Forum will focus on west Louisville’s economic future Aug. 26 Registration deadline is Aug. 15; program features Missouri congressman


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An Aug. 26 economic development forum will focus on what west Louisville needs, how to finance projects and ways to turn community vision into reality.


                The University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences is offering the public event, “The Future of Our Community: West Louisville Economic Development Forum, Part II,” from 8:30 a.m. registration to 2:30 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St.

                Advance registration is required by Aug. 15 for the forum, which includes breakfast and lunch. Participants should visit and pay by check; fees are $60 for corporate representatives, $50 for individuals and $40 for students.

                Forum breakout sessions will focus on identifying community needs, financing large projects, helping small businesses and updating the status of current and new projects. Panelists will include area residents, developers, financiers, entrepreneurs and government and community organization representatives.

                The program concludes with a 1:15 p.m. luncheon talk by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, an economic development activist and city council member who became Kansas City, Mo.’s first African American mayor in 1981 and now is serving his sixth congressional term. The congressman will talk about championing redevelopment efforts for Kansas City’s 18th and Vine jazz district that was once the heart of the city’s black business zone.

                The A&S international, diversity and engagement programs office organized this forum and a previous one in January. Other partners are Brown-Forman Corp., PNC Bank, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis-Louisville Branch, Louisville Metro Council, Louisville Metro Government, Louisville Housing Authority, OneWest, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and UofL’s urban and public affairs department.  

                For more information, contact Clest Lanier at 502-852-3042 or


    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.