Visiting the Emerald Isle – A Jewel of an Idea (9/6/07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Visiting the Emerald Isle – A Jewel of an Idea (9/6/07)

This time next week, over 80 business and community leaders from Louisville and the surrounding region will be wrapping up a five-day trip - organized by Greater Louisville, Inc. -- to Dublin, Ireland. They'll be there to gain some insight into how that country transformed itself from Europe's poorest nation per capita in 1989 into its second-wealthiest today.

While it may seem as if there are few things such distant regions could have in common, there are actually quite a few similarities. Ireland and Kentucky have roughly equal populations. And so do Dublin and Louisville. And in both cases, the city is the economic engine of its region.

Innovative ideas like seeking new development strategies for our city in such a non-traditional place are what make Louisville so vital these days. And the fact that several state government leaders are joining the group on this trip indicates a healthy awareness that Louisville's economic health is critical far beyond our city limits.

This trip will undoubtedly yield exciting new ideas we'll want to try right here at home. Every idea we try won't work, of course. But some surely will. And the only way to completely avoid failure is to do nothing at all which in and of itself would be a failure.

Greater Louisville Inc. doesn't see that as an option. And for that, I applaud them.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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