Commitment to Action

Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM)

Commitment by

City of Louisville, The City of Lexington

In 2011, the cities of Louisville and Lexington committed to developing a state-supported regional economic development plan to foster economic growth specifically through advanced manufacturing. Working with the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, the cities planned to evaluate the region's strengths and challenges and identify concrete actions the broader region can undertake to promote the strength of its advanced manufacturing sector. The cities committed to collaborate with regional business leaders, entrepreneurs, local chambers of commerce, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, and other stakeholders to produce a Metropolitan Business Plan that will spur job growth and reposition the region as a global hub for advanced manufacturing.





Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM)



Est. Duration

1 year

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

City of Louisville, The City of Lexington

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

The Rockefeller Foundation, The Brookings Institution, Bloomberg Philanthropies, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS), University of Louisville, Greater Louisville Inc., Commonwealth of Kentucky