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5:19 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Metro Employee Minimum Wage Bill Expected to Have Little Effect on Local Movement

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An ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees sailed through the Louisville Metro Council last week without much fanfare or opposition. 

Though the ordinance affects only five city workers, some see it as significant in a larger citywide minimum-wage push.

The legislation sponsored by Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12, will increase the hourly pay of the city's approximately 5,500 full-time employees to $10.10.

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5:35 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Greater Louisville Inc. Opposes Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E Fee

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Calling Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed LG&E franchise fee a "burdensome tax" Greater Louisville Inc. is urging its business members to oppose the idea ahead of a key vote.

The mayor wants a 3 percent fee on natural gas in order to generate a net worth of $4.8 million, which will go towards a more public safety spending.

According to Fischer's office the gas fee would add about $20 per year to an average household's bill.

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11:28 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Kent Oyler to Become President and CEO of Greater Louisville, Inc.

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Greater Louisville, Inc. the Metro Chamber of Commerce, has named a new president and CEO.

Kent Oyler most recently served as managing partner of OPM Services, a financial services and investment firm.  GLI says Oyler has founded or co-founded more than 18 other businesses.       

Oyler replaces Craig Richard, who resigned in February amid the organization’s financial and other struggles.

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10:52 am
Wed April 30, 2014

City Taking Over GLI's Role Under Louisville Mayor's Reorganization Plan

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The city is taking over the day-to-day economic development role of Greater Louisville Inc. under Mayor Greg Fischer's reorganization plan.

It's a change that will significantly scale back Metro Government's relationship with the local chamber of commerce, which has been plagued by internal strife, financial woes and organizational troubles over the past year.

Saying the city needs a unified job creation approach, Fischer announced "Louisville Forward" Wednesday morning. 

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6:57 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Greater Louisville Inc. President and CEO Craig Richard Resigns

Greater Louisville Inc. CEO and President Craig Richard
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After two weeks on paid administrative leave, Greater Louisville Inc. President and CEO Craig Richard resigned on Monday.

Richard took the position at the city's chamber of commerce in January 2013 and his resignation is effective immediately.

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4:23 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Greater Louisville Inc. Undergoes 'Organizational Change,' Senior Staff Reportedly Cut

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The administration of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer doesn't believe that reported staff cuts to Greater Louisville Inc. will harm economic development initiatives for the city.

Greater Louisville Inc. officials confirmed that the organization had endured "organizational change." GLI board chairman Kerry Stemler blamed the situation on the economy and a new agenda for GLI under CEO Craig Richard, who arrived in November 2012.

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5:37 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Councilwoman Scott to Host Mayor Fischer, GLI Chief on District 'Reality Ride'

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, will host Mayor Greg Fischer and the new CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. on a "reality ride" through southwestern parts District 1.

Since taking office, Scott has held several tours through neighborhoods in west and southwest Louisville with city officials to show them blight, crime and economic issues.

This tour with Fischer and GLI Inc. CEO Craig Richard has been in the works for several weeks.

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12:34 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Houston Official Chosen to Lead Greater Louisville Inc.

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An economic development official from Houston has been selected as the new president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., the metro’s chamber of commerce.

Craig Richard will lead the business group starting January 7.

He’s been chief economic development officer of the Greater Houston Partnership since 2008, and has held similar positions in Dallas and Arlington, Texas and in Virginia.

Richard succeeds Joe Reagan, who left GLI at the beginning of the year to lead the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.