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Tania Kohut on July 31, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 

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Expect Laughs at Awards Show

Tania Kohut on July 19, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 

Comedian James Cunningham had us in stitches during last year's Awards Show! You can expect the same for this year's program when James returns as our emcee. You also won't want to miss his presentation on Saturday morning when he headlines the morning plenary session.

If you missed his appearance . . . or if you just want to relive this hilarious part from last year's show, then click on the link below. Here, James shows us the right way, and wrong way, to accept an award. This year's finalists and winners: take note!


What to wear? What to pack?

Tania Kohut on July 17, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 

The convention kicks off in just two weeks! Have you started your packing list? Here are some suggestions for what to bring:

  • We encourage you to dress casually and comfortably during all convention events. Remember that meeting rooms tend to be cool, so pack a sweater or jacket.
  • Roses and Bourbon Award Show:  Kentucky’s winning heritage, represented by the Kentucky Derby’s garland of roses and the state’s award-winning bourbon, will infuse our annual awards evening happening on Thursday, Aug. 2. In the spirit of the evening we invite attendees to wear something red. It doesn't have to be head-to-toe red; maybe it's a bow-tie, scarf, necklace, socks . . . you get the idea! Generally, attendees wear business professional or cocktail attire.
  • Convention Party at the Kentucky Derby Museum: For Friday night's Convention Party (Aug. 3), attendees are welcome to wear Derby attire (sundresses and fancy hats for the ladies; seersucker or madras suits for the men).
  • Attending the UPS tour? All visitors will be required to present a government issued photo ID (driver's license or passport).
  • A camera. Lots of great photo opportunities - maybe even something for your chamber's newsletter!


If you've attended an ACCE convention in the past and have a suggestion for what to pack, then post your idea here!


Get your souvenir list ready!

Tania Kohut on June 27, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 

Bring home some special gifts from Louisville!

In the video below, the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau showcases unique shopping and one-of-a-kind items that originate in the city: from stoneware and Louisville Sluggers to Derby Pie and Bourbon Barrel Foods. They also devour Louisville's most famous sandwich at its creator, the Brown Hotel, and highlight other must-see stops.

Be sure to take notes- some great ideas are suggested!


Click on the above image to view the video.

Possibility City Is Also "Most Livable" City

Tania Kohut on June 15, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 

On Thursday, June 14, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer accepted an award naming Louisville the nation’s most livable large city. The award, from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), cites the communitywide impact of Louisville’s first Give A Day week of service earlier this year. Louisville won in the large-city category.

“This award is a resounding endorsement of both the quality of life in Louisville and the quality of people who live in our city,” Fischer said.

The Livability Awards recognize work in improving the overall quality of life in a city. This is the 33rd year for the award sponsored by the USCM and Waste Management, Inc. This year’s winners were selected by former mayors from a pool of more than 200 applicants.

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Scholarship Winners Announced

Tania Kohut on June 13, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 

Congrats to our Mike Hauser and Shelia Lee convention scholarship recipients: 

  • Alison Van Dam- Metro South (MA) Chamber of Commerce
  • Ken Warner- Willmar Lakes (MN) Chamber of Commerce
  • Becky Julian- Mustang Area (OK)  Chamber of Commerce
  • Karla Martinez- Northland (MO) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Louisville = Family Fun

Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau on June 12, 2012 at 3:00:00 pm 

Traveling to Louisville with the family? Here the Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau suggests activities for a long-weekend in the city. They admit, however, that they probably suggested more than you can pack into a day. So the choice is up to you; whatever you don’t see this time…you’ll see on your next visit, because we’re sure the kids will beg to come back.

Louisville’s summer weather can range from blue to cloudy skies and comfortable to humid temperatures. So they’ve suggested a combo of indoor and outdoor activities, allowing you to pick-and-choose based on your family’s interests, and the forecast.

Links have been provided so you can confirm hours of operation.


Didn’t have time to request the official Visitors Guide before hitting the road? Stop at the Louisville Visitors Center at 4th and Jefferson in downtown. Check out the brochures, ask for dinner suggestions, grab a downtown walking tour brochure and take your kid’s picture with a life-sized Colonel Sanders…all for free.

If it’s your family’s first visit to Kentucky, take time to catch the multi-sensory experience of the KentuckyShow!, which runs hourly Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 32-minute film tells a beautiful story about the rich history of the Commonwealth, a sort of Kentucky 101.



  • Breakfast options abound in downtown Louisville. For locations close to our suggested stops, both with kid’s menus, try Dish on Market, for a fast affordable breakfast, or check out Panera Bread.
  • On your way to your first stop of the day, have the kids keep their eyes out the Louisville Slugger Walk of Fame. The walk stretches one mile on historic East and West Main Streets starting at Louisville Slugger Field. The Walk of Fame ends at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, where memories will last a lifetime, especially with a family photo op in front of the world’s largest baseball bat.
  • The kids will enjoy mimicking the life-like mannequin of Babe Ruth as he hits one out of the park. And you’ll all be amazed witnessing, right before your eyes, a piece of wood – called a billet – spinning into the shape of a bat in less than 90 seconds.

Money saving tip:
Before you leave home, make sure to grab a magnet off your fridge and bring it with you. This next tip will surprise the kids. It’s a little history lesson that will delight them. The best part? It costs you nothing!


  • Over a century ago, cast iron made it possible to build beautiful decorative features that were too expensive to carve out of stone. Main Street is one of the largest assemblies of cast-iron facade buildings in the United States. Notice the sidewalk bricks in front of the columns? They’re placed sideways and flecked with iron to make it easy to identify the cast iron buildings. A magnet will stick to building facades that are cast iron.


Money saving tip:
Visit more than one Museum Row on Main attraction and save dough. Show your ticket stub at the next stop and receive a discount on admission.


  • One block east, the fun continues at the Louisville Science Center where Science in Play just opened. It is a customized 6,000 square-foot early childhood exhibit with six separate activity zones: The Sensory Course, Testing Area, Big Build, Small Build, Science Depot, and Shapes & Stuff Store. In each zone, innovative elements encourage children ages 0-7 to build, test and engineer new science activities through experimental play.


Photo Op:
See if the kids can spot Mayor Farnsley. Hint: he is sitting on bench at 623 West Main Street and isn’t moving…since he’s made of bronze.



  • Offer the kids the choice both within steps on Main Street, or two blocks, of the Science Center -- The Bristol Bar & Grille (kids menu) and Luigi’s Pizzeria (what kid doesn’t like pizza?). Or look for one of downtown Louisville’s hot dog vendors (often seen at Jefferson Park, 4th and Main Streets and elsewhere during the week).
  • The Belle of Louisville cruises the Ohio River Thursday through Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day with sightseeing cruises and tours of the locks and dam, as well as themed cruises with live Bluegrass music (a dance hit with the kids), Father’s Day, luncheons, comedy night, picnics and more. A National Historic Landmark, the Belle’s calliope music leads you to her dock at the 4th Street Wharf where you can buy tickets. Reservations are recommended for the themed cruises.



  • Finish your day among the fascinating exhibitions at the Frazier History Museum or with The Greatest at the Muhammad Ali Center.

    The Frazier’s Toy Soldiers exhibit is one of the largest public displays of toy soldiers in the United States. These miniatures depict real people and historical events, feature uniforms such as different tartans for Highland regiments, serve as historically accurate marching and mounted bands and celebrate notable weddings and festivals. And they number more than 10,000 strong.

    As a boxer, Muhammad Ali brought unprecedented speed and grace to his sport, while his charm and wit changed forever what the public expected a champion to be. The Muhammad Ali Center showcases this sporting legend’s poetic and athletic talents.

    You and your kids will be inspired by the skills of Louisville’slocal hero when you fine tune your own technique and jump in the ring to shadowbox with Ali. Make sure to stop and admire the global collection of children’s artwork beautifully displayed in the 55-foot-long Hope and Dream Wall.



  • A short bike ride, or car drive away, the family will love the view from the Tumbleweed Southwest Grill, situated on the Ohio River with boat docks nearby and the Indiana shoreline in sight. Kids under 12 eat free (from the kids menu) on Sundays!
  • Rent a bike or surrey from Wheel Fun Rentals and explore the beautiful Waterfront Park. The park features biking and walking paths, playgrounds (yes, more than one!), splash parks, special events and more.

Photo op: Sit on Abe’s lap at the Lincoln Memorial, which tells the story of how, as a young man, Lincoln began developing his abhorrence of slavery while watching slaves being loaded onto riverboats on the Ohio River.




  • Take the scenic parkways, or a quick trip via the interstate, tothe Louisville Zoo. Visit the polar bears and sea lions at the new Glacier Run, splash in the water park and feed a lorikeet, all hands-on-activities that will delight kids and grownups alike.





  • A constant 60 degrees underground, the Louisville Mega Cavernis a perfect activity for a rainy or sweltering summer day. With more than 17 miles of underground passageways beneath the City of Louisville, Louisville Zoo and Watterson Expressway. You’ll discover a guided tram tour rich in history, geology, mining and recycling.


  • Be entertained while eating great seafood at Joe’s Crab Shack overlooking the Ohio River. Or have a family dinner at one of Louisville’s favorite locally-owned spots.
    • Try the Bar-B-Q at Mark’s Feed Store (kids eat free on Tuesdays)
    • Eat award winning, slice-of-heaven pizza at Wick’s Pizza (check the website for a money saving coupon)
    • Enjoy a buffalo burger at Buckhead Mountain Grill (kids eat free every Monday-Thursday with purchase of adult entree of $9.99 or more)


Visit the 2012 Commerce of Chambers Exhibit Hall!

Carly Dubernas on June 8, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 

This year, ACCE will be featuring a wide array of sponsors and exhibitors in the Kentucky International Convention Center.  This is the perfect place to explore new programs & resources that can help you to grow your chamber.  The exhibit hall will be open Thursday, August 2, from 12:30 to 4:00 pm and on Friday, August 3, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.  Lunch will be served in the exhibit hall on both days. 

Be sure to stop by the booths of ACCE’s Official Corporate Sponsors:

Preview all of this year’s sponsors and exhibitors by viewing the continually updated online directory!


Convention brochure on its way!

Tania Kohut on May 29, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 

The 2012 ACCE Convention brochure will be mailed soon, but if you want a sneak peek right now, check it out.

We’re Greater Louisville Inc., and it’s a pleasure to meet you.

Greater Louisville, Inc. on May 21, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 

Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce, is one of the area’s premier business organizations and the leading economic development agency for the region. As an integral part of the community we’re focused on delivering transformative results, so in place of the typical mission statement we work with an overarching purpose and dream for the future.

Our purpose is to transform the community in pursuit of our dream for the region to become an idea capital where imaginations and individuals thrive. Lofty goal, right? But we believe it is attainable by focusing on some key objectives.  For us, those objectives are increasing human capital, driving job creation and entrepreneurship, maximizing global opportunities and inspiring business leadership engagement on issues that impact the competitiveness of our region.

With a team of just under 50 folks and more than 2,300 members, we lead innovation and civic entrepreneurship while maintaining a commitment to sustainable development. We work to meet the needs of the present without compromising our ability to meet the needs of the future.

We hope you will be able to see our work in action as you explore Possibility City. Enjoy the out-of-the-box thinking with our larger than life David statue at 21c Museum Hotel (hint: he’s worth his weight in gold), taste the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the hip NuLu district, dotted with shops and world-class eateries and meet our citizen tour guides, you’re as likely to find a   lifelong Louisvillian as a recent transplant from across the globe.

Should you need anything, we’re right on Main Street and looking forward to your arrival!

We have a winner!

Tania Kohut on May 11, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 
Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another isn't the only one celebrating a win! Congrats to Karena Boesel, vice president of membership at the Boise Metro (ID) Chamber, who is the lucky winner of ACCE's Kentucky Derby Prize Package!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our contest.

Be a Winner in “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports!”

Tania Kohut on April 30, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 

All eyes will be on the running of the Kentucky Derby this weekend, and ACCE is getting in on the fun!

Go to the ACCE race! and choose your horse. If your horse wins the Derby, your name will be put in a drawing for a Kentucky Derby prize package.

The Kentucky Derby will be televised live on NBC beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, May 5, with the approximate Derby post time of 6:24 p.m. Choose your winning horse by 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, May 5; the poll closes at 6 p.m.

Don't get left at the gate!
As you cheer on your horse, make plans to see the racetrack in person when you join us in Louisville for ACCE Convention 2012. The annual Friday evening Convention Party will take place at the Kentucky Derby Museum and will include a tour of Churchill Downs—the site of the Kentucky Derby.


Who clicked "Register Now" first?

Tania Kohut on April 12, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 

Way to go, Lance Allison (President & CEO of the Murray-Calloway County (KY) Chamber)! You're the first fully paid ACCE Convention registrant! We can't wait to see you in Louisville!

Have you made your hotel reservation?

Tania Kohut on March 28, 2012 at 9:00:00 am 

The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau provided this overview of ACCE’s Convention 2012 hotels. Both appear to be winners!

The Louisville Marriott Downtown and the Hyatt Regency,areconveniently located in the heart of downtown Louisville. Both are connected directly to the Kentucky International Convention Center (where most of the convention sessions will be held) and Louisville's entertainment district, 4th Street Live!, by pedestrian skywalk, also called the “Louie Link.” 

The Marriott is located on Jefferson and 3rd Street and offers two options for dining anda Starbucks in the lobby. Champion’s is a great place to grab a bite while watching your favorite sports team. You can also stop by Blu Italian Grille for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also have your Urban Bourbon Trail passport stamped here while trying out some good Kentucky Bourbon. 

The Hyatt Regency on Jefferson and 4th Street will unveil a newly renovated lobby, restaurant and bar in April. The restaurant and bar will featurelocal ingredients and support the “farm to fork” approach to dining. In the hotel's lobby, Einstein’s Bagels is open in the mornings and afternoons for coffee or a quick bite to eat. You can also go across the street from the Hyatt lobby entrance to find Qdoba, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Smashburger. 

A block away from both hotels, 4th Street Live! lies in the center of downtown Louisville. You can find several restaurants and a food court including Maker’s Mark Bourbon Lounge, The Pub and Eddie Merlot’s. For added entertainment, check out a show at the Improv Comedy Club, bowl a strike at Sport and Social or sing along to the dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon.

Whichever hotel you choose, you'll be in the center of the action for ACCE’s Convention and all that Louisville has to offer! Make your convention hotel reservation now. See you in Louisville, Aug. 1-4!