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Louisville's Merger to be Highlighted at National Conference

Wednesday March 16, 2005

Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the successful merger of Louisville and Jefferson County will be highlighted during a national conference on government collaboration to be held in Louisville this fall.

The conference, “Collaborative Government: Is Your Community Ready?” will examine successful models of local government collaboration across the United States. The event is hosted by Louisville Metro Government, in cooperation with the Alliance for Regional Stewardship, and will be held Nov. 8-11 at the Camberley Brown Hotel. At a “Lessons from Merger Workshop” on Nov. 8-9, attendees from other communities will explore the Louisville-Jefferson County merger experience.

The Alliance for Regional Stewardship is a national nonprofit organization that fosters regional cooperation and action among civic, business, government and non-profit leaders. They hold two national conferences a year. Their Spring conference this year is in Washington, DC; the Fall conference is in Louisville. Members are practitioners who work in regional development and come together to share best practices and lessons learned from promoting economic, social, and environmental improvement between cities, counties, and states.
 
More than 200 delegates from across the U.S. are expected to attend the November conference. The Merger Workshop will include representatives of more than 50 communities that have contacted Louisville Metro for information since the 2000 merger.
 
Mayor Abramson said the conference “is a great way for civic, business, and government leaders to network and explore the many ways that local governments are saving money, improving services, and promoting economic development through collaboration.”

For more information about the merger workshop, contact Joan Riehm, Deputy Mayor, Louisville Metro: louisvilleworkshop@loukymetro.org; or call (502) 574-8141.

For more information about the local government collaboration conference, contact the Alliance for Regional Stewardship: amy@regionalstewardship.org; (303) 477-9443.