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Infrastructure

Infrastructure impacts every aspect of a business: top line, bottom line, supply chain, personnel, customer service – you name it and infrastructure has the power to make or break it.

Louisville excels both as a reliable provider of cost-effective services (utilities) and as a central location offering easy access to the nation and the world (transportation).  Businesses who move or expand here are able to operate at lower costs and move products and people more easily, making Louisville’s infrastructure an automatic competitive advantage for companies who locate here.

TRANSPORTATION – Greater Louisville is within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population and, as the home of UPS WorldPort, within a day’s flight for packages to almost any global destination.  Our central location and excellent transportation systems make our region a prime site for industry.  Expansion Management gave us a five-star logistics rating and ranked Louisville the second-best city in the country for logistics.  We continue to build on our natural strengths and earned successes to further establish ourselves as a national leader in logistics.

  • Roadways: The highway system in Greater Louisville provides one-day access to well over 66 percent of the major domestic markets via Interstates I-65, I-64, and I-71. In addition, a secondary road network provides convenient ingress and egress to the major interstate highways.
  • Runways: Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) provides dependable service to numerous international and domestic gateways; and for FY 2016 through FY 2020, more than $127 million in capital and major maintenance projects are programmed. Non-stop service is offered to 31 domestic destinations.
  • River: The region has 48 private terminals and 3 public inland ports on the Ohio River:
    • Jefferson Riverport International (Kentucky)
      • Serviced by 3 railroads and contains 13 miles of on-site and offsite railroad track
      • The transfer terminal is designed to handle four million+ tons of dry bulk commodities annually
      • Foreign-Trade Zone
    • Meade County Riverport (Kentucky)
      • Kentucky’s newest regional port facility
      • Five million+ bushels of grain hauled and shipped
      • Estimated to benefit more than 8,500 farm families
    • Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville (Indiana)
      • Fastest growing port on the Inland Waterway System
      • Contains 1,057 acres of land and 3,200 feet of riverfront
      • Foreign-Trade Zone
  • Railways: Greater Louisville is served by three Class I railroads – Canadian Pacific (CP), CSX, and Norfolk Southern (NS) – and multiple regional and shortline railroads. Both CSX and NS railroads provide Louisville with direct rail service to all markets east of the Mississippi River, as well as connecting service to the West Coast. The city is also one of four regional hubs for CSX.