Greater Louisville Inc., metro Louisville’s chamber of commerce, has been awarded the 2008 Community Competitiveness Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce.
The award recognizes GLI’s efforts to establish a public-private partnership to advance the region’s global competitiveness.
“As a regional chamber, Louisville demonstrated the leadership to construct top-notch public education and training systems,” said Arthur J. Rothkopf, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber. “We were impressed with the creation of the HIRE Education Forum, which has helped bring the postsecondary community together to address the region’s need to increase college graduation rates. The number of higher education institutions, the longevity of the project and the successes that HIRE has seen are truly remarkable.”
Louisville was chosen from 16 applicants. To be considered for the award, communities must have engaged in promoting public and private sector cooperation in education and workforce development that leads to sustainable outcomes; enhanced the communities in which employees learn, work and live; built relationships with multiple stakeholders; and taken a proactive role in regional education, workforce and economic development issues.