We continue our series of interviews with Bowling Green City Commission candidates, hearing from incumbent Brian "Slim" Nash.
He says he believes the way to attract more jobs to the area, is to make Bowling Green a more attractive place to live.
"If I'm gonna locate a business in Bowling Green," says Nash, "and they're gonna have to drive an hour or 45 minutes away to be able to be entertained, or to be able to find good recreation and things like that, then it's gonna make us less attractive. And so I think a lot of what we've done in the downtown redevelopment area, whether that be with the Hot Rods' stadium, or the development of Circus Square Park, or SKyPAC, what that has done is, it has kind of closed the circle on how we recruit good jobs because we're providing a good quality of life for companies that may locate here for their employees that they're going to bring with them or they're going to hire."
And Nash says he's in favor of bringing a commuter airline to the city, as long as it satisfies two requirements.
"One is, if it goes to the places that we need it to go, and two, if we can sustain it," Nash says. "I mean it's fantastic to say, 'Yes bring it in.' But what you don't want to do is bring something in like that, that is there to support government and, er, I'm sorry, there to support business, in my opinion; small businesses, mid-level businesses, bigger businesses in Bowling Green, that would be able to send their employees out, as well as the average citizen. But you don't want to bring that in no matter who it's there to support, and then it fail because you couldn't support it."
You can see my interviews with all the candidates in their entirety, by clicking on the 2012 Kentucky Elections tab on our home page.