NewsPublic Affairs / August 13, 2015

Southern Indiana Counties Leery Of Regional Initiative

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Organizers are having a difficult time building support in southern Indiana for a regional collaborative effort on development projects being pushed by Gov. Mike Pence.

Officials in Floyd and Harrison counties voted this week against joining the regional development authority proposed among five Indiana counties near Louisville, Kentucky. Officials in Clark County have voted to join the group.

The News and Tribune reports some residents argued against the regional group, saying it would be an unelected board spending taxpayer money.

The state budget includes $84 million over the next two years for the Regional Cities program proposed by Pence. It will award grants or loans to regional groups for projects that aimed at attracting new businesses and residents.

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