Joint Utility Reception highlights opportunities for diverse businesses

The 18th Annual Joint Utility Reception gave Louisville Water’s Procurement Department a chance to make new contacts for the company’s Small Business Equity Program and get reacquainted with current suppliers, said Carol Lyons, Manager of Procurement Services.

After two years in which the annual event was held virtually, the reception took place in-person at The Olmsted on Frankfort Avenue earlier this month. Louisville Water joined LGE-KU, Louisville MSD, and Louisville Metro Government to provide a networking opportunity where business owners and representatives met decision-makers from the host companies.

“It was great to have everyone together in person after two years,” Lyons said. “The event, I believe, was a great success this year.”

Spencer Bruce, Louisville Water President & CEO, told the attendees that “it’s an exciting time for Louisville Water as the investment in our city’s infrastructure is at the forefront of progress, and our procurement opportunities are widening.”

He also noted that the company is proud to be part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Equity in Contracting and Procurement Task Force and that Louisville Water is enhancing its Small Business Equity Program to make it easier for businesses to qualify.

“We believe these updates will help our local diverse contractors and aid in driving local employment opportunities,” Bruce said.

After the reception, Lyons received an email from a representative of a business in the program who said, “Thanks for looking out for me and so many other diverse suppliers willing to work for our piece of the American Dream.”