Like Hal Heiner did earlier, Greg Fischer has also released a plan for Louisville.
Four ideas in the plan, which he touted in a press release, are:
- Business in a Box, an idea to literally package the basic elements of business formation in a kit and make it readily available for pick-up at government centers. This business-in-a-box will contain information on all the public and private resources available to start-ups. It will also include templates for basic formation legal documents, leases, consulting, loans, and investment, and a listing of local firms who will agree to finalize these documents at discounted prices. The box will include information on city loan programs, as well as possible office space in open city-owned properties. Business-in-a-Box is not just an open-door policy, it is a focused and proactive outreach program meant to make Louisville the easiest city in the country to get started in business.
- Every 1 Knows, a program to get parents more involved in education by encouraging employers, churches and community organizations to conduct parent educational sessions at the work place. This Parent Training Program would be supplemented by an online site providing information such as where to find after-school programs, how to mentor, available internships or community service opportunities, college access programs, and school performance data. Every 1 Knows kiosks at the work place would increase website access and create public awareness. By giving parents the tools in easily accessible places to get information about their children and their children’s performances in school, Every 1 Knows would help parents stay engaged in students’ success in graduating high school and transitioning to college or a career.
- The Red Line is an idea for a rapid transit pilot project from the airport to downtown using branded, rubber-tired vehicles instead of the more expensive light rail. Transit stations would feature retail and concessions, real-time arrival information, and advanced fare collection. Vehicles would be equipped with WiFi and employers would be encouraged to allow workers to punch-in early for work by logging in during their commutes. The Red Line would be built out to expand into other corridors – the Blue Line, Purple Line, etc. – and developed as a comprehensive regional transit system for Jefferson and surrounding counties. The Red Line would mark the start of a new era in public transportation in Louisville.
- Islands in the Ohio, an idea to create a new Metro Park by assembling already owned public land: Shippingport Island, Sand Island, Lewis and Clark Island, Six Mile Island, and Twelve Mile Island. The idea also envisions working with private companies and developers to make Towhead Island part of the park. A water taxi and paddle sport livery would be developed to bring people to the islands for hikes, picnics and exploration. An Ohio River Interpretation Center would be developed; and new waterway and bike path links would be developed connecting Islands in the Ohio to existing riverfront parks, museums, the new McAlpine Locks and Dam visitor area and overlook, and the Portland-Shippingport Bridge. Islands in the Ohio would mark an unprecedented return to our Ohio River heritage, Fischer said.
He hasn’t yet put the plan on his website, so click here (Warning: PDF Link) to download it from us.
The 30-page document contains a lot of information and some pretty good ideas. But it’s light on the specifics of enacting those ideas with real numbers and real plans.