Making Louisville a Top-Tier City

Bingham FellowsLouisville is recognized on many top cities lists and is described by national experts as “that next breakthrough city.” But what will it take to actually break through?

It’s time to look at what must be different for us to get to that top tier. Is it more Fortune 500 headquarters and professional sports teams? More amenities, different cityscapes? Who needs to be engaged in defining those aspirations and achieving them? What will it cost and where will we get the revenue? What policies and practices need to change? How could strengthening relationships across the Commonwealth secure Louisville’s future? Decisions and plans of action are needed to set the stage for us reaching that next level.

We can’t expect our elected officials, nonprofits, and philanthropists to carry all of the work and the responsibility.  A new model of dispersed leadership is needed, where people from throughout the community are involved and are engaged in new, different, and more systemic ways.

The Bingham Fellows Class of 2020 will gather influential leaders to study what it means to be a top-tier city and the steps we must undertake to get there. The class will take a meaningful look at the data, study issues of revenue and spending, explore what’s happening with philanthropy in our community, and review what other cities have learned about growth. They will build connections to bring more people and groups into the conversation and take on the challenge of moving us into action.

Opportunities to learn more

Bingham Fellows 2020 Overview: September 25th, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
RSVP for the Bingham Fellows 2020 Overview Event – Sept. 25

Can’t make it to the Bingham Fellows Overview on Sept. 25th?
Join us for a Meet and Greet Happy Hour with Bingham Fellows staff and alumni: October 2nd, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (Note, the time of this event has changed from the originally published time of 5:30-7:30 p.m.)
RSVP for the Happy Hour – Oct. 2

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Program Calendar – Class of 2020

Unless otherwise indicated, program days are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

January 23, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Opening Session (mandatory), which includes Project Launch presentations from the class of 2019.

February 27, 2020

March 26, 2020

April 23, 2020

May 7 & 8, 2020, Two-day overnight retreat (mandatory)

June 25, 2020

July 23, 2020

August 27, 2020

September 24, 2020, Half day – 8 a.m. – noon

October 15, 2020, Project evaluations scheduled on this date, 60 minutes per team (time TBD)

November 19, 2020, Half day – 8 a.m. – noon

December 10, 2020, Graduation (2:00-7:00 p.m.)

January 21, 2021, Project Launch event for the class of 2020, which will be attended by the Class of 2021.