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NKY Chamber: 2014 General Assembly Session "Monumental" for Northern Kentucky

With the 2014 General Assembly session complete, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has recognized the work of the legislature as a significant victory for the region. 
“For years, the Chamber has advocated on various policies and projects needed to help attract, expand and grow our economy. Unfortunately, during the great recession and due to other circumstances, many of these initiatives couldn’t be fulfilled," said Debbie Simpson, chair of the Chamber and president of Multi-Craft, in a news release. "During this session, our legislators demonstrated unprecedented leadership in passing numerous pieces of legislation that will create jobs, spur investment and continue Northern Kentucky’s momentum as a statewide economic engine.”
The Chamber recognized the following as key pieces of legislation adopted during the session: 
  • -Approving funding options for the KCTCS system to allow for construction of the Gateway Urban Campus and Carrollton Jefferson Community and Technical College 
  • -Authorizing states bonds to build the NKU Health Innovations Center 
  • -Adopting the individual angel investment tax credit to spur private investment into small business and allow our region to retain its best and brightest startup companies 
  • -Allocating dollars to continue construction of Riverfront Commons along the Ohio riverfront 
  • -Inserting $30 million into the Road Plan for the Brent Spence Bridge project to continue work on our region’s number one transportation need
  • -Restoring Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) cuts 
  • -Significant transportation/road investments including continued development of KY-536 and Route 9 
  • -Passage of House Bill 5 to put cyber security protections in place to protect consumers and businesses 
“Having just one of these policies adopted would have been a significant achievement for our region, but we saw incredible results across the board. Our legislators, and specifically the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus, deserve significant credit for delivering what is arguably the best session for Northern Kentucky in a generation,” said NKY Chamber Chair of the Business Advocacy Council and Attorney with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Jim Parsons.