Kentucky Prosperity Project

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Kentucky Prosperity Project Receives STAR Award at BIPAC Annual Deployment Partner Meeting in San Antonio

Thursday, December 8, 2016, Frankfort, KY—At the conclusion of BIPAC’s 2016 Deployment Partner Meeting on Tuesday, December 6, BIPAC President & CEO Jim Gerlach and Regional Vice President Cathy Mesch presented STAR Achievement Awards to several state partners. One of the recipients was the Kentucky Prosperity Project (KYP2), under the direction of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers. The award was given for overall E2E (employer to employee) communications, based on the efforts of KYP2 to “Educate, Engage and Empower” Kentucky’s manufacturing voters through regular articles in the bi-monthly digital magazine “The Goods,” weekly e-communications, regional business briefings, weekly legislative updates and Employee Voter Registration Week activities.

The STAR Achievement Awards recognize those P2 efforts that incorporate these aspects:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Tenacious effort
  • Action-oriented
  • Results-driven

BIPAC, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee, is a member-based, bipartisan organization whose mission is to help private sector employers educate and motivate employees to use their power as private citizens to get involved in the legislative and electoral processes to promote a pro-jobs agenda and foster growth of the American economy.  The Kentucky Prosperity Project (KYP2) carries this mission to Kentucky manufacturers and their employees by providing information about candidates and issues to encourage more active and informed participation in the government process.

Greg Higdon, President & CEO, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, knows the importance of an informed electorate. “We’re proud of the work our Prosperity Project has done, and continues to do, to educate and inform Kentucky manufacturing employees. Karen Ellis, our Director of Operations and Communications, and Matt Ellis, KAM’s Director of Web Development and Creative Design, drive this initiative, with the assistance and input of BIPAC. As a former State Senator, I know how important it is to let the voters know how a candidate or piece of legislation may affect them and their families. Bottom line—when Kentucky manufacturing employees are informed and active in government and elections, our families, communities and Commonwealth benefit!”

About KAM:
Established in 1911, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is Kentucky's most effective advocate for manufacturers. KAM's mission is to protect and create a manufacturing-friendly environment in Kentucky. In addition to advocating, KAM connects, educates and provides cost-saving programs and products to members. For more information, go to:

About KYP2:
The Kentucky Prosperity Project is a non-partisan, joint effort between Kentucky employers and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers to encourage more active and informed participation in the government process. Through interactive tools and information, you can easily locate your government leaders and candidates for office, identify their opinions on issues that affect you and your family, and take action through advocacy or voting. For more information, go to:

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