Are the 40,000 degrees to be obtained in Jefferson County or is that a regional goal?
The 40,000 additional degrees is a Jefferson County target. We chose that boundary because it is the easiest to measure and connect to specific strategies. The effort, however, is regional, and as the collaborative grows, we will look for ways to set regional goals, either county by county or for the entire MSA.
Is the 40,000 number realistic? What happens if it is not achieved by 2020?
Every1Reads showed the power of an aspirational goal. When a community focuses on a bold common goal, disparate efforts are aligned to leverage great benefit. Louisville must accelerate progress to remain competitive and secure our great quality of life.
Where will the resources come from?
Local foundations and businesses supported the retreat and plan development, have been included in this planning process and have encouraged grant applications for future work. Also, the collaborative has attracted national resources that are being used to gain technical assistance. The signatories are also contributing staff resources and leadership.