Take a tour of Portland

• Speaking of Gill Holland and Portland, it’s not often you get one-on-one time with the Mayor of Gillville any more. But tomorrow, you have your chance.

IF University is presenting Mr. Holland at a special class/bus tour. “From NuLu to Portland: A Lesson in Small Business, Sustainability, and the Arts” is scheduled for Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Tim Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Ave.

From the IF University release:

So, how does an entrepreneur and developer like Gill Holland get interested in a historic neighborhood like Portland, just west of downtown Louisville, and envision massive change? Join IF University on a developer-led tour as Holland explains his ideas for bringing new love, new investment to what he calls “arguably the most historic area of Louisville.” More than a class on urban development, this is a discussion about new ways of seeing. Join us on a guided tour of Portland and see where new ideas are taking shape.

You can register here.

Last year, Holland started focusing away from NuLu and on Portland, just west of downtown. He created the “Portland Development Initiative,” a $24 million project to revitalize the Portland neighborhood of Louisville.

New newsman in town

WHAS-TV announced Friday that David Alan Seals has been named News Director of WHAS11 News and will begin his new role on June 2, 2014. Seals most recently was assistant news director at WZTV in Nashville, Tenn., since September 2011, according to a WHAS news release.

Stops along the way include Portsmouth, Va., Syracuse, N.Y. and New Haven, Conn. Seals earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green Ohio.

Space available at (c)space

• Earlier this month, IL’s Melissa Chipman told you about (c)space, a project of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Last week, (c)space signed its first tenant. Kentucky Environmental Foundation will join the (c)space concept in early June, according to a news release.

(c)space is designed to gather, under one roof, individuals and nonprofits working to improve the health and quality of life of Kentuckians.

“Working in this new shared space with others working to improve health and quality of life was the deciding factor in the Kentucky Environmental Foundation’s decision to locate at (c)space,” stated Heather Warman, executive director of Kentucky Environmental Foundation, in a news release.

The building is at 1640 Lyndon Farm Court in eastern Jefferson County. (c)space has 13 private offices and six workstations with amenities such as free parking, visitor reception, kitchenette, use of the foundation’s conference facility, etc.

Eligible organizations include:

Funders – National, regional, state or local philanthropic organizations that make grants and other philanthropic investments in Kentucky

Researchers – Organizations who research initiatives inform health policy

Technical Assistance – Providers who can assist nonprofits with building their capacity in areas such as evaluation, communications, sustainability

Professional Service – Providers of professional services such as legal, accounting and IT work with nonprofit clients

Nonprofit, (501c3) organizations – Not providing direct client or patient services, office space only

• Last week, Taxi 7 filed its application with the Kentucky Department of Transportation for approval to launch an environmentally friendly
taxi service in Louisville.

(We told you May 15 the company is on the verge of starting service here, beginning the regulatory process.) Pending state approval, Taxi 7 would be Kentucky’s first hybrid taxi service.

The proposed fleet would be 90 Ford C-Max cars and 10 Toyota Siennas outfitted with wheelchair capability. Typically Taxi 7 uses Toyota Priuses, but “Louisville is a Ford town,” said Michael Solomon, the guy behind Taxi 7 told our Melissa Chipman.

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