Resilient Louisville Released on June 10, 2019

On June 10, 2019, Resilient Louisville, Louisville's Resilience Strategy will be released in the Mayor's Gallery at Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson at 11 a.m.  Read the Louisville Resilience Strategy Release.


Draft Resilience Strategy

On January 30, 2019, Louisville Resilience presented the Draft Resilience Strategy at Louisville Central Community Center. We took a look back at 2018 and the Resilience process, shared a vision of our city tomorrow, and heard from Metro's Office of Sustainability on the Climate Adaption Plan. We want to thank those whose voices helped shaped this plan including community members, our Steering Committee, Phase II Work Groups, the Louisville Resilience Core Team, 100 Resilient Cites, and Perkins & Will.

Review Louisville's  Resilience Strategy


Phase II Kickoff

Our Phase II Kickoff Meeting took place at the Louisville Free Public Library on September 10, 2018.  Chief Eric Friedlander and our Guest Speakers spoke to the Work Group Members on the work we will be doing over the course of this phase, such as identifying actions that will build community resilience through an equity lens. These actions will be published in the Louisville Resilience Strategy documents in the Spring of 2019.

Full recording of the Phase II Kickoff Meeting

Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA)

We asked, and you told us what will it take for Louisville to be resilient. What better way than to close out Phase I of the resilience work than to celebrate our community's voice with the finalized Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA)! The PRA highlights the areas that the community wants to focus on as we plan Phase II strategy implementation: Enrich Culture of Compassion & Trust; Enhance Resilience to Trauma; Increase Financial Capacity, Wealth Building & Economic Opportunity; and Strengthen Built & Natural Infrastructure to Promote Health & Wellbeing.

Review the PRA document





What does it take for Louisville to be Resilient? You! 

Download this flyer to learn more and to share with others

Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, grow, and thrive, no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. For Louisville to thrive as an entire community, we must address Louisville’s issues such as: severe weather, violence, equity, poverty, education, and unemployment and turn them into opportunities for Louisville to thrive as an entire community.



Metro TV interview about what Resilience means to Louisville

Watch this Metro TV interview with our Chief Reslience Officer, Eric Friedlander.

How can we as residents help build a stronger & more resilient city? Join the conversation by emailing us here.


Resilient Louisville Agenda Setting Workshop

Read the full report of the Agenda Setting Workshop for Resilient Louisville held at the Muhammad Ali Center in January 31, 2017. This workshop was hosted by the City of Louisville in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities and gathered stakeholders from various sectors as a first step in the development of Louisville’s Resilience Strategy.


Louisville's Chief Resilience Officer 


In April 2017, Eric Friedlander was appointed as Louisville Metro’s first Chief Resilience Officer by Mayor Greg Fischer. In this role, Friedlander will lead the city’s efforts to help prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from chronic stresses and acute shocks. The new position and resiliency efforts are funded and supported through 100 Resilient Cities -- pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation -- which last year selected Louisville to join its network aimed at building urban, environmental and economic resilience. Read the full press release.

Friedlander will serve as a key leader in helping city government break down existing barriers at the local level, account for pre-existing plans, and create partnerships, alliances and financing mechanisms that will address the resilience vulnerabilities of all city residents, with a particular focus on low-income and vulnerable populations. In his role as Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), Friedlander will focus on issues such as:

  • Louisville's built environment challenges;
  • Environmental and sustainability issues; and
  • Economic and social challenges that keep all Louisvillians from thriving and reaching opportunity and success.

Friedlander transitions to the CRO after serving as director of the city’s Department of Community Services since December 2015. While in this position, Eric oversaw the relocation of the department’s headquarters; strengthened the culture of continuous improvement utilizing methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma and Project Management to improve access and delivery of programs and services; and initiated the update of the department’s strategic plan – focusing on four main areas: Income/Resource Maximization; Financial Empowerment; Homeless Prevention; and Community Engagement.

Prior to his work in Louisville Metro Government, Friedlander served for over 30 years in Kentucky State Government having overseen the human resources, budget and legislative departments of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; served as the Executive Director for the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs; held executive leadership roles in the Office of the Inspector General, Behavioral Health, Office of Health Policy (CON), Department for Income Support and Family Resource and Youth Services Centers, as well as served as Deputy Secretary for the Cabinet.

Friedlander is a graduate of Antioch College in economics.

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