Economic Development Newsroom

City Partners with LIBA to Keep South Louisville Weird

Thursday May 23, 2013

The city, through its Department of Economic Growth and Innovation, is partnering with Louisville Independent Business Association in planning a series of events and programs designed to grow locally-owned, independent businesses in South Louisville.

The project’s goals include:

  • Stability and growth of current independent businesses in South Louisville
  • The start of new independent businesses in South Louisville
  • The expansion of current independent businesses from other areas of town into South Louisville

“Our community is successful only when every part of our community is successful,” said Fischer. “We want to encourage not only potential new businesses to consider opening in every part of our city, but also provide new opportunities for existing businesses to expand.”

To kick off the project, a stakeholder conversation will be held 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at Khalil’s, 10966 Dixie Hwy. (near the Gene Snyder, Valley Station Shopping Center).

Fischer, Economic Growth & Innovation Director Ted Smith, and Councilpeople Welch, Yates and Blackwell will be in attendance. Area business owners, leaders and the general public are also invited.

“People often think of the Highlands or Frankfort Avenue when they think of independent businesses (and LIBA),” says Jennifer Rubenstein, Director of LIBA. “But there are many independent businesses in other areas of town, and all of them contribute to the quality and character of their neighborhoods.”

This kick off meeting will allow attendees to share ideas, offer data, and provide feedback about what has already been tried (successful or not). A broad outline of the project will be presented, and the details will be filled in with attendees’ input.

To attend the event, please RSVP to or visit for more information.


About the Louisville Independent Business Alliance

The mission of LIBA 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 and a member list, visit