Innovation

“Bringing high-speed gigabit internet to all of Louisville, and working toward making it available to every citizen in every neighborhood is central to our digital inclusion strategy.”
— Mayor Fischer

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Louisville was among the first dozen cities in America to get Google Fiber’s superfast internet access, leading other providers to also begin offering super-fast options to their customers. “Part of the reason that we’ve been able to do this faster is because of a really forward-thinking city government.” – Ashley Kroh,  a Louisville native working as Google Fiber’s east region
    network deployment and operations lead.
  • The PNC Gigabit Experience Center opened in the
    Louisville Central Community Center in Russell, allowing free access to superfast gigabit speed Internet.
  • The Office for Civic Innovation has partnered with
    Internet service providers to expand Internet access in low-income neighborhoods, and planning has begun for a $5.4 million project to build a new fiber optic network through the city, including neighborhoods where ultra high-speed internet is unavailable.
  • The Civic Innovation team helped coordinate a project
    in which Fern Creek High students refurbished
    donated laptops, then provided them to low-income families, creating greater access to online education
    and job opportunities.

ON THE MOVE!

Amazon Web Services honored Louisville as a 2017 City on a Cloud Innovation
Challenge winner.

The Center for Digital Government recognized the city as a leader in digital and innovation efforts.

Louisville is a national leader in collecting and leveraging data to improve city services and create opportunities. And because we know government can’t do it alone, we’re partnering with citizen hackers, makers, businesses and nonprofits to put our data to work for all.

 

2017 examples

  • The Code Louisville training program graduated
    353 people and placed nearly 100 in jobs. And in
    partnership with Jefferson Community & Technical
    College, Code Louisville courses are now eligible for credit hours toward a certificate/degree in Computer and Information Technology.
  • Over two years, Air Louisville enlisted 1,147 asthma patients to use sensors on medication inhalers,
    collecting data that’s now being analyzed and used
    to improve our community’s health and sustainability.
  • We began a new Smart City partnership with
    IFTTT, a web and mobile platform that allows users to transform how they experience and manage their homes and habits.
  • The Office for Civic Innovation is partnering with the American Printing House for the Blind on the Indoor Explorer program, which uses low-power beacons to feed information to an app that helps guide people who are visually impaired.