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Thieneman Just Doesn’t Care for Hal Heiner

February 2nd, 2010 by jake · 4 Comments

Earlier I shared Hal Heiner’s job plan with you.

Now I’d like you to read Chris Thieneman’s statement, attacking Heiner for creating jobs in the metro area:

“On September 15, 2009, when Mr. Heiner announced he was running for mayor, he said that he had experience in job attraction and when it came to jobs ‘[He] knew who to call.’  For the period of 2000-2008, Louisville lost more than 2,200 jobs. In that same time, Mr. Heiner recruited Louisville companies, and close to 1,000 jobs, to fill space in his Jeffersonville industrial park. Roughly 45% of the net jobs lost can be attributed to Heiner’s actions in sending companies to Southern Indiana, padding the pocket book of Mr. Heiner’s company.

Mr. Heiner built the industrial park. That is like me taking credit for every person who lives in a home built by my company or business that has space in one of the commercial lots I’ve built.  Credit should go to the local business owner and entrepreneurs whose companies provide the jobs.

Mr. Heiner has spent 8 years on the Metro Council. As jobs were being leached from the community, he provided no solution to replace the depleting job market. If he knew who to call, he should have picked up the phone in 2006 or 2007 or 2008. Heiner took these jobs to Indiana even while the city of Louisville was trying to keep the jobs here. While on the council, he did not provide innovative solutions to solve the city’s worsening job situation, or offer to change the tax code to make Louisville more business friendly to local businesses and companies looking to relocate.

With his record on the Metro Council and the actions of his company, we should be worried as to where the jobs will be attracted. We need jobs in Louisville. We need to put the people who live in Jefferson County to work. Mr. Heiner cannot talk about a stellar job attraction record to Louisville when he sent Louisville jobs to Indiana.

We need a mayor who puts Louisville first. Mr. Heiner is a nice guy, but having been on the Metro Council these 8 years, and with the current climate, he has been part of the problem. That is especially true of taking Louisville jobs to Indiana for profit.”

It’s interesting that Thieneman would attack Heiner for doing something to improve the entire metro area, isn’t it?

Especially when he (Thieneman) comes off sounding like he failed Econ 101. Those 540 jobs that moved from Louisville to Jeffersonville out of those 2,200 jobs cited? They’re still included in the MSA from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Especially when he’s walking on thin ethical ice by bankrolling at two “journalists” in exchange for positive coverage.  That isn’t exactly something a candidate should be doing while attacking a better funded, more popular opponent.

He’s got a bit of a point. Moving jobs to Indiana from Louisville– even if those companies were employing Louisvillians and those paychecks came back into the city– is hardly going to go over well with voters. (I’ve got a cookie for the first person who can tell me which Democrat in the mayoral race did the same thing on a larger scale…) But the least Chris could do is try a bit harder at knowing what the heck he’s talking about before speaking publicly?

Tags: Business · Chris Thieneman · Criticism · Economy · Mayor's Race 2010 · Republican Party

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve Magruder (I, not D or R) // Feb 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    My guess: Greg Fischer

    Anyway, while I admire Thieneman’s spirit, he just isn’t on the right track here.

    Even though I live in the south end, I support any jobs going to any part of the Louisville metropolitan area, as they all contribute to the regional economy. Thieneman needs to start thinking regional. This line of attack against Heiner is ultimately shallow. He can do better than this.

  • 2 AC360 // Feb 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Hal Heiner

  • 3 garyguss // Feb 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    The jobs all stayed in the Louisville area, they moved 10 minutes away across the river, not to China. I’m not a big Heiner fan but I’m tired of people that think you need a passport to get to Indiana and back. What’s good for them is good for us and vice versa.

  • 4 Jeff Gillenwater // Feb 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I’m not a Fischer fan but he didn’t move jobs from Louisville to Indiana. Servend, originally called Servend Distributors, began as an Indiana company and remained one, one that was founded by a Sellersburg man named Jerry Landers while Greg Fischer was still in high school.

    What’s troubling isn’t the “move” but rather that the Fischers so often allow themselves credit for starting Servend when in actuality they bought it. They tacked “International” on the end after the purchase so I suppose when they refer to founding Servend International they mean the legal entity on paper and not the company on the ground, but it hardly seems accurate to base one’s early acumen on such a technicality. Servend Distributors held patents on ice machines before the Fischers were ever involved.

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