Applications open for Bingham Fellows Class of 2022 – “Moving Downtown Forward: Adapt & Reinvent”

For Immediate Release

Louisville, Kentucky (September 20, 2021) – Each year, local leaders selected for the Leadership Louisville Center’s Bingham Fellows program are tasked with an issue of importance in the community and asked to work with peers to develop solutions to our community’s most pressing challenges. The topic for the 2022 Bingham Fellows will be: Moving Downtown Forward: Adapt and Reinvent.

Applications for the Bingham Fellows Class of 2022 are being accepted through Friday, October 29, 2021 at Individuals who want to experience an unmatched practicum in change management and group dynamics while using their broad knowledge base and range of experience to move the needle on this important community issue should apply. The upcoming program year begins in January 2022 and ends in January 2023. For more information, contact Aimee Jewell at (502) 561-0458 or

Want to learn more about Bingham Fellows, the 2022 topic and how to apply?

The Center is hosting an opportunity to learn more about the program, the 2022 topic, and the application process:

·         Wednesday, October 20, 8:30-9:30 a.m., virtual meeting via Zoom

Thie information session is free to attend, RSVP here.

More about the 2022 Topic – “Moving Downtown Forward: Adapt and Reinvent”

A vibrant, thriving downtown creates a place where people want to live, new residents want to move, visitors fall in love, and everyone feels welcome. Some of the best places in the world include a city center where citizens can shop, work, and enjoy cultural and recreational activities, within a short walk or ride.

Louisville’s downtown has been disrupted and we now have the opportunity to leverage the dramatic changes we’ve faced to adapt and reinvent our city center. How do we use what the past two years have taught us, the gaps it has uncovered, and the changes it has caused, to redefine what downtown can be and do for Louisville? How can we reclaim and expand the vibrancy that was growing before the pandemic – vitality fueled by amazing new parks, incredible museums and arts institutions, high-end sports facilities, memorable hotels, world-class restaurants, and of course, bourbon?

This will be the focus of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2022 – Moving Downtown Forward: Adapt and Reinvent.

Crisis brings the rare opportunity to rebuild, and Louisville’s downtown has been one of the areas most impacted. We will use this moment to examine our urban core and build a better backbone, allowing our city to grow both economically and socially. We will explore opportunities to adapt and evolve:

  • How do we increase foot traffic, not just during games and working hours?
  • How can we repurpose vacant office space as the ways we work have evolved?
  • How do we make downtown a people-centric place, integrated into the lives of our residents?
  • How do we support locally owned small businesses and strengthen our community’s local assets?
  • How can we improve mobility, reduce traffic, and expand pedestrian infrastructure?
  • How might we create corridors to better connect and increase access to our downtown amenities?
  • How can we better address homelessness, prioritize public safety, and turn around perception?
  • How will we invest as we rethink the ways in which downtown can serve its people?

The 2022 Bingham Fellows will focus on these areas hard-hit by the pandemic, to create a more vibrant, resilient, and equitable urban core. Louisville deserves a downtown that inspires excitement and pride. If you have a passion for creating positive change for our city and the people in it, we encourage you to apply today.

About the Bingham Fellows program

The Bingham Fellows program is the advanced leadership program of the Leadership Louisville Center. Created in 1988 through a $500,000 endowment from the Mary and Barry Bingham Sr. Fund, the Fellows are social entrepreneurs who have the imagination and talent needed to gather critical resources and create social change. Side by side with peers,

participants work to develop dynamic and innovative solutions to our community’s most pressing challenges. The 2022 cohort will be the 30th class, and the Bingham Fellows have had an impressive track record of providing community issues with visibility and momentum.

The Fellows don’t ponder what might be. They roll up their sleeves, shine a spotlight on an issue, and put new ideas to work. Their recent impact includes projects such as the West Louisville community development organization OneWest, regular Café Louie conversations with elected officials at Louisville Free Public Library locations, a sustainable model for neighborhood ‘Little Free Libraries,’ and City Champs, a talent attraction and retention program now managed by Greater Louisville Inc. The impact of the Fellows goes back to the 1990s with the creation of The Housing Partnership, construction of the Presbyterian Community Center, growth of local farmers’ markets, and numerous other positive outcomes.

The Bingham Fellows Class of 2021 is currently focused on the topic Belonging: Building a Culture of Inclusivity. They are studying the root causes of racism, connecting with leaders in the field of diversity and inclusion, learning to communicate across differences, and will propose initiatives to address these challenges. Their outcomes will be announced in January 2022.

The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. With a purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better, it has graduated over 10,000 through its civic programs since 1979. The Center is recognized as a national best practice and is known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections. Programming includes five social impact leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Encore Louisville), leadership skills training courses presented through the Leadership Green Room, and events designed to connect leaders and motivate positive change. Learn more at


For more information, contact:

Holly Prather
Vice President
Office: (502) 753-6503 | Cell: (502) 609-9227

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