Office of Globalization launches Global Louisville Directory
Louisville Metro Government’s Office for Globalization, part of Louisville Forward, is making efforts to address one of the challenges foreign-born communities face in their professional and personal lives by launching a new Global Louisville Directory.
The directory will act as a one-stop shop for foreign-born residents to access resources, career pathways, business development resources and more. The Global Louisville Directory also will promote immigrant-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, skilled professionals and community organizations who cater to the needs of Louisville’s immigrant communities.
"Louisville is a growing city greatly impacted by the diverse group of immigrants who’ve chosen Louisville as their new home and who share their cultures with us every day. The Global Louisville Directory further allows us to recognize and support the entrepreneurial spirit that many in our immigrant communities bring to our city,” said Sabeen Nasim, director of the Office of Globalization.
The directory was born out of conversations in November 2019 with leaders of Louisville’s foreign-born communities and is part of the Louisville Welcoming Economies Pilot, a partnership with nonprofit, nonpartisan Welcoming America, which provided technical assistance on the project. In 2018, Welcoming America named Louisville as a "Certified Welcoming” city, one of only a few in the United States.
"The Global Louisville Directory is an example of the kind of practice that all cities can learn from as they strive to help all residents, including new Americans, feel at home. The Directory is a creative solution that facilitates accessibility for language-diverse Louisvillians looking to open a business, learn English, find a job or health services, engage in civics, or share their cuisine with the community, while affirming the importance of interconnectedness and creating a new avenue to boost small business at a time when both are sorely needed," said Rachel Peric, Executive Director of Welcoming America.
The Global Louisville Directory is personalized to the needs of the international community and currently can be translated into eight different languages. The Office of Globalization plans to expand that into additional languages as well as grow the number of businesses, organizations and services listed.
As part of the Louisville Welcoming Economies Pilot, the Office of Globalization will also facilitate workshops throughout the upcoming year customized to the individual needs of foreign-born entrepreneurs and skilled professionals helping them to reassess and redesign their business and leadership models in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The launch of the directory follows last week’s release of research from New American Economy highlighting the demographic and economic characteristics of immigrants in Louisville. The research reinforced the demand for the Global Louisville Directory as it is released at a time when communities across the country are working to ensure services and support are available to all residents.
Read more about New American Economy’s research at www.newamericaneconomy.org/press-release/louisville-uses-new-research-t….
View the Global Louisville Directory and register your businesses to be part of the directory at www.globallouisvilledirectory.org.