In October of last yearleaders of YPAL and YPAL Cares helped organize the first-ever gathering of Kentucky’s young professionals organizations at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort.

“Young Professionals are the future of Kentucky and the ingenuity of our workforce,” says Nathan Haney, VP of Special Projects for YPAL. “We want to be engaged in the political process.  This is our first step in that direction.”

The main topics discussed included best practices and working together to make Kentucky a better state for attracting and retaining young talent. See full notes below.

Joe Craft, President, CEO and Director of Alliance Resource Partners served as the day’s keynote speaker. Kentucky Ag. Commissioner Jamie Comer and Kentucky State Representatives Jonathan Shell and Michael Meredith also spoke to the group about paying attention to what’s happening in Frankfort and in their local governments.

As part of that charge, YPAL will be participating in the annual YP Day at the Capitol on Thursday, February 6, 2014. We invite all members and young professionals from across the state to join us for the day in Frankfort where we’ll hear from legislatures, attend a live legislative session and gather together for a reception at Buffalo Trace Distillery. Full Agenda is below:


Agenda (times subject to change) | February 6, 2014

8:00 a.m.     YPAL members meet at Drake’s (St. Matthew’s) for carpooling

9:00 a.m.    Arrive in Frankfort: Welcome (room TBD)

Speakers:   Sen. Morgan McGarvey (19th District – Louisville) & Colmon Elridge    (Executive Assistant to the Governor)

10:00          Capitol Tour by Rep. Ryan Quarles (62nd District – Lexington) Attend

10:45          Committee meetings

11:30           Lunch at Kentucky Chamber

Speaker:     Bryan Sunderland, SVP Public Affairs at Kentucky Chamber

1:00            Meet & Greet with Lt. Gov Jerry Abramson (Capitol Room 110)

2:00            Attend live session

4:30            Buffalo Trace Distillery Tour

5:30            Reception at Buffalo Trace
                   Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse (upstairs)
                   113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601

~7:30          Conclusion