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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 $7 billion of investment and more than 28,000 new jobs since 2014. In total, Louisville had more than $19.8 billion in projects announced, constructed or underway since 2014.

Learn more about the departments in Develop Louisville and Codes and Regulations.


Leadership Team


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Rebecca Fleischaker, Co-Chief of Louisville Forward and Director of the Department of Economic Development

Rebecca oversees the economic development arm of Louisville Forward and works daily to attract new companies to Louisville, as well as help businesses already located in our city get started and expand. Together, with Jeff O'Brien, she works to ensure Louisville remains a great place to live, work and do business

Call her at (502) 574-2974.

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Jeff O'Brien
Jeff O'Brien, Co-Chief of Louisville Forward and Director of Develop Louisville

Jeff oversees the community development arm of Louisville Forward, including Planning & Design Services, the Office of Housing, the Office of Community Development and Codes & Regulations. Together, with Rebecca Fleischaker, he works to ensure Louisville remains a great place to live, work and do business.

Call him at (502) 574-1354.

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

Benjamin manages, evaluates, and implements economic development programs, policies and services. As Deputy Director, he develops departmental strategies and priorities and works with internal and external stakeholders to maximize the utilization of department resources for Louisville's business community. 

Call him at (502) 574-6803.

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Economic Development Managers


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Joshua McKee, Ph.D., Senior Economic & Workforce Development Manager

Joshua serves as our point person for RFIs/RFPs, university town/gown partnerships and manages economic development projects for the business cluster team. In addition, Joshua focuses on talent attraction and workforce development by working closely with Greater Louisville Inc. and KentuckianaWorks to grow Louisville's high-skilled talent pipeline. 

Call him at (502) 574-1526.

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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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Mae Marks, Health & Aging Innovation Economic Development Manager

Mae specializes in the Health & Aging Innovation sector and supports attraction, retention and expansion efforts within the Louisville healthcare ecosystem. 

Call her at (502) 574-1379. 

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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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Small Business Development Team


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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Brenda Hyatt, Small Business Development/METCO Manager

Brenda administers Louisville Metro Government’s small business loan program overseen by the Metropolitan Business Development Corporation (METCO).

Call her at (502) 574-1521.

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Emanuel Black, Economic Development Manager

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

Call her at (502) 574-1140.

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