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Mayor Receives Lifetime Leadership Award

Monday September 17, 2007

Mayor Jerry Abramson will receive an international award for his longtime Louisville leadership during an awards ceremony in Arizona tonight. While in Phoenix, Abramson also will meet with executives of Raytheon, a defense contractor, to encourage them to continue investing in Louisville.
Mayor Abramson at the downtown arena press conference.
Abramson will receive the 2007 Leadership Award for Public Service from the International Economic Development Council. He delivered the keynote address to the council yesterday, discussing the challenges and opportunities that Louisville and cities nationwide face as they grow their economies.

“Jerry Abramson — much to the benefit of the community he has served — has been an enthusiastic and thoughtful mayor throughout his career," said Ronnie L. Bryant, IEDC Chairman.

Abramson said he was honored to be recognized by one of the nation’s leading economic development organizations.

“This award is for all the citizens of Louisville,” he said.

This morning, Abramson toured Raytheon and discussed the company’s continued investment in Louisville.

Raytheon is located at the Airport Industrial Center, the former Naval Station. Raytheon provides repair, overhaul, engineering and manufacturing services for some of the U. S. Navy’s largest and most sophisticated weapons systems.

Raytheon employs about 350 people in Louisville and this summer received a three-year, $76.5 million contract with the United Arab Emirates to create missile defense weapons.