A host of high-profile business and political speakers will join Gregory for a broad discussion of economic policy and the state’s future, including the two current major party gubernatorial candidates, Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway.
Hilliard Lyons CEO Jim Allen, Houchen Industries President Spencer Coates, and Kentucky BioProcessing Chairman Hugh Haydon will speak from the private-sector side, along with Kentucky Distillers Association President Eric Gregory, Hal Quinn, CEO of the National Mining Association, and Ted Abernathy, managing partner of the North Carolina-based Economic Leadership LLC.
One of the biggest issues threatening the state’s solvency and financial future is the status of its pension systems, which IL has covered extensively. Both William Thielen, executive director of Kentucky Retirement Systems, and Gary Harbin, executive secretary of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, are slated to speak at the Chamber conference. So far in the governor’s race, only Independent candidate Drew Curtis has put forth a serious plan for addressing the catastrophic pension funding shortfalls that could paralyze the commonwealth.
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