Located in the heart of the country, just 500 miles from nearly half of the U.S. population, Louisville is all about access. Now the 16th largest city in the U.S. after Louisville merged city and county governments in 2003 and was the first city in the country to do so in over thirty-five years. This government merger provides an environment that facilitates business growth and development. Home to two Fortune 500 companies and headquarters for the UPS international air operations, Louisville's economy has grown at a rate of over 3.5% in recent years.
Louisville is a leader in business growth. Consider a few of the community's recent rankings:
- Top 50 large metro areas for best places to start and grow a company
(Entrepreneur/National Policy Research Council, 2006)
- Among “America’s 50 Hottest Cities” for business relocations and expansions
(Expansion Management, 2007)
- Best City for Small Business Growth
(Entrepreneur Magazine, 2006)
- Named among “The Best Communities for Young People”
(America’s Promise Alliance, 2007)
- One of 11 cities featured as “A Great Place to Live”
(Resident Magazine, 2007)
- #9 on the list of the “Top 20 Hot Headquarters Cities for the 21st Century”
(Business Facilities, 2006)
The Metro-Louisville commercial real estate market is comprised of approximately 100 million square feet of industrial space and approximately 20 million square feet of office space.
You don't have to go far to see why this community has been named one of the best places to relocate a family. From downtown Louisville's newest entertainment district, 4th Street Live! and the new Muhammad Ali Center; to Louisville Slugger Museum and the world-renowned Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville is a place that embraces the quality of life as well as the quality of doing business. (source: Greater Louisville Inc: http://www.greaterlouisville.com/EconomicDevelopment/)