VentureConnectors-300x156The next Venture Connectors Luncheon on March 4 will feature some heavy hitters from Metro Government talking about “What’s Next for Louisville.” The panel consists of Mayor Greg Fischer’s economic advancement team: Ted Smith, chief of civic innovation, Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, deputy chief of staff and chief of strategic initiatives, and Colleen Abate, economic development manager.

The all-star panel will discuss the mayor’s “vision for Louisville and how the venture capital and entrepreneurial community can participate in that vision.”

We’ve written quite a bit lately about Smith’s accomplishments and visions for “citizen science” in advance of our Tuesday, Feb. 17, Insiders Meetup at Vincenzo’s (keep your eyes on IL for weather updates). Click here to RSVP. But in the entrepreneurial circles in Louisville, Smith is best known for being an open government/open data champion and a cheerleader for the entrepreneurial and innovation economy of Louisville.

Wiederwohl leads Louisville Forward, which “combines business attraction, expansion and retention activities with all of the city’s real estate development, land-use, planning and design functions to present a unified solution for job growth and quality of place.” She’s been on the job since last summer and already has earned a reputation for getting things done.

In her role as one of Louisville Metro’s economic development managers, Colleen Abate is focused on talent attraction and business services industry development. She also works with the development of international business in the city.

The Venture Connectors Luncheons are the first Wednesday of every month. These events feature announcements, an entrepreneurial pitch or two, and a keynote panel or speakers.

Tickets are free for Venture Connectors members and $40 for students and visitors and include your lunch. You can RSVP and reserve your ticket online here. The event starts at 11:30 a.m.