Danville Livability Magazine Available online
The 2017 issue of Livability: Danville-Boyle County is out and now available online!
It highlights health, education, local flavor, arts and culture, and more in Danville, providing you with a powerful tool to tell others about the community. We encourage you to share the magazine with anyone considering relocating to Danville, or to any businesses who might be able to use it in their recruiting efforts. We all have a stake in promoting what's wonderful about Danville and this magazine provides a perfect way to do just that. We have copies at the Chamber office, as well.

To find more photos and articles to share about recreation, area attractions and things to do, please visit It's the unique story of a wonderful community.

Read it. Enjoy it. Share it.
2017 GABBF Announcement

Chamber Gift Certificate Program Available As Part of Your Membership


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