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Southeast Kentucky Chamber Endorses Local Option

Thursday February 20, 2014

Chamber joins growing list of supporters

The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce — representing eight counties in the Commonwealth — has voted to endorse local option, which would give citizens the right to vote on investing in the projects important to their communities.

"From our point of view in Southeast Kentucky, the local option is a critical and potentially transformational economic development tool," said Jared Arnett, the chamber’s President and CEO. "As we compete for jobs and investment, we must have new ways to make community improvements and develop infrastructure. The local option is the most appealing of any option because it puts the decision-making in the hands of the people.”

The Southeast Chamber serves Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties. It’s the latest in a growing list of economic development groups to endorse local option. The others are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Network
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Louisville Building & Construction Trades
  • Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Hardin County Chamber of Commerce
  • Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Home Builders Association of Louisville
  • Jefferson County Teachers Association
  • Kentuckians for Better Transportation
  • Kentucky Association of Counties
  • Kentucky Association of Economic Development
  • Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts
  • Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association
  • Kentucky-Indiana Exchange
  • Kentucky League of Cities
  • Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association
  • Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Metropolitan Alliance for Growth
  • Oldham County Chamber of Commerce
  • Owensboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce

For more information, including a list of elected officials who have endorsed LIFT, visit