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Mayor Fischer rallies LouisvilleKY for 7th annual “Give A Day” Week of Service, April 14-22

Louisville, KY – Joined by representatives from local organizations and volunteer committees, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced plans for his 2018 Give A Day week of service. This year’s Give A Day week is set for April 14-22, although the Mayor noted that many projects will be under way earlier, to avoid conflicts with Thunder over Louisville at the end of the week. Give A Day is an official Kentucky Derby Festival event, and kicks off the festival season. This year’s Give A Day week also leads into the 2018 Festival of Faiths, another volunteer-driven event. “The people of Louisville…


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LouisvilleKY launches Food Entrepreneurship series

Louisville, KY., –  Louisville Forward’s Small Business Development team is launching a Food Entrepreneurship series designed to foster the development of new restaurateurs and food entrepreneurs. The interactive 9-class series will run from March 3rd to June 30th and will be taught by local industry-leading professionals. All classes will meet on Saturdays from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. “From the Hot Brown to Bourbon infusions, Louisville has been internationally recognized for its innovative and fresh culinary scene and we want to keep this momentum going,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Through this interactive series, entrepreneurs will learn how to open a restaurant…


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LouisvilleKY’s Brown-Forman to invest in renewable energy

First Major U.S. Spirits and Wine Producer to Enter Power Purchase Agreement LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE:BFA)(NYSE:BFB) today announced a major commitment to renewable energy with an agreement to purchase 30 megawatts (MW) of electricity annually from Solomon Forks Wind Project, a new wind power project in Kansas. The wind farm is expected to generate the equivalent of more than 90% of Brown-Forman’s annual electricity usage in the United States. Brown-Forman is the first major U.S. spirits and wine producer to commit to a power purchase agreement (PPA) in the U.S. Power purchase agreements allow companies such as Brown-Forman to…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo Looks at 2017 Highlights

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo welcomed over 860,000 guests from 41 states in 2017 — once again being recognized as the #1 attended non-profit attraction in the region. 2017 saw significant births of endangered species and the passing of dearly beloved animal ambassadors like our male African lion Kenya. The Zoo won several prestigious Zoo industry awards and activated the final projects of the Leadership Capital Campaign. Here are just a few Zoo moments from the past 12 months: Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak was named an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation inspector of the year in 2017. AZA announced…


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Jay Whitacre awarded LouisvilleKY renewable energy prize

LOUISVILLE, Ky., /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An international pioneer in sustainable energy technology who specializes in ultra-low-cost, water-based energy storage solutions has been awarded the 2017 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy from the University of Louisville. Jay Whitacre, PhD, director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, will give a public talk at UofL and receive the Conn Prize medal and $50,000 award in March. The biannual award recognizes outstanding renewable energy ideas and achievements that have had a proven global impact. Whitacre’s sodium-ion batteries, which use only water-based chemicals, are an economical way to incorporate renewable energy into the grid. Whitacre…


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Registration for annual LouisvilleKY’s JMF Valentine’s Day hike continues

Louisville, KY., – Romantic Valentine evenings await on February 13 and 14 at Jefferson Memorial Forest.  For only $35, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House, where couples will enjoy hot beverages, rich hors d’ouvres and desserts, and the cozy warmth of a hearth. “The natural beauty of Jefferson Memorial Forest is a great fit with Valentine’s Day,” said Rebecca Minnick, Program Manager at Jefferson Memorial Forest. “Couples can have a romantic evening by taking a stroll through the woods, then relaxing in front of the…


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LouisvilleKy Zoo Reduces Winter General Admission Price and Announces Kroger Wild Winter Days Food Drive

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo adult (12–59) general admission will be reduced to $9.95 and $6.95 for children (ages 3–11) and seniors (60+)  now through Feb. 28, 2018.   The Louisville Zoo is proud to team up with Kroger to help Dare to Care again support families in our community with a winter food drive during the Zoo’s Wild Winter Days presented by Kroger through Feb. 28.  Guests who bring at least one canned food item per person to benefit Dare to Care or who show their Kroger Plus card will receive $1 off winter adult or child’s admission. If…


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LouisvilleKY vacant lot now a new park in Smoketown

Mayor Fischer joins Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory to cut ribbon on May Hillerich Park Photos from Mayor Fischer’s Facebook page Louisville, KY., – To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has transformed a vacant lot in Smoketown into a park for the public’s use. Mayor Fischer joined the company to officially open May Hillerich Park at 813 Jackson Street earlier this week. May Hillerich was the sister of Bud Hillerich, creator of the Louisville Slugger, and played a critical role in the early success and growth of the company. “I would like to thank Louisville Slugger…


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LouisvilleKY’s New Roots receives financial boost from Humana Foundation

Louisville, Ky., — The fight for food justice just got a little easier thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Humana Foundation to New Roots, Inc., a local organization that believes access to fresh food is a basic human right, by enabling over 1800 families from across the Commonwealth and southern Indiana to access affordable, organic farm-fresh food from 50 Kentucky family farms.   New Roots and partners from the Humana Foundation, Smoketown Fresh Stop Market @ Coke Memorial UMC, Russell Fresh Stop Market @ Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, and Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith will be on hand at Coke…


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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…