Organization has more than 1,700 member companies
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 30, 2014) — Commerce Lexington Inc. has released the organization’s 2015 public policy statements, which will guide the organization’s advocacy efforts throughout the year at the federal, state and local levels of government. The statements are developed by Commerce Lexington’s Public Policy Council, which is comprised of more than forty volunteer members, representing a broad spectrum of the organization’s 1,700-plus member companies that include local government, large and small businesses, education groups, utilities and nonprofits.
State issues expected to be discussed during the upcoming 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly include funding for the state’s pension systems, telecommunication law reforms to improve broadband infrastructure, curbing the state’s heroin epidemic, enhancing the use of public-private partnerships by state and local government agencies, and tax reform policies such as the local option sales tax.
At the local level, Commerce Lexington will continue to monitor regulatory, environmental and other economic development issues. We also look forward to engaging in policy efforts to improve the education and workforce development systems. A top priority of Commerce Lexington through its partnership with the Business and Education Network (BEN) is to identify current and future workforce needs, and develop a plan to meet those needs through collaborative community partnerships.