Showcase Oldham County
to speak March 2
13th annual expo offers family fun
(March 2007) Oldham County Chamber of Commerce
members and guests will hear an update on several major projects ongoing
in Louisville that are sure to have significant impact on Oldham County
when Mayor Jerry Abramson speaks in Crestwood on March 2.
Abramson will present the keynote address at the chambers
annual Showcase Oldham County Business Luncheon on Friday, March 2.
The luncheon serves as a kickoff to the Showcase on Saturday, March
3, which is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both events
take place at the former Winn Dixie building inside Crestwood Station
Shopping Center on Hwy. 146 in Crestwood. The center is located only
few miles south of I-71 at the Buckner-Crestwood Exit 17.
The Showcase features nearly 100 exhibitor booths and a full day of
entertainment and childrens activities, health screenings, home
makeover tips and a new model auto displays outside. The event is designed
to premiere businesses and services in Oldham County. Fridays
luncheon includes a preview of the booths for participants and offers
a chance for chamber members to network with each other and with members
of neighboring chambers of commerce.
Oldham County Schedule
Friday, March 2:
Oldham County Top Achievers Awards Luncheon, 11 a.m. at Crestwood
Station Shopping Center. Tickets $25. RSVP.
Saturday, March 3: Business expo from
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Crestwood Station Shopping Center, Hwy. 146,
Crestwood, KY. Free admission. Exhibitor booths, live entertainment,
childrens activities, food court, displays.
10 a.m.: Gillman School of Dance
10:45 a.m.: Chatterbox Quartet
11:30 a.m.: The Wow Quartet
12:15 p.m.: Jenna Clem, singer
1 p.m.: Matt McKiernan, magician
1:45 p.m.: East Oldham County
Middle School Dance Team
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Clown balloon artist in Family
All Day: Health Screenings; New Car Show; Pewee
Valley Antique Fire Truck Display; South Oldham Fire Truck Display
Information: (502) 222-1635
Chamber Executive Director Deana Epperly-Karem said the
event is popular and should attract a large crowd on Friday for Abramsons
speech. She previously worked at the Greater Louisville Inc., which
is Metro Louisvilles chamber of commerce, so her ties run deep
with the mayors office and its connection to Oldham County.
Mayor Abramson has been extremely supportive of regionalism and
believes in working with businesses in Oldham County to expand job opportunities
and grow our community, Karem said. Having Mayor Abramson
kick off our Showcase is a testament to his commitment to regional economic
development. Were honored to welcome him and share out unique
and prosperous business community.
The mayors speech is also expected to touch on some major initiatives
taking place in Louisville, such as the twin bridges, the new basketball
arena and other commercial developments in downtown.
Abramson grew up working in his fathers grocery store in Louisville.
His public service career began in the early 1970s. After graduating
from law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and serving
two years in the U.S. Army, Abramson returned to his hometown and was
soon elected to the Louisville Board of Aldermen.
In 1985, after serving two terms on the board and two years as general
counsel to Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., Abramson ran for mayor of
Louisville. His tireless enthusiasm and strong vision for a better Louisville
made him the clear choice for a city at a crossroads.
In 1986, Newsweek magazine named him one of the most dynamic mayors
in America. A year later, U.S. News & World Report selected
him as one of the Top 20 Mayors in America.
His leadership skills were recognized by his peers and he was elected
president of both the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Kentucky League
After twice being re-elected mayor by overwhelming margins, he was dubbed
Mayor for Life by a local radio personality, a title that
stuck. But in 1999, after three consecutive terms as mayor, the limit
under Kentucky law, Abramson returned to private life practicing
law at Frost Brown Todd LLC in Louisville, one of the regions
largest law firms, and teaching at Bellarmine University.
In 2000, local civic and business leaders launched a campaign to merge
Louisville and Jefferson County governments to create a single,
more efficient and effective government for our community. They turned
to Abramson to head an unprecedented bi-partisan team that included
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Mayor Dave Armstrong, County Judge-Executive
Rebecca Jackson and Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce.
The Unity Campaign succeeded where three previous merger votes failed,
convincing citizens to come together as one community under one local
Two years later, Abramson was the overwhelming choice of voters who
elected him to lead Louisville Metro Government by a 3-to-1 margin.
In January 2003, with his wife, Madeline, and son, Sidney, at his side,
he was sworn in as the communitys first Metro Mayor. During the
past 3 1/2 years, Jerry Abramson has followed through on his promise
to create a more efficient and effective government for Louisville.
Fridays luncheon will also be the occasion for the chamber to
present its annual Oldham County Top Achievers Awards. These awards
are presented to member businesses in several categories as judged by
a chamber committee. Winners will be recognized and receive plaques.
Nearly 30 nominees were submitted for the awards this year.
Also on Friday will be live and silent auctions, with proceeds to benefit
Showcase Oldham County is sponsored this year by Baptist Hospital Northeast.
The kickoff luncheon is sponsored by Norton Healthcare. The Rawlings
Co., which is moving its headquarters to La Grange, also is a sponsor.
Fridays luncheon begins at 11 a.m.
with exhibitor booths open until 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and reservations
are required. To reserve, call the chamber at (502) 222-1635.
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