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LouisvilleKY ranked a top 10 city for small business friendliness

Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Louisville has earned an A grade from small business owners through Thumbtack’s 2017 Small Business Friendliness Survey, which is the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of government policy in the United States. Louisville ranked No. 7 out of the 80 cities surveyed and is the only city in Kentucky to receive this top ranking. The state received a grade of A-, ranking 17 out of 50 states surveyed. “This recent ranking affirms that Louisville’s entrepreneurial community is thriving,” said the Mayor. “We pair our strong pro-business culture with a strong…

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LouisvilleKy’s Famous Horse Race gets a new sponsor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”, NASDAQ: CHDN) and Brown-Forman Corporation (“Brown-Forman”, NYSE:BFA,BFB) today announced a five-year agreement through which Brown-Forman’s Woodford Reserve bourbon will be the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby. Beginning with its 144th running on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Churchill Downs Racetrack(“Churchill Downs”) in Louisville, Ky., the $2 million classic race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and one of America’s premier sports and entertainment events will be known as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve.  America’s oldest continuously-held sports event with a history that dates to 1875, the Kentucky Derby will be nationally televised by NBC Sports. Terms of the presenting sponsor agreement…

Gerard Colman

LouisvilleKY sees change at the top at Baptist Health

 LOUISVILLE, KY (OCT. 23, 2017) – The chief operating officer (COO) of Wisconsin’s largest private employer and healthcare system has been named CEO of Baptist Health following a nationwide search. Gerard “Ger” Colman will assume his new role with Baptist Health on Monday, Dec. 4. The COO for the Aurora Health Care System in Milwaukee, Wisc., has been involved in healthcare for 25 years, with wide-ranging experience in operations, finance, information technology and physician engagement. He replaces Steve Hanson, who departed in March. “Ger Colman has been preparing to take the reins as a CEO for his entire career –…

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LouisvilleKY scores perfect 100 for third year on Human Rights Campaign scorecard

Louisville, KY., –  For the third year in a row, Louisville has earned a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign scorecard, which says the city remains a “beacon of hope” in terms of ensuring that all residents are treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) scorecard measures laws, services and leadership that promote the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Louisville is the only city in Kentucky to receive a perfect score. Lexington scored 96, Covington at 74, Morehead at 59 and Frankfort at 52. In a news release announcing…

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LouisvilleKY to hold Free paper shredding and drug toss event this weekend

Louisville, KY., – Louisville residents are invited to bring unneeded documents and prescription drugs to be shredded and disposed of at a free event on October 28, 2017. The Drug Toss/Shredding Event is a joint operation of Metro Public Works and Louisville Metro Police. Citizens can protect themselves from identify theft and divert unused medications from the waste stream or misuse by bringing items to: Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center Lot W Phillips Lane Saturday, October 28, 2017 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Businesses may not participate in this event. All paper materials will be shredded on site and recycled….

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New LouisvilleKY ECHO Mobile unveiled

LouisvilleKY., – Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwomen Vicki Welch and Cindi Fowler and other local officials joined staff from Louisville Parks and Recreation and Wilderness Louisville on Saturday, October 21 to unveil the newest addition to Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Louisville Parks and Recreation’s Natural Areas Division’s “Louisville is Engaging Children in Outdoors” (“ECHO”) Program. The “ECHO Mobile” will take the ECHO Program on the road, allowing programming once held solely at Jefferson Memorial Forest to be available in neighborhoods throughout Louisville. “In the past, we’ve been fortunate to be able to bring kids from nature poor areas in Louisville…

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LouisvilleKY drivers: Registration holds for tolls begin this week

Thousands have paid tolls and fees owed LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Thousands of drivers in Indiana and Kentucky have paid tolls owed to the two states, via RiverLink, and will avoid having a hold placed on their vehicle registration. A registration hold is placed when a toll is not paid after repeated notices. The first holds are expected to be placed this week. Drivers will not be allowed to renew their vehicle registration until tolls and fees owed are paid in full.   Since RiverLink recently announced pending registration holds, nearly 6,500 drivers have paid tolls and fees owed in full. Those drivers…

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Last Beam set for LouisvilleKy’s Kentucky International Convention Center

  Information and photos from Mayor Greg Fischer’s Facebook page   Louisville, KY., – With the accompaniment of Butler Traditional High School Marching Band’s drumline and drum majors,  the last beam was set Thursday, officially topping off the Kentucky International Convention Center’s expansion. The $200 million renovation project is expected to be complete by August 2018. The expansion will provide 25% more convention business with 200,000 sq. feet of Great ready for a convention boom in Louisville. It’s the official topping off of the KY International Convention Center. The completion of the $200 million renovation project is set for next…

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Jurich no longer employed, fired by UofL’s Board of Trustees Wednesday in LouisvilleKY

Story and photos from   LouisvilleKY., – The University of Louisville Board of Trustees voted 10-3 on Wednesday to terminate the contract of Vice-President for Athletics and Athletics Director Tom Jurich “with cause.” The board met in executive session for more than two hours before voting to fire the man who has led UofL Athletics since 1997. Interim President Dr. Greg Postel thanked Jurich for his service and told reporters the university will continue its strong commitment to student-athletes and the athletics program. Postel’s prepared statement to the media: Today the board of trustees voted to terminate, with cause,…

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Now Open for Business: Google Fiber

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer has announced today that Google has offically opened for business here in Louisville — residents in portions of Portland, Strathmoor and Newburg neighborhoods can now sign up for Google Fiber’s high speed internet service.  Here’s what Google Fiber’s website says about the new service:   While there may be arguments over the best bourbon for a Mint Julep or which horse is going to win the Derby, one thing Louisvillians can agree on is their city is on the rise. Louisville continues to move up the national rankings for population growth, job growth, and…