Older Industrial Cities | Annual Meeting

May 23, 2018 – May 24, 2018 all-day America/New York Timezone

A resurgent post-industrial city that has become both a destination for the bluegrass-meets-craft bourbon crowd and an increasingly diversified economic hub, Louisville, Kentucky, is taking charge of both its future and its history in surprising ways. Recent media attention has focused on Louisville’s public commitment to creating a civic culture founded around the value and practice of compassion. Less apparent are the steps the city has taken to meld economic competitiveness goals with an agenda of economic inclusion. This conference will explore how innovations in Louisville’s metro government—often supported and even catalyzed by the philanthropic sector—are addressing systemic racial and other inequities in the city, and are leading to strategies that intentionally connect historically excluded neighborhoods and geographic communities to economic growth and opportunity.

Federal Reserve-Philanthropy Initiative (FPI) Annual Convening

The annual convening of the Federal Reserve-Philanthropy Initiative (FPI) will precede the OIC meeting. The FPI is a research, convening, and collaborative action partnership between the Funders’ Network’s Older Industrial Cities Working Group and regional Federal Reserve Banks. The FPI meeting begins with a working dinner on Tuesday, May 22 from  6:15 to 9 p.m., and continues Wednesday, May 23, from 8 to 11:15 a.m. The FPI meeting is open to all OIC meeting registrants, but space is limited.

Meeting Agendas

OIC Annual Meeting Agenda

Federal Reserve-Philanthropy Initiative Annual Convening Agenda

Who Should Attend?
Registration is open to donors, staff, directors, and trustees of all grantmaking institutions. We are seeking to facilitate strategic conversations among funders who are engaged in this field, with the goal of identifying where philanthropic resources can have the greatest impact.

Meeting Highlights

  • Pre-meeting group tour of the Muhammad Ali Center
  • Annual convening of the Federal Reserve-Philanthropy Initiative
  • Rollout of the Brookings Institution’s new report on Older Industrial Cities
  • Plenary panel with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Sadiqa Reynolds, President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League
  • Site visit and tour of West Louisville’s Russell Neighborhood
  • Reception, tour and bourbon tasting at Kentucky Peerless Distillery
  • Group discussion of new directions for OIC going forward

Where Can I Stay?
The Funders’ Network has reserved a block of rooms at the Brown Hotel. There is a discounted room rate of $189 per night for attendees. To book your hotel room click here or call the hotel toll free at 502.209.7346. When calling to book your reservation, reference the Funders’ Network group block.

Room rates are subject to sales/room taxes. Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations and booking their own travel.

About OIC

The Restoring Prosperity in Older Industrial Cities (OIC) working group supports shared learning, networking and collective action among funders with place-based portfolios that promote equitable community and economic development. Members focus on knowledge-building, innovative and effective practice, policy reform and collaborative peer-to-peer partnerships that advance economic inclusion, neighborhood vitality and access to opportunity. The OIC funder working group is chaired by Wendy Lewis Jackson of The Kresge Foundation and Scot Spencer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.