In June 2018, Louisville became the second city in the world to receive “Certified Welcoming City” designation, having met the rigorous standards of Welcoming America, a leading national nonprofit in research, policy and practice around immigrant support and economic inclusivity.
Over 100,000 people enjoyed food, dance and music from more than 100 vendors and 70 entertainers at WorldFest, the largest international festival in the region.
Mayor Fischer was presented the Antonio Villaraigosa Leadership Award from the Latino
Leaders Network for his outstanding commitment to bringing diverse communities together.
Nearly 200 people, including immigrant leaders and local institutional and business partners, attended a Global Local Summit to discuss the state of the immigrant community in the Louisville region.
More than 1,500 residents of different beliefs and backgrounds came together in September to welcome newcomers and share food, space and conversation at the second annual The Big Table, a potluck-style event held at Iroquois Park.
The city worked with three new community-based immigrant organizations to achieve non-profit status to aid their members in starting businesses, locating healthcare resources and employment opportunities, and advocating for greater access to local services and resources.
Nearly four dozen immigrant community leaders graduated from the Louisville Welcome Academy, a free leadership program that engages immigrants and refugees by introducing them to city government and functions. Another two dozen start in January 2019.