Louisville announces LouieLab civic collaboration hub

Louisville announces LouieLab civic collaboration hub
Mayor Greg Fischer

Louisville, KY - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A city-owned space next to the Kentucky Science Center will soon be transformed into a civic innovation hub for public-private collaboration.

On Wednesday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced plans for the LouieLab, to be located at 745 Main St.

The site will house the new offices for the city's Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation, which works with various groups to spur innovation inside Louisville Metro Government.

"Continuous improvement and innovation are bedrocks of Louisville Metro Government, and so is the belief in the problem-solving power of collaboration among citizens, businesses and their government," Mayor Greg Fischer said. "LouieLab is the physical manifestation of our commitment to these principles."

Following this theme of innovation, the building will also house the CNET Urban Smart Home, CNET's newest initiative to explore the burgeoning field of smart home technology.  In this smart home, CNET editors will test, explain and educate consumers on using smart home technology in an urban apartment.

"Louisville is leading the trend of Smart Cities - communities that are embracing technology and data to better the quality of life of their citizens," Ted Smith, the city's lead innovation officer, said.  "LouieLab brings those goals to life, giving government and citizen civic hackers a place to build off of each other's ideas to create truly innovative and effective for our city."

LouieLab and the CNET Urban Smart Home are expected to launch in September.

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