In 1986, the idea for what would become the Regional Neighborhood Network (RNN) was launched by the City of Louisville in what was then the Department of Neighborhood Advocacy.
The premise was twofold:
1. Government officials in this region that work in the neighborhood areas must all be experiencing similar issues. It would be helpful if they had a forum to exchange ideas and learn from each other.
2. Many of our neighborhood leaders often feel that they are the only ones going through their challenges. They could benefit from an opportunity to be in an environment where they can share with each other and hear about solutions that their counterparts have developed.
To determine if there was an interest in the region a 400-mile radius around the City of Louisville was drawn. Major cities within that region were identified. Discussions were held to develop the new concept. Any impediment cities might have for not participating were removed by covering hotels and meals.
The cities that were initially invited were: Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, Lexington, Memphis, and St. Louis.