More than 50 leaders from central Kentucky visited Louisville Monday and Tuesday as part of Commerce Lexington’s 2017 Kentucky Regional Tour.
Every year, Commerce Lexington holds the tour to learn how cities are succeeding across the state. Officials say the goal is to use those lessons to recreate the success locally.
The tour began Monday at FirstBuild, the micro-factory of GE Appliances. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray addressed the group there.
Fischer said by working together, the two cities could develop a stronger workforce, which would, in turn, lead to more business opportunities.
“If the world looks at us as a regional economy, we get a lot more looks because we have a two-and-a-half million metro population,” Fischer said. “So, it helps jobs in both of our cities.”
Gray noted that he and Fischer both came from a business background “where we learned to work together,” Gray said. “That’s the only way you succeed in business.”
Following the talk, the group traveled to the Portland neighborhood, where they had lunch at The Table. Next, they walked to the Tim Faulkner Gallery and Monday’s tour ended at Waterfront Park.
Commerce Lexington board chair Carla Blanton said every stop had real-world applications.
“We’ve got a big investment in the Town Branch Commons, which is a downtown park, so we’ll be looking at how different things going on with Waterfront Park or the Olmsted parks could be brought back to Lexington,” Blanton said.
The tour continued Tuesday with several scheduled stops, including at Greater Louisville Inc., during which they heard from a legislative panel discussion on workers compensation reform, local option sales tax, pensions and expanded gaming, according to GLI Advocacy.