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Historic Day in the Head of Silicon Holler
April 1, 2015 | 8:31 pm

Mayor Jim Tom Trent

Our community was blessed to be visited by Governor Steve Beshear, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers and State Representative Rocky Adkins, all who brought good news for the present and future of Morehead.

First of all, Governor Beshear, Congressman Rogers and Representative Adkins joined myself, MSU President Wayne Andrews and Rowan Co. Judge Executive Walter Blevins for the dedication of the new airport/Eagle Trace road.

This road fills a necessary void to help with attracting new business to our area as well as enhance existing industry.

Next, Dr. Wayne Andrews, Congressman Rogers and Governor Beshear announced the arrival of a new high tech company to our community called Rajant. This light assembly company will employ approximately thirty people in good paying jobs in the technology industry.

As a result, Rajant’s owner and CEO, Bob Schena, is planning on making a nearly $800,000 initial investment in our community, with which Congressman Rogers quipped, “This makes eastern Kentucky the ‘Silicon Holler’”.

Our next stop on this whirlwind day was the Smith-Craft Space Science Center on MSU’s campus for two ceremonial bill signings by Governor Beshear that pertain to the Joe Craft Academy for Excellence in Math and Science. In addition, the first 60 high school juniors from across our region and state were present to witness this historic day.

The final stop of the day took place at an open house for the new business incubator named “The Launching Pad” which will allow entrepreneurs to start a new business with the help of MSU.

As we reflect on this exciting and historic day, we look with confidence to the future that this is just the beginning for our community.