LIBA hires Neighborhood Initiatives Manager to boost local businesses in West and South LouisvilleKY

Charles BookerCharles Booker

Louisville, KY (January 12, 2017) – The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) has hired Charles Booker to serve as Neighborhood Initiatives Manager for South and West Louisville. Building on LIBA’s successful “keep South Louisville weird” campaign, as well as the organization’s targeted efforts to support current and aspiring local businesses in West Louisville, Booker will work in a part-time capacity to lead grassroots campaigns and promote independent business growth.

Anyone interested in contributing their time and talent to help this effort can attend an upcoming committee meeting on Wednesday, February 8th for South Louisville (9:30am at Republic Bank, 5125 New Cut Road) and West Louisville (2pm at Chef Space, 1812 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd). Please RSVP to Charles@keeplouisvilleweird.com.

Booker brings a wealth of experience in neighborhood development, community relations, and non-profit management, and he has participated in several LIBA initiatives including the West Louisville Bus Tour.

Charles Booker

Charles Booker

“Charles has an amazing skill set and community connections that make him a perfect fit for this position,” says Jennifer Rubenstein, LIBA Executive Director. “Having him on board will bring our efforts to a whole new level and greatly expand our reach.”

“It is a privilege to join a proven organization that inspires a thriving local economy in our city,” says Booker. “Considering the renewed focus and energy west of 9th Street and the resurgence in South Louisville, I look forward to helping business owners and budding entrepreneurs realize their fullest potential.”

Most recently, Booker led community engagement efforts as the director of strategic partnerships for Seed Capital KY, helping to organize the West Louisville FoodPort Community Council. Prior to that, Booker worked as a project manager for Mayor Greg Fischer’s Innovation Delivery Team, director of personnel and administrative services for the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife, campaign coordinator for U.S. Rep John Yarmuth, and legislative staffer in federal, state, and local government. Additionally, Booker currently manages development efforts for Cities United, a national organization focused on empowering mayors and cities to holistically address violence and build pathways of opportunity for African American men and boys.

Booker graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s of science degree, then obtained a law degree at U of L. He lives with his wife and two daughters in West Louisville.

About the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA)
LIBA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally-owned businesses and to educate citizens on the value of buying locally. For more information about LIBA, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com.

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