Asbury Hosts County Chamber of Commerce
WILMORE, Ky. — The group that gathered at Asbury University on Tuesday morning included representatives of businesses large and small, educators, elected officials and faith communities. One topic, however, found common ground among them all: growth.
Recognizing the common goal of growth — whether financial, intellectual or spiritual — the group met for the annual Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce breakfast on campus to learn more about Asbury’s programs and the role it plays in keeping the local economy strong.
“It’s great to see others who are in business in the area, and it’s also good to get an update on Asbury,” said Joe Watts, a licensed massage therapist and operator of Nicholasville Orthopedic Massage Center. “I live right next to the University, but it’s still good to hear first-hand about what’s going on here.”
Some of the updates shared in President Sandra Gray’s address included Asbury’s noteworthy 27-percent growth in enrollment in the past five years; the development of new programs and degrees in business, education and communication arts; and an expansion in the University’s schedule of academic camps offered in the summer.
“We don’t live in a bubble,” said Gray, noting that the economic impact of student community service activities alone equates to several hundreds of thousands of dollars. “We are very much a part of the larger community and welcome the presence and activity of our community’s business leaders.”
“The Chamber recognizes Asbury as an essential partner,” said Dr. Lu Young, president of the Chamber of Commerce and superintendant of Jessamine County school. “The impact of Asbury University on the economic vitality of the community is undeniable. Dr. Gray’s business background is a strength in knowing how valuable it is to be engaged in the business life of the community.”