FRANKFORT — President Barack Obama will travel to Louisville Thursday for what is being billed as "an event on the economy," the White House confirmed Monday.
Officials said Obama will speak at Indatus, a Louisville-based technology company that specializes in cloud-based products and services. Obama also is scheduled to visit Hill Air Force Base in Utah on Friday for the same purpose.
Phil Miller, a spokesman for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, said the event will focus on how Louisville has handled the changing economy. It is tentatively scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
"That is all we know at this time," Miller said.
Gov. Steve Beshear's press secretary, Kerri Richardson, said the governor had no additional information about the president's visit to the Bluegrass State.
It was not immediately revealed if former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson will accompany Obama to Kentucky.
Abramson resigned last fall as Kentucky's lieutenant governor to become a deputy assistant to Obama and director of intergovernmental affairs in the White House. The job involves linking the president's domestic agenda with city, county, state and tribal governments.
Obama has made few trips to Kentucky as president.
Beshear met with him briefly in July 2012 at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport in Boone County to talk about replacing the Brent Spence Bridge. Obama had visited the half-century-old bridge connecting Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky in September 2011, proclaiming the need to replace it.
He was at Fort Campbell in Western Kentucky in May 2011.
Obama has not fared well in Kentucky politically. In 2008, he lost the state badly to the Republican nominee, John McCain, carrying only Lexington, Louisville and a handful of small counties.
In the 2012 presidential primary in Kentucky, many Democrats marked their ballots uncommitted in the presidential race, reflecting polls showing that Obama had not improved his standing in the state.
Last year, several Republican candidates, including U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Louisville, weakened their Democratic opponents by tying them to the president.