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Greater Louisville Inc. lobbies for economic development funding for Southern Indiana

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Greater Louisville Inc. is lobbying the Indiana legislature to restore $84 million in funding proposed by Gov. Mike Pence for regional economic development projects in areas including Clark and Floyd counties.

GLI wants to see full funding for a program called Regional Cities Initiative, which is meant to spur population growth and the attraction of educated professionals.

Wendy Dant Chesser, CEO of regional chamber One Southern Indiana, told the Indianapolis Business Journal in February that the fund could allow leaders in Clark and Floyd counties to pursue ideas like finishing the Ohio River Greenway or creating an urban campus for Indiana University Southeast, Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College.

GLI also wants to Indiana and Kentucky to renew tuition reciprocity, which allows Southern Indiana residents to attend the University of Louisville with Kentucky-resident tuition rates, and vice-versa.

“As GLI has transformed into a truly regional chamber of commerce, we realize that jobs don't stop at the state line,” GLI President and CEO Kent Oyler said in a news release Thursday. “The inbound professional migration in the region needs to improve and that includes Southern Indiana.”

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