Several hundred people, including the city's mayor, Greg Fischer, representatives from Louisville corporations such as UPS and Republic Bank came to the Heritage Center to witness the presentation and initiative announcements. Among the items of interest:
From the website: "Envisioning an economic renaissance in West Louisville, this Bingham Fellows project focuses on the built environment – the physical surroundings and infrastructure where people live, work and play.
To that end, the Bingham Fellows are creating OneWest, a non-profit corporation that will establish new pathways to public and private capital – in Louisville Metro and beyond – in an effort to stimulate economic development and revitalization in an area key to the city's overall success."
We at Narrow The Gap! are cautiously optimistic. If there are corporate partnership with buy-in and the commitment of resources in dollars, specialized expertise in community infrastructure development and growth and a sustained commitment to implementation, this can be a net benefit to the citizens of the nine neighborhoods that make up the West End of Louisville and the city of Louisville.
That said, these resources will take time to develop. Long-term marketing, promotion and development strategies are essential and a targeted, research-based long term strategy is necessary. In the meantime, personal and community capacity has to be addressed by us. Narrow The Gap will continue to stay the course as a resource for useful news and information.
To learn more about the motivation for OneWest: Video