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Students Share Big Ideas for Vision Louisville

Wednesday August 14, 2013

JCPS, Catholic school students contribute thoughts about future of city

Nearly 77,000 students in Louisville’s public and private schools will share their big ideas about the city’s future as part of the Vision Louisville project, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

The student involvement will allow Vision Louisville to significantly surpass its goal of gathering 45,000 ideas about the city’s future.

“This is a great opportunity to see what young people want their city to become over the next quarter of a century,” Fischer said. “Their input is critical because they will be the future business, community and civic leaders when the Vision Louisville plan comes to fruition.”

About 67,000 elementary and middle students from Jefferson County Public Schools and 10,000 Catholic school students will contribute to Vision Louisville during their first week back to school, August 20 – 23.

“As the youngest members of the Louisville community, our student’s unique insights and innovative ideas will help transform the city where they will live, work and play for years to come,” said Leisa Schulz, the Louisville Archdiocese’s Superintendent of Schools.

“Children often have the most unique ideas because they see the world from a different perspective than adults,” JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens said. “Our team can’t wait to see what ideas come from these young minds.”

The Vision Louisville project is seeking ideas about how the city should look, feel and flow in the next 25 years. The ideas students have regarding future improvements in sustainability, healthy living, neighborhoods, business innovation, transportation and the arts will be incorporated into the visioning process.

Thursday marks the end of the public input phase of Vision Louisville and a celebration is planned for 7 p.m. at Urban Design Studio, 507 S. Third Street. The public is invited.