About the GLP

The Greater Louisville Project is an independent, non-partisan civic initiative supported by a consortium of philanthropic funders. Launched in 2003, the Greater Louisville Project was created to support the merged government of Louisville Metro. At that time, the Project commissioned the Brookings Institution report entitled “Beyond Merger: A Competitive Vision for the Regional City of Louisville” which identified our strengths and weaknesses compared to other cities and charted a course for long-term progress.

In support of this civic agenda, The GLP publishes data, research, and information related to our Deep Drivers through its Competitive City Reports, helping to connect the dots between education, jobs, health, and quality of place. Since its launch, GLP has released numerous annual and special reports, regularly convenes attendees from civic organizations and the broader community, and continues to serve as the credible source of data that brings focus and understanding to advancing a competitive city.

The Greater Louisville Project is fiscally sponsored by the Community Foundation of Louisville, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Using research and data analysis to catalyze civic action.

The Greater Louisville Project provides research and data to catalyze civic action. By highlighting challenges in the four Deep Drivers of Change, the GLP engages the community in a shared agenda for long-term progress. Annually, the Greater Louisville Project publishes the “Competitive City Report,” tracking progress against key community indicators.

Deep Drivers of Change

The Greater Louisville Project defines Deep Drivers of Change as the forces that bring about critical opportunities for leaders and communities striving for long-term progress. The Greater Louisville Project’s four Deep Drivers–Education, 21st-Century Jobs, Health, and Quality of Place–inform our civic agenda and build on momentum to catapult Louisville into the top tier among its peer cities.

As the Greater Louisville Project launched, six areas were identified through the Brookings Institution’s “Beyond Merger” report: primary education, postsecondary education, economic development, creating quality neighborhoods, investing in working families, and balancing metropolitan growth. Since then, GLP has honed in on four Deep Drivers of Change: Education, Jobs, Health, and Quality of Place. The Deep Drivers of Change signal a few big but attainable goals that can inform our civic agenda by highlighting both the possibilities and the challenges facing Louisville.

Data Equity Statement

We at the Greater Louisville Project recognize the pain and frustration caused by decades, if not centuries, worth of extractive data collection and research practices on communities around the world, particularly marginalized communities. We recognize that for far too long, community members have been viewed as subjects and not partners. 

The Greater Louisville Project was founded to help our community move beyond using data science for strictly academic and intellectual purposes. We strive to use data to catalyze civic action. We believe in the power of data to create a more just and equitable community and are continually seeking out new community partners to help us do the work of our mission. 

In our 16th year, we are actively engaging with community partners about missing data and seeking new ways to make our data more useful for our neighbors, giving them power to use our data in ways they deem most effective for them. Even as we continue to offer data resources, we are stepping back and listening to their needs. 

We invite you to join us as we strengthen our community with these partnerships.


Ben Reno-Weber
Ben Reno-WeberProject Director
Aly Flagel Goldberg
Aly Flagel GoldbergProject Manager
Harrison Kirby
Harrison KirbyData Scientist
Nate Kratzer, PhD
Nate Kratzer, PhDData Wizard
Monica Unseld, PhD
Monica Unseld, PhDDirector of Community Engagement