WAVE 3 Editorial – August 30, 2012: Cultural Diversity
Aug. 29, 2012 5:50 PM EDT
By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
Half of the growth in Louisville the past 15 years has come from international residents.
More than 100 languages are spoken in our community – 99 in the Louisville public school system. Several African counties and 17 of 22 Latin American countries boast residents in our region.
Louisville is truly an international city. More than 100,000 people are expected in downtown Louisville this weekend for the 10th annual WorldFest celebration.
Incredible work is being done every day with the Kentucky Office of Refugees that was created as a new department within Catholic Charities of Louisville six years ago, as well as with the local resettlement department known as Migration and Refugee Services. Louisville is a national hub for immigration services.
Louisville's cultural diversity is an asset that certainly should be embraced and encouraged more fully as we envision where we will be 25 years from now.
People make a place special and the many talents, abilities and varied viewpoints of the people who live in this region will help us realize more possibilities for the future.