June 21, 2021 1:26pm
GLI hires nationally recognized economic development veteran as Chief of Regional Economic Growth
Louisville, Ky. (June 21, 2021) – Greater Louisville Inc. announced the hire of Ben Pratt as the chamber’s newly created Chief of Regional Economic Growth and Senior Vice President. Pratt brings more than 10 years of experience in economic development within both local government and chambers of commerce.
Most recently, Pratt worked as Economic Development Director for Erie, Colorado and served as co-chair of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation’s Economic Development Professionals Group. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership in Erie, Pennsylvania. He also spent time working in Texas where he led and supported research and economic development efforts and completed a fellowship with Governor Rick Perry around international business recruitment.
Pratt received his Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification from the International Economic Development Council and an executive education certificate in Urban Design from Harvard University. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts from Mercyhurst University.
Ben Pratt, GLI’s Chief of Regional Economic Growth
“We are delighted to welcome Ben to the GLI team and to our community,” said Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, president and CEO of GLI. “Ben’s expertise in regional economic development will help guide and strengthen collaboration within the Greater Louisville Regional Partnership to bring more investment to our region.”
In the new role, Pratt will manage the regional partnership and GLI’s project pipeline. He will also work with local county partners, like Louisville Forward and One Southern Indiana, to attract new businesses to the region. Pratt will oversee GLI’s economic growth team, which includes Charles Helms, GLI’s Director of Economic Development, who joined the team in February.
“I am excited to join the GLI team and build on its legacy of bringing people together to catalyze and lead efforts to make the Greater Louisville region’s economy diverse, competitive, and poised for success,” said Pratt.