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Mayor, GLI to Recruit Jobs, Professionals in Atlanta

Wednesday June 21, 2006

Reunion’ touts Louisville as place to relocate

Mayor Jerry Abramson and Joe Reagan, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. – Metro Chamber of Commerce will depart tomorrow for Atlanta to pursue economic-development opportunities, and to hold a recruiting "reunion" with former Louisville residents.

The fifth such GLI-sponsored reunion will be held Thursday evening, and is expected to attract nearly 400 young professionals in the Atlanta area who have a relationship to Louisville – such as attending school in the area, having worked in Louisville previously or having locally-based friends and family. While in Atlanta, city officials also will visit with national site consultants and development companies to explore their plans for expansion or relocation.

"We have found that these reunions are excellent opportunities to reconnect with folks who have left Louisville, and perhaps want to move back," Abramson said. "Having been recently named the nation’s best place to relocate a family, we know that Louisville has a lot to offer families that some of the bigger cities don’t."

Abramson said the Louisville Reunions help spread the buzz about new developments, amenities, job opportunities and low cost of living in Louisville and connect former and potentially future Louisvillians to the city. This will be the second such reunion in Atlanta; earlier events also have been held in Chicago, Dallas and the San Francisco Bay Area. At each previous reunion, many people expressed an interest in coming back to Louisville, Reagan said.

"Louisville has a great workforce, wonderful neighborhoods and a special quality of life, but it’s our job to make sure that corporate leaders and CEOs know that Louisville is an outstanding place to do business."

Jason Bowman, a former Louisvillian who attended a reunion in Dallas and decided to move back home, said that Louisville is a much better place to raise a family. "Once my son was born, my wife and I knew that it was time to come back home ... to be closer to family and experience all the great changes that have happened in Louisville."


Jason Bowman, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Amanda Elgin
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Jason Bowman, who relocated to Louisville from Dallas, is pictured with Mayor Jerry Abramson and Amanda Elgin who returned to Louisville from Chicago.