Chamber: Make modern infrastructure a priority for 2021 legislative session

Investing in infrastructure ranked high on the list of priorities for Kentucky’s business community for the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce released its 2021 Legislative Agenda detailing key areas of focus for legislators including workforce development, job creation, modern infrastructure and effective government systems.

The Chamber urged lawmakers to create and maintain a 21st-century infrastructure to capitalize on the state’s strategic advantages, including low-cost energy and central location. Infrastructure is critical to Kentucky’s economy supporting numerous manufacturing, logistics, service and retail businesses. Moving goods and people effectively and efficiently is important to the Commonwealth’s future economic growth and will help pave the road to recovery post-pandemic.

The 2021 Legislative Agenda highlighted several pillars to create a more competitive Kentucky through infrastructure investments including:

  • Placing a greater emphasis on developing and maintaining infrastructure
  • Increasing multi-modal transportation investments and address shortfalls from the expiration of toll credits through state and federal funding and public-private partnerships
  • Expanding wireless and broadband infrastructure to deploy initiatives across the Commonwealth
  • Supporting rail improvements
  • Ensuring affordable and competitive energy resources
  • Supporting cost-effective energy strategies to promote efficiency
  • Ensuring affordable water and wastewater service

Read more about 2021 infrastructure, workforce, jobs and government priorities in the Kentucky Chamber’s 4 Pillars of Prosperity publication.

— Rachel Nix

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