Business Briefs

Metro United Way Affects More Than 250,000 Lives with a $21.2 Million Investment in the Region

Fresh off celebrating its banner centennial anniversary, Metro United Way announced a more than $21.2 million investment in the community affecting more than a quarter of a million people in its seven-county regional footprint. Metro United Way will invest the money in four strategic impact areas: early childhood success, youth success, financial independence and healthy lives. 

“We’re very proud of the work we’re doing to positively affect so many individuals and families in our community,” said Theresa Reno-Weber, president and CEO of Metro United Way. “But we don’t want to simply address the issues of today – we want to enhance the upward mobility of individuals and families forever. We are celebrating the investment we’re making, but know that our work is far from finished.”

Metro United Way improves the lives of children, individuals and families through mobilizing resources and building stronger communities. The upcoming 2018 investments will make the following impact:

1. Early Childhood Success:

Nearly 6,500 children will gain the knowledge and skills to enter school ready to succeed

$2,505,791 investment

17 programs

2. Youth Success:

More than 20,000 youth will attain the knowledge, skills and belief needed to graduate college and become career ready

$3,090,188 investment

71 programs

3. Financial Independence:

Nearly 16,000 individuals and families will improve their socio-economic status

$1,170,342 investment

12 programs

4. Healthy Lives:

More than 213,000 individuals and families will have their basic needs met, enabling them to achieve better health outcomes

$7,722,015 investment

68 programs

In addition to the work that Metro United Way does, this impact will be delivered by more than 100 non-profit agencies. The balance of the total investment will be made in additional non-profits and support across the region.

“During our 100th anniversary campaign, the community made their voices loud and clear through their volunteerism and financial commitments to Metro United Way,” said Reno-Weber. “They want to help us address the inequities and challenges that far too many people face every day. This community knows it’s only going to move forward with everyone seeking the same outcomes through a healthy, financially stable and well-educated community.”

The organization celebrated the impact its efforts are making through a series of grassroot celebrations across Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby and Bullitt counties in Kentucky, as well as Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties in Indiana. Those celebrations occurred May 23 and May 24, culminating in a region-wide celebration on the evening of May 24 at Copper & Kings.

Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Celebrates Year One

One year after enacting the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 plan, 14 out of the 15 chief strategies are already under way and 35 of the 56 recommended actions are either complete or have begun – putting the plan well ahead of schedule. The steering committee recently hosted a celebration event to recap the first year of the plan and celebrate its successes. The plan, which derives from the community’s vision for Greater Louisville’s arts and culture community, aims to advance this vision and transform the community by the year 2020.

“The community is coming together to embrace our world-class arts and cultural assets and leverage them in a major way,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts president and CEO. “Together, we are making great strides to ensure our region is more competitive, creative, educational, inclusive and compassionate.”

Though the steering committee maintains governance responsibility of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, Fund for the Arts provides administrative support and acts as the steward of the plan – convening, advocating and promoting the priorities, strategies and actions and ultimately driving collective action and impact of the plan.

The goal of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 is to improve the community by focusing efforts on five chief priorities: access, cultivation, education, promotion & equity and diversity & inclusion. Additionally, it outlines 15 strategies and 56 recommended actions for implementing the plan and carrying out the city’s vision. The plan, along with the priorities, strategies and recommended actions, was created by a cross-sector steering committee after soliciting the feedback of nearly 5,000 Louisville citizens through public meetings, interviews and surveys.

The recap celebration featured updates from a number of speakers including Mayor Greg Fischer along with Penny Peavler and Roger Cude, the co-chairs of the steering committee. Performers at the event included Yani Vozos and Fernando Moya of the band Appalatin, the puppeteer group Squallis and Jared Zarantonello with the music collective Rhythm Science Sound.

Studio Kremer Architects, Inc. Adds Two New Partners, Expands Staff

Award-winning Louisville-based architectural firm Studio Kremer Architects, Inc. (SKA) is pleased to announce the addition of two new partners and one new staff member. Jeremy Adams, AIA, LEED AP and Matthew Harris, LEED Green Associate, have been promoted from Associates to Partners. In addition, Sarah Dalga AIA, LEED AP, has joined SKA as a member of the team. These appointments bring the total number of Partners to five and the total number of staff members to fourteen. This is the firm’s first appointment of new Partners since 2010.

Jeremy Adams earned his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Tennessee and joined the firm in 2004. Since joining Studio Kremer Architects, Jeremy has been involved with a multitude of different project types and enjoys developing relationships with a diverse group of clients. Matthew Harris earned his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky and has been with the firm since 2007. Matthew is a problem solver who aids school districts in building and renovating for the future, and finds it rewarding to design and facilitate projects through their completion. Sarah Dalga has a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky.

SKA has a diverse portfolio of work with approximately 100 projects in process each year. While Studio Kremer doesn’t specialize in particular building types, the firm has developed expertise in multi-family housing, aging care facilities, park structures, and K-12 education facilities. Notable current projects include the new Marnel C. Moorman School in Shelby County, the renovation of Camden Station Elementary School in Oldham County, the renovation of Mary G. Hogsett Primary School in Danville, a new Henry County Public Library, the expansion of the St. Matthews Library and City Hall, and the expansion of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana.

Studio Kremer Architects is committed to being a legacy firm, which means employing a management strategy to ensure the firm’s longevity and its ability to transcend its original founding partners. President Scott Kremer believes a slow growth strategy is necessary in order to maintain the firm’s culture.

“I always knew I wanted to own my own practice but in the big firms where I worked, I didn’t have ‘the right last name,’ so that meant I had to find another path,” says Kremer. “But once I had achieved that goal, my mentor asked, ‘what happens if you get hit by a bus?’ And I realized that I wanted the firm to continue beyond my own tenure.”

Kremer adds, “We don’t hire to fill a position; we hire the right person and build a position around their strengths and areas of expertise.”