Compassionate Schools Project announces LouisvilleKY program fully under way

Most comprehensive study of 21st-century health & wellness curriculum involves 25 JCPS schools LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Mayor Greg Fischer, Superintendent Donna M. Hargens, Patrick H. Tolan, Ph. D. of the University of Virginia, and Owsley Brown III today announced the launch of full implementation of the Compassionate Schools Project in the Jefferson County Public Schools, as well as four major supporting investments in the effort, totaling $4.4 million. The announcement came during a press conference at Rutherford Elementary School, where students and an instructor demonstrated exercises from the curriculum. The Compassionate Schools Project is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken…

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LouisvilleKY to be the Host Site of upcoming police forum

Metro Police Chiefs & Community Dialogue at Critical Time PR Newswire LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Louisville hosts The Bridge Forum (, a national gathering of police chiefs, law enforcement and community members, Fri., Oct. 28, 9am, led by Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, president, Simmons College; David W. Tandy, president/CEO, Kentucky Diversity Chamber of Commerce and Alan “AP” Powell, Checkered Flag Run Foundation (CFRF). Powell is a Westend Louisville native and entrepreneur, and founder, The Bridge Forum. Powell also is founder of CFRF, which seeks to ensure every student & veteran crosses the finish line. Said Powell: “After…


LouisvilleKY’s police force expands

Mayor announces hiring of 28 additional police officers LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 28, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that he will hire 28 additional police officers this fiscal year, bringing the total number of recruits to 150, the largest class ever for the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). This brings the FY18 cadet classes to maximum capacity. The Mayor will recommend full funding of about $2.8 million for the additional officers as part of his FY18 budget. The portion related to FY17 costs will be funded through a year-end budget adjustment. “Public safety remains our highest priority as we…


REimage program expands to give more LouisvilleKY youth a second chance, help prevent violence

Initiative targets third west Louisville neighborhood, Park Hill LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer and Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, director of the city’s Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, today announced the expansion of REImage, an initiative that helps stop the cycle of crime and violence by intervening with youth who have been charged with a crime or are at high risk of criminal behavior. Over the next year, the program will work with up to 250 youth, ages 16-24, helping them stay in school, further their education, get a job, navigate the court system and address drug and…

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LouisvilleKY’s Metro Corrections and Seven Counties Services launching new ‘Second Chance’ program

Goal is to reduce recidivism among ‘dual diagnosis’ inmates LOUISVILLE (September 20, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer announced a new program today that is designed to reduce recidivism at Louisville Metro Corrections by better ensuring that people arrested while battling mental health challenges and substance abuse get the support necessary to make more stable lives for themselves when released from jail. The Second Chance Reentry Grant Program is a two-year, $600,000 project, funded by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders. Seven Counties Services is the community…


LouisvilleKY one of four cities named to take part in special entrepreneurship training program

SBA Partners with W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Justine PETERSEN to Launch $2.1 Million in Entrepreneurship Training and Microloans for Previously Incarcerated Citizens Initial rollout planned for Detroit, Chicago, Louisville, St. Louis PR Newswire DETROIT, Aug. 22, 2016 DETROIT, Aug. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The leaders of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and microlender Justine PETERSEN today announced the formation of the Aspire Entrepreneurship Initiative, a groundbreaking new $2.1 million partnership to expand access to entrepreneurial education and microloans for formerly incarcerated individuals, with a specific focus on those who are parents. Initial rollout for the initiative…

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Hopcat, Hair Policy and Finally, Ramsey is Not U of L’s President

The end of July 2016 will go down for a few big things in Louisville — it was the time when the giant Hopcat opened at Bardstown and Grinstead, officials argued over a hair policy at a local high school, and while it wasn’t pretty, it was the week James Ramsey was finally ousted as the U of L president. And, also, America’s Democratic Party nominated a woman, Hillary Clinton, to be President of the U.S. Sneak Peek at Hopcat: The folks from Michigan seem to have everything figured out as they launch their $5 million restaurant in the Highlands….

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LouisvilleKY neighborhoods have new social network

Louisville Metro partners with Nextdoor social network LMPD already using to enhance police-neighborhood communications LOUISVILLE (July 19, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville is joining cities around the country in partnering with Nextdoor (, the private social network for neighborhoods that is designed to improve city-wide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. Louisville Metro Police have been using Nextdoor since April to convey targeted information to residents of hundreds of neighborhoods that have signed up for the free service. For example, after a series of car break-ins in the Highlands, LMPD was able to use Nextdoor to advise of an…

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LouisvilleKy’s metro council committee sends budget for vote tonight

Metro Council Budget Committee approves 2016-2017 Operations and Capital Budgets for Metro Government Budget to be considered at tonight’s (June 23rd) Metro Council Meeting at 6 p.m. Louisville – By a unanimous vote, the Budget Committee of the Louisville Metro Council has approved the 2016-2017 Capital and Operating Budgets for Metro Government with a continued emphasis on  road paving, deferred maintenance and public safety. “The entire Council came together to develop a budget that invests in our community, workforce and metro assets. The document presented is one to be proud of and one that continues to move our community forward,”…

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New website for LouisvilleKY group battling city violence

One Love Louisville campaign gets its own website Promotes the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods’ violence prevention efforts   LOUISVILLE (May 24, 2016) – Since January 2015, the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) has been home to “One Love Louisville,” a campaign and comprehensive action plan to reduce community violence and preventable deaths such as homicide, suicide and drug overdoses in Louisville. Now, One Love Louisville has its own stand-alone website to better promote and share its anti-violence resources with the community. The website was built by the local experiential data and design firm, Kale & Flax….