Mayor Greg Fischer and The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) today released Louisville’s first citywide Resilience Strategy, a new approach to address the city’s most pressing and interconnected challenges.
Entitled Resilient Louisville, the strategy serves as a roadmap to better adapt city systems and institutions to the challenges of the 21st century, and prepare the city and its citizens for both expected and unexpected challenges. It includes an actionable set of visions, goals and targets that address the region’s most pressing stresses and seeks to build capacity among residents and city systems alike to better withstand future shocks.
Nearly 3,000 individuals contributed ideas and recommendations that fed into the development of the strategy, which focuses on human resilience and is supported by a 38-person Resilience Steering Committee comprised of leaders from across Louisville’s public, private, academic and non-profit sectors.
“City resilience is about making a city better, in both good times and bad, for the benefit of all its citizens,” Mayor Fischer said. “We are stronger and more resilient when we work together. This strategy sets out long-term objectives and immediate actions that residents, communities and organizations can take to build a Louisville that can continue to thrive.”
Led by Louisville’s Chief Resilience Officer, Eric Friedlander, and the Office of Resilience and Community Services, in collaboration with Mayor Fischer’s leadership team, Louisville’s Resilience Strategy proposes an integrated response to various urban vulnerabilities.
Every vision, goal and action reflect the Louisville Resilience Equation: Equity plus Compassion plus Trust (R=E+C+T).
“Resilient Louisville is the culmination of the process to cultivate partnerships and develop actions that increase Louisville’s resilience,” Friedlander said. “It is also the beginning of a greater citywide commitment to continue to collaborate, form new partnerships, and design new initiatives in a process that will contribute to a safer and stronger Louisville.”
Resilient Louisville is organized around four visions, 10 goals and 46 action steps:
Resilient Louisville links and reinforces the goals in the Mayor’s Strategic Plan for Louisville’s growth and prosperity. Each vision also ties to the global sustainability community by aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and deepening the connection of this work with partners at the University of Louisville and its Envirome Institute.
With its strategy established, Louisville joins the ranks of approximately 65 cities around the world, including Paris, New York, and Bangkok, that have worked with 100 Resilient Cities to publish similar strategies, which they are working to implement.
Financial and technical assistance for Resilient Louisville were made possible through a partnership between Louisville Metro Government and 100 Resilient Cities, in which Louisville has been a member since 2016.
“Resilient Louisville may be produced by Louisville Metro Government, but it is truly a strategy whose creation and implementation are owned by the city’s residents,” said Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities. “Along with the global 100RC Network, we look forward to watching this work progress, with the power to transform Louisville into a more resilient city, where all residents can learn, live, thrive and engage today and for generations to come.”
As a living document, Resilient Louisville will continue to be updated as action steps are added, supplemented by report cards for assessing progress in partnership with the Louisville Metro Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation.