Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Promotes Business Development in Louisville

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 17, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

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.


“As 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 and thrive.”


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.


“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,” 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.”


Grimes 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.


Several economic development agencies participated in the forum, including Greater Louisville Inc. Vice President Deanna Epperly Karem and Small Business Administration District Director Ralph Ross.


Heads 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.


And 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 event.


“Business-friendly 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.”


The 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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