Morning Business: Remembering Jack

Posted October 16, 2009 at 6:10pm

The Jack Kemp Foundation will launch this week with a conference on Wednesday highlighting the late lawmaker’s work as well as the organization’s efforts to promote the causes that he championed.

[IMGCAP(1)]Conference speakers will include Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), CNBC host Larry Kudlow, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros and other Kemp friends and colleagues.

“It’s an introduction to the foundation and a celebration of Dad’s life and work,— said James Kemp, president of the foundation and son of Jack Kemp.

The foundation will be working with the Library of Congress to digitize the nine-term New York Republican’s papers and to establish a Kemp fellowship there.

Free enterprise and market-driven solutions to poverty were chief among Kemp’s pet issues, and they will be central to the foundation’s work.

The organization will also work on posting his speeches and video clips online through the Library of Congress so “political leaders and political followers can see the ways he addressed so many issues he faced as a politician,— James Kemp said.

He added that the group has been in talks with various experts whom they hope to have speak as part of the Kemp Forum, a series of debates and lectures that explore issues related to incentive-based, market-driven initiatives.

Jack Kemp, who died of cancer in May, was active in the areas of economics, civil rights and African poverty and development. The foundation will continue to focus on these areas by promoting microfinance as a viable practice in Third World countries and in poor areas of the United States.

“I’d love to see microfinance brought into the poorest pockets of our cities, and this is consistent with some of my dad’s ideas,— James Kemp said.

The foundation’s launch will be the first time that Kemp’s colleagues and friends will have a formal opportunity to share their memories of working with him, James Kemp said.