Louisville, Kentucky (Expansion Office)
Noted for the Kentucky Derby, mint juleps, and southern charm, Louisville preserves the best of the past while looking forward to the future. The city's economy is in transition, combining a reliance on traditional industries with redevelopment to attract new business enterprises. The face of the city has been changed by a downtown renaissance fueled by $2 billion in public and private investment. The metropolitan area spans seven counties in Kentucky and Indiana and boasts the advantages of both urban and rural living. Today, the city boasts a thriving art community, an affordable cost of living, eclectic neighborhoods, safe streets and a diverse population. The 2000 edition of Places Rated Almanac ranked Louisville the 14th-best place to live in North America. The city where for more than one hundred years the best thoroughbreds in the world have run for the roses has moved full-stride into the twenty-first century.