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KY Chamber President Adkission to speak here Sept. 16, 2008

By Sue Stivers, Executive Director Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce

Dave Adkisson, President & CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will be the guest speaker at the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at 11:45amCT at the Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College.

Adkisson, a native of Owensboro, Kentucky returned to his home state in 2005 after spending six years as president of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, Alabama.

A 1971 graduate of Owensboro High School, Adkisson earned a bachelors degree from Georgetown College in 1973 and a master's degree from Harvard University in 1975. He began his career with the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, first as project manager and then four years as the CEO.

Elected Mayor of Owensboro at 34

At age 34, Adkisson was elected Mayor of Owensboro and re-elected four years later. During his administration, he led the effort to revitalize Owensboro's downtown, created the River Park (performing arts) Center, recruited several industries to the MidAmerica Industrial Airpark, expanded the city's parks and bikeways and developed a new bridge linking Kentucky and Indiana across the Ohio River.

Adkisson had held several statewide leadership posts including chairman of the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education, president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE), co-founder of Leadership Kentucky and chairman of the Kentucky Center for Public Issues.

President of Birmingham, AL Chamber in 1999

After more than 20 years in Owensboro, Adkisson was named president of the Birmingham Chamber in 1999, where he worked with business and political leaders in the seven-county metropolitan area to develop consensus around a region-wide agenda for growth.

As a strong proponent of business growth, Adkisson spends much of his time meeting with business and government leaders across the Commonwealth. He's been heavily involved with the Chamber's recent comprehensive study of higher education in Kentucky and in the New Agenda for Kentucky project, which involved hundreds of Kentuckians in shaping an agenda for the state.

Adkisson currently sits on the boards of the Kentucky World Trade Center, the United Way of Kentucky, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Thomas Clark Foundation of the University of Kentucky.

Adkisson resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Bonnie. They have two grown children who also reside in Lexington.

All Chamber members are encouraged to attend and give Adkisson a big Adair County Welcome!

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