Deana Epperly Karem | Courtesy of Greater Louisville Inc.
Deana Epperly Karem | Courtesy of Greater Louisville Inc.

Greater Louisville Inc. has named Deana Epperly Karem its new vice president of economic development.

Karem, who currently serves as executive director of the Oldham Chamber & Economic Development in Oldham County, will start at GLI on Sept. 1, according to a news release.

“Deana’s solid reputation and background in business attraction and expansion makes her an excellent fit for this role,” Kent Oyler, president and CEO of Louisville’s chamber of commerce, said in the release. “She brings proven leadership experience and client relations that will support our regional economic development partners.”

As vice president of economic development, Karem will lead GLI’s new regional economic development organization, as well as work to attract new businesses and grow current businesses in the Louisville area, the release states.

Karem sits on the board of Louisville’s workforce development organization, KentuckianaWorks, and chairs the Kentucky Association for Economic Development’s board.

She graduated from the University of Louisville, where she received her master’s degree in public administration. Prior to working at the Oldham Chamber & Economic Development, Karem worked as the director of client solutions at GLI.

Karem fills a GLI vacancy left by James Reddish, who stepped down as VP of economic development in June. Reddish relocated to Chicago with his wife, Caroline Reddish, whose job as Hillerich & Bradsby’s director of retail marketing was moved following Wilson Sporting Goods’ $70 million purchase of the Louisville company.

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Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]