Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Promotes and Defends Kentucky Jobs
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continued
her advocacy for Kentucky businesses today, rebuffing Fla. Gov. Rick Scott’s
mission to lure businesses from the Commonwealth and highlighting the
importance of broadband and expanding the Mountain Parkway at her “Kentucky
Means Business” forum in Floyd County.
“Despite what Gov. Scott claims, Kentucky jobs are
not flowing into Florida, and I would put our pro-business climate up against
the sunshine state’s any day,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief business officer.
“We have worked too hard to encourage job growth and lower our unemployment
rate to let him jeopardize our middle class.”
Since taking office in 2012, Grimes has helped grow
Kentucky’s economy and give the green light to small businesses. In addition to
expanding and improving the Business One
Stop Portal, she 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.
Grimes’ efforts have helped more than 100,000 new
businesses register to do business in the state during her first term.
The Floyd County forum was the ninth in a series of
ten stops on Grimes’ “Kentucky Means Business” listening tour. Participants
discussed a variety of issues, such as the availability of broadband, the
Mountain Parkway expansion project, the coal industry and tourism
must protect our good coal jobs and fight to rebuild the coal industry in
Kentucky. I will continue to be outspoken and forceful in that effort,” said
Grimes, Kentucky’s chief business officer. “But we must also recognize the
urgent need to diversify the economy of Eastern Kentucky in order to create new
sources of good jobs and opportunity.
order to connect this region to economic growth, we must have connectivity, and
that means expanded broadband width is critically important. And we must have
first-rate infrastructure to link Eastern Kentucky to markets elsewhere, which
is why extension of the Mountain Parkway is a top priority,” Grimes added. “And
that’s not all. We must explore other opportunities, from tourism to space
technology, to capitalize on the abundant resources and the reservoir of
hard-working people in this region of our state.”
at the forum included University of Pikeville Chancellor and former Governor
Paul Patton, Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton, Salyersville Mayor Pete Shepherd,
Big Sandy Area Development District Associate Denise Thomas, Southeast Kentucky
Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Brett Traver, One East
Kentucky CEO Chuck Sexton, Kentucky Career Center Operations Administrator
Trina Allen, and representatives from Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
Kentucky has a lot to offer both the state and national economies,” said
Patton. “I appreciate Secretary Grimes bringing together leaders from various
sectors of the community to discuss how we can continue moving the region
forum was held at the East Kentucky Science Center, highlighting Kentucky’s
largest export industry—aerospace. In 2014, Kentucky shipped $7.8 billion in
aerospace parts and products, a 30 percent increase since 2013.
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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