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Louisville selected for program to drive innovation for low-income citizens

Metro one of three cities chosen for City Accelerator

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — Louisville has been selected by the Citi Foundation and Living Cities as one of the first three participants in the City Accelerator, a $3 million program to help nine cities pilot leading innovations in local government.

city acceleratorOver the next 18 months, Louisville, Nashville and Philadelphia will receive a package of resources and in-kind support to help them adopt cutting-edge approaches to innovation and apply these new tools to tackle specific challenges facing low-income residents.

“Our goal with the City Accelerator program is to build upon our many performance improvement and innovation efforts to create a world-leading and sustainable practice of innovation, on par with the R&D branches of a world-class company,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “We want to push beyond the status quo in all things touched by city government, and empower employees and citizens alike to participate in the work of innovation. We are both energized by and grateful for the support of the Citi Foundation and Living Cities in this effort.”

Louisville will employ its current innovation toolkit, alongside new approaches supported by the City Accelerator, to address issues such as enhancing its fire response system and better serving people suffering from both mental illness and substance abuse.

The City Accelerator allows selected U.S. cities to develop models for innovation that generate economic opportunities for low-income populations and help municipalities run more effectively. Participating cities benefit from ongoing interaction with leading practitioners from around the country and share lessons learned to advance progress.