LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Is Louisville the next "It" city? A good case can be made it in in the mix.
Forbes ranks Louisville the number one city for manufacturing in the United States and unemployment stands at 3.5%.
A mile and a half of fiber cable is being laid.
More hotels are being built here than possibly any other city in the world while established hotels are pumping more than $100 million into renovations.
Leadership Louisville will soon open a new center to help train leaders worldwide.
When the new Northeast Regional Library is opened next year, more than 90% of the population in Louisville will be within five miles of a new library.
The Russell and Portland neighborhoods are being transformed, as is Dixie Highway.
Three more distilleries will open downtown this year, along with a newly renovated convention center that will further grow tourism.
Churchill Downs and The Kentucky Derby Museum are renovating and expanding, and ground will be broken this year for a $200 million Butchertown Soccer Stadium District – further expanding the arts and entertainment strengths of the city.
Our Imagination Library project will significantly expand this year, helping get more children kindergarten-ready.
Challenges remain - improving education and infrastructure, funding pensions, continuing to reduce crime, and simply attracting more people to live here.
But the opportunities are real. It is time to seize them!