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February 13, 2017 9:00am

West Louisville is OUR Louisville

West Louisville is a critical part of our community. In fact if it were its own city, it would be the 3rd largest in the state. Our region’s commerce and rich heritage started in settlements along the Ohio River and grew southwest. Over the years, businesses have invested millions of dollars to grow industries that employ residents from the surrounding neighborhoods as well as talent from across the region. The companies that have rooted themselves in West Louisville want to stay there and do more. GLI applauds their commitment to expanding opportunities in West Louisville.

On January 17th 2017, GLI – the Metro Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Louisville Urban League and Louisville Metro Government, marked the National Day of Racial Healing by distributing an editorial on what our city needs to do to begin to heal the racial divide in our city. Overwhelmingly our investors expressed a strong desire to find ways to bridge the gap. Here is some of what GLI is working on and how you can help.

Sign up for the Mayor’s SummerWorks program. Young people, 16-21, across our city and particularly in West Louisville, are in need of real workplace experience. Employing a student for the summer is not charity. It is helping to put them on a career path through earning the dignity of a paycheck.  If your company doesn’t have a place for a summer worker, consider making a financial contribution to support a non-profit’s hire.  Either way, you are investing in the pipeline of talent.  For more information, contact GLI at 502.625.0000.

GLI celebrates new investment in the West End. For instance, GLI Top Investor Spalding University is making a $30 Million investment to bring new life to a blighted, vacant lot at 9th and Kentucky Streets. We recognize those businesses that continue making long-term investments in the West End. Brown-Forman, Caudill Seed Company, America’s Finest Filters, and many other GLI Investors continue to create jobs and opportunity for all.

GLI is active in Frankfort, leading the charge for the Appeal Bond Bill which limits the frivolous lawsuit like the one that ended the Wal-Mart project on West Broadway.  GLI is helping lead the charge for full implementation of Talent Development Academies in each of JCPS’ high schools. And much more.

GLI’s mission is to accelerate the regional economy.  We accomplish this through building the best workforce, attracting new business, promoting entrepreneurship, and lobbying for business-friendly laws to spur more investment. West Louisville is vital to our region. And West Louisville is OUR Louisville.