What is ProgressLex?
ProgressLex is a four-year, member-supported campaign to help Lexington become the most civically informed and engaged city in the country.
ProgressLex started in 2008 as a grassroots collection of citizens united in opposition to the Centrepointe development in downtown Lexington. Since then, the organization has trained citizen journalists, built cross-sector connections, facilitated community dialogue, and more. ProgressLex was a winner of the 2013 Knight Information Challenge and is a finalist in the 2017 Knight Cities Challenge.
In 2016, ProgressLex underwent a reframing process that transformed the organization into a 4-year campaign. This campaign will end on December 31, 2020, sunsetting the organization.
Why a campaign?
ProgressLex restructured into a campaign for a number of reasons:
- It provides a focus and sense of urgency.
- It eliminates concerns about long-term sustainability.
- It makes impact measurement clearer.
- It makes budgeting simpler and more predictable.
- It reduces the chances of mission drift.
Why do this at all?
Fueled by geographic and economic separation and increasingly partisan media sources, the underlying structures of civic conversations are fracturing.
Americans spend 33% less time with their neighbors than they were in the 1970’s, and there is a staggering decline in trust among local communities.
Local newspapers are finding their financial models strained by changes in the media landscape.
We are quickly losing civic infrastructure at the local level. We need a new approach that responds to these rapid changes by helping citizens understand what is happening in their cities, rebuilding their trust in our Democracy.