The Abraham Lincoln Bridge. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
The Abraham Lincoln Bridge. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

The local chamber of commerce will recognize local Ohio River bridge supporters and soccer aficionados for bringing major changes to Louisville last year.

At its annual meeting on Jan. 26, Greater Louisville Inc. will present its Silver Fleur-de-Lis to The Bridges Coalition and the Louisville City Football Club.

The chamber said in a press release that The Bridges Coalition “mobilized construction of the Abraham Lincoln and East End bridges after decades of delay by convening civic, elected and business leadership from more than 20 diverse organizations in Kentucky and Indiana.”

The chamber said that the award will be received by Ed Glasscock and Kerry Stemler, former co-chairs of the coalition.

louisville-city-fc-logo 600xx2373-1582-14-0The chamber also will present the award to LCFC founder Wayne Estopinal; and Michael Mountjoy, who oversaw an LLC of private investors that funds the soccer club.

“If it were not for this group of business leaders, Louisville City FC would not exist,” the chamber said.

The minor league club in its first year in Louisville attracted about 6,500 paid spectators per home game. The city has commissioned a study to determine the feasibility of building an 8,000- to 10,000-seat stadium for LCFC.

Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini will give the keynote address at GLI’s annual meeting. Aetna wants to buy Louisville-based Humana for $37 billion.

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Boris Ladwig
Boris Ladwig is a reporter with more than 20 years of experience and has won awards from multiple journalism organizations in Indiana and Kentucky for feature series, news, First Amendment/community affairs, nondeadline news, criminal justice, business and investigative reporting. As part of The (Columbus, Indiana) Republic’s staff, he also won the Kent Cooper award, the top honor given by the Associated Press Managing Editors for the best overall news writing in the state. A graduate of Indiana State University, he is a soccer aficionado (Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln), singer and travel enthusiast who has visited countries on five continents. He speaks fluent German, rudimentary French and bits of Spanish, Italian, Khmer and Mandarin.