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Mayor Abramson, GLI Throw Party In Tampa To Lure Young Professionals

Monday July 21, 2008

Louisville Reunion in its 8th Year

Armed with bottles of bourbon and jobs, Mayor Jerry Abramson will throw a party in Tampa on Thursday night to lure young professionals to Louisville.

“Sure, Tampa has great beaches and hot weather, but Louisville has much to offer – great parks, wonderful arts, a buzzing downtown and low cost of housing,” Abramson said. “We have a message for young professionals in the Tampa and St. Pete area -- move to Louisville, where the possibilities are endless.”

Possibility City
The party, organized by Greater Louisville Inc and dubbed “The Louisville Reunion,” is an annual event held in different cities around the United States. The reunion’s goal is to convince people with a Louisville connection – whether they are natives, have friends or families in the city or attended college there – to return to the city to work. This is the eighth year for the event.

Abramson will be accompanied on the trip by GLI president Joe Reagan and senior vice president Eileen Pickett.

The party will feature bourbon bars from Maker’s Mark, Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve and door prizes including tickets to the 2009 Kentucky Derby and the 2008 Ryder Cup, to be held at Valhalla Golf Course. GLI representatives will also be on hand to help discuss job opportunities in Louisville.

The party is Thursday, July 24 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, 4200 Jim Walter Boulevard. The event is free but RSVP’s are required by visiting or by calling 502-625-0072. More than 250 people have already RSVP’d.

Abramson will be spreading the word about Louisville’s many recent national accolades.

Outside Magazine, in its August issue, named Louisville to its “Best Towns of 2008” list, citing the city’s outdoor amenities, growing economy and vibrant downtown. The city was also named the “Most Livable Large City” in June by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.