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LouisvilleKY student nabs 2nd Derby Festival Spelling Bee title

  March 11, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – 11-year-old Tara Singh of Louisville is a two-time champion after winning her second consecutive Derby Festival Spelling Bee. Singh also won the competition in 2016.  She correctly spelled “Gloxinia” – Any of several tropical South American plans of the genus Sinningia. The competition was held in the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts (501 W. Main Street in Louisville). Ashley DeVore of Fayette County, Kentucky, was runner-up in the competition among students from Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Singh represents Jefferson County Private Schools and is a 7th grade student at…


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LouisvilleKY’s Bellarmine and JCPS to host second annual STEAM Maker Faire for local students

  Louisville, KY., – The second Bellarmine-JCPS STEAM Maker Faire will take place Friday, April 21, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 at Bellarmine University’s SuRF Center. The free event will feature students (with project teachers and coaches) presenting their designs and creations based on the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) investigations they have learned as part of a partnership between Bellarmine University and Jefferson County Public Schools. Last year’s event drew over 200 community visitors observing and participating in experiments involving topics such as robotics, coding and solar energy; while this year’s specific exhibits promise to be a surprise, organizers…


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Mayor launches startup to help LouisvilleKY companies train and retain talent

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer today launched Degrees Work, a city-sponsored startup that works directly with companies and organizations to encourage their employees to return to college and complete a degree. “With today’s low unemployment rates, companies are in a fierce battle to attract and retain talented employees,” the Mayor said.  “Degrees Work offers those companies an affordable way to help more of their employees go back to college to earn 2-year and 4-year degrees – increasing retention and employee engagement while adding skills to their teams.” For the past seven years, Louisville has been working to improve college…


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Louisville Zoo announces new and returning attractions for 2017

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo staff is excited to announce new and returning attractions for the spring/summer season presented by Ford Motor Company. The season kicks off on Saturday, March 18 with extended Zoo hours through Labor Day. Guests can arrive 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. and stay to enjoy the Zoo until 6 p.m.   New this Spring: Butterflies and Pony Ride Attraction Starting May 20, Zoo guests can experience over 600 native butterflies and moths sipping nectar from flowers in a 1000 sq. ft. outdoor flight house located across from the bongo exhibit. Butterfly species will…


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LouisvilleKY’s Neighborhood Place Partners have a busy March schedule

Upcoming Fairs for Home Buyers, Youth Summer Programming and Sodexo Job Opportunities Louisville, Ky., – Neighborhood Place sites bring together multiple partners in March to provide a home buyers fair, three job fair opportunities for Sodexo,  two prom dress giveaway events, an event featuring summer camps and programs for youth, part two in the series “Heroin Addiction in Our Own Backyard”, and much more. To learn more about these services, including reservations requirements and contact info, please refer to the phone numbers listed by each event. March 1, Heroin Addiction in “Our Own Backyard”, Part 2 at First Baptist Church,…


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LouisvilleKY to host KDF robotics competition

IU SOUTHEAST, DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION TEAM UP WITH JCPS FOR ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT TEAMS AROUND REGION INVITED TO PARTICIPATE   February 20, 2017. Louisville, KY. – Get ready to ROBORUMBLE! Indiana University Southeast is partnering with the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation and Jefferson Country Public Schools to bring a regional STEM robotics competition to the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival schedule. The Indiana University Southeast RoboRumble Regional Robotic Tournament, set for Saturday, March 4, will allow students to design, build and compete with robots. Students and teams from Jefferson County schools, as well as around the region are invited to participate. The…


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LouisvilleKY’s zoo celebrates financial boost

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo is celebrating the completion of its Leadership Capital Campaign. Today, Mayor Fischer, Louisville Zoo Board president Darryl Metzger and Zoo Director John Walczak announced the final major gift to the campaign. Thanks to a $1 million gift from The John H. Schnatter Family Foundation, the Leadership Campaign exceeded its goal of $10.4 million for a final raised amount of $11.44 million. In recognition of the Schnatter Family’s gift, the Zoo also announced today the naming of the John H. Schnatter Family Foundation Plaza at Leopard Leap. This area will be an inviting space, welcoming…


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Mayor Fischer breaks ground on LouisvilleKY’s Jacob School redevelopment

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Fischer joined Councilwoman Marianne Butler to break ground on Bywater Development Group’s rehabilitation of the former Jacob School buildings in south Louisville. The comprehensive, historic redevelopment will create 58 affordable senior apartments. The two historic school buildings will be completely rehabbed, producing high-quality, energy-efficient apartments as well as the creation of common areas, activity spaces, a library/computer lab and other program areas. “The seniors living in these units will not only have a safe, affordable place to live but the community will also be glad to know that these historic buildings will be put back to…


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LouisvilleKY Mayor to businesses: SummerWorks is ‘crucial’

Goal is for record number of employers to hire youth this summer   Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer launched his SummerWorks jobs program for 2017 today by setting a goal for a new record of employers involved, and proclaiming it necessary to ensure “a pipeline of future talent.” “Summer jobs are critical building blocks for young people, and SummerWorks is crucial for the health of the local economy, because it creates a pipeline of future talent,” Mayor Fischer said.  “We want Louisville’s business culture to be one where every company, large and small, hires or sponsors summer jobs for…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo Seeks Trashformation Contest Entries and Eco-Partners for Earth Month

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo invites students in pre-K – grade 12 to get involved with the fifth annual Trashformation: A Trash-to-Treasure Art Contest for Students. The annual contest is part of the Zoo’s Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth powered by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company in April. Students are encouraged to communicate the importance of recycling and sustainability through art. Using only recyclable items, students’ art submissions should express or interpret “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” New this year, the Zoo is partnering with the Louisville Orchestra’s MakingMUSIC Landfill Orchestra…