“The protest movement for racial justice and the COVID-19 pandemic have brutally exposed systemic racism and institutional failures that inhibit the realization of a nation of liberty, prosperity, and justice for all, destroying any illusion of an equal opportunity nation.
The movement and the dastardly virus have revealed the lack of systemic investment required from national to local levels to make our people and institutions robust and resilient. This necessary state of resilience would create the intended outcome of our city value of compassion – a place that embraces human interdependence and the flourishing of human potential.
It is now our historic opportunity to seize this moment and embrace that only when Black Lives Matter will all of our city, our residents, and our environment be stronger than ever.”
--Greg Fischer, Mayor
For the past ten years, Louisville has embraced the core values of lifelong learning and a healthier, more compassionate city. We turn to those core values as we seek to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated already poor health disparities and inadequate economic systems, and as we build on the protest movement for racial justice, a result of the deaths of Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others. These values will guide us as we build a new, more dynamic and equitable economy.
We seek to engage all Louisvillians in our efforts to create a robust economic and human recovery and to address the racism and inequity built into the foundation of the American system.
We know that the choices people make in our community are a result of the choices our public, private, and nonprofit systems create. To achieve a full recovery, we have created the Build Back Better, Together initiative.