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Abramson Hits ‘Windy City’ to Attract Young People Back to Louisville

Friday March 21, 2003

Mayor Jerry Abramson traveled to the Windy City this week in an effort to lure home former Louisvillians, particularly young professionals, who live in Chicago.

“In many ways, your hometown has changed,” Abramson told more than 400 people gathered Thursday night at the Chicago Marriott. “It’s become a more diverse and stimulating city. But it’s still a city of friendly people with an excellent, affordable quality of life. So, if you’re feeling a little homesick, come talk to us. We think we have a cure.”
Abramson – along with representatives of the Greater Louisville Inc. and the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau – outlined the sweeping changes taking place in Louisville Metro. Abramson cited a dynamic waterfront, a revitalized downtown teeming with art galleries and other amenities, beautiful parks, a thriving arts and cultural community and a growing and more sophisticated economic base as just a few of the reasons for young professionals and others to come home.

The mayor also encouraged many of the dozens of association representatives who attended the gathering to bring their conventions to Louisville.
Abramson told the group that merger gives Lousville the chance to “re-recreate local government.” “

We’re determined to use the momentum of merger to help us become better,” Abramson said. “We’re going to use this as an opportunity to raise our community’s aspirations.”