GLI hosts Innovation Tour at River Ridge Commerce Center to highlight southern Indiana’s growing industries

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky

Last week, Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) hosted its second annual Innovation Tour at River Ridge Commerce Center.

This year’s event focused on businesses and industries based in southern Indiana that are making impacts in their industries. Forty local business leaders heard from nine different speakers, sharing how they are continuing to innovate and support regional growth.

Innovation Tour destinations

The two-day tour included six stops and nine speakers from groups including America Place, Techshot, Samtec, Mister “P” Express, American Air Filter Flanders, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Render Capital, Hemprise and River Ridge Development Authority.

Sponsors included Hollenbach-Oakley, Ivy Tech Community College and Kelley Construction. Partners included: River Ridge Commerce Center and One Southern Indiana.

The tour included many interactive elements including trying the Mister “P” truck-driving simulator and touring Hemprise’s brand-new CBD production facility.

What innovators are saying

 “We are thrilled to host GLI and their investors and give them a chance to explore all the ingenuity that is coming out of River Ridge and Southern Indiana. Southern Indiana continues to experience unprecedented growth as a top destination for companies that are looking to explore and expand into new technologies, processes and best practices. We look forward to continue working with our friends at GLI and One Southern Indiana to maintain this strong momentum across the entire region into the future.”

Devin Hillsdon-Smith, deputy director of River Ridge Development Authority

The event also included daily debriefs where participants discussed the importance of innovation and collaboration and how partnerships across the river can make our entire region even stronger.

“As the Regional Chamber of Commerce, we know that Southern Indiana is an important and fast-growing part of our region. We are proud to support their tremendous growth through continued collaboration with our partners, One Southern Indiana and River Ridge Development Authority. This year’s Innovation Tour was a great opportunity to show off how businesses in southern Indiana are breaking barriers and helping to position our entire region to be on the cutting edge of innovation in a variety of industries.”

Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, president and CEO of GLI

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