Business Development and Incentives

Louisville is a thriving city where success is within reach for businesses and their employees. Louisville Forward is the local leadership organization that helps you understand and take advantage of all our region has to offer.

The Department of Economic Development offers a unique combination of expertise and connections to help you get your deal done. Our team of economic development professionals brings knowledge and experience to the table to assist you at every stage of the deal process. We can help orient you to the market, find potential sites for relocation or expansion, facilitate the incentives process, expedite services, develop workforce solutions and introduce you to the business community.

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES – The city's economic development team can assist you throughout the incentives process. We have extensive experience with Kentucky's generous incentive programs , which were further expanded in 2009 with the passage of the Kentucky Business Investment Act (KBI). Benefits are available for all types of companies - new, existing and relocating; regional and national headquarters; back-office; distribution and supply chain; manufacturing; and research and development.

Louisville Metro also has local incentives and administers the METCO loan program, which assists with start-up capital, capital improvements to commercial and public properties.

You can be pre-screened for a loan by filling out this form

SITES AND BUILDINGS – Save time locating and evaluating acreage, commercial and industrial properties. Find your future site or building by visiting the Louisville Regional Property Locator, or by calling our office. This web-based application enables you to perform site selection searches, customize and analyze demographic information, as well as view, create and print maps.

Click here for a detailed brochure about local tax incentives and loan programs.

Louisville Metro's success is largely based on our business' successes. We know that almost all consumers search for local businesses online, so it is important to be there when they're looking for you. Increase your visibility and customer base in a few simple steps, by visiting Digital Economic Corridors for more information about getting your business online.

For more information, please contact us or call 502.574.4140.





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