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Politics and manufacturing in KY

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 1, 2010 at 1:52 AM

Who is your pick for Ky. Senator?

Saying it's a critical time for Kentucky manufacturers, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) is hosting the four frontrunners in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race on Monday at the 2010 Manufacturing Summit Luncheon & Trade Show in Frankfort.  Also scheduled to attend are Secretary Larry Hayes of the Cabinet for Economic Development, Senate President David Williams, Speaker Greg Stumbo and Ron Crouch of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

While Democrats Jack Conway and Daniel Mongiardo and Republican Rand Paul are expected to appear in person, Republican Trey Grayson has recorded a video message, instead. 

Given the current state of affairs and the economic challenges we face now and in the future it is more critical now than it has ever been that the public and private sectors collaborate to protect and create a manufacturing friendly environment to sustain current employment and grow higher wage/higher skilled advanced manufacturing employment. Kentucky's manufacturing sector contributes $29 billion or 18% of the state's gross domestic product (GDP), provides good paying jobs for approximately 213,000 workers and spins off three jobs for every one manufacturing job.

 U.S. Senatorial Candidates Paul, Conway, Grayson and Mongiardo will make presentations on where they stand on issues of critical importance to manufacturers and why they should be elected to Congress in 2010. Given the results of the special election in Massachusetts this week, 2010 is beginning to look like a year that will be full of excitement and political surprises. Each candidate is scheduled to speak for thirty minutes or less during a Summit program segment which begins at 9:10 and ends at 11:15. Trey Grayson will not be in attendance due to his previous commitment to chair a national conference occurring at the same time, but he has agreed to provide a pre-recorded presentation.
Secretary Larry Hayes of the Cabinet for Economic Development has also committed to making a presentation from 12:30-1:00 on Kentucky's current and future economic challenges and opportunities. Senate President David Williams has been invited and Speaker Greg Stumbo has been confirmed to share their insights from 1:00-2:00 on the 2010 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. In addition Ron Crouch of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet will make a presentation from 8:50-9:10 on manufacturing trends and potential growth opportunities.