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What is the GLP?

For more than a decade, the Greater Louisville Project has provided research and data to catalyze civic action. By highlighting challenges in the three Deep Drivers of Change, the GLP engages the community in a shared agenda for long-term progress.

About The Greater Louisville Project

The Greater Louisville Project is an independent, non-partisan civic initiative supported by a consortium of foundations. Launched in 2003, the Greater Louisville Project was created to support the merged government Louisville Metro. At that time, the Project commissioned the Brookings Institution report entitled, Beyond Merger:  A Competitive Vision for the Regional City of Louisville, which identified our strengths and weaknesses compared to other cities and charted a course for long-term progress. In support of this civic agenda, GLP puts forward data, research and information related to a Competitive City Agenda and Deep Drivers of Change that connect the dots between education, jobs and quality of place. Since its launch, GLP has released numerous annual and special reports, hosted events for hundreds of attendees, and continues to serve as the credible source of data that brings focus and understanding to advancing a competitive city.

“Deep Drivers of Change”

As The Greater Louisville Project launched, six areas were identified through the Brookings Institution report: primary education, postsecondary education, economic development, creating quality neighborhoods, investing in working families, and balancing metropolitan growth. Since then, GLP has honed in on three Deep Drivers of change: EducationJobs, and Quality of Place. The Deep Drivers of Change are a few big, but attainable, goals that can inform our civic agenda by highlighting both the possibilities and the challenges facing Louisville.


GLP’s mission is to act as a catalyst for action, providing research, data, and analytic tools in support of the agenda for long-term progress as outlined in the 2002 Brookings Institution Report, “Beyond Merger:  A Competitive Vision for the Regional City of Louisville.” Annually, The Greater Louisville Project publishes the  “Competitive City Report,” tracking progress against key community indicators in Education, 21st Century Jobs and Quality of Place.


Health Report

A healthy city is a more competitive city. Health impacts opportunity for educational attainment, the creation and retention of 21st Century Jobs and ultimately our quality of place. Health is complex and encompasses many facets that will be explored in this report.  Peeling back layers of this complexity can illuminate the challenges for Louisville. See the report.