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Metro Council approves BEAM Resolution for Louisville and Lexington

Thursday November 17, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622

By a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council has given its approval to a join resolution supporting the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement. The Lexington Fayette Urban County Council has also passed the joint resolution after both governing bodies met on Thursday night.

“This is a new day for both our city and the city of Lexington,” says Council President Jim King (D-10). “The passage of this resolution shows our commitment to securing a strong economic future for the citizens of two of Kentucky’s great cities.”

The BEAM initiative is designed to further develop advance manufacturing through regional efforts.

The resolution is unique in that this is the first time in the history of both cities that support has been given a resolution with the same key goals. President King approached Vice Mayor Linda Gorton to signal that the legislative bodies of the cities were on board with the BEAM goals and objectives.

“Tonight, the action of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council and the Louisville Metro Council reaffirms our commitment to bringing high quality jobs to our region,” said Vice Mayor Linda Gorton of the Urban County Council. “Through this partnership, we will continue to work to secure a strong economic future for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

The Resolution highlights how Ford and GE are the manufacturing anchors in Louisville while Toyota and LexMark serve a similar purpose in Lexington and Central Kentucky. Manufacturing between those two regions make up 95,000 high quality jobs.

Both King and Gorton believe the Beam initiative will help increase the manufacturing numbers which is why the legislative bodies have placed their support behind the resolution.

"The new economic partnership between Louisville and Lexington is all about creating jobs. I'm very pleased the Metro Council will be a full partner in the BEAM effort," said Mayor Greg Fischer.

"I would like to thank Council President Jim King and the entire Metro Council for their support of the BEAM initiative,” said Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. “Working together -- in a smart way -- to create jobs and build up our region and the entire state of Kentucky is enormously important. With partners like Mayor Fischer and the metro council, we are going to accomplish great things."

To learn more about the BEAM initiative, visit the group on Facebook at

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