Area leaders to meet with Ky. delegation in Washington

Area government, business and community leaders will gather Wednesday and Thursday in Washington for the Central Kentucky Regional Public Policy Group's annual trip to the nation's capital.

The ninth annual event, called the Washington, D.C., Fly-In, which is sponsored by Columbia Gas of Kentucky, allows officials to meet with members of Kentucky's congressional delegation and their legislative staffs to discuss problems in the region including energy, infrastructure, education and transportation.

The Regional Public Policy Group is responsible for crafting federal policy statements each year.

"This event promotes issues and concerns going on here in the Bluegrass. Each county has different issues; everyone goes and supports each other. It's a collective effort," said Mark Turner, senior vice president of communications for Commerce Lexington Inc., a member of the group.

Turner and other officials said they were pleased with the outcome from previous years.

According to a news release, the group's legislative priorities this year include support for efforts to increase government accountability, "protecting Kentucky's low electricity rates and energy economy" and ensuring investments in transportation infrastructure, higher education, research and innovation, and work-force development programs.