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The Ashland Alliance’s annual banquet on Thursday night was a great event for all the right reasons.

We’ve been to many of these types of gatherings across the nation over the years. Some have true meaning. Some don’t. This one definitely had meaning because it highlighted actual, concrete momentum building in the economic development field in the region.

The keynote address was from Braidy Industries Chief Executive Officer Craig Bouchard. It was an informative presentation because Bouchard talked about the technology Braidy is developing, the commitment to the mill and the strategy for getting it all done. Bouchard talked about Braidy’s “building a community — not a company.” Bouchard also made a presentation aimed at area youth, highlighting keys to success in life. And, Bouchard made some much-needed comments about the need for all of us to set aside political divisiveness and work together for a common good…