Immediate Release: March 15, 2017
(Louisville) – Greater Louisville Inc. has selected
Nashville, Tennessee as the destination for its 2017 Idea Development Expedition, GLIDE. On September 10-12 GLI will transport 125 top
business and civic leaders to Nashville to go deep under the surface and
explore the policies and strategies that have driven that city’s explosive
economic and population growth.
Nashville will focus on the unexpected reasons why pro-business city is able to
attract and retain talented professionals, generate hundreds of spin-off
businesses, succeed as a top tourist destination, and embrace creativity to
craft a vibrant community,” Kent Oyler, GLI’s President & CEO, said.
population grew by 29% percent in the last ten years (vs. 6% for the Louisville
MSA) and the city approved nearly $2.5 billion in building permits in 2015. Nashville’s population is projected to grow
by another 16 percent by 2025 and then an additional 14 percent by 2035. The growing population mirrors the growing
job market which will add around 188,000 positions by 2025 and another 220,000
on top of that by 2035. The top employers in Nashville span a variety of
industries such as healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and the food service
will also be a focus on GLIDE 2017. Nashville is frequently named a top
destination by national media outlets. 13.9 million people visited Nashville in
2016, resulting in $5.7 billion in direct visitor spending, according to the
Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. The GLIDE trip will explore how
Nashville harnesses its reputation as a Music Capital for tourist attraction
into sustained economic development.
know why Nashville is a popular destination for travelers, but we need to quantify
the impact on business attraction and development,” Jim O’Malley, Chair of
GLIDE 2017 and SVP of Global Government Affairs for Brown-Forman, said.
the public policy realm, Nashville is one of five large metropolitan areas in
Tennessee and those cities frequently collaborate with their state legislators on
specific municipal priorities. GLIDE attendees will explore how that
collaboration leads to business-friendly policies inside the state’s economic
engines. GLIDE attendees will also look into the ways Right-To-Work,
comprehensive tax reform, and charter schools have impacted Nashville’s
business growth and education climates.
GLIDE stands for Greater Louisville Idea Development
Expedition. The three-day trip is
designed to give Greater Louisville’s community representatives, elected
officials, entrepreneurs, education delegates, and business leaders the
opportunity to study how selected cities have overcome obstacles and achieved
success. The 2016 GLIDE trip to Austin
sold out and Nashville is also expected to go to a wait list quickly.
“This is the 32nd year for the chamber’s
economic study mission. It is the most valuable opportunity to build
collaboration to make positive changes in our region,” Shawna Burton, GLI’s VP of
Engagement & Organizational Advancement, said. “This is not a site-seeing venture. Each year
we return with a tangible plan to increase economic growth and push our
was selected by last year’s GLIDE Austin participants as the most-desired
destination for the annual trip. Previous GLIDE destinations include Austin,
Portland, Denver, Charlotte, and Oklahoma City. GLI
welcomes business and civic leader participation in this three day study
is now open for business and community leaders as well as those interested in
advancing Greater Louisville’s economy. More information can be found here.
About Greater Louisville Inc.
Louisville Inc. - the Metro Chamber of Commerce is focused on growing the
regional economy. As the region’s largest convener of business leadership, GLI leads economic and global outreach
strategies focused on business attraction; nurtures the entrepreneurial
eco-system; and champions the development of the community’s talent base.
As the voice of Greater Louisville’s business community, GLI advocates for a
pro-business environment and facilitates businesses engagement on issues that
impact regional competitiveness. For more information, visit www.GreaterLouisville.com.
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