Louisville, Kentucky was awarded the 2008 ICW Community Competitiveness Award for establishing a public-private partnership that advances 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. "A major factor in our decision was the efforts put forth in the region by Greater Louisville Inc.—The Metro Chamber of Commerce.
"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," he said. "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:
- Promote public and private sector cooperation in education and workforce development that leads to sustainable outcomes.
- Enhance the communities in which employees learn, work, and live.
- Build relationships with multiple stakeholders.
- Take a proactive role in regional education, workforce and economic development issues.
Louisville was honored on October 21 during ICW's annual Education and Workforce Summit in Philadelphia.