Kent’s Column: After the Polls Close, Just Do It!

11/7/2014 01:41:48 PM  -  0 Comments

So after one of the most contentious well publicized and important races in Kentucky history, the polls have closed, the ballots counted, and voters have spoken.  And they chose Stephanie Horne, Lisa Wilner, Linda Duncan and Diane Porter.

 Oh yeah, and Senator Mitch McConnell, John Yarmuth and Mayor Greg Fisher won their elections as well (the former a bit closer than the latter two).

With all due respect for our returning senior senator, in the Louisville Metro, some might say that the most important elections this cycle involved the JCPS School Board.  And with a couple of new faces and a whole lot of new public awareness, meaningful progress on public education may now retake its rightful seat at the front of the policy bus.  For too long transformational education change has seemed too difficult, too soon, too bold, too much…  You get it, somehow beyond our imaginations.  So let’s get past the parochial thinking of the past and start thinking big, really big.  Let's start believing that our new school board will see though the changes we need so that someday soon people will move to Louisville FOR its public schools.


2014 Bingham Fellows Focus on Education, Hiring, Economic Development to Make a Difference in Louisville’s West End

11/3/2014 09:44:54 AM  -  0 Comments

Each year, Leadership Louisville’s class of selected Bingham Fellows come together to explore and seek solutions for community problems. Established more than 20 years ago, the Bingham Fellows have more recently worked to attract and retain talent with an internship program now managed by Greater Louisville Inc. and helped form the Kentucky Indiana Exchange, a regional leadership coalition. It’s been proven that by shining a spotlight and focusing assets and attention on an issue, the Bingham Fellows can help develop necessary partnerships and encourage action.

This year, the Bingham Fellows agreed to tackle the multi-layered problems facing Louisville’s West End, identified more for its crime rate and economic decline in recent years.  One of Louisville’s oldest collection of neighborhoods, West Louisville poses a unique blend of opportunities and challenges. It is home to 60,000 people, but continues to lag behind the rest of the city in median household income, education attainment and home ownership.