GLI’s Business Competitiveness Committee focuses on a wide range of different issues, including employment and labor law, tax reform, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, pension reform, and economic development, just to name a few. The Committee lays the groundwork for one of GLI’s most important advocacy goals: making Greater Louisville as attractive as possible to current and future employers. This is key to job growth, increasing wages, and improving the quality of life for all Greater Louisville residents.
In an increasingly global economy, companies can make their “home” anywhere. To ensure Kentucky is a top choice for business, our regulations and policies should be fair and competitive and support—not impede—economic development. GLI’s business competitiveness positions support legislative initiatives that foster innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization, allowing Kentucky to recruit, retain and expand business investment and jobs, particularly in its priority sectors of economic development strength – Advanced Manufacturing, Lifelong Wellness & Aging Care, Logistics & Distribution; and Food & Beverage Innovation.
The Business Competitiveness Committee meets twice per year—once in the Fall and once in the Spring—and also receives specialized emails and calls-to-action on issues related to the Committee’s interests. To learn more about joining the Committee, send us a quick email. All GLI investors are eligible to serve on one or more of GLI’s six Issue Advisory Committees.
Business Competitiveness Priorities
- Maintain and strengthen effective economic development incentive programs
- Rebuild trust between law enforcement and communities
- Support small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs through targeted programming and assistance
- Establish liability protections for employers from COVID-19 lawsuits
- Streamline Kentucky labor and employment laws
- Protect employers from an unemployment insurance tax hike and other tax increases
- Modernize Kentucky’s unemployment insurance system
- Ensure employers can continue operating drug-free workplaces
- Prohibit bonding requirements for businesses appealing tax decisions
- Reduce public pension costs to taxpayers and ensure system solvency
- Support pro-growth land development and redevelopment policies
- Authorize sports wagering
- Oppose anti-inclusive legislation that could discourage visitors and out-of-state businesses in our region
- Support Bourbonism, tourism, hospitality, and the arts in their economic recoveries