Immediate Release: January 25, 2017
(Louisville) – With a focus on innovation, Greater
Louisville Inc.- the Metro Chamber of Commerce kicked off Annual Meeting at The
Palace Theatre on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017.
is the lifeblood of business evolution and evolve we
must to fly high enough to escape the gravity of the status quo,” GLI President &
CEO Kent Oyler told the audience of more than 1000 business, civic, and
community leaders. “Winning means attracting and growing the industries of the
and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, John Schnatter, gave the keynote address and
answered questions from the Founder and President of Wicked Sheets, Alli
you’re not making mistakes, you’re not innovating,” Schnatter said. “I have
120,000 employees, I want them all to think like entrepreneurs, to think and
innovate. We have a culture where it is okay to make a mistake, learn from it,
and go on.”
Both Governor Matt Bevin and Mayor Greg Fischer sent
video messages to the audience in their absences. The Governor focused on his
Red Tape Reduction initiative, which has reviewed 28% of the regulations on the
books in Kentucky in its first six months.
“We’ve tried to bring that innovative thought
process to Frankfort,” Governor Bevin said. “You are going to see Kentucky
begin to shine… Buckle up. There are good things to come.”
Mayor Fischer focused on developing the workforce of
the future with his SummerWorks initiative, which aims to give high school
students their first job experiences.
“All together our city is benefitting from $9
Billion in capital investments since 2014,” Mayor Fischer said. “Pay it forward
and help us with our SummerWorks program.”
In addition to the
speakers, GLI presented the Thomas A. Edison Award posthumously to Muhammad
Ali. Donald Laserre, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center, accepted the
award on behalf of Muhammad Ali’s family.
“The Alis had homes
in many different places, but the one thing they never forgot was that
Louisville Kentucky was home and Louisville, Kentucky produces champions. I
believe that one day Louisville, Kentucky will be known as the home of
champions,” Laserre said.
Fleur-de-Lis Awards were also presented at Annual Meeting to the organizers
behind the Muhammad Ali Life Celebration and the Louisville Regional Airport
Silver Fleur-de-Lis was created by GLI to recognize outstanding commitments and achievements over the past year in making the
Louisville community a better place in which to live and work.
2017 marks the 20th year for GLI.