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Louisville preps for President Obama visit Thursday afternoon

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President Obama is expected to make his first presidential visit to Louisville Thursday afternoon. President Obama is expected to make his first presidential visit to Louisville Thursday afternoon.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- President Obama is expected to make his first presidential visit to Louisville Thursday afternoon, and a software company will be his host.

The economy is the big topic today. More specifically, he's expected to talk about jobs in the technology sector, which is why he'll be visiting Indatus, a local software company that has been expanding and hiring for the last couple of years.

In March, the White House launched the Tech Hire Initiative, a nationwide initiative aimed at filling the growing number of vacant technology jobs in the U.S.

Louisville is a perfect place for the president to promote this initiative because metro government is already active in training for technology jobs and incentivizing software companies to locate in Louisville.

Code Louisville, a metro government program that teaches professionals how to write computer code, has already received attention from the White House. It will likely receive praise from the president again today, as Louisville was one of the first cities to be involved in the Tech Hire Initiative -- and as the White House Chief Technology Officer told us yesterday, they used Louisville as a model for the initiative.

"The local leadership had used workforce dollars to begin to talk to employers about their need," said Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer. "They couldn't hire enough people, they had plenty of applicants applying from four year degrees but still needed more. And so, using code bootcamps, they found people who didn't have tech backgrounds but wanted to come into those tech jobs."

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The president's host, Indatus, has federal ties in ways other than the tech hire initiative.

The CEO says they received around $2 million in historic tax credits when they moved into and remodeled their current headquarters on Whiskey Row. The CEO of Indatus tells me, once the president arrives around 3:00 this afternoon, it will be pretty casual on their end. They'll give him a tour of the building and show him what they do.

After that, the president is expected to address the media and the many local leaders that will gather to hear from him. Then he'll be back on Air Force One and off to Salt Lake City, Utah.

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