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'Jeffersonville has never been stronger,' Mayor says in state of the city speech

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Mayor Mike Moore says Jeffersonville, Indiana, is a city on the move. Mayor Mike Moore says Jeffersonville, Indiana, is a city on the move.
Mayor Mike Moore delivers the state of the city speech. Mayor Mike Moore delivers the state of the city speech.
A map of the developments at River Ridge Commerce Center A map of the developments at River Ridge Commerce Center

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Mayor Mike Moore says Jeffersonville, Indiana, is a city on the move. 

“The state of our city has never been stronger,” Mayor Moore said in his fourth state of the city address. 

In his second term in office, Moore says he's never been more proud to call Jeffersonville home.

Presenting his state of the city address to a small crowd at Tuesday's Jeffersonville Rotary Club meeting, the mayor highlighted some major accomplishments over the past four years.

“Certainly, the Big Four Station, the connection of the bridge, Indiana and Kentucky. We've had several new restaurants and new shops come into our city,” Moore said. “Our once kind of slowed down, dead downtown is now alive and vibrant.”

One of the city's stronger economic development assets is the River Ridge Commerce Center, with only 10 percent of the site occupied.

“We have two-tier ones: automotive suppliers and, of course, the gorilla on the block is Amazon. They have a million square foot facility and employ 2500 people on a full-time basis,” said Jerry Acy, Executive Director of the River Ridge Commerce Center. “We have a total of $1.3 billion in overall economic impact.”

Then there's the $35 million retail center development at Veterans Parkway.

But despite new business, there are some areas which he says need improvement.

“With the growth of our East End, with the growth of River Ridge comes the need for more fire fighters and police officers,” said Moore. “When you put that many large companies in one location, you better have fire and police protection. We need to have a fire house out there.”

The mayor says he wants to grow parks and create a first-of-its-kind public art plan for the city.

“This is not just my plan. This is a plan we're putting in place,” Moore explained. “The city council is the fiscal board of the city. I've got a good relationship with them now. In the years past it's been a bit of a strain. I'm looking forward to bigger and better things.”

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