We are less than four weeks away from the second biennial Confluence of the West Kentucky Alliance for the River Economy (WAVE), which will be held on July 19-20, 2018 at the Carlisle County Cooperative Extension Center in Bardwell. You were a big part of the first gathering, an initiative which was launched by the four River County judge-executives to seize the economic advantage posed by the opening of the newly expanded Panama Canal, and the expected long-term increase in Mississippi River export/import traffic.
Much work has been engaged in the interim, and it’s time to celebrate the progress and develop strategies for the future. Accordingly, WAVE II’s theme is “Grow with the Flow: The Confluence of Agriculture and the River Economy.” Held in conjunction with the region’s annual “Ag Day” celebration, the two-day event will focus more directly on the economic opportunities that are shared by the river industry and local farmers. Leading state and federal officials again have been invited to join community leaders, local stakeholders and industry officials, including those from neighboring states, in what is becoming a true regional effort.