Chartered in 2006, the genesis of the group came from two community events- a community festival and a holiday celebration. Several business owners saw the wisdom in bringing attention to the Fegenbush corridor and the Highview business community in general. Metro Councilman James Peden provided encouragement and the resources of his office to help this group get established and grow.
With a first official meeting in January of 2006 a small core group started working on developing articles of incorporation and by-laws. By June the process was complete. In its first year the group held monthly meetings encouraging business owners to attend and discuss marketing strategies and ways to promote the business environment of the community.
Both community events grew. The summer festival became an annual Fall Festival presented mainly by Valumarket, and the holiday carriage rides down Fegenbush evolved into the Highview Holiday Fest that now takes place at the Central Government Center and Highview Park on the Outer Loop.
Attractive banners have been procured and hung throughout the community to heighten awareness of Highview as well. The Association also organizes periodic community clean up days in conjunction with Louisville Metro’s Brightside.
From just a small handful of dedicated business people, the Highview Business Association now boasts membership of over 50 businesses and continues to grow.
In the summer of 2011 the HVBA completed the process of becoming a tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation. The summer of 2012 saw the creation of Friday Fest Summer Concerts in Highview Park.
The association maintains a website www.highviewbusiness.org
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, the regular meeting beginning at 8:30. For many years meetings were held in the second floor meeting room of the Highview Fire Station #1 on Fegenbush. Starting in August 2017, however, the meeting location was changed to the Government Center at 7201 Outer Loop, 40228. The rear entrance is accessible. Occasional after hours networking socials also take place. The support of, and resources of the office of Councilman James Peden has been and continues to be instrumental in the continued success of this endeavor.