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March 19, 2015 6:45pm

CALL TO ACTION: Help Bring $1 Billion in Investment to the Greater Louisville Region

PLEASE read the letter below and register your opinion with Indiana legislators now by clicking HERE .

Dear GLI Members,

As you know, GLI is a proponent of regional partnerships. A true regional economy requires the collaboration of distinct communities working together to retain and attract an educated and plentiful workforce, enabling the region to grow, thrive and prosper. When any one of us succeeds; we all succeed – and that includes our regional communities.

It is with this in mind that we urge you to support our sister organization, One Southern Indiana, in their bid to become a designated Indiana regional city. This designation could lead to an investment of up to $1 billion dollars in Southern Indiana. To succeed, they need genuine regional support from all residents of the Metro area for Indiana Governor Pence’s proposed two year budget for the program at $84 million, which is in jeopardy.

The House of Representatives in the Indiana General Assembly has decreased the funding from the Governor’s Budget (HB 1001) for the Regional Cities Initiative. As originally presented, the State of Indiana would designate two Regional Cities in the next biennium with an $84 million allocation, totaling $42 million per year. The version that passed out of the House last week cut this funding to only $20 million for the biennium, or $10 million per year.

We ask all GLI members, regardless of location, to send an email to the Indiana Senate Appropriations Committee and ask that the original budget of $84 million be restored. Not only will registering your opinion help 1si, but it will send the message that whether we are North orSouth of the Ohio River, we are all Metro Louisville.

What is the Regional Cities Initiative?
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) will seek legislation in 2015 to create the Regional Cities Initiative which will allow the State of Indiana to be a financial partner with regions that develop a strong vision, plan and partnership to facilitate significant investment in the region.  Up to eight cities or regions in the state will be chosen to receive funding based upon a variety of factors including proposed transformational projects focused on enhancing quality of place.  For more information on the IEDC’s Regional Cities Initiative: indianaregionalcities.com

A Winning Strategy for Our Region’s communities
The next step calls for the Southern Indiana Regional Cities Initiative Steering Committee to work with BNIM, an urban planning firm from Kansas City, to develop a regional vision, identify strategic initiatives and help the task force prepare its proposal to the state, pending the General Assembly approval the Regional Cities Initiative budget.  Online conversations, regional workshops and public forums to solicit suggestions will all be used to inspire interest and to ensure that a variety of projects that will benefit all the citizens of Floyd and Clark Counties, as well as the contiguous counties, are chosen.

Funding the Local Effort
The Paul Ogle Foundation is proud to support the Southern Indiana Regional Cities Initiative.  The collaboration of our public officials, municipal governments, private business leaders, community organizers and educators is the key to the success of this project.  The plan created by the Steering Committee will be a tool that we can use to guide our endeavors as one community over the next ten years, and grow our region for the next several decades.

We are counting on you to help us make this happen.  Thank you for your prompt attention to this very important matter.


Kent Oyler 
President & CEO 
Greater Louisville Inc.

Doug York 
Chair, Bi-State Issues Committee 
Greater Louisville Inc. 

PLEASE let Indiana legislators know that Louisville supports full funding for the Regional Cities Initiative. Click HERE.