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Greater Louisville Inc. CEO Craig Richard pens open letter after recent layoffs

Posted: Updated: Oct 2, 2013 04:01 PM EDT
GLI CEO Craig Richard GLI CEO Craig Richard

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce, has eliminated eight positions, frozen hiring and travel and placed "stringent" controls on expenses, CEO Craig Richard said in an open letter posted Wednesday on GLI's website.

The letter comes after a round of layoffs at GLI that included public affairs vice president Carmen Hickerson and chief administrative officer Tracee Troutt.

Richard was unavailable for an interview Wednesday, but he told WDRB print partner Business First that GLI now has 36 employees, down from 46 before the reductions, which included two resignations.

"These were difficult decisions but the changes needed to happen to put clear emphasis on our core competencies while streamlining away from the disciplines that don't directly impact those priority goals," Richard wrote in the open letter.

In addition to the chamber's traditional business networking and advocacy roles, GLI takes the lead in attracting businesses to relocate and expand in Louisville through an annual contract with Louisville Metro government. The organization also has roles in education and workforce development.

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