Workforce Focus: Site Selection & Quality Of Life

Community involvement and access to a rich variety of activities and amenities have climbed the list of factors for site decisions.

Louisville, Kentucky: Something For Everyone

Nestled along the banks of the Ohio River, Louisville, Kentucky is where Southern hospitality meets Midwestern sensibilities. The city, best known for its native spirit Bourbon, is a burgeoning mid-sized city that offers a unique blend of heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality, and quirkiness with friendliness, defining an entirely new type of Southern. Louisville’s diversified economy, unparalleled connectivity, welcoming community, and top-rated quality of place have caught the eye of corporate decision makers, job seekers, and travelers alike.

Well-known as the home of the Kentucky Derby (the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports) and Muhammad Ali (the Greatest of All Time), Louisville knows a thing or two about winning. With a farm-to-table food culture and the international resurgence of bourbon’s popularity, Louisville’s culinary scene rivals that of New York, Chicago, L.A. and other international powerhouses. Travel + Leisure Magazine named Louisville the No. 9 Foodie City, and ApartmentAdvisor ranked the city as the No. 1 Food City for Renters. While many visitors sip Bourbon cocktails, the locals know that the best drink is town is Louisville Water’s Pure Tap, recognized by the American Waterworks Association and CNBC as the best tasting tap water in America – and there’s plenty of it. Louisville’s abundance of high-quality water helps it standout in the advanced manufacturing and food and beverage industries where access to water is a critical part of their operations.

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Louisville’s embracing of cultures and people has led to it become a Certified Welcoming city. Shown here is the Nulu neighborhood known for its art galleries, specialty shops, and culinary scene. (Louisville Metro Government)


Louisville is known for its distinct neighborhoods and affordability that offer residents a variety of living styles — from condos and apartments in the walkable urban core, to historic Victorian mansions in Old Louisville, to suburban farmland, and everything in between. named Louisville the No. 3 Top Housing Market to Watch in 2023, and Travel + Leisure naming Louisville the No. 4 Most Beautiful and Affordable Place to Live in the U.S. With a median home price of $242,900, an average commute of 22 minutes, and access big-city amenities, finding a home that ticks all the boxes is easy in Louisville.

Arts. Parks. Culture. Louisville has it all, and some of the best. The award-winning 85-acre (and growing) Waterfront Park sees more than 2.2 million visitors annually, many of whom walk the pedestrian-only Big Four Bridge to spend time in neighboring Southern Indiana, and Louisville is home to the largest urban forest in the country, Jefferson Memorial Forest. The Bourbon City is also one of only a dozen U.S. cities that have all five major performing arts.

Louisville’s embracing of cultures and people from around the globe has led the community to become a Certified Welcoming city. (Louisville is home to the second largest Cuban population outside of Florida.) And the city’s inclusive nature has earned it a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index since 2014. Louisville was one of the first cities in the South to pass a Fairness Ordinance that prevents discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In Louisville, everyone is welcome to experience our affordable, friendly, high quality of life.

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