Fischer Discusses Regionalism, Globalization at One Southern Indiana Meeting

by Sheila Ash on March 4, 2011

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer stressed the importance of regionalism Friday at the annual meeting of One Southern Indiana—the chamber of commerce for Clark and Floyd counties.

Fischer presented his ideas on how community leaders on both sides of the river can work together to bring jobs to the area. The mayor said communities need to make it easier and more appealing for companies to invest in the area.

“You’ve got to also understand what our friends in the development community need so we can provide that because their capital is portable. And if your community, our community, our region doesn’t make it as easy to invest here, responsibly invest, that money goes elsewhere which means jobs go elsewhere,” he said.

Fischer also said businesses should look toward global markets.

“We must internationalize all of us.  If your business has the capacity to export and your not exporting I would say your days are probably numbered because the world is rapidly shrinking and rapidly changing and your foreign competitors are exporting right away.”

Fischer also pledged his continued commitment to begin construction on the $4.1 billion dollar Ohio River bridges project during his first term.

“I’m here today to pledge to all 500 of you in this room that I fully intend to get the bridges under the construction during my first term during the next four years in office,” he said.

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