Wednesday February 5, 2003
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely
LOUISVILLE – The Metro Council’s Government Administration, Rules, Ethics & Audit Committee unanimously recommended approval on two pieces of legislation Tuesday that will benefit economic development.
First, committee members unanimously passed an ordinance to repeal the residency requirement, which mandated that new metro government employees must live in Jefferson County.
“This is a regional economy,” District 17 Councilman Glen Stuckel said. “We have to think regionally about job creation and recruitment. And we must have the ability to hire the best people – whether they live in Jefferson County or not.”
The committee also unanimously passed a resolution encouraging the 2003 Kentucky General Assembly to pass legislation reforming and reauthorizing the Kentucky Enterprise Zone Program.
The Louisville Enterprise Zone will expire at the end of this year if it is not renewed.
“The Kentucky Enterprise Zone Program has assisted in the growth and development of new businesses and jobs in areas throughout Metro Louisville – in locations like the Downtown Development District, Riverport Authority, Louisville International Airport and other industrial and business locations,” said District 7 Councilman Ken Fleming, who sponsored the resolution.
“The use of Enterprise Zones in the pursuit of business expansion and recruitment has given the people of Metro Louisville a competitive advantage when bringing good paying jobs to this community.”
Fleming, who also owns Coleman Aerial Imaging, said the program does need to be reformed. For example, he said that it should be easier for small businesses to participate in the program. Another change should be the ability to hire employees who live outside the Enterprise Zone county.
The entire Metro Council is expected to vote on the repeal of residency and the Enterprise Zone resolution at its next meeting on Feb. 13.
Kenneth C. Fleming (R) 7