Economic Growth and Innovation

Sheppard Square

Sheppard Square Officially Opens to New Residents, Creates New Community
Louisville’s $96.5 million redevelopment of Sheppard Square is now home to new residents in the Smoketown neighborhood. Learn more.

WalMart Announcement at 18th and Broadway

WalMart Supercenter to be Built at 18th and Broadway
Bringing hundreds of new jobs and much-needed new retail to West Louisville, WalMart will build a Supercenter at 18th and Broadway, with an investment of more than $25 million. Learn more.


Ford Invests $80 Million, Creates 350 Jobs in Louisville
Ford Motor Company, the industry’s truck leader, will add 350 new jobs and make an $80 million investment to the Kentucky Truck Plant to meet the high demand for F-Series Super Duty trucks. Learn more.

Omni Hotel

Luxury Omni Hotel, Grocery, 200 Apartment to Anchor $261 Million Downtown Development  
Louisville will get a new four-diamond hotel, along with a much-anticipated downtown grocery, retail shops and 200 apartments, under a $261 million downtown development plan. Learn more.

Louisville Metro Government is seeking proposals for gigabit bandwidth Internet to residents of Louisville Metro, but other uses also will be considered at this time. The communications services franchises that could be awarded would be non-exclusive for 20 years to allow the operation of Internet in the public right of way. Bid proposals must meet all of the requirements of Chapter 116.70-116.99 of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances. 

Proposals are due May 2, 2014. Click here to download application and instructions.

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The Department of Economic Growth and Innovation fosters a robust business climate, by promoting job creation, helping business navigate potential financing, meeting workforce needs, creating amenities within our region, and balancing growth by enhancing the environment, in order to improve the quality of life in Louisville Metro.

The Economic Growth and Innovation staff work with other government agencies, Greater Louisville Inc.-the Metro Chamber of Commerce , and the private sector to meet these goals.

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The quarterly snapshots of Louisville's Office, Industrial and Retail markets are a timely glimpse into how our community is faring, with detailed information such as leasing activity, vacancy rates and economic outlook.
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