Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Governor Beshear: Still time to register for auto industry conference coming to Lexington in June

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 26, 2010  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Jill Midkiff

Learn how Southern states drive the future of the auto industry at the Southern Growth Policies Board Chairman’s Conference

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Gov. Steve Beshear today encouraged Kentuckians to register for next month’s Southern Growth Policies Board Chairman’s Conference, which will be held June 7-8 in Lexington, Ky.  This year’s topic, “Driving the Next 20 Years:  Creating the New Automotive Industry in the South,” is of paramount importance to Southern states, as the auto industry responds to rapid changes in consumer demands, manufacturing and global competition.

“This exciting event will bring together all sectors of the automotive industry for stimulating conversation and discussion, and is a must for those who believe that, by working together, we can ensure the continued success and growth of this industry in the South,” said Gov. Beshear.  “I encourage not only those directly involved in the automotive industry to register and attend, but also those connected with our university and community college systems, labor and business organizations and anyone who has an interest in the future of the auto industry and Kentucky.”

The “Next 20” conference is being held at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa in Lexington, and offers an opportunity to connect with industry leaders and state officials, creating relationships to respond to the changing demands of the auto industry.

“The conference celebrates Kentucky’s and the South’s tremendous success in automotive production, while also identifying strategies to make our region one of the most productive and dynamic automotive areas in the world,” said Ted Abernathy, executive director of the Southern Growth Policies Board.

Included on the agenda are Dr. Edward Montgomery, executive director of the White House Council on Auto Communities and Workers; leaders of Ford, Toyota and Daimler; and experts in the automotive workforce, plants and suppliers.

To register, visit or contact Scott Doron, director of the Southern Technology Council, at  Special room rates are available through May 28.