by Dalton Main
Mayor Greg Fischer is reopening the Louisville Office of International Affairs with a new name: the Office for Globalization.
Local businessman Suhas Kulkarni will operate the office as an interim volunteer while he works to create a plan for funding it in the long term, likely through public and private dollars.
Kulkarni says the office will focus on human needs, cultural development, economic growth and global outreach.
“Their companies, their employees they would look for a place where education is good where people can have fun, raise families and yet grow economically; and that’s what we intend that Louisville should become,” he says.
The Office of International Affairs was previously closed due to budget cuts. Fischer advocated for its reopening throughout his campaign and says he’s optimistic about the economic and cultural possibilities of reopening the office.
“And while we may not be the biggest city in the country when it comes to the number of internationals we have here, I believe we can be the best city,” he says.
The Mayor also announced the addition of a third day to the popular World Fest held over Labor Day weekend.