Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 31, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker, 502-564-2611  

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and University of Louisville President James R. Ramsey will be keynote speakers of the third annual Governor’s Empowerment Conference, to be held Aug. 20 in Louisville.

The Governor’s Empowerment Conference was created to implement the mission statement of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment: to encourage public debate on issues affecting Kentucky’s minority populations, open access to public services and ensure public policy is fairly and equitably implemented.

Governor Fletcher said he hopes for a turnout from across the Commonwealth.

 “I created the conference to give all of our citizens the chance to benefit from the opportunities offered by state government and the other non-profits we have in Kentucky,” Governor Fletcher said. “This is a great opportunity for individuals and community organizations to learn the skills they need to change the lives of their families as well as their communities.”

Governor Fletcher will deliver the keynote address at the afternoon session of the conference.  Ramsey will be featured at the morning session.

“This conference will help open doors for many Kentucky citizens,” said U of L President Dr. James Ramsey.  “On behalf of the University of Louisville, I am happy to participate in this program, which will help strengthen individuals and communities throughout the Commonwealth.”

The conference will offer nine workshops that focus on issues of government relations, owning your own business, home ownership, Kentucky culture, minority health issues for men and women, academic achievement and wellness.

“The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Strong Families, Strong Communities, Strong Commonwealth,’” said Troy Body, executive director, Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment. “Our workshops are designed to give participants practical and realistic tools to go back to their respective communities and make real and meaningful change. This will be a very engaging conference.”

The conference is free and open to all residents of Kentucky but is limited to 500 participants, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The conference will be held at the Galt House Hotel & Suites, 140 N. Fourth St., in Louisville.  The conference opens at 7:30 a.m. EDT. Those planning to attend must register in advance, and the deadline is Aug. 10.  There is no on-site registration.  You can register online at, or call 502-564-2611, ext. 370, for information.