Fischer Launches Vision Louisville

Leadership LouisvilleThe highly anticipated 2012 Leadership Louisville Luncheon, held in partnership with the Leadership Louisville Center and the Office of the Mayor, brought together nearly 1,000 community leaders in business, government, nonprofits and civic engagement from the region.

The event centered around building a stronger community and a challenge from Mayor Greg Fischer to local leaders to start thinking about what Louisville will look like in 25 years.

The goal of Fischer’s 25-year vision initiative, named Vision Louisville, is to get people to collaborate and talk about ideas for a vibrant and prosperous future. He encouraged Louisvillians to think boldly about the look, feel and flow of the city. The upcoming IdeaFestival in September will be one of the first opportunities to provide input and ideas can also be shared at

“We have plenty of resources if we engage each other in citizenship,” Fischer said. While there are community issues to be addressed today, the mayor encouraged citizens to alson look forward. “If we aren’t thinking about the future, we aren’t doing our job.”

The Honorable Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento and former NBA All-Star, shared how his vision and a passion for education inspired “Sacramento READS!” Johnson launched the ten-year literacy campaign with a goal of making Sacramento the first city in the country to have every third grader reading on grade level.

“You cannot have a great city without great schools – make sure that public education is a top priority,” Johnson encouraged.

Leadership Louisville Fischer will be pushing for a local option sales to help finance big ideas that emerge from Vision Louisville, which will require an amendment to the state constitution.

The planning team responsible for Vision Louisville brings together local, national and international talent, including Space Group, based in Oslo, Norway, and a New York City design studio called 2×4. Matthew Barzun and Maria Hampton will co-chair the effort.

The Leadership Louisville Luncheon was moderated by Joe Arnold of WHAS and presented by LG&E and KU Energy LLC.