As the U.S. Senate passed major legislation to modernize the nation’s infrastructure earlier this month, on Monday, 29 local chambers of commerce sent a letter to Kentucky’s House members urging support of The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
In the letter, local chambers said investing in infrastructure is key to attracting and retaining business in the Commonwealth and helping Kentucky recover from the global pandemic
The infrastructure package would provide Kentucky approximately $4.6 billion over the next five years to address infrastructure needs. Additionally, the package allocates an estimated $438 million in direct bridge funding as well as added grant programs that Kentucky could apply for to address major bridge and road projects, like the I-69 and Brent Spence bridges.
Every county in Kentucky will benefit from passing this legislation, the letter said, which will increase funding to Kentucky’s highways, bridges, airports, water systems, and broadband deployment.
“The 18 months have been a trying time for our state and nation. We need to get people back to work. We need Kentucky to re-establish itself in this ever-changing economy as a leader when it comes to best places to live, work, and raise a family,” the letter said. “The bipartisan infrastructure package, supported by both business and labor, will allow us to do all this and more. We urge you to join Leader McConnell and support this commonsense legislation and make an investment in Kentucky’s future.”
Stay tuned on The Bottom Line for more updates on infrastructure investment.
See the list of local chambers that urged support below:
Congressional District 1
Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce
Christian County Chamber of Commerce
Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce
McLean County Chamber of Commerce
Greater Muhlenberg County Chamber of Commerce
Russell County Chamber of Commerce
Union County Chamber of Commerce
Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce
Congressional District 2
Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce
Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce
Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce
Hardin County Chamber of Commerce
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
Congressional District 3
Greater Louisville Inc.
Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Jeffersontown
Congressional District 4
Greater Louisville Inc.
Covington Business Council
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Cynthiana – Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
Congressional District 5
Knox County Chamber of Commerce
London – Laurel County Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce
Hazard – Perry County Chamber of Commerce
Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Congressional District 6
Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce
Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
Mt. Sterling – Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Paris-Bourbon County Chamber of Commerce