Deputy Director, Department for Economic Growth and Innovation
Louisville Metro Government, Kentucky
Patricia Clare has more than 25 years experience in the field of planning, downtown revitalization, and economic development. Currently serving as Deputy Director for Louisville Metro’s Department for Economic Growth and Innovation, Clare leads the Advanced Planning Team whose primary effort is to guide Mayor Greg Fischer’s goal of developing a 25-year vision for the Louisville community.
Prior to her current position, Clare was Deputy Director of the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation (LDDC), a non-profit organization focused on the economic vitality and development of downtown Louisville. In her role at the LDDC, Clare served as manager of public/private development and major redevelopment projects. She served as Metro’s project manager on the $110 million, 617-room Downtown Marriott and the $70 million 4th Street Live! urban entertainment center.
Clare came to the LDDC from the Louisville Development Authority, where she oversaw city-wide community development and planning activities. While at the Development Authority, Clare served as project manager and owner’s representative for the planning, design, and construction of Louisville Slugger Field, a AAA baseball stadium and the centerpiece of an emerging mixed-use district on the eastern edge of downtown. Clare’s role with Slugger Field included oversight and management of all phases of the development, from initial project feasibility to facility design and construction. Clare’s other assignments with the Louisville Development Authority included project management of the West Louisville Competitive Assessment and Strategy Project, focusing on economic revitalization strategies for Louisville’s core urban neighborhoods.
Clare received a Masters in Arts from the Center for Urban Programs at Saint Louis University and a Bachelors degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.