Bingham Fellows’ class of 2015 topic announced: How city collaborates with state


Every year the Bingham Fellows — the most exclusive and complex leadership program the Leadership Louisville Center runs — are tasked with examining a local issue and coming up with creative change. The 2015 theme for the Fellows is: “United We Stand: A New Model for How City Collaborates with State.”

According to the news release:

Cities across the U.S. are serving as the economic engines and centers for innovation and social progress for their states. Those cities that are most successful build a culture of collaboration and become true partners with state and federal governments. The Bingham Fellows will gather Louisville business and community leaders and seek to better understand how government works and build a collaborative network to improve how cities partner with state government.

Leadership Louisville vice president Holly Prather said the theme for the Bingham Fellows has already been met with “lively discussion.” We asked her to elaborate, and in an email, she wrote:

“We found that when you discuss Louisville’s relationship with the state, there is a high level of dissatisfaction.  Mention Frankfort and it stirs up a list of frustrations that are decades old, from our neighbors across the state, to our legislators not being in sync with the business community, and on from there. All of these issues seem to be big and immoveable, but what we know about community change is that the issues won’t change unless we start to address them.”

The Bingham Fellows program was created in 1988 through an endowment from the Mary and Barry Bingham Sr. Fund. The program runs from January through October 2015. The 2014 class examined the challenges of West End neighborhoods.

Applications are due Nov. 21 at this link.