Kentucky Association of Chinese-American Professionals (KYACAP) participated as the only Asian-American organization at the 3rd Annual Governor's Minority Empowerment Conference in Louisville, KY on August 20, 2007. Over 500 people from minority communities across the state attended the meeting. Representatives of KYACAP introduced our organization to numerous government agencies and many visitors to our exhibit table. Quite a few people showed strong interest in collaborating with us on things that will be of mutual benefits in the future. The executive director of the Governor's Minority Empowerment Office, Mr. Troy Body, thanked us for our participation, recognizing the fact this is the first time ever for an Asian American organization to be present at this conference. We attended the luncheon where the governor was the keynote speaker and the secretary of state's workshop on 'how the government works and how to work the government'. They were candid about the need to improve the distribution of government resources and job opportunities among different communities in the state. They encouraged minority involvement and engagement at every level of government. In addition, we also got some useful information from workshops on business ownership, wellness promotion, significance of cultural and arts in minority populations.

KYACAP secretary Changzheng Wang and Education Coordinator Cheryl Pan met Governor Fletcher during the Conference.

Education Coordinator Cheryl Pan explained KYACAP to visitors to our exhibit table

There are over 100 agencies and companies displayed there, including University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Toyota Corporation, and most goverment's health and education departments. We established a good connection and introduced our association to many participating groups.

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