#385: Matt Gibson’s Comeback Plan for KDF; A Lodgical Concept in NuLu with Andrew Held

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The community has overreacted to a minor blast of winter, as organizers of everything find their excuse to cancel things. So sit back and enjoy some of the ‘Ville’s most interesting people here on the Rusty Satellite Show.

First up is Andrew Held, who landed the cool job of running four distinct business operations in a remodeled building positioned as the “Gateway to NuLu.” Held is putting the finishing touches on LODGIC Workplace, a shared workplace concept with sparkling amenities, including the two-person pod for podcasting where we recorded our interview. He’s also got a Kids’ Camp next door, an upscale coffee shop/bar, and coming in April a full-service restaurant.

It’s designed to attract those who’ve had enough of the working-from-home routine forced by the pandemic, and Held imagines a wide variety of business people utilizing the modern space.

Matt Gibson might have considered himself cursed. After two decades in the event planning business, learning all the secrets of running the Kentucky Derby Festival from Mike Berry, he emerged as the new leader of the non-profit in late 2019. So his Derby Festival was on track to be the best ever. Then COVID-19. Events cancelled. And he was among the first 100 people in Louisville go catch COVID, and it wasn’t easy for him or his family.

Meanwhile, Gibson and his staff have worked more hours than ever before trying to sort out details for 2021, including a way to actually have a Thunder over Louisville, a Pegasus Parade and many of the events we’ve grown to love around here. In our interview, Gibson doesn’t give away all the details, but it’s a fun and informative discussion of what’s coming up.

In the news, some numbers came our regarding the pandemic’s effect of tourism and travel in 2020, and it’s a more dramatic drop than you expect. Also, we’ve got a list of the Top 10 destinations from Louisville, for those of you, like me, looking for an excuse to leave town for a while.

Don’t forget that our sponsor, Home Cuisine, is helping you through the pandemic by providing healthy meals for your home. And if you’re interested in buying or selling your home, call me, Rick Redding, at eXp Realty.

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