Mayor Greg Fischer

Today Mayor Greg Fischer launched Phase II of Vision Louisville by introducing his Focus Team chairs and vice chairs.

It’s a pretty impressive list of Louisville movers and shakers.

It’s a pretty long list of community movers and shakers.

The city website describes Vision Louisville as a “community process to guide the future look, feel and flow of Louisville in the next 25 years.” The process is being led by Community Chairs Matthew Barzun and Maria Gerwing Hampton.

Phase I of the project was the “visioning” portion, which examined what’s happening in other cities.  The topics for the seven Focus Teams were determined in Phase I.

Phase II will consist of 100 public meetings, town halls and online forums led by these Focus Teams and their members.

Maria Gerwing Hampton

Fischer is asking Louisville residents to get involved in Vision Louisville. He’s asking citizens to sign up to be a member of one or more of the Focus Teams, host public meetings, attend meetings and/or engage in online forums. You can sign up or offer other ways to help at  www.visionlouisville.com. People can also connect with Vision Louisville on Twitter at @VisionLville or on Facebook at VisionLouisville.

If your sense of civic engagement doesn’t compel you to volunteer, it seems like signing up for a team might also be an incredible networking opportunity.

Here are the teams and the chairs and vice chairs:

Economy Team: Capitalize on existing strengths in Louisville and in the region, emphasizing job creation and growth.

  • Chair – Scott Casey, UPS
  • Vice Chair – Heather Howell, Rooibee Red Tea
  • Vice Chair – Craig Richard, Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Vice Chair – Louis Straub, Chase
  • Vice Chair – Campbell Brown, Brown-Forman
  • Vice Chair – Pat Mulloy, Senior Care Corporation

Energy Team: Make Louisville a more sustainable city, by controlling current consumption trends and guiding a shift in resource usage.

  • Chair – Cliff Ashburner, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
  • Vice Chair – Dan Hofmann, RegenEn Solar LLC
  • Vice Chair – Robert Kingsolver, Bellarmine University
  • Vice Chair – Mahendra Sunkara, University of Louisville

Connectivity Team: Improve the overall connectivity through parks, transit, and bike/pedestrian networks.

  • Chair – Sherry Conner, Mayor, City of Shively
  • Vice Chair – Mohammad Nouri, Concepts 21
  • Vice Chair – Brandon Coan, Attorney

Creativity Team: Support the creative core of Louisville, including arts, culture, education, and entrepreneurship.

  • Chair – Nat Irvin, University of Louisville
  • Vice Chair – Jo Haas, Kentucky Science Center
  • Vice Chair – JK McKnight, AC Entertainment
  • Vice Chair – Leisa Shultz, Archdiocese of Louisville
  • Vice Chair – Don Wenzel, Chase
  • Vice Chair – Steve Wilson, 21c Museum Hotel
  • Vice Chair – Mary Gwen Wheeler, 55,000 Degrees
  • Vice Chair – Michael Raisor, JCPS

Health Team: Incorporate healthy lifestyles into the future growth agenda.

  • Chair – Dr. Louis Heuser, The Heuser Clinic
  • Vice Chair – Gabriela Alcade, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
  • Vice Chair – Dr. Sandra Brooks, Norton Healthcare
  • Vice Chair – Tim Marcum, Baptist Health Louisville

Living Team: Improve Louisville’s quality of place, focusing on housing, neighborhoods and districts.

  • Chair – Cathe Dykstra, Family Scholar House
  • Vice Chair – David Hardy, CBRE Louisville
  • Vice Chair – Patrick Piuma, Urban Design Studios
  • Vice Chair – Chuck Kavanaugh, Home Builders Association of Louisville
  • Vice Chair – Vince Jarboe, State Farm
  • Vice Chair – Jennie Jean Davidson, Network Center for Community Change

Identity Team: Establish, organize and capitalize on the shared identity of Louisville.

  • Chair – John Birnsteel, Doe Anderson
  • Vice Chair – Keith Runyon
  • Vice Chair – Ceci Conway, Ceci Conway Consulting
  • Vice Chair – Rebecca Weis, Stites & Harbison
  • Vice Chair – Robert DeLeon, DeLeon & Primmer Architecture
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6 thoughts on “Louisville movers and shakers named to lead Mayor Fischer’s Vision Louisville Focus teams

  1. I wonder how many of these movers and shakers live in either Western Louisville or southwest Jefferson County?

  2. I wonder how many of these movers and shakers live in either Western Louisville or southwest Jefferson County?

  3. The problem with selecting all “movers and shakers” to be participants in this project, or any other (take for example the committee that looked at Metro government last year that ended up doing absolutely nothing) is that no members of the general public are part of the decision-making process! Even though their input is solicited, whether it has any impact or not is debatable, the actual decision-making process is done by people who were absolutely disconnected from the general public! They don’t have to deal with the day-to-day frustrations of high prices for goods and services, nor does paying a few more dollars in taxes really bother them!
    Any of these groups, which proposed to try to reshape the future of Louisville need to have direct participation by common citizens. Without having them be part of the decision-making process, the general public will never take ownership nor feel part of any changes made. If you aren’t part of the IN group you are just forgotten in Louisville!

  4. The problem with selecting all “movers and shakers” to be participants in this project, or any other (take for example the committee that looked at Metro government last year that ended up doing absolutely nothing) is that no members of the general public are part of the decision-making process! Even though their input is solicited, whether it has any impact or not is debatable, the actual decision-making process is done by people who were absolutely disconnected from the general public! They don’t have to deal with the day-to-day frustrations of high prices for goods and services, nor does paying a few more dollars in taxes really bother them!
    Any of these groups, which proposed to try to reshape the future of Louisville need to have direct participation by common citizens. Without having them be part of the decision-making process, the general public will never take ownership nor feel part of any changes made. If you aren’t part of the IN group you are just forgotten in Louisville!

  5. Why weren’t some of the retired leaders of the community asked to participate who have dozens upon dozens of years of experience around here and who are in a position to offer solid advice and ideas about where Louisville needs to improve? Blue Ribbon Commissions are effective IF people are put on them who have broad based experience and knowledge gained from years of living, observing and assessing. There’s a whole lot of folks around here who are past 65 years of age who have a wealth of experience and ideas and would LOVE to be asked to participate. C ‘est la vie. They’ll just find another way to occupy their time.

  6. Why weren’t some of the retired leaders of the community asked to participate who have dozens upon dozens of years of experience around here and who are in a position to offer solid advice and ideas about where Louisville needs to improve? Blue Ribbon Commissions are effective IF people are put on them who have broad based experience and knowledge gained from years of living, observing and assessing. There’s a whole lot of folks around here who are past 65 years of age who have a wealth of experience and ideas and would LOVE to be asked to participate. C ‘est la vie. They’ll just find another way to occupy their time.

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