A Noteworthy Chamber of Commerce Program
This 1st Place award-winning chamber program idea from Greater Louisville Inc. – Metro Chamber of Commerce is perfect for chambers promoting their community as a tech-hub.
The winner for large chambers, Greater Louisville stood out among over 100 entries in ChamberMaster’s recent Chamber Innovation Awards Competition.
Greater Louisville Inc. - Metro Chamber of Commerce has 1,700 members and 35 employees. Their “2019 – The Year of Tech” program shines a light on opportunities for tech businesses in their area.
Greater Louisville Inc. - Metro Chamber of Commerce declared 2019 as The Year of Tech. With 1,300 tech companies, and as the area’s fastest-growing job classification, the technology industry has become integral to the Louisville, Kentucky regional economy.
The Year of Tech initiative was launched to promote conversation about Louisville as an emerging tech hub. The goal of the initiative is to bring awareness, build consensus, and ultimately galvanize support for regional growth of the industry.
The Chamber promotes tech-related programs, events, and information under the name Tech City. They also commissioned a formal mapping of the region’s tech companies to further economic development efforts.
Tech City events focus on technical innovation, professional skill education in the applied sciences, application development, blockchain, engineering, healthcare tech, information technology, and robotics. Events that carry the Tech City stamp are cross-promoted on Greater Louisville Inc. – Metro Chamber of Commerce social media platforms and featured on Greater Louisville.com. The Chamber also developed the Tech City toolkit to empower people to join the conversation and to drive attendance at Tech City-related events.
As a region facing job disruption as a result of automation, Louisville’s Year of Tech program plays a critical role, helping to generate jobs and generate wealth in the area.