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Interview with Neil S. Hackworth, February 26, 2003

Part of Remembering City Hall: Kentucky League of Cities Oral History Project

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Title:
Interview with Neil S. Hackworth, February 26, 2003
Creator:
Neil S. Hackworth; interviewee. Terry L. Birdwhistell; interviewer.
Format:
oral histories
Publication date:
2003
Date uploaded:
2012
Description:
In this second of two-part interview, Neil Hackworth (Kentucky League of Cities President [1991], Deputy Executive Director [1995-2010], and former Shelbyville, Kentucky mayor), details defining events that transpired during his tenure as mayor, the activities he was involved in, the initiatives he made, the inevitable challenges that arose, and how the Kentucky League of Cities helped him to effectually confront these challenges. He lays out the socio-economic context of the early eighties that he worked within, the multifarious complexities of promoting industrial development in Shelbyville, and ultimately, Shelbyville's transition from a more independent, city-based economy to one increasingly dependent upon outside investment. In addition, Hackworth expresses the importance of maintaining a strong sense of place and thwarting the cultural and economic homogenization increasingly characteristic of other small Kentucky cities. He addresses the implementation of an occupational tax in Shelbyville, outlines the thought process that led to this implementation, and also, the anti-tax opposition that he met with. Hackworth also speaks of the continued process of desegregation in Shelbyville and the integration of African American Shelbyvillians into the city's workforce.
Language:
english
Publisher:
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
Repository:
University of Kentucky
Subject:
Hackworth, Neil S.--Interviews., Mayors--Kentucky--Interviews., Shelbyville (Ky.), Kentucky League of Cities., Segregation--Kentucky--Shelbyville., Shelbyville (Ky.)--Race relations.
Type:
sound
Source:
Remembering City Hall: Kentucky League of Cities Oral History Project
Metadata record:
http://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7t1g0hv207/data/mets.xml
Rights:
This digital resource may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Physical rights are retained by the owning repository. Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. copyright laws. Please go to http://kdl.kyvl.org for more information.