UofL joins partnership to address issues affecting Kentucky’s cities
August 15th, 2007
The NewCities Institute, the Kentucky League of Cities and the University of Louisville will partner on an Urban Solutions Center in Louisville to provide research and services to governments, community groups and citizens across the commonwealth.
In an agreement to be formalized this fall, the partnership initially will include the following:
- A UofL academic degree in civic leadership, complementing a two-year degree in this area to be offered by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS);
- Continuing education for elected and appointed local government officials dealing with urban and regional challenges;
- A statewide clearinghouse for Kentucky’s cities and counties on best practices for engaging citizens in civic work; and
- A statewide repository of current data on metropolitan and regional development across the country.
UofL provided first-year funding of $250,000 for the center and will help develop an organizational plan. The organizations plan to hire a full-time director by the end of this year.
“The mission of the NewCities Institute is to promote civic engagement to improve the quality of life and economic climate of America’s communities,” said NewCities President Sylvia Lovely. “We sought out Kentucky’s comprehensive urban university as a partner because of the resources, academic rigor and credibility that UofL can bring to our work.”
UofL President James Ramsey said the center will be the go-to place for city and regional leaders looking to engage citizens in their communities’ future. The center may offer consulting for Kentucky communities, conduct polls or surveys to assess attitudes toward urban and regional issues, offer conferences and workshops, and bring national speakers and meetings to Louisville.
“The real excitement lies in the remarkable potential of a partnership between two nationally recognized, capable organizations — each committed to education, citizenship and quality of life in communities,” Ramsey said.