Our Approach

Benchmarking our Deep Drivers against our peers allows us to see Louisville’s progress relative to communities like ours rather than in isolation. These benchmarks enable us to hold ourselves accountable for the work we are doing to create a more competitive city. The GLP is supported by a consortium of philanthropic partners allowing us to achieve our mission independently while remaining integrated into the community.

Peer cities are communities like Louisville. Every ten years, researchers at the University of Louisville perform an analysis of cities across the country using 70+ indicators that are almost exclusively economic in nature. Through a variety of statistical techniques, they cluster the results to come up with a list of cities most similarly situated to Louisville.

Which cities are our peers?

Birmingham, AL
Charlotte, NC
Cincinnati, OH
Columbus, OH
Grand Rapids, MI
Greensboro, NC
Greenville, SC
Indianapolis, IN
Kansas City, MO
Knoxville, TN
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN
Oklahoma City, OK
Omaha, NE
St. Louis, MO
Tulsa, OK

Data Philosophy

The Greater Louisville Project aims to be to be a credible, respected source of shared metrics and analysis. By identifying the greatest challenges and opportunities in our community we work to draw focus to the points of greatest leverage or strategic disruption. This work serves two purposes: to highlight the challenges and opportunities facing Louisville, and to help guide public, private, and philanthropic investment and policy that can move Louisville into the top tier of its peer cities.

Our team relies on accessible and simple data to compare Louisville’s competitiveness to its peer cities. The data must identify a shared goal, be actionable, and speak to a variety of stakeholders, creating prime opportunity for concerted, collective, and targeted action that can be leveraged to build a stronger and more competitive Louisville.

Why Deep Drivers? What are the Deep Drivers?

When the Greater Louisville Project launched it commissioned the 2002 Brookings Institution Report, “Beyond Merger: A Competitive Vision for the Regional City of Louisville.” The report identified six areas for progress: primary education, postsecondary education, economic development, creating quality neighborhoods, investing in working families, and balancing metropolitan growth. Since then, the GLP has homed 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 challenges facing Louisville.

Data Building Community

The Greater Louisville Project shares data and research around indicators at the community level and relative to our peer cities. We rely on partner organizations, including other non-profits, government agencies, and educational institutions, to help track and report data to the community at a neighborhood or school level.

The GLP seeks to support organizations that help to create a data-driven culture in Louisville, including quarterly Civic Data Meet + Greet gatherings. Contact us for more information about getting involved in these opportunities to extend and contribute to our data-driven culture.