On Camera: Big city mayors urge cooperation, regional job creation

02/10/2011 10:45 AM

(WITH VIDEO) FRANKFORT — After less than two months on the job, the mayor’s of Kentucky’s two largest cities presented a united front to lawmakers this week on some of the key issues they have talked about since their inaugarations.

Appearing on “City Day” Wednesday when many of Kentucky’s mayors visited Frankfort to meet with legislators, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray made their pitches to the House Local Government committee.

Fischer, a Democrat, laid out his idea of creating a regional economic triangle between Louisville and Lexington along Interstate 64 and down Interstate 65 to Elizabethtown. He said it could focus on logistics and health care businesses, two types that are already established in the region.

Gray, a registered Democrat who is holding a non-partisan office, echoed Fischer’s call for cooperation. He also thanked the legislature for projects it has helped fund in Lexington, including the moving of Eastern State Hospital.

The two mayors previously demonstrated their willingness to work with each other. In fact, the two sat together during the annual University of Kentucky and University of Louisville basketball game before they were inaugurated in early January.

- Kenny Colston


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