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March 1, 2023 9:18am

GLI’s Advocacy Day brings Louisville business leaders to State Capitol

Louisville, Ky. (March 1, 2023) – Over 40 local business leaders joined Greater Louisville Inc. yesterday for its annual Advocacy Day in Frankfort presented by Charter Communications. Each year, GLI invites its investors to the Kentucky State Capitol to advocate for top policy priorities and have open discussions with legislators about the needs of the business community and the Greater Louisville region as a whole.

Throughout the day, attendees met with elected and appointed officials and had robust conversations around top priorities outlined in GLI’s 2023 legislative agenda – tax reform, barriers to workforce participation, sports wagering, criminal justice reform, talent attraction and retention, and more.

“While our advocacy team is in Frankfort every day, it is always impactful to have business leaders at the Capitol to share their own stories and perspectives,” said Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. “Advocacy Day gets the business community involved in the legislative process and helps us move the needle on our top priorities.”

Participants met with legislative leaders from the Kentucky House and Senate on a range of different policies, including:

  • Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens, Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, and Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams discussed the Senate’s top priorities for the remainder of the session.
  • House Majority Floor Leader Steven Rudy and House Majority Whip Jason Nemes discussed the top priorities of the House of Representatives.
  • Representative Kevin Bratcher, Representative Keturah Herron, and Representative Russell Webber led a conversation on workforce barriers and criminal justice reform.
  • Representative Michael Meredith led a conversation on sports wagering, gray machines, and tax policies to make Kentucky more competitive.
  • Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman discussed current executive branch priorities and how the Governor’s office can support Greater Louisville businesses.

“Through the support of our business community and elected leadership, we have seen movement on key GLI priorities during the first part of this year’s legislative session,” said Shelby Somervell, vice president of government affairs and communications at GLI. “I look forward to continued work with the General Assembly to move pro-business policies across the finish line this year.”

To learn more about the 2023 state legislative agenda, click here.

About Greater Louisville Inc.

Greater Louisville Inc. is the Metro Chamber of Commerce and represents 15 counties in Kentucky and Indiana. GLI’s mission is to grow businesses and the regional economy. GLI supports businesses during every stage of development and represents the collective needs of the business community by advocating for pro-growth policies and economic development investment, and deploying programming centered around attracting and developing talent and economic inclusion. GLI is the 2019 National Chamber of the Year and is one of only three percent of chambers nationally certified with 5-star accreditation status by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Learn more on social media @GLIchamber or visit www.greaterlouisville.com.