Metro Councilmembers Announce Upcoming Performance of Friday Fest Concert at Highview Park

Louisville, KY – Oldies, Country, Pop and Beatles Music are lined up for the upcoming FridayFest at Highview Park. Metro Councilmembers James Peden (District 23), Madonna Flood (District 24) and Vicki Aubrey-Welch (District (13) are sponsoring the free summer concert series at Highview Park for the fourth straight year based on the success of the former Music in the Metro. A different concert will be held every other Friday through August and the event is open to the public, family friendly, and free.   Local vendors will be on hand with a variety of food options, and people are encouraged…

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Kentucky Chamber Report Calls for Better Workforce Programs for Louisville and Across the Commonwealth

Frankfort, Ky., – Kentucky’s workforce training and development programs need better coordination, greater accountability and more employer involvement, according to a new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Achieving those and other goals detailed in the report’s recommendations will require a top-to-bottom review of the entire system – a review that the Chamber believes should be ordered by the next governor. Kentucky’s Workforce Challenges: The Employer Perspective notes there is a lot of confusion about workforce programs at the local level, there is frustration in the business community about its role in local and regional workforce decisions, there is…

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Louisville Mayor Fischer co-moderates discussion on President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

LOUISVILLE  – Mayor Greg Fischer will co-moderate a peer-to-peer conversation today at the White House regarding President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. President Obama created the task force in December after the events in Ferguson, Cleveland and other communities around the county to strengthen the relationships between local police and communities. Its final report was released in May. Today’s conversation brings more than 100 leaders from over two dozen communities together to discuss how the report’s recommendations are being implemented. Fischer will lead discussions around many topics including how law enforcement interacts with residents, how youth outreach promotes…

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Louisville’s GE Launches First Nugget Ice Maker for Home Use

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– Nugget ice, the popular soft, chewable ice especially favored in the South and associated with restaurant chains and convenience stores, can now be enjoyed at home with the affordable Opal™ nugget ice maker from GE’s FirstBuild™. Available to purchase starting July 28 through Indiegogo (www.nuggetice.com), Opal is a countertop nugget ice maker designed by the FirstBuild community and priced well below other currently available nugget ice makers. Early bird pricing begins around $399 or less, with future retail pricing expected at $499. The ice maker will be shipped to Indiegogo contributors in mid-2016. FirstBuild is a new model of…

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Brown-Forman kicks off construction of Old Forester Distillery on historic Whiskey Row

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Three generations of Brown family descendants gathered today in Louisville to take part in the construction kick-off ceremony for the new Old Forester Distillery, which will be located at 117 & 119 West Main Street along Louisville’s famed “Whiskey Row.” Old Forester President Campbell Brown and Brown-Forman Board of Directors Chairman Garvin Brown led the Brown family contingent and were joined by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Council President David Tandy and various executives from Brown-Forman. The ceremony occurred in a parking lot directly across the street from the site of the Old Forester…


Louisville’s Churchill Downs Releases Official Logos for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 142

LOUISVILLE, Ky., – Churchill Downs Racetrack today unveiled the official logos for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 142. The logos were designed by SME, a New York-based marketing agency that has developed the official Derby and Oaks marks since 2007. The 142nd running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands will take place on May 6 and 7, 2016, respectively. For the Kentucky Derby 142 logo, Churchill Downs and SME chose a 1920s-inspired design to evoke the glamour of Derby’s past and present and capture the mystique of winning America’s Greatest Race. The simple…


New Global Automotive Conference Coming to Louisville In September

LOUISVILLE, KY – Automotive experts, manufacturers, suppliers and other business leaders will gather in Louisville Sept. 14-15 for a new, forward-looking automotive conference called AutoVision 2015. The two-day conference at the Louisville Marriott Downtown is the creation of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, the organization representing the state’s $14 billion economic engine. Major advances such as self-driving cars, lighter-weight vehicles and long-lasting electric batteries will be among the topics discussed by leading experts from across the nation and beyond. Leaders from Kentucky’s major automotive manufacturers including Ford, General Motors and Toyota will be among the presenters. “Forget the rearview mirror….

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The Comfy Cow Opens Production Facility in Louisville

Louisville, Ky., – One of Louisville’s favorite treats will soon be in freezers across the country. Mayor Greg Fischer and Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen today joined company officials to cut the ribbon on The Comfy Cow’s first standalone production facility in Louisville. “We are thrilled that The Comfy Cow is growing their wholesale side to become an ice cream brand that will be enjoyed in homes throughout the country,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.  “Because of the demonstrated strength in Louisville’s food and beverage cluster, small businesses like The Comfy Cow have the support of community partners and expertise to…


Louisville’s Kentucky Kingdom Announces New Roller Coaster

Louisville, KY –  Kentucky Kingdom announces the upcoming addition of Storm Chaser, its fifth roller coaster and second new coaster since the theme park reopened 14 months ago. Kentucky Kingdom is recognized within the amusement industry for its diverse mix of thrilling coasters, which include Thunder Run, the classic wooden coaster ranked among the top “woodies” in the world; T3, its newly revamped and reopened suspended looping coaster; Lightning Run, a one-of-a-kind hyper coaster introduced in 2014 and rated among the top 25 steel coasters in the world by Amusement Today; and the Roller Skater, a whimsically themed family coaster…

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Finalists Announced for GLI Annual Awards That Celebrate Small and Growing Businesses

Louisville, Ky – Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for its 2015 Inc.credible Awards presented by  Strothman & Company this morning at its Wake Up Wind Down event.  For the past 15 years, the Inc.credible Awards have been recognizing small businesses that are focused on stimulating growth and innovation in the Greater Louisville region. The 2015 winners will be announced at the Inc.credible Awards Luncheon at the Galt House Hotel on August 28 at 11:30a.m. “GLI’s Inc.credible Awards are all about celebrating the Greater Louisville region’s finest small businesses and their impact on the…