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April 23, 2020 9:42am

GLI Supports Coordinated Economic Reopening Efforts Among Governors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 23, 2020) — Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) joined business organizations in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in voicing support for efforts to coordinate economic reopening efforts among these seven states.

GLI, alongside other chambers of commerce, stressed the importance of working across state lines to safely and effectively restart regional economies like greater Louisville. “We want Governor Beshear, Governor Holcomb, and other governors throughout the Midwest to know that the business community stands ready to collaborate with them as we undertake the vital work of reopening our economies. Proactive coordination not only across state lines but between the public and private sectors will be crucial to ensuring success,” said GLI CEO & President Sarah Davasher-Wisdom.

As a bi-state chamber of commerce, GLI looks forward to working with business organizations and the administrations in this coalition to restart our economy and get folks back to work while continuing to fight COVID-19 and protect public health.

Read the full statement below:

Chambers Across the Midwest and Great Lakes Region Unite on Statement in Support of Coordinated Reopening of Economy

“Businesses throughout the Midwest and Ohio River Valley are anxious to get back to work while maintaining the wellbeing of our workforce and communities.

Successfully combatting COVID-19 will require aggressive, collaborative action among governments, health care professionals, businesses and citizens. While actions taken in our individual states are central to our own recoveries, we all will continue to be impacted by decisions made – and not made – in other locales.

Recognizing that our economies are interconnected and that people regularly cross state boundaries to access jobs, services and supplies, we support the efforts of our Governors to work together to establish coordinated recovery plans and protocols that will strengthen our economy and preserve our health and safety.

As organizations representing businesses in some of the hardest hit and most important economic engines in the nation, we will continue to serve as critical counselors to our leaders in our state capitols and Washington D.C.”

The following organizations have signed on in support of this statement.

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Northwest Indiana Forum
One Southern Indiana
Greater Ft. Wayne, Inc.
South Bend Regional Chamber
Southwest Indiana Chamber
Indy Chamber

Greater Louisville Inc.
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Lexington Inc.
Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce
Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce

Lansing Regional Chamber
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber
Midland Business Alliance
Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce
Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance
Detroit Regional Chamber
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Lakeshore Advantage
Michigan West Coast Chamber
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
The Right Place, Inc.
Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysbury

St. Paul Chamber of Commerce
Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
TwinWest Chamber of Commerce

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Greater Green Bay Chamber


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.

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