Ulysses ‘Junior’ Bridgeman Honored with LouisvilleKY’s GLI Gold Cup Award  

Louisville, Ky. – Greater Louisville Inc. is proud to present its prestigious Gold Cup award to one of Louisville’s most prominent and successful business leaders, Ulysses L. “Junior” Bridgeman. Mr. Bridgeman made his initial mark on the Louisville community as a star basketball player for the University of Louisville Cardinals prior to a successful NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks.  However, Mr. Bridgeman’s most notable accomplishments and contributions to Greater Louisville have occurred away from the hardwood. Following his 12-year NBA career, Mr. Bridgeman built one of the largest restaurant operations in the country as a franchisee for Wendy’s and Chili’s…

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LouisvilleKY Insurance premium tax increase proposed to help cover $65M budget gap and prevent devastating cuts

Louisville, KY., – Facing devastating potential cuts because of an expected $65 million general fund gap over the next four years, Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing to increase the city’s tax rates on home, life, marine and miscellaneous insurance, such as malpractice, title insurance and umbrella coverage, from their current five percent to 12.5 percent in FY20 and FY21, 13.5 percent in FY22 and 15 percent in FY23. Auto would be excluded from this increase, which overall would generate approximately $63 million by FY23. “Louisville Metro Government has proven it is an efficient operation, and our city is seeing a good…

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Another record breaking week for flu in LouisvilleKy

Louisville, KY – Last week (Feb. 3 – 9) reported cases of flu hit a new high: 921 cases for the week.  Cases are overwhelmingly infulenza strain A.  This brings our total number of flu cases for this season to 4,623.  There have been 6 influenza related deaths. You can see more at our Flu Activity page. You can learn much more about the flu, the flu vaccine, and who should get the vaccine at

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Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival Makes Its Anticipated Debut In LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – Premier independent festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents continues to show its love for Louisville with a third addition to a massive fall festival series in the one-of-a-kind city. Hometown Rising, the first-ever Country Music & Bourbon Festival, will make its debut Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center, combining two of Louisville’s cultural cornerstones—great music and incredible bourbon. Hometown Rising’s incredible music lineup will be led by country heavyweights including Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Little Big Town with additional appearances from Dwight Yoakam, Brett Young, Jake Owen, Bret Michaels, Frankie Ballard, and many more. In total, more than 30 artists will play on three stages, including two…


LouisvilleKY Metro Airbnb Hosts Earned $15.2 Million in 2018

LOUISVILLE, KY — Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that its Jefferson County/Louisville Metro host community earned a combined $15.2 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 124,000 guest arrivals to the region in 2018. This comes as locals increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. The typical Louisville Metro host earns about $4,300 annually in supplemental income. Yet, local data indicates that Airbnb and its host community appear to be complementing — rather than  competing with — the Louisville hotel industry. The Louisville Metro area is in the midst of a…


LouisvilleKY’s Dine-Around to feature more than 50 restaurants

Louisville, KY – Apron Inc. presents the popular 7th Annual Dine-Around event featuring participating restaurants donating a portion of their profits.  Pick a spot to have breakfast, lunch and or dinner from the below list and know you have just helped a person in need who works in the F&B industry! The mission of Apron Inc. is to provide temporary, limited financial aid to professionals in need who work in local owned restaurants and locally run F&B industry-based establishments in the Louisville Metro area.  Clients have either experienced financial distress due to an illness, injury or other life hardships needing financial relief, the…

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KDF’s 2019 poster is now rolling of the LouisvilleKY’s presses

FANS CAN PRE-ORDER ONLINE THROUGH FEBRUARY 17   Louisville, KY.   – A sign of spring this morning as the Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2019 poster rolled off the presses at Derby City Litho. This year’s poster was designed by Louisville artist Chimel Ford. His artwork, “Parade,” features a gray scale Pegasus soaring on a vibrantly colored background. A marching band silhouette completes the image. “I wanted the painting to tell a story about how I see our city during the Kentucky Derby Festival,” said Ford. “It’s colorful, a lot of fun and alive.”   “When I met Chimel I was amazed at how…


GLI Announces LouisvilleKy’s 2018 Silver Fleur-De-Lis Winners

Louisville, Ky. – Greater Louisville Inc. will present three of its prestigious Silver Fleur-de-Lis awards at the Metro Chamber’s upcoming Annual Meeting on Monday, February 25, 2019. The Silver Fleur-de-Lis was created by GLI to recognize outstanding commitments and achievements over the past year in making the Greater Louisville region a better place live and work. Danny Wimmer Presents will be recognized for its creation of three exciting, new festivals in Louisville. Bourbon & Beyond, Louder Than Life and Hometown Rising are incredible additions to Greater Louisville’s growing list of cultural attractions. Each event showcases the Louisville region’s welcoming spirit, independent attitude and…

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LouisvilleKY’s Forecastle Festival Reveals 2019 Artist Lineup

    The Killers, The Avett Brothers and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals Top the Weekend’s Bill   Portugal. The Man, Maggie Rogers, Tyler Childers, Judah & The Lion, Nelly, Chvrches + Dozens More Playing July 12-14   Tickets on sale Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET via    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Embarking on its 17th year, the Forecastle Festival will return this July 12-14, 2019, including one of the most iconic alt-rock bands of the past decade, The Killers; high-energy folk rockers, The Avett Brothers; and 2019 Grammy-winning hip-hop, funk and soul performers Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. The three-day…

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UPS Air Cargo Teamsters Ratify Contract in LouisvilleKY

New Agreement Covers Over 1,400 Mechanics and Related Classifications LOUISVILLE, Ky.,/PRNewswire/ — UPS aircraft mechanics and related employees at UPS Air Cargo have voted to ratify their newest contract with the company. The contract, which becomes amendable on November 1, 2023, makes UPS Air Cargo mechanics the highest-paid air cargo mechanics in the country by a wide margin. “We knew if we stuck together and stayed committed to protecting the pay and benefits we’ve earned over decades of hard work, we’d do what many thought was impossible and win big for our families, the future of our company and our customers,” said…