Gill Holland is a respected national leader of community revitalization projects ranging from a single building to entire neighborhoods
As a community builder, his goal is to empower neighborhoods and develop sustainable environments with an emphasis on small local businesses that grow and creating jobs that last.
Gill was raised in Davidson, NC by his parents: his father who was born in Lynch, Kentucky (Harlan County), and his mother, a librarian originally from Oslo, Norway. He is an Eagle Scout and was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he worked his way through law school and went on to pass the North Carolina State Bar.
Since moving to Kentucky with his wife, an eighth-generation Kentuckian, Gill has been instrumental in transforming a large section of downtown Louisville, now known as NuLu, into a thriving small business, arts, dining, tourism and residential district. Gill’s revitalization efforts in NuLu prompted Louisville Magazine to name him Louisville’s Person of the Year in 2009. Gill and his wife developed The Green Building, the greenest commercial building in Kentucky (LEED Platinum). Gill served two terms as president of the NuLu Business Association.
Five years ago, Gill added a focus on working with his neighbors in the historic Portland neighborhood of West Louisville, where the goals are even more comprehensive and where incredible productive community collaboration is well underway.
Gill’s passion for civic life extends to active participation in a wide variety of organizations aiming to improve the lives of Kentucky families and build upon our Commonwealth’s rich arts and cultural heritage. Gill’s leadership includes current and past board member service on organizations like the Fund for the Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville Public Media, the Young Professionals Organization of Louisville (YPAL), the Kentucky Film Commission, the Muhammad Ali Center, the Americana Community Center, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Louisville Mayor’s Office of Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods Advisory Committee and the Louisville Film Society. He is a graduate of both Leadership Louisville and Leadership Kentucky.
Gill served on the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Advisory Committee and on the board of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, using his years of experience founding a record label and music and book publishing house. He is also the author of two children’s books. He is part owner of Louisville’s two largest attractions – the Forecastle Festival and the Louisville City FC, a professional soccer team.
His earlier professional life was focused on film production, and he remains a driving force behind a variety of projects which have employed hundreds of people across Kentucky. A past Spirit Award nominee (the premiere awards for independent films) for Producer of the Year, he has over 100 film credits ranging from documentaries to movies for Christian family audiences.
He and his wife Augusta Brown Holland live with their three young children in Louisville.