STANFORD - Lincoln County Judge-executive Ronald "Buckwheat" Gilbert, Boyle County Judge-executive Tony Wilder and several small-town mayors returned home Friday after a week-long trip to Japan, including a meet-and-greet mission with Matsushita executives.
The group visited Matsushita's homeland in an effort to assure the company's continual presence in central Kentucky.
"We went over there just to entice people to do some investing over here," said Gilbert. "A lot of people think Matsushita is leaving, and they (the company) pretty well solidified their stay here."
"We were able to personally contact all the industries we were hoping to contact, exchange some good will and have some good, fruitful conversations," said Wilder. "That was the most important thing gained from this trip. We have made contact with the executives in Japan personally and have had dialogue with them."
Also in attendance was Winchester Mayor Dodd Dixson, Versailles Mayor Fred Seagleman, Bluegrass Area Development District Executive Director Jas Sekhon, former Paris mayor Doug Castle, and Georgetown Mayor Everett Varney. The group was led in part by Matsushita employee Tony Murai.