Study shows potential of Louisville-Lexington area

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville and Lexington are putting aside their long-running rivalry to promote the region's economy, and a new report says the area anchored by Kentucky's two largest cities has the potential for a significant boost in manufacturing jobs.

The report by the Brookings Institution was released Monday by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

The mayors, both with business backgrounds, have led the collaborative effort.

The report says the Louisville-Lexington region can tap into a U.S. manufacturing resurgence. But it says the region has to sharpen its focus on innovation, research and development and the skills of its workers. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the goal is to turn the area into a global manufacturing hub.

The mayors first talked about the joint effort during a Kentucky-Louisville basketball game.

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