Louisville initiative gains national recognition

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville public-private partnership aimed at boosting the number of college graduates is getting national recognition.

The initiative is called 55,000 Degrees, and it's aimed at adding 55,000 more college graduates in Louisville by 2020.

The effort is being recognized by the national organization Partners for Livable Communities. It presented 55,000 Degrees with the Entrepreneurial American Community Award for its vision and commitment to community.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says the award honors the work of educators, civic and business leaders and students who are striving to earn college degrees and the higher-pay jobs that come with them. Fischer is chairman of the 55,000 Degrees board.

Louisville's effort was honored along with six other community and corporate leaders by Partners for Livable Communities, which works to restore and renew communities.

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