About Us

Louisville Forward is an integrated approach to economic and community development, combining business attraction, expansion and retention activities, and talent and workforce attraction, with all of the city's real estate development, land use and planning and design functions to present a unified solution for job growth and quality of place. View our complete organizational chart.

We have been named a Top Ten Economic Development Organization seven times by Site Selection Magazine, the leading trade publication for economic development, with announced projects totaling more than $9 billion of investment and more than 36,700 new jobs since 2014. In total, Louisville had $22.8 billion in projects announced, constructed or underway since 2014.


Meet the Team


Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore, Director of the Department of Economic Development 

Benjamin oversees all economic development for the city. In his role as director, he works daily to attract new companies to Louisville, help businesses already located in our city expand, and support entrepreneurs.

Call him at (502) 574-1379.

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Joshua McKee, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Department of Economic Development 

Joshua oversees the Target Industries and workforce solutions functions while leading the cluster strategy. He also is the point person for foreign direct investment and international economic development, in addition to serving as the strategic connector for university town-gown partnerships and relationships.

Call him at (502) 574-1526.

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Matthew Bowen, Workforce Solutions Manager

Matthew serves as the strategic connector for businesses in Louisville to our robust workforce and talent development pipelines. As the liaison to KentuckianaWorks, the region’s Workforce Innovation Board (WIB), higher education, K-12, and various non-profit and for-profit training programs, Matthew is able to design unique solutions to meet the needs for businesses in and those considering relocating to Louisville.

Call him at (502) 574-6803

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Keisha Allen, West Louisville Senior Economic Development Manager

Keisha’s role focuses on the nine neighborhoods of West Louisville, and she works collaboratively with community organizations and businesses both small and large to retain, attract, and grow their operations throughout the communities of West Louisville.

Call her at (502) 574-6950.

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Target Industries


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Sara Bowman, Food & Beverage Economic Development Manager

Sara specializes in the Food & Beverage sector and works to advance Louisville as the bourbon and culinary capital of the world.

Call her at (502) 574-1343.

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Alex Mercer, Advanced Manufacturing/Logistics & eCommerce Economic Development Manager

Alex specializes in the Advanced Manufacturing sector and supports economic development of businesses in the Logistics and eCommerce sector.

Call him at (502) 574-6279.

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Jacob Medley, Business Services Economic Development Manager

Jacob specializes in Louisville's largest sector, Business Services, and works to retain, attract and grow businesses that specialize in traditional back-office and HQ operations like tech, finance, accounting, law, consulting and much more.

Call him at (502) 574-4596.

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Ron Burse, Health & Aging Innovation Economic Development Manager

Ron specializes in Louisville’s Health & Aging Innovation sector and supports the economic development of companies that specialize in health technology, innovations that improve quality of life for the world’s aging population, and companies interested in joining the world’s largest concentration of company HQs dedicated to health and aging care.

Call him at (502) 574-2974.

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Small Business


Christy Jarboe
Christy Jarboe, Senior Small Business Development Manager

Christy focuses on development across Louisville and specializes in providing resources and information for aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced business owners.

Call her at (502) 574-6235.

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Jermaine Burks, Small Business Economic Development Manager
Jermaine Burks, Small Business Economic Development Manager 

Jermaine specializes in providing resources and information to aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced business owners throughout Louisville, with a special focus on the Bardstown Road corridor. 

 Call him at (502) 574-1375

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Theresa Hathaway
Theresa Hathaway, Small Business Development/METCO Specialist

Terri manages the Metropolitan Business Development Corporation (METCO) small business loan program.  The METCO Board approves and provides a variety of loan options to support the growth of small businesses. Terri also manages the underwriting, servicing and collection of loan requests and closing. 

Call her at (502) 574-1346.

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Brenda Hyatt, Small Business Development/METCO Specialist

Brenda works with Terri to administer the Metropolitan Business Development Corporation (METCO) small business loan program. 

Call her at (502) 574-1521.

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