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Report: One In Seven Louisvillians Live In Areas Of Concentrated Poverty

November 30, 2016

Louisville neighborhoods among poorest in study

November 29, 2016

Report finds Louisville lags peers when it comes to poverty

November 29, 2016

New report ranks Louisville among worst for poverty rates

November 29, 2016

Which Louisville neighborhoods rank as the poorest?

November 29, 2016

A Focus on Poverty – 2015 Competitive City Update

November 21, 2016

The experience of poverty can decimate hopes, dreams, and possibilities. Systemic barriers created by poverty—such as lack of income, health, employment, education and a feeling of wellbeing—can inhibit a person from considering the possibility that they too can participate in our city’s progress.

Poverty, particularly concentrated poverty, has a substantial impact on our city’s overall competitiveness.  Currently, Louisville ranks 15 out of our 17 peer cities in terms of concentrations of poverty.  That concentration of poverty itself adds an additional layer of complications to our community’s efforts to be a place where all people have the opportunity to thrive.

Join on Tuesday, November 29, 2-3:30pm at the Louisville Urban League for a community conversation about the barriers created by multi-dimensional poverty and ways we can work across sectors to improve individual lives and our city. 


A free education should be just that — free

April 26, 2016

Emilee McCubbins

It is August. Across the nation, parents are anxiously waiting out the clock. Children run from friend’s house to friend’s house, desperate to fit in as much as possible in the final weeks of summer. Stores frantically hire more employees as the oncoming storm approaches. It’s back to school time.

A new school year means new beginnings. New classes, new friends, new experiences. The chance to start over, to become whoever and whatever you want to be. That is, if you have the money to do so.

Care needed for kinship care families

April 26, 2016

Justin Miller

Every kid needs a family and a safe place to call home. Having been in foster care myself, I can personally attest to this need.

Oral health problem: Insured and underserved

April 26, 2016

Jennifer Hasch

Compared to our peer cities, Louisville is doing an excellent job getting children health coverage, with only 2.5 percent uninsured. Research shows that children with health insurance are more likely to receive primary and preventive care and less likely to miss school due to an illness than the uninsured. Oral health care is a crucial component of overall health, yet in Jefferson County, only 48 percent of children with public health insurance receive dental services, despite 100 percent of them having dental coverage.

Restorative Justice helps youths survive justice system

April 26, 2016

Steve Jenkins & Libby Mills

“No matter what you do, you will always have me as another grandmother.” This is what one Louisville resident in her 90s said to a young man who several months earlier had stolen her purse, which contained her Christmas money and mementos of her two deceased sons.  She would never get those mementos back.

Child abuse statistics called ‘alarming’

April 26, 2016

Jerry Ward

As chair of the board of Kosair Charities and as a grandfather, ending child abuse and neglect in this community is not only important to me personally, it is a mission of Kosair Charities. In 2014 in Jefferson County, 303 kids experienced physical abuse, 2,564 experienced neglect, 95 kids were sexually abused, and in 2013, 15 children died or nearly died due to abuse and neglect. And, we know not all child abuse gets reported, so in reality, these numbers are likely higher. If these numbers don’t stop you in your tracks, I’m not sure what will. It is alarming.

GLP focuses on better outcomes for children

April 26, 2016

Terry Brooks

In today’s Forum section, readers are invited to listen to various community member perspectives about issues impacting children in our community. I hope these voices, along with the data that accompanies, will animate your thinking about how data can be an intentional driver of policy decisions around children and families in the Metro Louisville and across the Commonwealth with the same intentionality as in baseball.

Need to attract and retain foreign students

February 5, 2016

Nirupama Kulkarni

Between 1990 and 2000, Louisville’s foreign-born population more than doubled. Between 2000 and 2012, the foreign-born population accounted for nearly half (48.1 precent) of Louisville’s population growth, and over the past five years, all net migration to Jefferson County has been due to international immigration.

Social enterprise engages refugees into economy

February 5, 2016

Steven E. Bogus

Have you noticed Louisville is looking more international these days? Numbers appear to bear this out. Foreign-born residents of Louisville have increased from about 24,000 in 2000 to 57,000 in 2014. That same year, foreign-born persons represented 8 percent of the Louisville Metro population.

Foreign-borns can help Louisville leap ahead

February 5, 2016

Mayor Greg Fischer

For Louisville to prosper and maximize opportunities for all citizens, we must do more than keep up with global change. We need to leap ahead.

And what we know from studying our own economy and those of our competitor cities is that foreign-born citizens help make that leap.

GLI, city see need to welcome immigrants

February 5, 2016

Kent Oyler

Greater Louisville is showing progress on many key measures of urban growth. To sustain this growth, we must attract talented people to our region with the skills, education, knowledge, training and drive to power local businesses and start more new companies. Part of our talent solution is welcoming immigrants.

Creating ‘collisions’ of entrepreneurial thought

November 20, 2015

Larry Horn

Collisions that make a difference — 43 companies and $60 million.  That’s the scale of funding that Venture Connectors identified in our community in 2014 alone.

Twenty years after a group of visionary business leaders first came together to create a forum for all stakeholder in the entrepreneurial community, what was once the “Venture Club of Louisville” still gathers every first Wednesday of the month.

Focus on local strengths to grow firms here

November 20, 2015

Ross Baird

Why is a vibrant startup economy critical to Louisville’s future? The future of the global economy depends on entrepreneurs. While Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg dominate headlines and movie theaters, entrepreneurs from all walks of life are the engine that make the economy work daily.

Entrepreneurs drive the economy. According to the Kauffman Foundation, nearly 100 percent of net new job creation in the past 20 years has come from entrepreneurs. Although only 10 percent of new firms in the past 50 years have survived, which is part of the reality of entrepreneurship and new firms created in the past 30 years account for 30 million jobs.

Entrepreneurial climate improving in Louisville

November 20, 2015

Ben Reno-Weber

There are many conflicting narratives about what drives entrepreneurship, what is important about it, how to measure it, or even what it actually means.

In part, that is why talking about entrepreneurship in a way that uses data and discusses concrete local activity is so important.  2016 will be an inflection point for the Louisville entrepreneurial community: the Velocity Business Accelerator is closing and important local players are attempting to re-invent themselves to respond to a new reality.

Big issue for Louisville entrepreneurs is scale

November 20, 2015

Jackson M. Andrews and Rhett Morris

Exhaustive research by Endeavor Insight & Endeavor Louisville just released in Scaling Up in River City shows a very enterprising citizenry where new company formation has increased by more than 120 percent since 2000.

Our team has studied dozens of cities around the world and in terms of fundamentals, like access to hard-working employees or financial capital, Louisville is actually much better off than many other communities.

Filling the tech talent pipeline in Louisville

November 20, 2015

Amelia Gandara and Emily Brandon

The strength of Louisville’s entrepreneurial community is only as impactful as the strong-willed entrepreneurs and the resources they have to accomplish their goals. Much has been written locally and nationally about a lack of skilled workers from manufacturing to technology. The positive news is that, through several innovative programs, Louisville is training a new generation of developers and designers with modern skill sets who can help propel our region’s tech firms to the next level.

Cradle to Career is focus of education efforts

September 20, 2015

Greg Fischer

The path to a successful career starts long before a twentysomething puts on a tie for his first job interview. It starts well before a high school senior starts answering questions about what she’ll do after graduation. In fact, we’re already taking the first steps toward our future careers around the same time we learn to walk.

Research tells us that career readiness is a long process with deep roots and many parts. And if we want to prepare our young people for reliable and rewarding work, we have to start early and help them along the way. These ideas serve as the catalyst for a lifelong learning initiative we created for Louisville called Cradle to Career.

Being a ‘sherpa’ can make a difference

September 20, 2015

Rita Greer and Alice Houston

What happens when high school graduates miss college application deadlines? Or take the ACT without coaching? What if their financial aid runs out – just a few credits short of a degree – because they needed too many remedial classes their freshman year?

Many students are lucky enough to have a parent, counselor, or work colleague to guide them around these potential obstacles, which the Student Voice Team of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence called “education tripwires.” While almost invisible to the people who successfully step over them, these “trip points” can be catastrophic to those who get caught in the snare.

Time to ‘rally around talent’

September 20, 2015

Jamie Merisotis

In Louisville, the goal is clear — the city wants to add 55,000 degrees to its ranks by 2020, reaching a postsecondary attainment rate of 50 percent.

As one of the leading communities in the nation working toward a postsecondary goal, Louisville’s leaders have long understood the connection between increasing the numbers of citizens with education beyond high school and increasing prosperity and competitiveness. They understand that a high school diploma is no longer the finish line — it’s a starting line for talent.

Multiple strategies for kindergarten readiness

September 20, 2015

Joe Tolan

Metro United Way has been instrumental in solving community problems for almost 100 years. Because of our reputation of trust and our ability to convene and assemble resources, Mayor Greg Fischer asked us in 2012 to take the lead as part of the Cradle to Career framework and improve kindergarten readiness in our community.

The truth is, when children start behind, they often stay behind – in school and in life.


Key efforts: 3rd-grade reading, ‘Summer Melt’

September 20, 2015

Donna M. Hargens

Louisville’s Cradle to Career Initiative is based on the premise that learning is a lifelong process, and that the success of a community is founded on the collective endeavor of its citizens to be actively engaged in understanding and responding to our world, beginning in the earliest days of life and continuing throughout adulthood.

By establishing four pillars of education – early childhood, K-12, postsecondary, and workforce participation – and identifying lead entities responsible for measurable long-term goals in each pillar, Cradle to Career creates a framework for understanding learning across time, and highlights the critical linkages between sometimes siloed education systems.

Need to embrace lifelong learning

September 20, 2015

Ted Smith

We have made a bold commitment to educational attainment in Louisville through our community-wide support for 55,000 Degrees.

We know that those with only a high school diploma or less face a job market that presents little hope for lifetime earnings that can support a family. We also know that those same adults struggling to make ends meet have less time and resources to offer their children in those early years of development when minds need stimulation and challenge to be ready for kindergarten.

Business engagement in education is key

September 20, 2015

Mary Gwen Wheeler

The good news is that Louisville’s college attainment is at a record high. But the bad news is our competitor cities are pulling further ahead.

Whether our objective is a more innovative economy, a more competitive city, or filling those IT openings this month – the answer is the same. Louisville needs more college-educated people.

Five years ago, 55,000 Degrees, the community’s college-completion movement, launched with a simple, easily articulated goal – half of Louisville’s working age population should have college degrees by 2020.

Early childhood education gets push

September 20, 2015

Every morning, preschool teacher Starr Logsdon pulls out her jar of “magic brain sprinkles” and pretends to dust each child in her classroom with the concoction, shaking the jar of confetti above their upturned faces.

The colorful droplets will help them learn, she tells them, allowing their brains to absorb all the information in her class at McFerran Preparatory Academy.

4-step plan to attract and keep talent

August 21, 2015

Stacey Servo

Employers regularly cite lack of talent as a major impediment to growth.

Talent is hot commodity and every city is asking the same question: How do we attract and retain talent? Employers want to hire talent and cities want to keep talent.

Employers now have to expand their talent searches beyond their local community. And not only do they have to sell the company and position, but also the community.


Jobs | Reducing inequality, creating opportunity

August 21, 2015

Ben Hecht, President and CEO, Living Cities

Living Cities has been working in U.S. cities for 24 years. If there is one key lesson that we’ve learned over that time, it’s that places that want to get dramatically better results for their low-income residents need to dramatically change the way they do business. That’s why I’m excited that Louisville’s civic leaders are embracing a collective approach to reducing inequality and creating opportunities for low-income citizens.

Inventing the innovation ecosystem

August 21, 2015

G. Nagesh Rao and Yolanda Comedy

Louisville, Ky., is home to the Louisville Slugger, Churchill Downs, The Cardinals, and of course world famous bourbon makers like Heaven Hills Distillery. But when you look past the pop-culture icons that make Louisville so distinctly eclectic and wonderful, one begins to also recognize the sheer magnitude of potential the city has to be a leading model for what a 21st century city might want to emulate.


Skilled, diverse workforce is key to competitiveness

August 21, 2015

Martha Ross and Carolyn Gatz

In good economic times and bad, younger workers consistently experience higher unemployment than older workers. Yet the Great Recession and slow recovery have created new urgency about developing more effective bridges into full-time employment and good jobs for young adults, especially those with less than a bachelor’s degree.

The Louisville region is no exception to these national trends, as we explored in a recent paper, Unemployment among Young Adults.

‘Old rules’ don’t apply to new economy

August 21, 2015

Michael Gritton

The “rules of the game” in the modern economy are changing fast. Global competition and technological changes have translated into a modern labor market where employers demand higher skills even as the pressure to keep wages low is intense. The highest rewards are given to people with advanced, specialized skills or college degrees that can translate into higher skill levels.


Louisville struggles to attract high-wage jobs

August 21, 2015

Louisville leaders have spent decades preaching about the need for a better-trained workforce to strengthen the local economy and improve prospects for workers facing increasingly complex and technologically advanced workplaces.

In reality, Louisville is making significant strides in boosting higher-paying jobs in the area’s health care sector. But labor market statistics and a ranking of the metro area against other peer cities illuminate the continuous and sustained struggle to replace many low-skills jobs — for cashiers, warehouse workers and line cooks — with employment that pays a living wage.

Qualified workforce critical for Louisville

August 21, 2015

Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Mayor

Creating quality jobs and providing a 21st Century education in a healthy and compassionate community are among the values that drive my administration. They are also critical to achieving one of my goals for this community — to improve median annual wages to the top half of our peer cities by 2020, and to the top third by 2030.

As mentioned in the new report from the Greater Louisville Project, overall wages in Louisville rank below the national average.

Making living with asthma easier in Louisville

July 23, 2015

Gil Liu

My son woke in the middle of the night because he wasn’t breathing well. Uncomfortable and upset, he was wheezing loudly. After trying medicines at home, we headed for the emergency department. Fortunately, the providers were able to successfully treat his asthma, and this attack ended with us happily heading home in time to enjoy the sun rising over our fair city.

One in 10 children has asthma, making it the most common chronic childhood illness.

Progress made on air quality, but work remains

July 23, 2015

Keith H. Talley Sr.

There was a time in Louisville when you couldn’t walk downtown without getting flecks of black soot on your clean white shirt. The sun was blotted out by air pollution from factory smokestacks, motor vehicles, and coal furnaces in homes. Concerned city leaders began collecting soot in buckets on lampposts to demonstrate the need for action. Out of that came the Air Pollution Control District, which has been working since 1945 to make our air healthy and safe to breathe.

Upgrading city’s quality of place a key goal

July 23, 2015

At least two Louisville mayors in a row now have stressed the need for a superior quality of place and not just for the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of people who call the city home, but for the region’s economic health.

The experts argue that such factors as air quality, access to parks, tree cover, transportation and urban design along with the arts all factor into what makes communities liveable, or not, and contribute to health and economic well being. These factors can help or hurt Louisville in competition for young adults, entrepreneurs, jobs and growth.


‘Breathing zone’ is important as well

July 20, 2015

James L. Sublett

The Courier-Journal recently reported that the Louisville Metro Air Pollution District’s Strategic Toxic Air Reduction, or STAR, program went into effect on July 1, 2005. As a result, 10 years later, we can breathe a little easier when we participate in the many outdoor activities and events we are fortunate to have in Louisville metro.

But, should we also be concerned about our personal microenvironments, especially in occupied spaces? Think of the character Pig-Pen in Peanuts — what is in you own private dust storm around your head?

Louisville is trying to reverse unhealthy image

June 22, 2015

Standing in a circle inside a gym at St. Vincent de Paul, participants in a physical activity program for homeless men and women sound off, one by one, about what they’re grateful for, before heading outside for a walk-run near the South Preston Street facility.

Among them is Martin Downs, 40, a recovering addict who lives at St. Vincent de Paul. He’s been with the program, runPossible, since March, taking part in evening runs and participating in local 5Ks.

Opinion | Home-Based Care Program Shows Promise

June 22, 2015

Patricia Merriweather, a 64-year-old resident of west Louisville with COPD, is like many people who struggle with a chronic medical condition. During a 12-month period, she made eight trips to Jewish Hospital’s emergency room, had four outpatient visits, and five inpatient hospitalizations at a total cost of $150,000.

But thanks to an innovative, home-based program called Health Connections Initiative, Merriweather developed the skills, confidence, and resources to better manage her health. The result? Just one outpatient visit during her four months in the program, even with the additional diagnosis of lung cancer.

Opinion | YMCA seeks ‘healthy behaviors’

June 22, 2015

Healthy Living is one of three main focus areas for YMCAs across the country and has been part of the Y’s mission since it was established in 1853. As a movement, the YMCA today recognizes new challenges that face our complex world, and is increasingly thinking beyond the walls of our branches to improve the health not just of Y members, but of all citizens.

Urban agenda must set health as top priority

June 22, 2015

There is a pressing need in Louisville for a new urban agenda that sets human health as the top priority for all of us. The importance of health and harmony has been promoted for 40 years in the writings of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and was shared with us in meaningful ways during his March 20 Louisville visit.

Since assuming office, Mayor Greg Fischer has promoted the goal of human health by encouraging exercise and a healthy diet. Important as these are, they are not enough.

Creating a real roadmap to health

June 22, 2015

With previous roles in local government, education, housing, and community development, one significant lesson that I have learned is that all of these areas play a critical part in improving health. Our health is directly impacted by where we live and the conditions that shape our environment.

To become a healthier community we have to ask ourselves: Are there jobs that pay family-sustaining wages? Are students graduating from high school on time? Do residents live in a safe-community? Is it easy for everyone, no matter where you live, to access nutritious food or places for physical activity? By understanding what drives health at a local level, we can develop a more strategic and effective plan for the lives of everyone in our community.

Access to healthy food is key

June 22, 2015

It should be a no-brainer. All of us really should have access to adequate amounts of nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate food. Who wants to see a neighbor, a coworker, or, most unthinkably, their child go without?

Yet, in the wake of the Great Recession, the not-so-great recovery, and ever-deepening economic inequality, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that, nationally, one in seven households lack this minimal level of food security. This rate soars to nearly 35 percent among households earning below 185 percent of the poverty threshold — in Kentucky, that would be $44,123 for a family of four.

Health, jobs and West Louisville FoodPort

June 22, 2015

As the Greater Louisville Project reminds us, measurements of civic health are always interconnected.

One set of such connections — between poverty, jobs, and health — led Seed Capital Kentucky to develop (in partnership with Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro Louisville) the West Louisville FoodPort. The FoodPort will house multiple companies in the local food economy, all on one 24-acre site in our historic Russell neighborhood, adjacent to two other important West Louisville neighborhoods, Shawnee and Portland.

Use health scores to reward healthy behavior

June 20, 2015

Ankur Gopal

For Louisville to improve its ranking on health indicators, the first step is for citizens to quantify and organize their personal health data. Personally, I often find a problem is both easier to ignore and much harder to address when there aren’t solid metrics associated with it that I can analyze. Regularly collecting accurate health data makes it easier to measure the impact of corrective actions and continually tweak the process; this is how personal health metrics become analytics.


Lobbyists keeping plant-based diets down

June 20, 2015

Tom Riner

For decades, billion-dollar corporate giants in the food industry successfully lobbied the U.S. Congress to suppress not only constructive action, but also scientific knowledge about the dangers of overconsumption of certain foods.

Publicizing certain nutritional dangers could have saved untold lives in Louisville and could have extended the lives of millions of other Americans had U.S. Senate hearings in 1977 not been hijacked by industry lobbyists.

Find ways to create change in behavior

June 20, 2015

Peter Buecker, MD

Health behavior modification is a complex, but not impossible task. The issue is that we most frequently look at the behaviors themselves and try to nudge people into some different way of being.

To effectively improve health behaviors, whether for an individual or a larger community, we really need to be looking deeper at the “whys” of the behaviors we are measuring. That is, what are our motivations for the behaviors in which we do engage, and what are the barriers to positive change?

Access to healthy food is key

June 20, 2015

Lisa Markowitz

It should be a no-brainer. All of us really should have access to adequate amounts of nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate food. Who wants to see a neighbor, a coworker, or, most unthinkably, their child go without?


Creating a real roadmap to health

June 20, 2015

Attica Scott

With previous roles in local government, education, housing, and community development, one significant lesson that I have learned is that all of these areas play a critical part in improving health. Our health is directly impacted by where we live and the conditions that shape our environment.

To become a healthier community we have to ask ourselves: Are there jobs that pay family-sustaining wages? Are students graduating from high school on time? Do residents live in a safe-community? Is it easy for everyone, no matter where you live, to access nutritious food or places for physical activity? By understanding what drives health at a local level, we can develop a more strategic and effective plan for the lives of everyone in our community.

Urban agenda must set health as top priority

June 20, 2015

There is a pressing need in Louisville for a new urban agenda that sets human health as the top priority for all of us. The importance of health and harmony has been promoted for 40 years in the writings of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and was shared with us in meaningful ways during his March 20 Louisville visit.

Since assuming office, Mayor Greg Fischer has promoted the goal of human health by encouraging exercise and a healthy diet. Important as these are, they are not enough.

Bounce: Building resilient children, families

June 20, 2015

During the past 20 years, research has shown childhood trauma such as abuse, neglect, and dysfunction directly correlates to long-lasting effects on both physical and mental health. Adverse childhood experiences (or ACEs) can lead to obesity, alcoholism, drug use, diabetes, suicide, and many more deadly outcomes if they go unnoticed and unattended. The more ACEs one experiences before the age of 18, the higher risk of lasting poor health outcomes. This is why a program like Bounce is crucial.

More bicycling infrastructure can benefit health

June 20, 2015

Recent discussions have mentioned bike lanes as a luxury, like a prom dress or a video game. To the contrary, bike lanes are an investment in our future. Cutting funding for bicycling infrastructure will not solve the budgetary problems the city faces. The wear and tear on the pavement caused by bicycles is minimal. The cost of modifying existing pavement for bicycle facilities is minimal.

The Greater Louisville Project recently stated that Louisville ranks 15 of 17 among peer cities in health behaviors. For diet and exercise, Louisville ranks 14 of 17 among our peer cities. Good bicycle facilities encourage people of all skill levels to use their bicycles in a relatively safe manner.

Improving care of infants born addicted to drugs

June 20, 2015

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a term for a group of problems a baby experiences when withdrawing from exposure to narcotics. Illicit substances that cause drug dependence and addiction in the mother also cause the fetus to become addicted.

Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse and NAS continue to increase in Kentucky. In addition, we’ve seen a resurgence in the use of heroin. In Kentucky, of the 50,000 projected annual births, it is estimated that 2 percent or 1,000 will be born addicted to drugs. The number of NAS cases is expected to continue to increase.

Using data to build a better life

May 27, 2015

Not long ago, collecting data was challenging and expensive. Now our challenge as a community is to use the plethora of data available to us to spur collaboration across sectors, to use evidence-based approaches, and to invest our resources in ways that will create a community in which every person has an opportunity to thrive.

Since 2003, the Greater Louisville Project has been at the heart of Louisville’s civic data community, using data to spark meaningful conversations about Louisville’s competitiveness.

Big Data helps Louisville compete economically

May 27, 2015

After high school nearly three decades ago, Timothy Campbell’s dreams of becoming an architect and entrepreneur evaporated as he pulled work shifts to pay for college.

Two semesters in, he quit and embarked on a 20-year Army career. Though an associate’s degree in the service qualified the 45-year-old father to teach Junior ROTC at Butler Traditional High School, Campbell finally picked up a bachelor’s degree this month at University of Louisville.

Education: Data drives a whole-village approach

May 27, 2015

We know school districts need strong community partnerships to be successful in educating children. For large urban school districts like Jefferson County Public Schools, this is particularly important.

Great Cities Built to Support Health

May 27, 2015

No one should be surprised by the popularity of the Big Four Bridge. Advocacy groups use the spot for events – last October bras were draped along the span. There are ongoing debates about who owns this turf – dog owners or cyclists or pedestrians. Jeffersonville businesses are thrilled with the new customers the walkway delivers to their doors. Everyone has a share in the ownership of this common green space.

Louisville’s business climate 51st among 100 biggest U.S. cities

May 18, 2015

MarketWatch, plants River City at a firm No. 51 among the nation’s 100 most populous cities for our friendliness to business.

Louisville Ranks 4th Among Peer Cities For Women In STEM Jobs

June 23, 2014

Nearly 37 percent of Louisville women work in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields, ranking Louisville 4th among 16 peer cities in the number of women employed in STEM related fields. Read more about the statistics and opportunities for women in STEM.

GLP revises its list of socio-economic benchmark cities

April 22, 2014

The Greater Louisville Project (GLP) has updated its list of “peer” cities – the communities to which Louisville benchmarks its socio-economic performance. The new list includes 10 cities from the original list, adopted by the GLP in 2003, plus six new peers.

“Ten years after adopting the original list, it was time to re-evaluate the cities we call ‘peers,’ ” said GLP Director Christen Boone. “Much has changed in the past 10 years for Louisville and for our peer cities, including the great recession, the migration of companies and people between regions, and the availability and scope of data.”

Read more to see the methodology for the Peer Cities Report and the new peers list.


STEM: Which comes first, jobs or qualified workers?

February 24, 2014

How does Louisville get more people to seek training in the higher-paying fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics when there are relatively few opportunities locally in those areas? GLP’s recently released report focuses on Louisville’s standing in STEM jobs compared with 14 other peer cities.

To read more and reference data citations, visit  2013 Competitive City Update Report online.

NC3 Strives For Stronger Neighborhoods

December 10, 2013

Kentuckiana Health Collaborative – Better health + better care = lower costs

October 24, 2013

Health outcome metrics 10th among list of 15 peer cities, says ‘Building A Healthier Louisville’ report

October 7, 2013

Working for a healthier community is a shared responsibility

October 4, 2013

Greater Louisville Project Builds a Better City Through Better Community Health

October 2, 2013

State Senator Julie Denton references rates of life expectancy in different Louisville neighborhoods featured in the GLP Special Report on Health

September 10, 2013

Recent Kaiser Report affirms GLP Report highlighting the increased demand for primary care providers.

September 9, 2013

Craig H. Blakely | A starting point for improving Louisville’s health

September 8, 2013

How Long Louisvillians Live Depends on Their Neighborhood, Education, Study Says

September 6, 2013

First glimpse at the Special Report on Health

September 5, 2013