David Karem, Waterfront Development Corp. (WDC)
David Karem is president and executive director of Waterfront Development Corporation (WDC). WDC plans, coordinates and implements strategies to revitalize Louisville’s Waterfront.
Louisville's Waterfront Park offers walking trails, picnic spaces and space for concerts and festivals (such as Kentucky Derby Festival and the Fifth Third Waterfront Independence Festival on July 3rd and 4th). In fact, the park hosts crowds of 350,000 for Thunder Over Louisville.
The Park is made up of three phases and totals 85 acres. The last phase, Phase III, is scheduled to be completed in 2011.
Phase I was completed in 1999 and includes the Great Lawn, the park's most distinctive open space. Its 14 acres connect the Ohio River to the city, making it accessibile to all of Louisville's citizens.
In its 10-year history, Louisville's Waterfront Park has won a number of awards and was designated one of the Top Ten Urban Parks in the nation by Urban Land Institute in 2006.
The state, city and county jointly created the Waterfront Development agency in 1986. David Karem, who was a state senator at the time, became its executive director and president the next year.
Throughout the years the Waterfront Development Corporation's role has evolved into a three-part mission: park planning and construction; park maintenance; and event production and coordination.
WDC also manages the Belle of Louisville on behalf of Louisville Metro.
David Karem earned his law degree from the University of Louisville. He has been both a state senator (1976 - 2004) and a state representative (1972 - 1976) for Kentucky; and is very active in the Louisville community.
A small listing of his honors include: Outstanding Legislator Award by National Organization for Victim Assistance, Recipient of Kentucky Society of Architects (AIA) Citizens Laureate Award, the 2005 Blanche B. Ottenheimer Award for Distinguished and Unselfish Service to the Community of Louisville by the Jewish Community Center, and the 1999 Presidents Award, American Planning Association – Kentucky Chapter.
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