Goal 15: Increase Inclusion and Create Equity

Goal Description: 

Increase equity by administering and delivering city services in a way that gives all Louisvillians access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full human potential. 


Update / Why is this important?: 

Louisville will not reach its full potential as a city until all citizens have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.  Intentional, honest and frank conversations must be had and work done to overcome the barriers that exist today. 

We will end disparities within city government, so there is fairness in hiring and promotions, greater opportunities in contracting, and equitable services to all residents.

We will identify and remove barriers to public engagement and inclusion for individuals from diverse backgrounds, starting with issues of race, gender, sexual orientation and disability. 

We will collaborate with communities and institutions to eliminate inequity in all areas of government, including education, criminal justice, environmental justice, health, housing, transportation, and economic success.



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Initiative Health: What are we doing to accomplish this?


Creating a culture of diversity encompasses three core areas of improvement: recruitment/hiring, retainment, and training. We identify, pursue, and hire a workforce reflective of the diversity in the community, in accordance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines. We will increase efforts to retain and advance current minority workers within Metro Government. 

Metro currently offers three diversity courses to Metro employees. Diversity training has been incorporated into mandatory New Employee Onboarding (NEO) training.

We will work with businesses and universities to increase meaningful employment in Louisville's underserved, minority, and international communities.

We partner with Kentuckiana Works to provide an array of workforce development programs, which include the Mayor’s SummerWorks Program, job fairs, career training, GED assistance, and connecting employers to community residents.

Relationships have been established with JCPS and universities through multiple programs to raise awareness of employment opportunities and expand internship opportunities to students. The groundwork was laid in 2015 for the Global Louisville Initiative, including forming a steering committee and identifying opportunities with stakeholders to move more international students into job placement.

The Refugees & Immigrants Succeeding in Entrepreneurship (RISE) program has been launched and EG&I held the 2nd annual Career Opportunities & Resources Expo (CORE) event during WorldFest. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with JCTCS is in process in order to help in engaging the international community. Thus far, 30+ Communities have been identified and approached to form and participate in a Council of which there are currently 9 functioning International Councils.

We will work with small business development resources and minority communities to boost new starts.

We will increase diversity and inclusion in Louisville Metro Government's procurement process to ensure fifteen percent (15%) minority-owned businesses, five percent (5%) female-owned businesses, and point five percent (.5%) handicapped-owned businesses are represented.

We will include minority and international communities in civic engagement opportunities. 

We are in the process of developing plans for long term solutions that will dedicate resources to equity policies and practices.

A review of current state and local legislation is underway. A change to KRS 67C.119 (7 - 11 & 14) was made requiring vendors to pre-qualify with Louisville Metro Government. With this change, the local requirement matches what is required of the state. All relevant Louisville Metro policies and procedures have been updated to comply with this legislative change; KRS 67C.117 was also changed.