GLI Names Vice President of Economic Development

Louisville, KY – Greater Louisville Inc. is pleased to announce Deana Epperly Karem will join the organization as Vice President of Economic Development on September 1, 2015.  Karem will spearhead GLI’s economic development efforts by leveraging the Greater Louisville region’s assets to attract, retain and expand businesses in order to advance the regional economy and promote long-term job growth.  Karem’s primary responsibility will be leading GLI’s new regional economic development organization (REDO).

“Deana’s solid reputation and background in business attraction and expansion makes her an excellent fit for this role”, said GLI President and CEO Kent Oyler. “She brings proven leadership experience and client relations that will support our regional economic development partners.”
Deana Epperly Karem
“I’m excited about working to advance the entire Greater Louisville region. I understand the unique challenges, perspectives and assets of our region,” said Deana Epperly Karem. “This position allows me to be a champion for all of the 15 counties in the metro area – on both sides of the river.”
Karem is currently the Executive Director of the Oldham Chamber & Economic Development. She previously served as the Director of Client Solutions at GLI from 1998 – 2006. Karem is heavily involved in regional economic development boards including KentuckianaWorks, and is the current chair of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KEAD). 
Karem completed her undergraduate work at University of Louisville and also holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from UofL.  
GLI continues to build out its regional economic development and workforce team and currently is recruiting for Director, Vice President and Senior Vice President level positions. Persons interested in exploring an outstanding career with GLI should visit our website‘s career section at
Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce is where regional business leaders come together to accelerate business competitiveness, economic growth and job creation in the Greater Louisville region.  The region’s largest business leadership organization, GLI leads economic and global outreach strategies focused on business attraction; nurtures the entrepreneurial eco-system and fast growth companies; and champions the development of the community’s talent base.  As the voice of the business community, GLI advocates for a pro-business environment and facilitates business leadership engagement on issues that impact regional competitiveness.  For more information, visit