Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Promotes Business Development in Louisville
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes brought
her “Kentucky Means Business” listening tour to Louisville today, highlighting
the I-65 Bridge project as an example of how strong partnerships between
government agencies and businesses can boost economies.
Kentucky’s largest city, the success of Louisville’s business sector is crucial
to the state’s economy,” said Grimes. “Major projects like the I-65
Bridge—which is expected to add $87 billion to the economy and create 15,000
jobs over the next 30 years—are ensuring the economic health of both the region
and the state. State and local governments must continue to partner with
businesses to explore and create more opportunities for our communities to grow
Since Grimes took office in 2012, more than 25,000
businesses have opened in Jefferson County. Statewide, more than 100,000 new
businesses have registered in that time frame.
have a record of cutting red tape and streamlining processes so businesses can
spend less time interacting with government and more time creating jobs,” said
Grimes. “I’m excited to build on our strong foundation so we can achieve even
greater growth and success for Louisville and the region in the future.”
held the forum, the eighth 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
I-65 Bridge project, LIFT, and the availability of good paying jobs that do not
require 4-year college degrees.
economic development agencies participated in the forum, including Greater
Louisville Inc. Vice President Deanna Epperly Karem and Small Business
Administration District Director Ralph Ross.
of major area institutions also took part, such as University of Louisville
Speed School Acting Dean Dr. John Usher, KentuckyOne Health Market President
Joe Gilene, and Humana Regional Vice President Jeffrey Bringardner.
many elected officials were in attendance, including Rep. Denny Butler and Louisville
Metro Council members Bill Hollander, Dan Johnson and Vicki Aubrey Welch. Congressman
John Yarmuth’s Constituent Services Manager, Brooke Pardue, also joined the
policies and legislation are crucial to maintaining and improving our state and
region’s economic competitiveness,” said Butler. “I appreciate Secretary Grimes
hosting today’s forum to discuss how the public and private sectors can partner
to ensure our continued growth and success.”
forum was held at ID+A, Inc., which combines architecture and interior design principles
with leading-edge furniture solutions to create efficient, healthful and fun
work environments for its customers. ID+A’s Louisville location was established
in 1981; it has 40 employees.
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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