By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky
The Jeffersontown Chamber’s annual Business Expo returned in person this year, and kicked off with brunch and a keynote address from Kentucky Secretary of Transportation Jim Gray.
In his keynote speech at the Louisville Marriott East, Secretary Gray discussed the federal funding that’s been allocated to support Kentucky’s dire infrastructure needs and how the investment impacts the business community. He also addressed the opportunities at hand as companies recover from COVID-19 and reconnect with one another.
“I’m excited to be speaking at an event that draws so many committed professionals together,” Secretary Gray said before the event. “Making smart investments in infrastructure is a key to maintaining Kentucky’s momentum in innovation, technological advancement and economic growth.”
Following Secretary Gray’s keynote address, the showroom opened to attendees, featuring more than 50 exhibitor booths, a silent auction, 15- to 25-minute industry expert sessions and free giveaways, including two round trip airline tickets to select cities donated by the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.
Sponsored by Prosource, the Business Expo also offered an exclusive “Taste of Jeffersontown,” in which attendees got to try bites and small plates from Jeffersontown’s own local eateries and restaurants.
“The Business Expo is an opportunity to celebrate business and rediscover our connections with one another,” said Deana Karem, Jeffersontown Chamber CEO and president. “Companies are excited and interested in doing business with like-minded leaders, and the Expo provides an opportunity for all of us to reconnect.”