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Louisville Downtown Partnership is all about Downtown Businesses, Residents, and Visitors

Our Mission

Louisville Downtown Partnership’s mission is to take the long view on Downtown success, through strengthening commerce, providing high-quality placemaking, improving visitor, resident and workforce experiences, and to stimulate high-quality development and vitality in Louisville’s Downtown.

Our Vision

Louisville Downtown Partnership’s vision is to collaboratively develop Downtown Louisville into the economic catalyst for all of Louisville and be a vibrant and dynamic urban core recognized for growth, innovation and as an engaging destination.

View/Download the Downtown Master Plan (19MB)

Our Legacy

Louisville Downtown Partnership was formed in 2013 and is comprised of two long-standing organizations: the Louisville Downtown Management District and the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation.

The Louisville Downtown Management District (LDMD), Kentucky’s first Business Improvement District (or BID), was established on August 27, 1991 to promote the economic, residential and cultural vitality of the core of Downtown. LDMD’s mission has been to promote Downtown’s quality of life by creating a safer, cleaner and more enjoyable environment, providing services that are designed to enhance the physical environment of the Downtown, including improvements for better security, maintenance, cleanliness, and marketing. LDMD BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Louisville Downtown Development Corporation (LDDC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the long-term economic health of Downtown Louisville and represents the community’s civic and business leadership. For the past 22 years, LDDC has played a crucial role in bringing together both the public and private sectors as partners in Downtown Louisville’s redevelopment and long-term planning, with LDDC serving as the lead entity in the development and implementation of the Downtown Master Plan. LDDC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

As Kentucky’s first Business Improvement District, the District was established by City of Louisville ordinance on August 27, 1991 to enhance the economic, residential and cultural vitality of Louisville’s Central Business District. The organization’s mission is to promote Downtown’s quality of life by creating a safer, cleaner and more enjoyable environment. As a result, the majority of the District’s budget is devoted to providing “safe, & clean & hospitality” operations through its Downtown Ambassadors; undertaking public space enhancement projects such as public art installations and beautification programs; communicating and marketing the amenities and attractions of Downtown to workers, residents and guests; and providing detailed data regarding the economic vitality of Downtown to those helping to drive the continued growth of the area.

By Kentucky statute and Louisville Metro ordinance, the District may only provide services within its boundaries that are supplemental to any services which may be provided by Louisville Metro.

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    Litter Removal

    Daily removal of litter and debris from Downtown public right of ways including sidewalks and alleys

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    Supplemental Cleaning Services

    Services not routinely provided by Louisville Metro including Downtown graffiti abatement, pressure washing, leaf removal and weed control

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    Services for Downtown visitors and guests including providing directions, recommendations and, upon request, safety escorts

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    Beautification & Public Art

    Sponsored special projects to enhance public spaces, including the flower pot program, Alley Gallery, and support and maintenance of the Downtown tree canopy

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    Marketing and Promotion of Downtown

    Services including creation and publication of the Downtown map, promoting Downtown events and amenities, and providing up-to-date traffic alerts and construction notifications

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    Stakeholder Advocacy

    Serving as the advocate and voice of Downtown ratepayers and stakeholders with government agencies and public service providers

Transformation.By The Numbers.

  • 56%

    Downtown Hotels Now

    18 hotels with 4,824 rooms

    56% Increase in 2019

    10 new hotels with 1,723 rooms for a new total of 28 Downtown hotels with a 36% increase to 6,547 hotel rooms

  • 22%

    Downtown Population

    4,842 residents

    22% Increase in 2019

    Additional 1,075 residents for

    a new total of 5,917

  • 2.8%

    Downtown Leasable

    Office Space Now

    8,677,843 sq. ft.

    2.8% Increase in 2019

    Additional 253,709 sq. ft. for a new total of 8,931,552 sq. ft.

  • 10%

    Downtown Attractions Now

    31 tourist attractions, includes 5 distilled spirit attractions

    10% Increase In 2019

    4 new Distilled Spirit Attractions, for a new total of 35 attractions

  • 4.6%

    Downtown Workers Now

    65,900 employees

    4.6% Increase in 2019

    3,000 additional jobs created for a new total of 68,900

    (excludes construction jobs)

  • 8.8%

    Downtown Retail Space Now

    1,650,000 sq. ft. of retail space

    8.8% Increase In 2019

    Retail space will grow by

    145,000 sq. ft. for a new

    total of 1,795,000 sq. ft.

  • 39%

    Downtown Residential Now

    2,676 Market-rate residential units

    39% Increase in 2019

    1,033 new units for a new

    total of 3,709




$1.78 Billion Investment in Downtown Louisville

$200 Million Ohio River Tunnel Project To Be Completed In 2020

We are about the business of Downtown.