Sunday, April 08, 2001

Louisville tries to bring back Atlantans

The Associated Press

        ATLANTA — The Chamber of Commerce in Louisville, Ky., is trying to persuade Atlantans to return to their old Kentucky homes.

        Greater Louisville Inc. held a lavish reception for expatriate Kentuckians on Thursday at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Atlanta's Buckhead district.

        Four thousand were invited, and about 350 people showed up.

        “We want to send the message that if you left the Bluegrass for greener pastures, the town has changed in the last 10 years,” said Mike Bosc, the chamber's vice president of communications.

        Louisville started the project to help the city's employers find workers, Mr. Bosc said. It's targeting Atlanta because so many transplanted Louisvillians live there. If the effort works in Atlanta, Greater Louisville will try the same thing in Chicago.

        One of the recruits, Bradley Overton, a 34-year-old computer programmer in Marietta, lived in Nicholasville, Ky., for 20 years. He said he likely will stay put despite warm feelings for Kentucky.


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