Conveniently tucked between Interstates 264, 265 and 64 on the east side of Louisville is the city of Jeffersontown. It is home to fewer than 30,000 people, but employs more than 34,000 people.
“Of the residents, only about 2,000 work here, so we attract and provide employment for over 32,000 outside-city-proper residents,” said Economic Development Authority Director Mike Kmetz. “That’s a pretty strong regional draw for a small suburban city of approximately 10 square miles, of which about 38 percent is zoned for commercial and light industrial.”
Drawn by a comfortable location, easy interstate access to executive and employee housing, and major employers like Papa John’s, ResCare, Delta Dental, PharMerica and Boyd, Jeffersontown also employs many small entrepreneurs servicing and supplying large regional employers. Bluegrass Commerce Park has about 11 million s.f. under roof.
Kmetz said the Jeffersontown Occupation Business Savings Program is attracting higher wage employees to the city, and has assisted in locating or expanding 15 companies with 641 jobs retained, and 933 new ones at an average wage of close to $60,000, and generating an estimated $40 million investment over the last three years.
And the quality of life matches the business scene. The bustling Gaslight Square District, a new sand volleyball venue and variety of restaurants make it appealing.
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President John Cosby
Director Mike Kmetz