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Mayor says LouisvilleKY’s SummerWorks ‘crucial’ to nurturing youth, developing city’s talent pipeline

Louisville, KY., – Summer jobs are critical to developing the community’s youth and building a stronger local economy, Mayor Greg Fischer said in launching the SummerWorks jobs program for 2019. The program partners with companies and non-profits to provide good summer employment for young people age 16-21. “Summer jobs are essential building blocks for young people, and SummerWorks is crucial to our city’s economy, by creating a consistent pipeline of future talent,” Mayor Fischer said. “The combination of SummerWorks and the developing Academies of Louisville schools at JCPS will be critical pieces as we work to build the best talent development…


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LouisvilleKY nabs coveted number one spot in meetings industry

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Louisville Tourism received major industry recognition during ConferenceDirect’s Annual Partner Meeting as the top “Convention & Visitors Bureau”* of the Year in a secondary market. This is a coveted title as ConferenceDirect, a global meetings industry management company, compiles this annual report showing meeting planning customer’s top hotel and destination choices which helps forecast 2019 trends. Louisville also took one of the top 15 spots in the Top 50 U.S. Destinations for booked room nights in 2018, placing #15. ConferenceDirect also awards individual hotels, ranking them for 2018 overall hotel bookings. Especially noteworthy with these hotel awards is…


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Bourbon & Beyond Returns to LouisvilleKY For Third Year With Eclectic Lineup Of Top Rock, Roots And Folk Acts

The World’s Largest Bourbon Festival Expands To Three Days, September 20, 21 & 22 In Louisville, KY At Newly Created Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center  One-Of-A-Kind Event Offers Bourbon And Culinary Experiences Featuring Master Distillers As Well As Celebrity Chefs During Bourbon Heritage Month   LouisvilleKY – The World’s Largest Bourbon Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, will make its anticipated return to Louisville, KY Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22,expanding to three days full of incredible music, unique culinary events, and unmatched experiences from the region’s best distilleries at the new Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center. In addition to an unforgettable lineup…


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LouisvilleKy sees race medal for the first time

Louisville, KY.   – Runners participating in this year’s Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon will take home a finisher’s medal they helped design. Derby Festival Officials unveiled the 2019 race medal last week at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. The medal features the museum and “The Big Bat” – the world’s largest baseball bat, while the medal ribbon highlights names of landmarks seen along the course. This is the first in a series of four medals to feature a different landmark or iconic symbol of Louisville. The series from 2019 to 2022 is being created based on feedback race officials have gathered…


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LouisvilleKY’s first Kentucky Derby Festival event kicks off this week

Louisville, KY. –  A Kentucky Derby Festival favorite returns this week to help usher in spring. Festival Unveiled is Thursday, March 14, at the Mellwood Arts Center. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses are the Presenting Sponsors of this pre-Festival party. “Festival Unveiled” will showcase several elements of the 2019 Festival. In addition to the 2019 Official Poster and Merchandise line, guests will also receive the Official Program with complete details of this year’s Festival. While enjoying the evening, guests have an opportunity to bid on a silent auction of framed posters. In conjunction…


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Search is on for KDF’s new leader

Louisville, KY.   – For the first time in more than two decades, the Kentucky Derby Festival is looking for a new leader to oversee one of the world’s largest community celebrations.  This comes on the heels of current CEO Michael Berry’s planned retirement after 22 years on the job.  “The Kentucky Derby Festival has experienced unprecedented growth over the past several years,” said Marita Willis, 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Chair. “We’re looking for someone who has the passion and vision to continue growing the Festival in the years to come.”  A KDF search committee, comprised of members with diverse backgrounds and professional…


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LouisvilleKY’s Actors Theatre names new artistic director

Louisville, KY – Robert Barry Fleming will join Actors Theatre of Louisville as Artistic Director. The appointment was announced Monday by Mac Thompson, President of the Board of Directors, and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore. Fleming comes to Louisville by way of Cleveland where he serves as Associate Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House; previously, he was the Director of Artistic Programming at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. His tenure at Actors Theatre begins June 1, 2019. Fleming will be the theatre’s fifth Artistic Director, joining a lineage of distinguished leaders who have guided this nationally-recognized theatre. He comes to the appointment with a varied portfolio and substantial…


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LouisvilleKY Metro Council told its vote jeopardizes capital projects

County attorney’s office advises mayor’s office and Council president: Financial and legal consequences ‘may be significant’ Louisville, KY., – Following a vote Thursday by Metro Council, Louisville Metro Government (LMG) has suspended all work on the current budget’s debt-funded capital projects, effective immediately. The Council voted 18-8 to suspend the bond ordinance that would fund the projects, which the Council has twice approved – first when approving the FY19 budget in June, and then again the next month, when approving the bond reimbursement ordinance. These are bonds that were authorized to pay for projects ranging from paving and sidewalks throughout the city, to funding…


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Big Acts Added To Music Lineup For LouisvilleKY’s First Annual Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival

Louisville, KY., – Country music icon Trace Adkins, independent rising country music artist Dillon Carmichael, and country rock duo The Sisterhood Band have been added to the incredible music lineup for Hometown Rising, the first-ever Country Music & Bourbon Festival, which debuts Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY. Hometown Rising combines two of Louisville’s cultural cornerstones—great music and incredible bourbon—and is the newest addition to the Louisville fall festival series from premier independent festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents.   Hometown Rising’s music lineup will be led by country heavyweights including Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban with additional appearances from Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, Brett Young, Jake…


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LouisvilleKY’s Southwest Dream Team Unveils Their Fifth Annual South Points Scenic Area Map

Louisville, KY –  Mayor Fischer, the Southwest Dream Team and Metro Council members were joined by local business owners and community members to unveil the fifth annual production of the South Points Scenic Area Map. This tourism initiative is celebrating five years of continued program growth, including a physical map, road signage program, and online presence. This year, the South Points Scenic Area has expanded to s include the South Louisville Business Association and the Louisville Independent Business Alliance, which hosts the South Points Buy Local Fair at Iroquois Amphitheater each July. Other additions include Khalil’s on Dixie Highway, a…