Courtesy photo Minton met District 18 State Rep. Tim Moore at the Kentucky Chamber Dinner.

Courtesy photo

Minton met District 18 State Rep. Tim Moore at the Kentucky Chamber Dinner.

Grayson County Tourism Director Kenadie Minton attended the kick-off dinner for the state legislative session on Jan. 10.

The 24th annual Kentucky Chamber Day Dinner, held at the Heritage Hall in Lexington, Kentucky, is the premier kick-off event of the legislative session and the state’s largest gathering of businesses and political leaders, according to Minton, who attended on the invitation of Charlie and Cathy Corbett, of Partriot's Point Pointe Custom Homes and Great Rough River Realty Group/Greater Nolin Lake Realty Group/Welcome Home Realty Group, respectively.

Morelia Falcon, an active member of the Kentucky 4-H program, daughter of Jose and Nora Falcon, and a high-school intern with Cathy Corbett's real estate groups, was also in attendance.

At the dinner, Minton met with District 18 State Rep. Tim Moore (R); Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin; Regina Stivers, Deputy Secretary of Kentucky's Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet; Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton; and Brian Smith, Director of Economic Development working under Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie.

According to Minton, the highlight of her night was meeting Bevin, who confirmed that he will be running in this year's governor's race and gave a speech to close out the event and expressed to her his appreciation of Grayson County and its residents.

Minton said two of the biggest things she takes away from the experience is that there are so many people all over the state working to build a better Kentucky and that there is not as much division as one might perceive.

She said that seeing what the true issues are, as well as what resources are available to address those issues, has helped her decide where to focus her efforts in regards to promoting Grayson County tourism, and she was inspired to hear political leaders discuss the importance of clean trails, parks, and waterways, three of the biggest drivers of this industry locally.

Minton wants to continue to publicize Grayson County's two lakes, Rough River and Nolin, and hopes to, by the summer, have a number of paddling events planned for these locations. She said she also looks forward to continuing to network and learn from the contacts she made at the Chamber Day Dinner.

Minton said she is thankful to have had the opportunity to attend the dinner and looks forward to using the experience to continue to improve Grayson County's tourism opportunities.