FRANKFORT, Ky. – State Rep. Chris Harris has been invited to discuss the importance of strengthening small business opportunities in rural communities during a panel discussion to be held Tuesday, August 9th, as a part of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Rep. Harris will join business leaders, legislators from across the country, and representatives with the Rural Jobs Coalition to consider new initiatives for growing small business in rural America and increasing access to capital for entrepreneurs interested in investing in communities hit particularly hard by the economic recession.
“Too many of our community banks have been forced to close because of a one-size-fits-all regulatory system that has placed tremendous stress on smaller lending institutions,” Rep. Harris said. “Our goal is to identify ways we can take action at the state level to increase access to capital so that rural entrepreneurs can have access to the same levels of economic opportunity as their urban counterparts.”
Rep. Harris said he plans to introduce legislation during the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly that will aid Kentucky’s small businesses and entrepreneurs in obtaining access to the capital they need to create jobs.
The Rural Jobs Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit formed for small businesses by small businesses to highlight to lawmakers the message that the rural economy matters. The organization seeks to be the “voice of rural America and its entrepreneurs.”
Rep. Harris represents the state’s 93rd House District in Pike and Martin counties.