Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Promotes Business Development in Hardin and Surrounding Counties
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes brought
her “Kentucky Means Business” listening tour to Hardin County today, stressing
the region’s partnership with Fort Knox and emphasizing the need to make the
area even more business-friendly at a meeting with area business leaders.
Since Grimes took office in 2012, nearly 10,000 new
businesses, including more than 2,000 in Hardin County, have opened in the
Lincoln Trail and Barren River regions. Statewide, more than 100,000 new
businesses have registered in that time frame.
am proud to be a voice in Frankfort speaking up for those who live and work in and
around Hardin County, including the men and women serving at Fort Knox,” said
Grimes, Kentucky’s chief business officer. “I have a record of cutting red tape
and streamlining processes so businesses can spend less time interacting with
government and more time creating jobs, and I’m excited to build on our strong
foundation so we can achieve even greater growth and success for the region in
held the forum, the fifth in a series of ten stops in her “Kentucky Means
Business” listening tour, to garner input about how state government can better
serve the area’s economy. Participants discussed a variety of issues such as
the growth and retention at Fort Knox, public-private partnerships and
workforce development initiatives.
at the forum included Ft. Knox Garrison Commander Col. Stephen K. Aiton, Sen.
Dennis Parrett, Lincoln Trail Area Development District Deputy Director Mike
Burress, Hardin County Industrial Foundation President Rick Games,
Elizabethtown Regional Airport Board Chairman Joe Yates, Hardin County Clerk
Debbie Donnelly, Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger, Vine Grove Mayor Blake
Profitt and Radcliff Mayor Mike Weaver.
Knox is a proud partner with the surrounding community and Commonwealth of
Kentucky," said Aiton. “As leaders,
we all take very seriously serving those we represent, which makes it all the
more special when we can work together for mutual benefit and the common
good. And when the area grows economically
as a result, that helps Fort Knox as well because it provides a better quality
of life for all those who live and work on post.”
Lawrence, LTADD Executive Director, said, “With our central location, excellent
labor force, and strong partnership with Fort Knox, our region is a great place
for existing and new businesses. I thank Secretary Grimes for highlighting our
area and working to ensure our future success.”
forum was held at IPAK Packaging Solutions, a Kentucky corporation that makes
custom foam plastic rubber and also offers assembly and fulfillment services.
IPAK has been operating in Radcliff for 15 years and has grown to 30 full-time
employees. It currently has 40,000 square feet of production floor space, with
room to expand.
businesses are the backbone of Kentucky’s economy,” said Grimes. “IPAK is a
great example of the many Kentucky businesses that offer top-notch,
state-of-the-art services and help our communities and state thrive.”
Since taking office in 2012, Grimes has helped to
grow Kentucky’s economy and give the green light to small businesses. For
example, in addition to expanding and improving the Business One
Stop Portal, Grimes has supported legislation that creates online
crowdfunding opportunities in Kentucky and approves new generation
cooperative associations to encourage development
in the agriculture and energy industries.
During her first term as Secretary of State, Grimes
has successfully sought more than ten bipartisan pieces of legislation – more
than any other constitutional officer during the same time frame – to make
Kentucky more business friendly and safeguard access to the ballot box.
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