GET TO KNOW LOUISVILLE
Louisville is an entirely different type of Southern. With a booming bourbon renaissance, iconic attractions, world-class hotels & venues, and a renowned culinary scene, Louisville is an experience like no other city.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Named for King Louis XVI of France in appreciation for his assistance during the Revolutionary War, Louisville was founded by George Rogers Clark in 1778. While its initial growth was slow, the advent of the steamboat in the early 1800s sparked booming industrial development, and by 1830 Louisville had secured its place as the largest city in Kentucky.
During the Civil War, Louisville was an important Union base of operations and a major military supply center. In the postwar era, the city emerged even more prosperous than before, with merchant princes and manufacturers shaping the new economy. Later, thanks to companies such as Dupont, the city became the world's largest producer of synthetic rubber during World War II.
It's a city of firsts. It's a city of innovation. It's a city of icons in American history.
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) is only 7 miles (10 minutes) from downtown Louisville. The airport has 76 daily departures and 76 daily arrivals with nearly 40 non-stop destinations.
If you're driving, Louisville is within a day’s drive of over half the U.S. population. Click here for a map to help estimate your travel.
EXPLORE LOUISVILLE - AND STAY A WHILE
There is no shortage of ways to explore and experience this fantastic destination. Check out the resources below for ideas on how you can spend some time before or after WPC24:
THE KENTUCKY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER - OUR WPC24 HOST VENUE
Located right in Louisville’s bustling downtown, the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) is in close proximity to the city's biggest and best hotels, dozens of fine dining and casual restaurants, as well as a vast array of museums, distilleries, gift shops and other attractions (most in walking distance). KICC is truly at the center of it all!
Its recent $207 million renovation and expansion, complete with a full range of world-class amenities and one-of-a-kind features, guarantees a truly memorable event experience.
LOCATION AND PARKING
Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC)
221 S. 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Click here for directions and parking information.
WPC24 HOST UTILITIES
Part of what makes WPC so special is the unique character brought to each conference by our destination. The event would not be possible without the support and commitment from our host utilities and all they contribute in terms of content, culture, and volunteer support. A huge thank you to our team in Memphis this year!