The League offers unique services for cities. Story, Page AXX KLC executives are highly compensated. Executive Director Sylvia Lovely, pictured below, has received raises totalling 25 percent since 2006. Her compensation in 2008 was $315,677. Story, Page AXX League officials say it is important for them to travel to national conferences and to entertain mayors and business associates. Among the expenses for the top three officials over the last three years were:
$304,000: Total amount charged on the credit cards for hotels, meals, gas and other expenses.
$175,888: Airline tickets and hotels.
$77,448: Meals with staff members and business associates.
$20,000: Spent at Azur, a Lexington restaurant co-owned by Bernard Lovely, the husband of KLC president Sylvia Lovely.
$8,100: Expenses for a trip to Dublin, Ireland, for the Lovelys, who attended with Greater Louisville Inc, the city's chamber of commerce and economic development agency.
$4,563: A six-seat box for a season at Churchill Downs in 2007
$4,000: Two University of Kentucky basketball tickets for the 2006 season.
$2,300: Plane tickets for the Lovelys to attend President Barack Obama's Washington, D.C., inauguration and the Bluegrass Ball. Other expenses for the trip were not listed.