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Mayor and local partners announce investments to reduce homelessness

Mayor Greenberg announced a sweeping plan today to reduce and prevent homelessness with the creation of a community care campus, investments in eviction prevention, and the creation of affordable housing. Community Care Campus with Norton, UofL, and Coalition for the Homeless Along with partners from Norton Healthcare, UofL Health, and…

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3 Wins for Small Businesses in the End-of-Year Omnibus bill

This information appeared in a US Chamber newsletter on Thursday, January 18, 2023. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, recently referred to as the end-of-year omnibus bill, was signed into law just before funding for the federal government was set to expire on December 23, 2022. The nearly $1.7 trillion appropriations…

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Local leaders discuss Amtrak’s future in Greater Louisville

A few weeks ago, GLI convened representatives from Amtrak, Louisville Metro Government, Mayor-Elect Greenberg’s transition team, Louisville Tourism, Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA), TARC, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), and more to discuss the future of passenger rail service in Greater Louisville. Amtrak presented proposed routes and next…

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GLI testifies on local tax reform ahead of 2023 session

GLI’s Shelby Somervell joined other local business organizations and advocacy groups from across the state to testify to the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue on the importance of local tax reform. Somervell joined Representative Michael Meredith (R-Oakland) a long-time champion of local tax reform and co-sponsor of HB…

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Kentucky legislators learn about mixed delivery preschool and early child care

In testimony to the Early Childhood Task Force last week, Kentucky legislators heard from statewide organizations focused on expanding access to early child care and preschool through a mixed delivery model emphasizing partnerships between existing public and private options. Representatives from the Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence and Kentucky Youth…

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GLI testifies on local tax reform

On Thursday, GLI’s vice president of government affairs and communications, Shelby Somervell, testified before a joint committee of the House Local Government and the Senate State and Local Government Committees on the need to modernize the local tax structures for city and county governments in Kentucky. State Representative and House…

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Louisville awarded nearly $21 million in federal infrastructure grants

Last week, Louisville Metro announced it will receive $20.5 million in federal funding for two transformational projects which will improve connectivity and promote economic development and equity in downtown Louisville. $15.5 million was awarded for the final design and construction of the ‘Reimagine 9th Street’ project and an additional $5…

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U.S. Senate passes $700 billion health care and climate bill, GLI voices concerns for tax implications

On Sunday, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act on a party line vote of 51-50 through reconciliation which requires a simple majority only. The surprise deal comes after more than a year of internal negotiations among Democrats about the size and scope of the proposed legislation. Originally proposed by…

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Congress passes bill to boost U.S. semiconductor production

The U.S. House and Senate passed the CHIPS and Science Act with bi-partisan support earlier this week, allocating more than $250 billion toward domestic semiconductor manufacturing and scientific research. The passage comes in the wake of chip shortages over the last two years which have led to significant supply chain…

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Business leaders join GLI in nation’s capital to discuss rising costs, legislative priorities

Trip coincides with release of GLI’s 2022 federal agenda Washington, D.C. (July 21, 2022) – Thirty business leaders joined Greater Louisville Inc. for its annual D.C. Fly-In presented by Baptist Health, where they met with federal lawmakers and appointed cabinet officials to discuss the region’s top concerns and priorities. During…

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