Mayor Greg Fischer is searching for big ideas to shape Louisville’s future and he’s asking everyone in the city to take part.
Mayor Fischer launched Vision Louisville last week, a community process in which resident are invited and encouraged to share what they hope Louisville will look like in the next 25 years.
A special article written by the mayor and featured in the Courier Journal last week discussed how big ideas have transformed Louisville in the past and why now is the time for new wave of exciting proposals.
The goal is to generate 45,000 ideas in 45 days, however the plan is also geared toward fostering community involvement and ultimately, building a better city.
“The most important objective is to hear from citizens from all walks of life and all corners of our community who have ideas that might blow our minds. No idea is too small or too large — too wild or too wacky — to be thrown into the mix,” Mayor Fischer said in his article.
Vision Louisville is specifically looking for ideas in seven areas including connectivity, creativity, economy, energy, health, living and identity.
Each area has a committee made up of community leaders to choose the best submissions and take them to the Mayor’s office.
This current process of idea-gathering is the second of three phases in the mayor’s plan.
The first phase, which began last year, involved collecting data and research to study future growth patterns and determine what areas need improvement.
The third and final phase will, of course, include implementing the best ideas that are submitted. That means deciding what to build (and where) over the next 25 years. According to Mayor Fischer, the final product, a menu of bold projects, will be presented o the community in 2014.
Interested in Vision Louisville? There are number of ways to join in – you can attend one of eight meetings across the city (the next town hall is July 20 at 9 a.m. at Bowman Field) or try a virtual session on Aug. 15. You can also find more information on their Facebook page, interact on Twitter by using @visionlville or #visionlou, visit www.visionlouisville.com, or simply text your ideas to (502) 603-6060.
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