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May 13, 2020 11:19am

GLI and Louisville Forward jointly recognized as top economic development group by Site Selection magazine

LOUISVILLE, KY (May 13, 2020) – Today, Mayor Greg Fischer and GLI announced that GLI, the 15-county regional chamber of commerce, and Louisville Forward, the city’s economic and community development organization, have been jointly recognized as a Top U.S. Economic Development Group for 2019 by Site Selection magazine.

This is the sixth straight year Louisville Forward has received the Mac Conway Award for its economic development efforts and the fourth year in a row that Louisville Forward and GLI have shared the award for their regional efforts.

“I’m so proud of the work that Louisville Forward, working with GLI, does every day to grow our local economy, attract talent and new jobs, and boost the standard of living in our city. The need for those kinds of partnerships have never been so great, as we initiate our Build Back Better, Together strategy to push through the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, and create an even more resilient, equitable economy,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Thank you to Site Selection magazine for this recognition and congratulations to Louisville Forward and GLI.”

In addition to pro-business advocacy efforts, GLI works to transition project leads to the local economic development organizations, including Louisville Forward, in a 15-county region.

“GLI’s economic development team, led by Deana Epperly Karem, has worked tirelessly to market the 15-county region as a location of choice for industry,” said Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, President & CEO of GLI. “We appreciate the unique partnership with Louisville Forward to inform site selectors and prospective companies of the potential that Greater Louisville holds. Together, we will continue to grow our region.”

With economic development changing during the pandemic, Louisville Forward and GLI continue to engage in robust business outreach as COVID-19 takes its toll on economies across the country. Louisville Forward, led by Mary Ellen Wiederwohl and Rebecca Fleischaker, worked with multiple organizations to launch a new loan program for small businesses and provided regulatory relief. GLI, in partnership with Louisville Forward developed a Crisis Support Hub, which also includes a PPE supplier network, and partnered with workforce agencies on both sides of the river to support displaced workers. and

“GLI and Louisville Forward continue to step up to the plate and lead efforts to collaborate and innovate to support expanding companies and attract new business. Congratulations to both agencies and all of the regional representatives on a successful and prosperous year,” said Lonnie Bellar, COO of LG&E KU and Chairman of the Board of Directors for GLI.
This year’s Mac Conway Award winners have been determined by an index that examines 2019 corporate facility investment projects in U.S. metro areas as tracked by Site Selection’s proprietary Conway Projects database. Scores are awarded based on six criteria: total projects, total investment associated with those projects and jobs associated with those projects. The remaining three criteria represent a per capita calculation of those same metrics.
“We are part of the development process,” wrote Conway. “We play a role in the future. And we help bring a better quality of life to areas today.” In that spirit, Site Selection recognizes the groups who pursue that ideal as their daily mission.
Significant projects highlighted by Site Selection were:

  • Ford Motor Company (automotive)
  • Kentuckiana Curb Co. Inc. (metals)
  • Paccar (automotive)
  • UPS (logistics)
  • Fives Intralogistics (machinery)
  • El Toro (financial services)
  • Rainbow Design (technology)
  • Creative Realities (technology)

Programs & initiatives highlighted by Site Selection were:

  • GLI’s Greater Louisville 2020 is aimed at recruiting businesses, developing the regional workforce and advocating for a strong business environment
  • Louisville Forward aims to maximize Louisville’s potential for its 19 Opportunity Zones by providing concierge project management, offering incentives for projects in CDBG-eligible census tracts and working to accelerate the permitting process.


About Greater Louisville, Inc.
Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) – the Metro Chamber of Commerce is focused on growing the regional economy. As the region’s largest convener of business leadership, GLI leads economic and global outreach strategies focused on business attraction, nurtures the entrepreneurial eco-system, and champions the development of the community’s talent base. As the voice of Greater Louisville’s business community, GLI advocates for a pro-business environment and facilitates businesses engagement on issues that impact regional competitiveness. GLI is one of only three percent of chambers nationally certified with 5-star accreditation status by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, based on GLI’s dedicated policy efforts, effective operations, beneficial programs and overall positive community impact. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn using @GLIchamber or visit www.GreaterLouisville.com.

Media Contact:
Jordan Noble
Greater Louisville Inc.
(502) 625-0054

About Louisville Forward
Louisville Forward is an integrated approach to economic and community development, combining business attraction, expansion and retention activities, and talent and workforce attraction, with all of the city’s real estate development, land use and planning and design functions to present a unified solution for job growth and quality of place. Louisville Forward has announced projects totaling $7.1 billion of investment and nearly 28,000 new jobs since 2014. Visit http://louisvilleky.gov/louisvilleforward for more information. Find us on LinkedIn and Instagram by searching Louisville Forward and on Twitter using @LouForward.

Media Contact:
Caitlin Bowling
Louisville Forward
(502) 574-5174