Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, GLI
Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., says GLI’s mission is to support the growth of businesses in Louisville, and the surrounding counties. We spoke with Davasher-Wisdom about GLI’s specific goals around achieving that mission.
One of the goals in GLI’s strategic plan is to drive innovation and ideation in the city. Why is that important?
Davasher-Wisdom: Innovation is imperative to keeping our city on par with current trends and taking us to the next level. As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to overturn the status quo and reinvent the way we do things in our city and business community. That means that innovation must be at the forefront of everything we do. Many of our neighboring regions are outpacing our growth, so we must make intentional and strategic steps to position Greater Louisville for a strong and sustainable economic future.
What actions are you implementing in order to achieve that goal?
Davasher-Wisdom: As part of the Now Louisville strategic plan, we identified a series of actions and steps to foster an innovative ecosystem in Greater Louisville. In partnership with organizations in our community we will focus on driving more research activity into the region that is aligned with industry needs.
As a convenor of the business sector, GLI supports key industries in our region through the work of our three networks that focus on the most important sectors of Louisville’s economy:
TechFirst—A formalized tech structure that congregates technology business leaders to support, inform, and develop meaningful growth initiatives within the region’s technology industry.
Health Enterprises Network—A healthcare business network whose mission is to champion and foster the growth of the Greater Louisville Region’s health care economy.
Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Network—Members of this network can build collaborative relationships with industry peers and discuss best practices and share innovative ideas.