Copper & Kings owner seeks qualified candidates for free bartending course

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JULIE: THE OWNER OF COPPER AND KINGS SAYS HE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO HOST A FREE, 15-WEEK BARTENDING COURSE AFTER A CONVERSATION HE HAD WITH MAYOR GREG FISCHER, AROUND THIS TIME LAST YEAR.>>WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT THE CITY, ITS MOMENTUM. AND HE MADE A VERY IMPORTANT COMMENT TO ME, WHICH WAS, ‘WITH ALL OF THIS GOING ON, JOE, WE HAVE TO BRING MORE PEOPLE ALONG FOR THE RIDE.’ JULIE: THAT, JOE HERON SAYS, IS THE PURPOSE OF THE IDEAL BARTENDER COURSE, TO BUILD A SKILLED WORKFORCE FOR THE CITY’S GROWING SERVICE INDUSTRY>>WE WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO SEE LOUISVILLE AS A PLACE YOU COMPACT TO AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN, BECAUSE OF ITS CHARM AND HOSPITALITY. JULIE: HERON IS FOCUSED ON DIVERSITY AND SAYS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE HAS A PASSION FOR SUCCESS, ANDCOMES FROM WEST OR SOUTHWEST LOUISVILLE. [LIQUID BEING POURED] JULIE: BARTENDER DARCI STUHLMAN GRADUATED FROM THE INAUGURAL PROGRAM THIS SUMMER.>>I’VE HAD A LOT MORE OPPORTUNITY. JULIE: SHE NOW RECRUITS FOR THE COURSE, AND HAS ALREADY RECEIVED MORE THAN 100 APPLICATIONS FOR THE 20 SPOTS AVAILABLE IN NEXT YEAR’S SESSION. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LOUISVILLE DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP, REBECCA MATHENY, SAYS THE OPPORTUNITY COULDN’T COME AT A BETTER TIME, CONSIDERING THE CITY’S GROWTH.>>IT HAS BEEN TREMENDOUSLY EXCITING. AND THERE HAS BEEN NOTHING LIKE THIS THAT WE’VE REALLY SEEN, AT LEAST IN MY LIFETIME. AND IT’S BEEN A REAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY. JULIE: HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS ARE POPPING UP IN NULU, ON FOURTH STREET, AND WHISKEY ROW, AND THAT’S JUST IN THE CITY’S CENTRAL AREA. HERON SAYS HE WANTS TO CREATE A WORKFORCE TO HELP STAFF THOSE LOCATIONS.>>THIS IS NOT A HOBBYIST OPPORTUNITY. THIS IS ABOUT SOMEONE WHO REALLY IS SERIOUS ABOUT BUILDING A BIG LIFE ON A GOOD JOB.

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