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GLI names vice president of economic development

Deana Epperly Karem will begin her new job at GLI on Sept. 1.

Louisville, Ky. – Greater Louisville Inc. has announced that Deana Epperly Karem will join the organization as vice president of economic development beginning Sept. 1.

Karem will spearhead GLI’s economic development efforts by leveraging the Greater Louisville region’s assets to attract, retain and expand businesses in order to advance the regional economy and promote long-term job growth.  Karem’s primary responsibility will be leading GLI’s new regional economic development organization (REDO).

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

Karem is currently the executive director of the Oldham Chamber & Economic Development. She previously served as the director of client solutions at GLI from 1998 – 2006. Karem is heavily involved in regional economic development boards including KentuckianaWorks, and is the current chair of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KEAD).

“I’m excited about working to advance the entire Greater Louisville region. I understand the unique challenges, perspectives and assets of our region,” she said. “This position allows me to be a champion for all of the 15 counties in the metro area – on both sides of the river.”

Karem completed her undergraduate work at University of Louisville and also holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from UofL.