More on Urban Solutions Center
UofL has joined with the New Cities Foundation and the Kentucky League of Cities to form the Urban Solutions Center. We announced the partnership in mid-August.
Now we’re working with a consultant to help us refine the concept, work out operational details and hire a director. Part of the consultant’s work will include gathering input from our colleges and schools.
The center will work in and for Louisville and in and for other cities statewide and beyond. As a great metropolitan university, UofL has faculty, staff and student expertise that can help make our cities better. The New Cities Foundation, through its connection with the Kentucky League of Cities and its own work in communities, has “on the ground”" knowledge of the actual issues our cities face, as well as contacts in those cities.
We envision the center working with cities of all sizes to address infrastructure, relational, educational and budget issues that arise from city life that people, especially community organizers or those in government positions, know need to be solved but often don’t know how to do so. Through research and education, we can provide our expertise in social sciences, humanities, business, education and public health. Coupled with our partners’ knowledge of the cities, the center can provide a powerful community resource.
Development of the center’s scope and design will continue over the coming months and it may take a few years before it is operating at full capacity. This type of effort, translating the knowledge we generate through our research and scholarship to real interventions that help communities, is central to our mission. We want students to develop a commitment to community involvement and civic engagement while they are here.