GLI’s EnterpriseCorp. Honors 2013 “Hot Dozen”

9/24/2013 10:31:39 AM

Twelve Companies Recognized as Region's Most Innovative 

Louisville, KY, September 23, 2013 --- EnterpriseCorp, the division of Greater Louisville Inc. that specializes in nurturing the region's fast-growth entrepreneurial sector, has named its annual "Hot Dozen," twelve of the region's most innovative up and coming companies.  The companies will be honored at the "Hot Dozen" Showcase, a reception held this evening, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.,  at 21C Museum Hotel, 700 West Main Street (registration is required).  The showcase will include demonstrations and displays of the Hot Dozen's work, along with networking opportunities for all participants. 

The "Hot Dozen" is selected from the EnterpriseCorp's Innovation Network. These companies exemplify some of the high-potential work being done in the region's entrepreneurial community. Past winners of the "Hot Dozen" include such stand outs as; GlowTouch Technologies (Inc. 500), Simpak International (Inc. 500), Genscape, Impulcity, Mavizon and MobileMedTek. 

"GLI is proud to recognize twelve of the best and brightest start-ups in our community," said GLI President and CEO Craig J. Richard. "These companies are well positioned to do big things and we look forward to celebrating their continuing success." 



Greater Louisville Inc. launches Advantage Louisville

9/3/2013 02:15:47 PM

Plan to focus on economic and community development strategies for the region

Louisville, Ky. (September 3, 2013)
 – Greater Louisville Inc. announced the name and business leadership team for the new economic and community development plan process.  Advantage Louisville will be the most comprehensive planning undertaken since the 1997 Boyle Report, and will ensure the community is focused on the right priorities and competitive strategies for the future.  The plan, which complements Mayor’s Fischer’s 25-year Visioning effort, will focus on immediate opportunities for job creation and economic growth.

“This new plan is critically important because Louisville is at important crossroads,” said Craig Richard, president & CEO of GLI.  “Over the past ten years, the region has made some significant strides.  However, despite gains, it is simply not keeping pace with its competitor cities in creating high-paying jobs, increasing personal income levels and positioning us for success in a 21st century economy.” 

GLI has partnered with Market Street Services, an experienced economic development consulting firm, to facilitate the strategic planning process. Market Street has completed similar plans for cities such as Austin, Nashville and Des Moines. The entire process will take about six months and upon completion, will include a defined set of specific priorities and goals for GLI’s next five years.  The plan will include strategies for business expansion and attraction; attracting talent and improving the regions’ workforce; attracting talent; and increasing exports; and growing foreign direct investment. 



GLI Announces Inaugural “LEAD GLI” Class

8/29/2013 03:34:16 PM

New Program Promotes Leadership, Engagement, Action, Development

Louisville, Ky. (August 29, 2013) - The LEAD GLI Inaugural class was announced today by Greater Louisville Inc.-the Metro Chamber of Commerce. LEAD GLI is a new business leadership development program specifically for GLI Top Investor companies and their employees. 

The six-month LEAD program provides participants with the opportunity to increase their personal network of connections, enhance their business leadership skills, and develop a greater understanding of the community's economic development strategies in the areas job creation, entrepreneurial development, human capital, public policy and marketing Louisville. 



GLI names 2013 Inc.credible Awards Winners

8/23/2013 02:52:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, KY (August 23, 2013) – Greater Louisville Inc. announced the winners of its 2013 Inc.credible Awards at a luncheon earlier today. The Inc.credible Awards program, now in its 13th year, recognizes outstanding small businesses in the Louisville region. 

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy,” said Craig J. Richard, president & CEO of Greater Louisville Inc.  “They make up more than 99 percent of all employers and provide jobs to more than half of all private sector workers.” This program provides us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate their achievements and their many contributions to our region.” 

Entries for the awards are judged by a panel of business leaders, who evaluate their performance on business and civic leadership, community involvement, management practices and overall financial performance.

More than 118 small businesses and organizations applied for this year’s Inc.credible Awards. 



Greater Louisville Inc. Announces Finalists for Inc.credible Awards

7/26/2013 03:48:46 PM

Louisville, Ky. (7/27/13) – Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for its 2013 Inc.credible Awards earlier today at its Wake Up Wind Down breakfast event.

The Inc.credible Awards recognize small businesses that are spurring the Greater Louisville region to growth. Winners in eight categories will be announced at the 2013 Inc.credible Awards Luncheon taking place Friday, August 23, at the Galt House.

“Small businesses are central to the health of our local economy,” said Craig J. Richard, President & CEO of Greater Louisville Inc.  “They make up more than 99.7 percent of all employers and provide jobs to more than half of all private sector workers nationally.” We’re excited to have this opportunity to recognize and celebrate their achievements and contributions to our region.”

Entries for the awards are judged on business and civic leadership, community involvement, management practices and overall financial performance by a panel of business leaders judges.




7/11/2013 01:11:32 PM

Greater Louisville Inc. - the Metro Chamber of Commerce, has announced that the destination for its 2013 GLIDE (Greater Louisville Idea Development Expedition) trip is Houston, TX. The annual GLIDE trip is a two-day excursion designed to introduce participants to cities throughout the world in order to better understand how they have overcome obstacles and achieved goals. Destination cities for the GLIDE program are strategically selected to represent some of the issues and opportunities that the Greater Louisville region is experiencing.


Louisville’s First Hack-a-Thon Nets Apps for Healthy Living, Crime Prevention and Help for the Disabled

5/15/2013 11:53:14 AM

Louisville Metro Government and Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce hosted seven teams of IT professionals in the nation’s capital for their first Code Red White & Blue Hack-a-Thon held this past Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The goal was for city officials and business leaders to connect with tech designers, developers and entrepreneurs from the D.C. area toward filling the more than 1,000 jobs available in Louisville’s growing IT sector.  

“We are so pleased that we were able to lay a strong foundation for the potential of hosting more of these types of events,” said GLI Executive Vice President, Community & Economic Development, Eileen Pickett. “In addition, we were able to attract some stellar talent and hear some terrific new technological ideas that could be implemented Louisville.”   

Hack-a-Thons are an increasingly popular way to provide an opportunity for IT professionals to come together directly with communities and companies in search of their services.   The event provides tech designers, developers and entrepreneurs with community challenges and gives them the coordinating available government data so that the teams can develop new and innovative technology-based solutions.