Meet Your Greater Louisville
Living in Greater Louisville can be a bit like staring into a funhouse mirror because sometimes it is hard to believe what you are seeing is the real thing. Greater Louisville embraces its history as a center for riverboat travel, horse racing, and bourbon, but it has also managed to become an incubator for cutting-edge ideas without losing an ounce of its Southern charm. This is a large metropolitan area – the 47th largest city in America – but Greater Louisville feels like a small town. If there are six degrees of separation between people in other places, there is only two or three here. After a while, it will seem like everyone you meet knows somebody who knows somebody else you know.
Greater Louisville residents have a smorgasbord of opportunities for fun. The area boasts urban amenities – a vibrant downtown, nationally-recognized restaurants, and a thriving arts scene – but it is also home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the state of Kentucky. There are also plenty of forests, rivers, and quarries for people who like to hike, bike, boat, or camp. The Big Four, a walking bridge in downtown’s Waterfront Park, gives visitors a spectacular view of the Ohio River. Greater Louisville’s urban park system, which was designed by noted architect Frederick Law Olmsted, is listed on the National Historic Registry.
““Many cities all seem the same. In Greater Louisville, we’ve got a great mix of global corporations, as well as top-notch local institutions, traditions and events..” – Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer says Louisville is a city on the move. “We have a vibrant arts and food culture – one that doesn’t just compare well to other cities our size, but competes on a global scale,” he said. “Zagat’s, for example, recently listed us among eight top global ‘foodie destinations.’ While we have world-class amenities, we don’t have the hassles of many major cities. Louisville is affordable and easy to navigate. Most importantly, it has a strong sense of place – we’re not just like every other city. From our baseball bats to our bourbon, from the Derby to IdeaFestival, we’re an innovative, entrepreneurial city that’s rooted in a rich history and building an even better future.”
Mayor Fischer says other mayors around the country are envious of Louisville’s quality of life and original, local atmosphere. “Many cities all seem the same. In Greater Louisville, we’ve got a great mix of global corporations, as well as top-notch local institutions, traditions and events. We’re home to some of the most eclectic and vibrant neighborhoods in the country – filled with local businesses, innovative restaurants, growing parks and recreation and friendly people. We’re also building a culture of innovation and entrepreneurialism – where everyone feels empowered to share ideas, start new businesses and share their vision for the future.”
Greater Louisville also has an incredible educational eco-system that includes a top-notch public school system, private schools, and several award-winning universities. Because of its stable, well-educated population, Greater Louisville is one of the few areas of the country to regain all the jobs lost in the recent economic downturn. This is a city that re
cognizes hard work and tends to reward talent.
Sharon Scott came to Greater Louisville by chance. The Atlanta-native was living in New York City in 2002, when she put the names of 10 cities that she liked into a bag and decided to move to the one she picked. Scott had visited Greater Louisville when she was an art student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville in the ‘90s, but she had no idea relocating here would have such a dramatic impact on her way of life.
“I thought Louisville was only going to be a stopping point, and it ended up becoming my home,” she confesses. “This city has a way of really surprising you. I just found the people here to be supportive and collaborative. When I first started my business Art+FM we met with a lot of nonprofits in the area like the Speed Museum, the Louisville Visual Art Association, and the Louisville Film Society. People really got excited.”
The secret to Greater Louisville’s rich, eclectic culture is the mix of vibrant neighborhoods that make up the community – each possesses its own identity, charm, and traditions. Greater Louisville residents have a wide-array of options when it comes to places to live, work, and play. This also extends beyond the city limits to the counties nearby. There are Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, and Spencer counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Indiana. Each of them adds its own flavor to the stew that is Greater Louisville.
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