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LouisvilleKY Royalty announced

Louisville, KY.   – It’s an early sign of spring in Kentuckiana! New Derby Festival Royalty were crowned this morning. The five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court were introduced in a ceremony at Macy’s at Oxmoor Center. The Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the Festival. Fillies President Debra Rayman joined KDF President and CEO Mike Berry, as well as 2019 Derby Festival Chair Marita Willis, in crowning the newly appointed court.  They are: Mary Baker of Louisville, KY – Mary, 20-years-old, is a Junior…


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Breakfast of Champions with Andy Blieden Jan. 8

  View this email in your browser Start the New Year right with Breakfast of Champions on January 8. Andy Blieden, affectionately known as the Mayor of Butchertown, will give us an entertaining and exciting update of the goings-on in one of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods. Find out what’s new, what’s coming, and what’s driving Butchertown’s impressive and eclectic resurgence. There is much to talk about, from fantastic new restaurants, shops and other businesses to major projects including the Waterfront Botanical Gardens and the Louisville City FC soccer stadium!Andy Blieden is the key executive of Butchertown Market. He is…


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Christmas tree disposal options for LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – Metro Public Works is now providing curbside pickup of Christmas Trees within the Urban Services District (the old City of Louisville boundaries). Beginning this week, residents with City curbside yard waste pickup may set their Christmas trees and greenery out on their regular collection day. Trees must not be in plastic bags, and all decorations must be removed. Drop-off sites will also be available for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents at three locations. Two of the three drop-off sites will also instantly recycle trees in to mulch that will be offered back to citizens for home use. Those wishing to…


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LouisvilleKY’s Historic City Hall Clock shines blue in honor of fallen LMPD Detective

Louisville – President David James (D-6) has announced the Historic City Hall Clock will shine in the color blue from now until funeral services are held in honor of Detective Diedre Mengedoht of the LMPD 2nd Division. “Detective Mengedoht was a dedicated public servant to our city and we ask the community to come together and when they look at the City Hall Clock take note of her service and dedication,” said President James. “It is the Metro Council’s hope that as the Clock’s blue light shines, it reminds us that we lost a hero in our community and show our support…


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LouisvilleKY sets goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer says Louisville is joining cities across the globe by setting a goal of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In May 2016, Mayor Fischer signed the Global Covenant of Mayors, an agreement signed by leaders of more than 9,000 cities across the world committing to inventory and develop a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, cities play a major role in these efforts, as 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from cities. Greenhouse gases get trapped in the atmosphere, which causes warming and leads to climate change. These gases…


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LouisvilleKY racked up accolades in 2018

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. – National media, including a multitude of prominent travel and tourism authorities, singled out Louisville in 2018 affirming the city as one of the “U.S. Cities on the Rise” as well as one of “The 10 Coolest U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018.”  A major highlight was Lonely Planet designating Bourbon Country one of the “10 Top U.S. Destinations for 2018.” Louisville’s culinary scene continues to be an attraction, bolstered by Top Chef Kentucky’s filming of the show’s 16th season and accolades including Fodor’s Travel nod to the city on their list of “Cities with an Unexpectedly International…


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LouisvilleKY’s BB&T to become Derby Festival BalloonFest title sponsor

Louisville, KY.  – A new sponsor has stepped in to help keep a favorite Derby Festival event on the schedule for 2019. BB&T is the new title sponsor of the Festival’s three-day Great BalloonFest. A longtime friend of the Festival, BB&T decided to take their partnership to new heights, after learning of the new sponsorship opportunity. “BB&T is delighted to be the sponsor of the Great BalloonFest,” said BB&T Regional President Tom Eller. “Part of our mission is to make the communities in which we work a better place to live. What better example of this than to be part of an…


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LouisvilleKY announces Largest Events of the Year

Events, tradeshows and conventions with the most economic impact in 2018   LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville attracts 16.4 million visitors annually which generates an estimated $3.5 billion in economic impact for the city. In addition to Louisville’s general appeal and permanent attractions, events hosted in the city were a huge driver of tourism impact. These were the largest of those drivers in 2018 and their estimated event impact on Louisville’s economy: Kentucky Derby – $354,931,061 Breeders’ Cup World Championship – $70,078,602 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference – $26,219,013 Mid-America Trucking Show Annual Trade Show – $25,610,761 National Farm Machinery Show…


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LouisvilleKY’s Chamber of Commerce Unveils 2019 State Legislative Agenda

(Louisville, KY) – Before a crowd of business, civic, and community leaders, Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce, released its legislative priorities for the upcoming sessions in both Kentucky and Indiana. “We are only as strong as the investors engaged with us and this agenda was created by those same individuals to grow Greater Louisville in a meaningful way,” GLI President and CEO Kent Oyler said. “We look forward to working with legislators on both sides of the river to improve our business climate.” The 2019 State Legislative Agenda includes targeted improvements to Kentucky’s tax code, support…


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LouisvilleKY to get regional entrepreneurship and innovation hub

Story from UofLNews.com Louisville, KY – The University of Louisville and partners are creating a hub aimed at supporting and accelerating regional innovation and entrepreneurship, with a special focus on the city’s robust health care sector. “Together, we will commercialize university research, enhance the region’s reputation for innovation, grow jobs and economic development and build the next generation of leaders in the health care sector,” said UofL president Dr. Neeli Bendapudi.  The entrepreneur-led hub, dubbed the Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP), is backed by a multimillion-dollar RISE grant funded by KY Innovation through the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The award is…