Louisville (August 31, 2010) – Saying Louisville needs a mayor who can put the city back to work, Greg Fischer today unveiled a plan for creating jobs that includes reclaiming the city’s historic manufacturing base while focusing on green and clean energy jobs of the future.
“With nearly one in 10 people unemployed, our citizens are hurting. They need a bold leader with proven job-creation experience,” Fischer said. “My plan builds on our strengths as a city but also charts a new course for Louisville.”
Fischer unveiled his plan at the Renaissance Zone, a largely vacant business park south of Louisville International Airport that is poised for growth as the economy recovers. With vision, leadership and investment, Fischer said the zone could become the next Riverport.
The Democratic nominee for Louisville mayor said his jobs plan includes short-term economic generators, including building the bridges and Museum Plaza, and longer-term goals, such as growing green jobs.
He cited new energy-efficient products at GE Appliance Park, including hybrid water heaters being in-sourced from China, and new fuel-efficient vehicles at Ford as examples of Louisville can compete once again in manufacturing.
“Louisville should be known throughout the world as the leader in energy-efficient appliances – and in fuel-efficient vehicles,” he said. “Every modern GE appliance should be made in our city.”
Fischer said he also wants to make Louisville the capital of the senior/aging care industry, building upon the success of companies such as Kindred, Almost Family and Signature HealthCare.
“With America’s aging population, this sector has huge growth potential,” Fischer said. “Just as we have grown our logistics sector, Louisville should embrace the senior health care market.”
Fischer’s plan also includes slashing government red tape, making the city an easier place to do business, and growing the local food economy by developing processing plants that allow urban growers to bring their products to market, then ship them worldwide via UPS.
Fischer said he is the best candidate to grow jobs because it’s what he’s done his entire life.
He has owned or invested in 15 companies and has created 1,000 local jobs. He was a co-owner and president of SerVend International, taking a struggling company and transforming it into a global leader in ice and beverage dispensing machines just as convenience stores and fast-food restaurants were proliferating.
He grew that company into a 300-employee corporation with $70 million in sales that was honored with numerous awards, including a site visit for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1997, a top prize in business. SerVend also won the USA Today Quality Cup award.
Greg was a winner of Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s regional Entrepreneurs of the Year in the manufacturing division for his work with SerVend — and he was among the finalists for Inc. magazine’s U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Greg is also an owner of several Louisville companies including Dant Clayton, a Louisville company that designs sports stadiums, Vogt Ice, and Stonestreet One, a software company.
Fischer also has owned or invested in medical, real estate and other companies and was co-founder and chairman of bCatalyst, one of Louisville’s first private business incubators to nurture and grow new companies.
Get that? He has owned or invested in 15 companies. So he is an expert at solving Louisville’s problems. By that logic, I get to take credit for all of the jobs created by companies in which I have invested or own. Someone wanna take a look at my meager stocks and tell me how many jobs these companies have created? I’m sure its in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions.
Also, could someone please explain how hiring people for businesses daddy bought you is actual job creation?