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Making Important Connections in Louisville

Chris Powell and I traveled to Louisville on August 1 to meet with the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau’s CEO, Jim Wood, for dinner and to meet with General Electric executives on August 2. Jim had held a preliminary meeting with GE executives a few weeks ago to discuss a partnership between GE and SkillsUSA. GE’s Appliance Manufacturing Division is headquartered in Louisville, and we met with Deborah Wesler, GE’s global manager of communications and PR, and with their community relations manager. It was a great meeting, and we left very happy with the results. GE is considering support of the NLSC when we move to Louisville, including possible warehouse space in their Appliance Park facility, donation of appliances for the Championships, employee volunteer support and even a potential annual cash contribution. Thanks go to Jim Wood for making the connection for us. We are hoping for more such connections and prospect meetings as we prepare for the big move in 2015.

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