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Louisville Forward

Louisville is a competitive, authentic, global city, home to UPS WorldPort and a center for advanced manufacturing and logistics, as well as among only a dozen U.S. cities that have all five major performing arts groups. As the hometown of Muhammad Ali, Louisville punches above its weight and its 750,000 population.

Midwest or South? Both!... With its Midwestern sensibilities and southern hospitality, Louisville is the regional economic hub and cultural and artistic heart of 24 surrounding counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Within a day's drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population, it’s also a strategic location for thousands of companies, including large corporations and growing startups.

Bourbon is a food group... The city is home to the Kentucky Derby and the world's great bourbons, from Maker's Mark to Jim Beam to Woodford Reserve, all distilled in the Louisville area. Louisville’s reputation as a hub of innovation for food and bourbon (in addition to other spirits) has earned it accolades from far and wide, including Zagat, which named Louisville as a top foodie destination in the world.

Logistics, advanced manufacturing, health care, and more!... Louisville's business strategies focus on areas of strength where large numbers of companies already are successful in Louisville. Ford and GE are experiencing major growth in advanced manufacturing, and the wealth of logistics operations make it easy for them and similar companies to continue to excel. Louisville also is home to the largest concentration of healthcare providers in the lifelong wellness and aging care sector.

Louisville Forward combines economic development and quality of place to help companies do business in a vibrant city.

Live. Work. Create. Innovate.


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Economic Development focuses on business retention, expansion and attraction, including business lending functions. Learn more about how to start or grow your business in Louisville!

Develop Louisville focuses on the full range of land development activities, including planning and design, vacant and abandoned properties initiatives, advanced planning, housing programs, permits and licensing, land acquisition, and development partnerships.

Please contact us by email, or at 502.574.4140.

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