Since 2009 is the 10-year anniversary of TechRepublic’s launch in May of 1999, we’d like invite our loyal community members to Louisville, Kentucky (where TechRepublic launched as a startup), to help us celebrate! This TechRepublic Community Event will take place on Friday, June 26, 2009, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Northeast Louisville (details listed below) from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, along with other informal gatherings on Friday night and Saturday.

Ever since we first announced this event in TR Out Loud a couple weeks ago, many of you have been asking great questions about what’s going to happen at the event and what else there is to do in Louisville while they’re in town – places to stay, good restaurants, attractions, and other places of interest. So, we’re going to answer those questions in this post. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask them in the discussion thread or send an e-mail to

About the Community Event

Since this is a Community Event, it is open to all registered TechRepublic members. Aside from meeting your TR peers, you can expect to see a quick recap of TechRepublic over the past 10 years and hear a few words from the TechRepublic staff and TR members brave enough to come up to the microphone.

We’ll have light refreshments, a few awards, and a special swag bag for all attendees. We realize that not everyone will be able to make it to Louisville, so we’re also planning to broadcast the live event via streaming video and even offer it later as a video download on demand.

A dinner location (TBD) will be reserved for the community members who’d like to eat, mix, and mingle that evening, from approximately 6:00 to 9:30 PM. Each person will be responsible for his or her own drinks and dinner. However, the next morning, TechRepublic will pick up the tab for an optional brunch on Saturday (brunch location is TBD). A sign up sheet for brunch will be available at the Community Event.

Where to stay

The Hilton Garden Inn at the Summit location has not only graced us with a banquet room for the Community Event, but they have also generously offered a block of rooms at the discounted rate of $84 per night, available Thursday through Sunday night. All reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn must be made before May 24, 2009. When you call, mention the “TechRepublic” event in order to get the discount. Here’s the contact information:

Hilton Garden Inn at the Summit

9850 Park Plaza Ave. Louisville, KY, 40241

1 (877) STAY HGI or (502) 423-0018

Places to eat

There are lots of great restaurants in Louisville, and I’ve probably only eaten at a handful of them. The following list is a collection of favorites from the TechRepublic editorial team:

Ramsi’s Café on the World

Lynn’s Paradise Cafe


Saffron’s Restaurant

Wild Eggs

Mark’s Feed Store

Bristol Bar & Grill

Limestone Restaurant

The Irish Rover

Twig and Leaf


The Old Spaghetti Factory (horse and carriage rides are stationed here, giving tours of downtown Louisville)

Other Louisville Originals

Things to do

Sure, Louisville is known for being the home of the Kentucky Derby and where they make the Louisville Slugger baseball bats, but there is so much more than that to see and do while you’re in town –especially if you’ve made a family trip of it and your significant other and kids want to know what they can do while you’re living it up with your TR peers. Here are just a few of the many attractions that Louisville has to offer:

Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum

Louisville Slugger Museum

Louisville Zoo

Louisville Science Center

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom

4th Street Live!

Muhammad Ali Center

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Actors Theatre

Palace Theatre


Speed Art Museum

Locust Grove

Waterfront Park

The Belle of Louisville

Quail Chase Golf Course

Valhalla Golf Club

The Summit (shopping)

Other Louisville happenings, Visitors Bureau

Regional activities outside of Louisville

Mammoth Cave National Park

Kentucky Horse Park

My Old Kentucky Home

Tours of bourbon distilleries

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Other resources that may be useful

Consuming Louisville

LEO Weekly