The last time Louisville officals indulged in the vision thing – the Ross Boyle report in 1995 – Louisville became a global logistics hub.
Two decades later, Mayor Greg Fischer is set to lay out his vision for the next 25 years on Thursday at the 2012 Leadership Louisville luncheon.
Here’s what we can tell you in advance: Insider Louisville broke the story earlier this month that Fischer has recruited Obama 2012 campaign finance chairman Matthew Barzun and Maria Hampton, Louisville-based vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, to head up the effort to articulate where Louisville should go and how we should get there.
Among other accomplishments, including getting Barak Obama elected president in 2008, then serving as Ambassador to Sweden, Barzun was business partners with Ted Smith, Fischer’s director, Department of Economic Growth and Innovation.
(See a question-and-answer interview with Smith here.)
This is from the Leadership Louisville news release:
Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville Metro, will unveil his initiative to create a 25-year vision for improving Louisville and developing a blueprint for how the city should look, feel and flow in 2040. He will also present the planning team responsible for the effort, which includes local, national and international talent. With the theme, ‘Quality of Place starts with Quality Leaders,’ the event will leave business and community leaders in attendance with a call to action to be part of this exciting initiative of the Mayor’s office.
As a bonus, the 2012 Leadership Louisville Luncheon August 30 will include former NBA star Kevin Johnson, now mayor of Sacremento, as keynote speaker. (Sources tell us KJ and Fischer will conclude the meeting with a best three out of five slam dunk contest, with the loser going back to Sacremento.
Registration is still open for the Leadership Louisville Luncheon. Individual tickets are $75 and table sponsorships are available for $1,200.
The conference at the Galt House, 140 N. Fourth St., a collaboration between the Leadership Louisville Center and the Office of the Mayor, is expected to draw more than 900 community leaders in business, government, nonprofits and civic engagement from the Louisville region, according to the release.
The luncheon is scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m.
· Bill Hollander, Leadership Louisville Center Board Chair (Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP)
· Cynthia Knapek, Leadership Louisville Center President
· Vic Staffieri, LG&E and KU Energy – Presenting sponsor
· James Rickard, Baptist Healthcare System (Your Community Bank) – Diamond sponsor
· Mayor Kevin Johnson – Keynote speaker
· Mayor Greg Fischer – Keynote speaker
About the Leadership Louisville Center: Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center mission is to expand and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for the community through dynamic programming and strong community connections. More than 6,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s programs that include Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville and Bingham Fellows. In 2011, the Leadership Louisville Center was recognized as one of the top seven community leadership programs in the U.S. in a benchmark study by the Center for Creative Leadership, the “gold standard” global provider of executive leadership education and research.