Downtown Revitalization Team begins work to identify actions to improve downtown
Mayor Greg Fischer today kicked off the inaugural meeting of the Downtown Revitalization Team, a group formed to determine new ways to bring people and businesses back downtown following declines in business heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Prior to the pandemic, Louisville was thriving with record tourism numbers and new investment flowing into downtown. It is important that we position ourselves to take advantage of our city’s unique assets as we look to rebuild and to include everyone,” the Mayor said.
Mayor Fischer announced the creation of the Downtown Revitalization Team during his annual State of the City address in January.
The Downtown Revitalization Team will focus on short-term projects that will help revitalize downtown. A draft action plan is expected by May that will guide actions through 2021, including actions that could be taken immediately. Early items discussed included clean and green efforts, safety, public infrastructure improvements, and homeless resources.
“The goal of this group is to be action-oriented,” said Mariah Gratz, a co-chair of the Downtown Revitalization Team steering committee and CEO of Weyland Ventures. Gratz emphasized that the team will not seek to duplicate efforts currently underway.
Gratz shares the co-chair title with Douglas Edwards, senior vice president of workplace experience at Humana.
The Downtown Revitalization Team is an open committee; it currently includes residents and representatives from the business community, tourism, government agencies and other organizations with downtown or near-downtown operations. Anyone can join by reaching out to Louisville Forward at (502) 574-4140.
Keep up-to-date on the team at www.louisvilleky.gov/downtown.