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President King sponsors resolution of support for BEAM initiative between Louisville and Lexington

Thursday November 10, 2011

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

In historic cooperation of the state’s largest municipalities, the legislative bodies of Louisville Metro Government and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government have come together in unified support of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, better known as BEAM. Louisville Metro Council President Jim King is sponsoring a Resolution in cooperation with Lexington-Fayette Urban Council Vice Mayor Linda Gorton to formally endorse both council’s collective interest in working with Mayors’ Fischer and Gray along with Chair Jim Host to support this innovative initiative to bring jobs to our region.

“The Louisville Metro Council and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council stand

ready to work in tandem on the most significant challenges facing us today: the creation of sustainable, quality jobs for the people of Kentucky,” said King.

Recently, President King invited Mayor Fischer and Jim Host, who chairs the BEAM working group, to appear before a meeting of the Metro Council Committee of Whole to outline the goals of the project. The presentation was met with great interest and enthusiasm by members of the Council which prompted President King to reach out to Vice Mayor Gorton to consider a joint resolution.

"The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council and the Louisville Metro Council will partner to support job creation in our region,” says Gorton. “Our goal through this initiative is to influence and strengthen the quality of life for all Kentuckians.”

The resolution highlights the 95,000 highly qualified people who work for key regional manufacturers; Ford, GE, Raytheon, Toyota, Lexmark and Lockheed Martin. The super region, as it has been referred, contains Jefferson and Fayette counties along with twenty-seven Kentucky counties and four counties in Indiana. Those jobs will have a ripple effect that will ultimately impact tax revenues through retail, commercial development, housing and housing.

The joint resolution is the first of its kind offered between the two cities and has the unanimous bi-partisan support of Louisville Metro Council and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council.

“After the BEAM presentation, we were eager to join together in demonstrating our support for this very important project,” said Minority Caucus Chair, Ken Fleming (R-7)

The measure will be introduced and given first reading on Thursday night.

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