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Louisville lands on several 'best of' lists in 2014

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Forbes says it's one of the country's most affordable places to live and National Geographic places it in the top 10 "All-American Cities".

Louisville's landed on several major lists this year and it's turning into money in the bank and making big headlines.

"It's really exciting to see our name pop up in so many lists," said Greater Louisville Inc. CEO Kent Oyler.

Louisville really stood out in 2014. It's been recognized by some of the most well-respected companies in the world including National Geographic, Priceline and Condè Nast.

CNN Travel ranked the Belle of Louisville among seven 'fabulous steamboats' around the country.

"The nation takes notice of it, but maybe most importantly, we read about it and we feel a little better about ourselves," said Oyler. "People absolutely come to town and spend money on our hotels and eat in our restaurants and so it is good for our community."

Country Living Magazine loved our Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular rating it the best Halloween Celebration across America.

U.S.A. Today's Best Readers' Choice put Louisville at number six for favorite riverfront in the country. It also called it "one of the 10 best bike-friendly cities."

In the past, the 21C hotel has also been ranked the best in the world.

"On top of that I think it changed many people's perception of what Louisville was. They visited, they see this top ranked hotel and it is actually really funky and cool and they walk away with that impression and that's a great thing," said Oyler.

Louisville falls at number 16 on Yahoo! Foods list of the Top 40 Food cities.

Yahoo! also ranked NuLu as one of the top 18 food neighborhoods in the entire country.

“It's definitely flattering and exciting," said Annie Pettry, Executive Chef and partner at Decca on East Market.

"I think the best part about it is just bringing awareness to Louisville and the food scene here and NuLu as well," said Pettry.

The city's also affordable and great at attracting business.

"But we have another audience that those lists hit which are individuals who might be looking at jobs in Louisville and where we have open positions we need people to move here, those lists are very very helpful."

Oyler also says Louisville's tagline "Possibility City" is outdated, and they're working on updating it.

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