My Dream For Lou: Economic Development and Investment


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In advance of the summit, some registrants participated in a photovoice process. The photovoice process revealed 4 themes which were the focus of the issue area groups on Friday of the summit. Each of the issue area groups were provided an issue area overview brief, relevant photovoice images and their respective narratives, and other related resources were made available. You can find the Economic Development and Investment issue area resources below. 

Economic Development and Investment 

What are the impacts that economic development and investment have on our community? This theme arises out of photovoice narratives which highlight the ways government dollars are allocated, economic development projects are prioritized, and where small businesses thrive.



  1. My Dream For Lou Economic Development and Investment issue area brief

  2. Photovoice narratives: Economic Development and Investment

These additional resources were provided to participants in their issue area rooms during the summit: 

  1. Cornerstone 2020 Comprehensive Plan 

  2. Louisville Metro Recommended Budget FY 2016-2017 

  3. Organizing for Participatory Budgeting

  4. St. Louis Federal Reserve Burgundy Book for Louisville 2016

  5.  West Louisville Strategies for Success 

  6. Kentucky Historic Tax Credit Impact Analysis

  7. Tax Increment Financing 

  8. Louisville Forward Redevelopment Incentives 

  9. Amy Liu of the Brookings Institution- “Remaking Economic Development: The Markets and Civics of Continuous Growth and Prosperity” (2016) 

  10. Steinberg et al. of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Department of City and Regional Planning- “Small legacy cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy” (Spring 2014) 

  11. Louisville Forward Small Business Resources 

  12. Louisville Forward Local Loan Programs 

  13. Microbusiness Development Program 

  14. Doing Business in Louisville, KY 

  15. Bank On Louisville: Year 4 Report

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