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February 13, 2013

State of the city: Building on Jeffersonville's growth

CLARKSVILLE — Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore offered his state of the city address to the members of Jeffersonville’s Rotary Club at the Holiday Inn Lakeview in Clarksville Tuesday afternoon.

Moore pointed to the growth in the city that has occurred during the past year and offered the administration’s plan on how to continue and capitalize on the influx of business.

“While other communities are struggling in the wake of the recession, Jeffersonville is busting at the seams,” he said. “Last year alone we saw more than 2,000 new, good-paying jobs come to Jeffersonville.”

Amazon.com and Advanced Metal Technology accounted for 1,400 of those new jobs. Amazon hired about 1,000 workers when its fulfillment facility opened in October and Advanced Metal Technology hired about 400 workers.

The expectation is that rapid growth will continue at River Ridge Commerce Center, especially with the development of a new east-end bridge connecting Utica to Prospect, Ky.

With the expected growth, Moore pushed his desire to see one of his priority projects move forward, to upgrade the city’s infrastructure, specifically pointing to the long-planned improvements on 10th Street.

He said he will ask the Jeffersonville City Council  — of which only Councilman Ed Zastawny was in attendance — to agree to fund the road improvements with Tax Increment Finance dollars instead of waiting for matching money to become available through the state. Moore said the city has already received $2.2 million from the Indiana Department of Transportation, but if Jeffersonville waited for the remaining $10 million it would be another 10 years before the project would begin.

While Moore agreed there are other infrastructure projects that need to move forward to prepare for the increased traffic that is anticipated with the east-end bridge completion and development of River Ridge, he said 10th Street is the priority.

“You better take care of the big problems first,” he said. “The big problem’s 10th Street. I’m not proposing doing anything we don’t have the money to build.”  

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