Kentucky Cities’ Joint Development Effort Gets Underway

We told you last month about the joint approach that two big cities in Kentucky — Lexington and Louisville — are taking to economic development. Well, they aren’t wasting any time in getting started.

The effort by Mayors Greg Fischer of Louisville and Jim Gray of Lexington kicked off on Thursday with an appearance before 1,100 people at a Leadership Louisville luncheon. The partnership will be called the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement. Here’s the story from the Louisville Courier-Journal.

“We want the national decision makers, the international investment decision makers, to say, ‘we’ve got to play in the Bluegrass region,’” Fischer said. “So this is a question about us coming

Lexington's Gray (left) and Louisville's Fischer. Photo: Louisville Courier-Journal

together and being cooperative.”

The partnership was announced earlier this summer at the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago. The two cities, each home to major auto and parts plants, want to become a national center of advanced manufacturing. It’s a specialty that the Great Lakes states have always claimed as their own.

Is this an idea that our states should try? Would you like to see a partnership between Cleveland and Columbus, or Madison and Milwaukee? Or are towns better off in going it alone?

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