September 9, 2021 10:44am
Greater Louisville Inc. hosts Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, shares local best practices
Louisville, Ky. (September 9, 2021) – Today, Greater Louisville Inc. hosted the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce as they visit Louisville to glean best practices related to community engagement. GLI collaborated with the Pensacola Chamber to connect them with local leaders and develop a two-day immersive, learning experience in Louisville.
GLI’s Chief Operating Officer, Rebecca Wood, kicked-off the visit with a presentation to set context for what participants will experience in Louisville. She shared background information on the regional economy, and how GLI works to engage its members and community through work in economic development, talent attraction, workforce development, and inclusion.
“We are thrilled to host the Pensacola Chamber and their local business leaders and show them all Louisville has to offer,” said Wood. “GLI is continuing to execute forward-thinking and innovative initiatives that will position our region for continued growth, and it’s apparent that other communities are taking notice and wanting to learn from our region’s growth and innovation.”
Leaders from the Pensacola Business Community and the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 1,100 businesses in the panhandle of Florida, joined the trip and will hear from representatives from Louisville Forward, KentuckianaWorks, OneWest, NOIR Chamber of Commerce, Evolve502, and more as they tour the city. Mayor Greg Fischer will also join the group for a reception and discuss current Louisville Metro Government priorities.
“Thank you to the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce and business community for visiting our great city and for your interest in learning about the strong partnerships that define our city,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “The economic momentum Louisville was experiencing before the pandemic is returning, and we are happy to share our best practices with other cities.”
“When looking for a city to visit, we wanted a city which had common themes in workforce and economic development but was ahead of us in innovation and best practices. After working with GLI to further develop our advocacy efforts in 2020 we wanted to continue to cultivate our relationship and asked them to host our leadership visit. Additionally, being on the Alabama/Florida line we conduct bi-state business, and we wanted to explore that commonality,” said Sara Lefevers, director of external affairs for the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce.
As the 2019 Chamber of the Year, GLI has hosted several Chambers of Commerce on learning expeditions over the years. GLI also offers similar opportunities for Greater Louisville business leaders to visit other communities through the annual GLIDE program.