kentucky state council
Chairman & Managing Director, Blue Equity (Co-chair)
Commissioner of Agriculture, State of Kentucky (Co-chair)
U.S. Congressman (Honorary chair)
U.S. Congressman (Honorary chair)
Chairman, District Export Council of Kentucky (Vice Chair)
Owner, Impex (Vice Chair)
Director, Edelen Strategic Ventures (Vice Chair)
Interfaiths Path to Peace
Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz
Archdiocese of Louisville
Associate Dean of Potter College, Western Kentucky University
Executive Director, Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority
Cofounder, Bluegrass Distilling
Sister Cities of Louisville
CEO, Kentucky League of Cities
Griffin Van Meter
Founder, Kentucky for Kentucky
Director of Globalization, Louisville International Organization Network
J. Edwin Webb
President & CEO, World Trade Center of Kentucky
Xiao Yin Zhou
Director, Kentucky World Affairs Council
President, Rabbit Hole Distillery
Barrel House Distilling Co.
President, Limestone Branch Distillery
Chair, Kentucky Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression
President, Silent Brigade Distillery
Asst. Vice President for Government & Corporate Engagement, Northern Kentucky University
CEO, Catholic Charities of Louisville
CEO, Edelen Strategic Ventures
Dr. Robert Farley
Professor, University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy
Mayor, City of Lexington
President, 21C Hotel and Museum
Alison Lundergan Grimes
Secretary of State, State of Kentucky
President, Kentucky Farm Bureau
CEO, Lexington Real Estate Company
Kentucky and Cuba in the News
Prensa Latina: Cuban Ambassador Sees Kentucky Businessmen interest in Cuba
Cuban Ambassador to the United States, José Ramón Cabañas, confirmed the interest of business representatives and other sectors of the state of Kentucky in increasing ties with the island, reported the diplomatic delegation of the Caribbean country.
Representatives from the Kentucky World Trade Center are taking a business related trip to Cuba next month. Lexington council members received an update last week of trade center activities.
Business Journals: Jonathan Blue: Kentucky needs to be at Cuba's front door
Previous travel restrictions had hindered most U.S. citizens from experiencing the country for themselves. But the removal of those travel restrictions opened the eyes of the participants and helped them discover potential business opportunities they didn't know existed.
Bowling Green Daily News: Comer visits Cuba, examines country's agriculture
U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville, recently visited Cuba and hopes to restore agricultural trade with the island nation and provide the United States with a valuable new market for agricultural exports. Comer said Cuba is a “logical” market for U.S. trade.
Business Journals: Kentucky's relationship with Cuba could be as complementary as bourbon and cigars
J. Edwin Webb, president and CEO of the World Trade Center Kentucky, said that if the trade embargo is lifted between the United States and Cuba, it could reap dividends for the state of Kentucky and the 11 million Cubans who suddenly would have access to U.S. products and services.
Richmond Register: Kentuckians begin first efforts to trade with Cuba
President Obama made headlines recently as the first U.S. leader to visit Cuba since the communist revolution. The two neighboring countries have resumed diplomatic relations and are taking cautious steps toward full normalization, including trade and travel.