Showing Their Stuff
mayor to speak at
Oldham Showcase luncheon
will discuss regional business ties
Helen E. McKinney
(March 2012) Well-known across the region
as a businessman, entrepreneur and public speaker, Louisville Mayor
Greg Fischer will soon be bringing new ideas to Oldham County. He plans
to share information about the collaborations he has made with other
like-minded individuals to develop a regional business plan to support
Fischer has recently teamed with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray
on a new initiative called the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement,
said Chris Poynter, Communications Director for Mayor Fischers
office. Relying on businesses between Louisville and Lexington, it will
hopefully grow jobs in the area, he said.
Both Mayor Fischer and Mayor Gray are businessmen and entrepreneurs,
said Poynter. They have shown leadership and a willingness to collaborate,
since both understand the importance of having a business plan for the
Fischer and Gray have decided to develop a joint regional business plan
that will support the growth of high-quality jobs in advanced manufacturing
while increasing export activity. With such existing businesses in the
region as Toyota, Ford, Lexmark, GE and many more, they believe an opportunity
exists to create what they term a super-region that will
be able to compete on a global scale in the future.
Both mayors will be supported by The Brookings Institution of Washington,
D.C., a nonprofit public policy organization. BEAM will use Brookings
Metro-politan Business Plan as a framework to develop a
comprehensive economic development effort designed to support manufacturers
and their supply chains.
Fischer and Gray, along with community leader Jim Host, are assembling
a board of directors composed of business leaders from both communities
to oversee BEAM. An Advisory Committee has been created to raise $250,000
to provide capital for the project. Fischer has committed 25 percent
of the recently received Bloomberg Grant for Innovation to the BEAM
Also helping raise funds will be Commerce Lexington Inc. and Greater
Louisville Inc., the chambers of commerce in each community. Plans call
for this project to be completed by mid-2012.
At Oldham County
YMCA Soccer Blast,
20 Quality Place, Buckner, Ky.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Business representatives only with
sneak preview of exhibitor booths
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Kickoff Luncheon with Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer. Tickets $25
4-7 p.m.: Dining Showcase (open to public)
5-7 p.m.: Oldham Icon Auditions
Saturday, March 10
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Public is welcome
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Oldham Icon Finals
Information: (502) 222-1635
Because there are many companies in surrounding counties
that supply parts and services to Toyota, Ford and other factories,
this plan will not only aid Louisville and Lexington. Oldham County
is part of this initiative, said Poynter.
The 2012 Showcase Oldham County business expo luncheon is scheduled
for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the YMCA Soccer Complex,
20 Quality Place in Buckner, Ky. Also included will be a silent auction,
live auction and announcement of the $25,000 Oldham County Business
Plan Contest winner. The contest was an initiative by the chamber to
solicit ideas for new businesses in Oldham County.
Fischers speech topic is a result of the Oldham County Chamber
of Commerce asking him to speak about regionalism, said Deana Epperly
Karem, Executive Director of Oldham Chamber & Economic Development.
We thought having him here for Showcase would be a great way to
introduce him to some of the best that Oldham County has to offer.
Showcase Oldham County hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturday, March 10. The event features businesses,
networking, entertainment, free health screenings, a car show and lots
of family fun.
New hours and new features have been added to this years Showcase
celebration, said Karem. On Friday evening the chamber will showcase
restaurants and eateries from across the county.
Labeled as a Dining Showcase, Were hoping this will introduce
Oldham Countians to some of our finest restaurateurs and draw a great
crowd for the exhibitors. Oldham County has a number of places to eat
and in the spirit of buying local, we hope this free event on Friday
evening will give folks a chance to sample them.
Also on Friday from 5-7 p.m., auditions will be held for the Oldham
Icon singing contest. Contes-tants must sing acappela before a panel
of judges. The top 10 contestants will compete in the finals, to be
held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday in front of a live audience. The winner
will receive $350 cash and the runner-up will earn $150.
Karem said the chamber expects to have about 80 booths and about 800
to 1,000 visitors this year.
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