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Office for Globalization

Louisville Signs New Sister City Agreement

Louisville Signs New Sister City Agreement
Louisville and Adapazari, Turkey are now sister cities, thanks to a formal agreement signed by the mayors of the two cities. Sister cities have a mutual commitment to building bridges between governments, businesses and individuals. Learn more here.

Information for International Families!

Information for International Families!
The Office for Globalization has published information which could be extremely useful to international families moving to Louisville from another country.  Click here to read more.

Ahiska Turks Make Louisville Home
Against the backdrop of this dark history, the Ahiska Turks have found a reason to smile in Louisville, a popular city for refugee resettlement. Click here to read more.

The Office for Globalization was created to focus on ways Louisville can compete in a multicultural world and to engage its civic, cultural and professional communities.

The three pronged mission of the office is:
  • To assist new Americans to our city to achieve self sufficiency and success.
  • To enhance and encourage multi-culturalism in our city
  • To engage in economic development through global economic outreach.

Suhas Kulkarni is Director of the Office for Globalization. He is an entrepreneur who has started and run businesses in the Information Technology and Process Improvement sector and International trade.

Mr. Kulkarni is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Asia Institute, Crane House and is on the board of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, World Affairs Council, World Trade Center and the Interfaith Paths to Peace. Kulkarni also is the past chair of the Vogt Awards selection committee, which supports development of innovative entrepreneurial concepts.


Refugees and Immigrants Succeeding in Entrepreneurship

RISE seeks to assist immigrants and refugees by facilitating economic success through business ownership or expansion. It is a collaborative effort between Metro government, nonprofits, and private partners to create a path for immigrants and refugees to establish or expand a business. This is accomplished through focused coordination of services and resources made available by the organizations within the partnership.
Visit the RISE page to learn more.

Worldfest 2013 -- Aug. 30 - Sept. 2!

WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 11th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend on Louisville’s Belvedere downtown. Visit the Worldfest page to learn more about Worldfest 2013!

Admission to WorldFest is free all four days of Labor Day weekend -- Friday, Aug. 30, Saturday, Aug. 31, Sunday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.