Dave Durand, co-founder of City Collaborative, announces a soccer tournament at Resurfaced | Photo by Boris Ladwig.

Dave Durand, co-founder of City Collaborative, announces a soccer tournament at ReSurfaced | Photo by Boris Ladwig.

Three of the co-founders of City Collaborative will be on hand for December’s Venture Connectors Luncheon. They will be discussing civic innovation and community engagement and how events like ReSurfaced foster both. The luncheon will be on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Forest Giant‘s CEO, Dave Durand, executive director of the Louisville Downtown Partnership, Rebecca Matheny, and director of the Urban Design Studio at the University of Louisville and planning director for Louisville Downtown Partnership, Patrick Piuma, will form the panel.

City Collaborative was founded in 2013 as an agency for urban intervention and has now expanded to include civic research and a planning and design laboratory. It works with the public sector and private institutions to advance forward-looking place-making ideas.

ReSurfaced is the flagship event for the collaborative. According to the website, ReSurfaced “activates underutilized urban spaces to enable economic growth and social interaction in Downtown Louisville.” The event is currently on its third iteration in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood, where a 5-a-side soccer field and community plaza invites both residents of the neighborhood and people from across the community to gather for events and games.

Venture Connectors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1:15 p.m. Registration is required at www.ventureconnectors.org. Members attend free; associate members pay $30. Guests who register online by noon the day before the lunch pay $40.