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September 18, 2007

Richard Florida

Go Louisville

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According to a report in today's Wall Street Journal:

Louisville's past was built on race horses, bourbon and baseball bats, but the city is staking its future on Somali Bantu and other immigrants flocking here from across the globe. As neighbors like Nashville join a national wave of cities drafting ordinances designed to repel many foreigners, Louisville's business and political leadership is working aggressively to absorb immigrants. In speeches, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson champions the city's immigrants, whom he calls "internationals." In each of the past four years, he has handed out "international awards" to individuals, companies and organizations working to integrate and improve the lot of newcomers. "Communities that embrace diversity are going to be the most successful," says the mayor, who has been at the city's helm for most of the past two decades and avoids distinguishing between legal and illegal immigrants.


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Scott Clark of Lexington

I'm quite proud of our fellow Kentuckians for this. I'm so hopeful they will reap the downstream benefits of such open-mindedness, diversity, and awareness of what makes a city great for the new economic reality.

Jason Keeling

West Virginia is challenged by a lack of diversity. A working group of state professionals recently outlined this problem within a white paper entitled "Culture, Creativity, and Innovation: West Virginia in the New Economy." Our public officials need to realize that the "creative classes" will bypass the state so long as we are perceived as intolerant.

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