Greater Louisville, Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce

As The Metro Chamber of Commerce, Greater Louisville Inc. helps grow businesses and our regional economy. GLI offers one-on-one support for individual businesses during every stage of development, while representing the collective needs of the community, including pursuing pro-growth policies, talent strategies, economic development investment, and inclusion.

As an investor-led nonprofit, it’s this organization’s business to help your business. Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) works diligently to be the voice of the business community by:

Advocating for the community at the state and federal level.

Creating unique programming and initiatives to help your business be successful.

Solving your talent attraction, retention, and workforce development needs.

Implementing strategies to grow the regional economy.

INVESTOR BENEFITS

As a member of the Chamber, here are a few of the ways investors benefit: Promotion and visibility with ribbon-cutting ceremonies, event partnership opportunities, the GLI Ambassador program, and other GLI committees.

A variety of events and opportunities to network, plus the opportunity to use GLI meeting and event space.

Cost savings programs like discounted health insurance, HR and staffing solutions, cybersecurity, and notary services.

And, so much more!

If you are not yet an investor in Greater Louisville Inc. and want to take your business to the next level, click here for information on joining as an investor. To discuss the benefits of your organization joining the Chamber, contact Brian Schneider, Director of Investor Development.
REGION DETAILS

Greater Louisville Inc. represents a 15-County/2-State Regional Area:

– Indiana Counties: Clark County, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington.

– Kentucky Counties: Bullitt, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble.
GROWING THE REGIONAL ECONOMY

GLI works to influence growth in the regional economy through business attraction and expansion. A true regional economy requires the collaboration of distinct communities working together to retain and attract an educated and plentiful workforce, enabling the region to grow, thrive and prosper. Only when each of us succeeds do we all succeed – and that includes our regional communities. The Greater Louisville region is made up of 15 counties surrounding the Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana areas, home to more than 1.4 million people and over 58,000 businesses. GLI is here to support your organization whether you’re ready to move counties or expand your footprint. With any questions, email Ben Pratt, Chief of Regional Economic Growth, SVP.
NETWORKING & EVENTS

Whether you’re looking to promote your business or make connections, GLI can help! Our brimming schedule of events offers many opportunities to grow your network by creating business connections and advertise your business, learn from industry leaders, explore new and established venues throughout the region, participate in discussions on advocacy, and more!

In addition, our Investor Relations team can help to promote your business through ribbon-cutting ceremonies, social media promotions, and more.
TALENT & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

GLI puts strong efforts towards talent attraction, retention, and workforce development, as these are challenges that many employers are facing. Our team has developed great solutions to navigate an evolving workforce with strategies that best meet your needs. Whether you are relocating to the region and looking to recruit talent, upskill/reskill your current workforce, build talent pipelines, or expand/sustain current operations, GLI can assist you in navigating Greater Louisville’s robust workforce ecosystem.

WORKFORCE ECOSYSTEM HUB: GLI has developed a robust online platform to help both employers and job seekers identify opportunities and partnerships in our community. These include workforce partners, training programs (free and fee-based), financial aid, apprenticeship resources, and more! Employers can also find resources to eliminate barriers to work, and upskill/reskill their workforce, as well as info on state and federal funding available to supplement the cost of that training.

JOB SEEKER RESOURCES: Search the region’s largest local-only job board at LiveinLou.com/jobs and connect with employers who are looking for talent like you with GLI’s Job Seeker Connection Program. For new-to-Lou residents, connect with City Champs Ambassadors and explore relocation resources. And, if you are a college student, join Live in Lou’s professional and leadership development program called Finding You in Lou.

LINKEDIN TALENT INSIGHTS: Through a partnership with LinkedIn, GLI can develop customized campaigns to help you hire that hard-to-find talent. We analyze available talent across the U.S., identifying geographical areas where the supply of that talent outpaces demand, where salaries and/or cost of living are comparable or beneficial to Greater Louisville, and curate a list of potential candidates who fit those parameters. We then contact the candidates on your behalf and send qualified, interested candidates to your inbox. With any questions, email Christine Tarquinio, Vice President, Talent, Workforce, & Brand Strategies.

PRIVATE LABEL CAMPAIGNS: If you are looking to expand your business or need to fill large numbers of open positions, GLI can build a customized talent attraction campaign for you. Utilizing data gathered from their Talent Insights partnership, GLI will build a customized digital ad campaign to attract needed talent. The GLI team develops the creative, place and monitor the media, provide weekly optimizations, and reports regularly on engagement. Your role? To accept resumes, interview, and hire great candidates. For more information, email Christine Tarquinio, Vice President, Talent, Workforce, & Brand Strategies.

ADVOCACY

On the local, state, and federal levels, GLI produces publications to inform policymakers and the business community about key issues and initiatives that will move the Greater Louisville region forward. Check here to see what concepts GLI will be promoting or to see how policymakers have chosen to stand for business.

As an investor-driven chamber of commerce, GLI’s public policy committees, made up of regional business leaders, take the lead in developing GLI’s positions on public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels. All GLI investors are eligible to serve on one or more of the six Issue Advisory Committees. To learn more about joining a committee, email us.


LIVE IN LOU

Live in Lou is the region’s premier talent attraction and retention initiative. GLI has developed a suite of tools to assist you as you recruit top talent to the region. Employers can post open jobs, download relocation information, and point candidates to information on what makes Greater Louisville unique. Also check out the City Champs Ambassador Program that connects new or prospective residents with trained city ambassadors to provide a warm and friendly welcome.
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KentuckianaWorks

FOR EMPLOYERS
KentuckianaWorks offers a wide variety of resources for employers in the Louisville region. Whether you are looking to find new workers, build partnerships within your industry, or get support in developing a more inclusive organization, we can help. We can connect you to qualified job seekers by promoting your open positions, connecting you to industry partners, and more. Interested in learning more about joining one of our industry partnership groups? Email Aleece Smith, Director of Inclusion and Sector Strategies.

FOR JOB-SEEKERS
Looking for help finding a new job or better career? We have the tools to help you succeed! Services provided include: free pre-employment training, job search assistance, career literacy training, basic skills testing & development, and other wrap-around services through the Kentucky Career Center.

KentuckianaWorks helps job-seekers find jobs and good careers, education and training to develop a fully prepared and engaged workforce that is aligned with the needs of the community. We help job seekers in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties find jobs, education and training and we connect employers with skilled, qualified workers.

For more information, contact Angella Wilson at (502) 574-4727 or Angella.Wilson@KentuckianaWorks.org.

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Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. (KRM), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees through faith- and agency-based co-sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into the community. KRM is committed to offering access to community resources and opportunities and to promoting awareness of diversity for the benefit of the whole community.

For more information, contact John Koehlinger at jkoehlinger@kyrm.org or (502) 479-9180.

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Chefs for Success Culinary Arts Training Program

Chefs for Success, by the Salvation Army, is a workforce development program for those interested in obtaining employment in the culinary industry upon completion. Chefs for Success participants gain the foundational skills to apply for an entry-level position in the culinary industry. Participants will complete a free, five-week class and then will be provided with interviewing and employment best practices and earn a Food Handler certificate that adds value to their skill set.
 
For more information, contact thejadedfork@gmail.com or (502) 671-4900.
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USA Cares: Veteran & Family Support

USA Cares: Veteran & Family Support offers career readiness which provides individuals with tools and resources to better prepare them for the hiring process and refers qualified candidates to corporate organizations with open positions of employment specific to their skill sets. In addition, this organization offers many additional programs including a Military Assistance Response Program, a Financial Education & Empowerment Program, a Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program, and more.

For more information, contact 800-773-0387 or info@usacares.org.

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Jefferson BuiLT

Jefferson BuiLT (Building Trades Leadership Training) is an employer-supported apprenticeship-style program. Apprentices will work for one of the program’s partner employers while taking classes. One day each week, apprentices will be in the classroom taking courses in carpentry, plumbing, electrical safety, blue print reading, and leadership. All of these (about 30 credit hours in total) count towards a diploma or associate degree in Construction Technology, Plumbing or HVAC. If an apprentice finishes their program and stays employed, it could lead to a full-time position. Not only will students get professional instruction so they can do the work, but they’ll also receive the training they need to be a leader in their fields!

For more information on this program, contact Joshua Lichtsteiner, Jefferson BuiLT Coordinator at jlichtsteiner0002@kctcs.edu or 502-213-4160.

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160 Driving Academy: Truck Driver Training

Are you ready to take the first step towards a higher-paying career by earning your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)? With one instructor for every four students, 160 Driving Academy invests the individual time needed to make sure each student excels in his or her industry and is able to provide closer supervision and personalized instruction. Their team is passionate about their students’ success, and their instructors will do everything they can to help students achieve their career goals. Plus, learning to drive a truck and completing training doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming! Students at 160 Driving Academy will graduate in just four weeks ready to enter an industry with an average salary of over $50k, according to market data. Through this school, many students receive full reimbursement of tuition from their future employers.

For more information, contact info@160drivingacademy.com or (502) 822-2269.

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Kentuckiana Builds

Kentuckiana Builds can prepare participants for quality professions like electricians, carpenters, fiber optic installers, welders, and many more. This program can equip you with the hands-on skills you’ll need for the job and connect you to local employers who are hiring. To be eligible to receive training through Kentuckiana Builds, you must be 18 years of age or older, be eligible to work in the United States, have a state-issued ID, have a high school diploma or GED, and have selective service registration (males only).

For more information on this program, contact Crystal Shockency, Workforce Specialist, Louisville Urban League, cshockency@lul.org or call (502) 362-2824.

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New Hope Services, Inc. 

New Hope Services Inc. offers an array of services for both job seekers and employers/business owners! These include Vocational Training & Employment Services; Skills Training; Family Support Services; and, workforce solutions through the New Hope Industries program. Learn more about these programs below:

For more information, contact Brad Wolfe at bwolfe@cvky.org (859) 231-0054.

SERVICES FOR THE PUBLIC/JOB SEEKERS
SKILLS & VOCATIONAL TRAINING

The Skills Training Program (offered in Clark, Scott, and Floyd Counties in Indiana) helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities work toward personal goals to achieve their highest level of independence. Goals focus on personal, social, educational, daily living, and community integration skills. The Vocational Training program helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities to gain work and productivity skills. Services are based on an individualized plan of care and can include services at New Hope Center or in the community. Activities occur in both group settings and one-on-one with staff. Facility group ratios range, depending on the activity, from 1 staff to 2-8 clients. Learn more here.
SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

The Employment Services program assists individuals in selecting, obtaining, and/or maintaining appropriate employment in competitive settings. Employment Consultants will assist clients to develop a plan for employment, build a resumé, perform a job search, and assist with the application and interview process. Once a job is secured, Employment Consultants can work with clients to help with job stability. Learn more here. Also, be sure to check out the New Hope Industries program below.
SERVICES FOR EMPLOYERS & BUSINESS OWNERS
New Hope Industries, by New Hope Services, has been providing a variety of manufacturing and subcontracting services for over 45 years to a growing list of companies in Greater Louisville with a full range of subcontracting work for businesses and customers. New Hope Industries offer a capable workforce, competitive pricing, two full-service delivery trucks, double loading docks, adherence to deadlines, and quality control. Jobs can include collating, labeling, small hand assembly, and a wide array of piecework assignments. In addition, their facility has 8,000 square feet of production and warehouse space. Featuring diversified operations and a commitment to quality, New Hope is ISO 9001-2015 certified and adheres to a robust Quality Management System. Download the NHI Fact Sheet to learn more and see a list of businesses that count on New Hope Industries to get the job done. Some services include:
SKILLS & VOCATIONAL TRAINING

The Skills Training Program (offered in Clark, Scott, and Floyd Counties in Indiana) helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities work toward personal goals to achieve their highest level of independence. Goals focus on personal, social, educational, daily living, and community integration skills. The Vocational Training program helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities to gain work and productivity skills. Services are based on an individualized plan of care and can include services at New Hope Center or in the community. Activities occur in both group settings and one-on-one with staff. Facility group ratios range, depending on the activity, from 1 staff to 2-8 clients. Learn more here.
SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

The Employment Services program assists individuals in selecting, obtaining, and/or maintaining appropriate employment in competitive settings. Employment Consultants will assist clients to develop a plan for employment, build a resumé, perform a job search, and assist with the application and interview process. Once a job is secured, Employment Consultants can work with clients to help with job stability. Learn more here. Also, be sure to check out the New Hope Industries program below.
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Building Institute of Greater Louisville

At the Building Institute of Greater Louisville, you can become a Licensed HVAC Journeyman! In partnership with the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville, the Building Institute’s HVAC Program is now being offered to students in Louisville and surrounding areas. Every building in Kentucky needs some form of heating and cooling, and there’s a shortage of HVAC technicians in our state. The year-long program allows you to get practice working on the job and studying during the evenings. Students who have completed this program say they enjoy the pace and on-the-job learning, and, the field training allows them to put what they learned into practice immediately.

For more information on this program, contact 502-429-0513 or visit their website.

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