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LouisvilleKY proposal is a finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 Mayors Challenge

City receives up to $100,000 for testing phase in competition for Grand Prize for innovative solutions to urgent challenges Louisville, KY., – Louisville is among 35 Champion Cities announced today as finalists in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face. Chosen from a competitive pool of more than 320 applications, the Champion Cities will now begin a six-month testing phase where they will conduct public prototypes of their ideas with grant funding of up to $100,000 per city. Louisville’s proposal, developed by…


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LouisvilleKY’s Parks and Recreation takes over operation of Quail Chase Golf Club

Photos from Quail Golf Club’s Facebook page… Louisville, KY., – Louisville Parks and Recreation has assumed responsibility for the operation of Quail Chase Golf Club, a 27-hole championship-level course located on the Jefferson/Bullitt county line 20 minutes south of downtown Louisville. The addition brings a marquee golf destination to Parks and Recreation’s portfolio of courses, including nine municipally run tracks located within the Louisville Metro area. Metro acquired the facility and improvements Feb. 1 from Golf Development Company Inc. for $850,000. Through the agreement, Golf Development Inc. will make an annual $25,000 donation to the First Tee of Louisville for…


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Ten LouisvilleKY Metro Council members File Resolution to Support Medical Cannabis Legalization in Kentucky

Louisville – Ten Metro Councilmembers have signed on as co-sponsors of a resolution urging the Kentucky General Assembly to enact legislation that would legalize medical cannabis in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, primary sponsor Bill Hollander (D-9) reported today. “Medical cannabis can help many of our constituents,” Hollander said. “I am pleased that so many of my colleagues agree that we should ask the Kentucky General Assembly to take action to help them,” said Hollander. Many medical professionals believe that medical cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans, and it is legally…


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LouisvilleKY Legislators & Chamber Leaders Rally Around Expanded Gaming Legislation

(Frankfort, KY)- Speaking with bipartisan support on Thursday afternoon at the Capitol, Greater Louisville Inc. in partnership with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, once again urged support for an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution that would allow for expanded gaming. “The numbers are on the side of expanded gaming with the creation of thousands of new jobs and anywhere from $250 Million to $1 Billion in the first year of gross gaming revenue alone,” Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, Chief Operating Officer of Greater Louisville Inc., said. “The question is no longer why should we do this, but why aren’t we already doing it? …


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LouisvillekY’s State Rep. Darryl Owens will not seek reelection in 2018

  Louisville, KY – Darryl Owens has announced he will not seek reelection as the 43rd legislative district’s state representative, a position he has held since 2005. Rep. Owens, an attorney, has been a public servant for more than 40 years serving as a district judge, assistant attorney general, and Jefferson County C District commissioner. “The highest honor of my life has been to serve as a state representative and I am profoundly grateful to have been elected by my constituents for more than a decade,” said Rep. Owens. “I have enjoyed every minute of this job but it’s time…


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Mayor Fischer gives LouisvilleKY a progress report

Louisville, KY., – Last week, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer gave his State of the City address and released a “Progress Report” for 2017. The following is his letter announcing the report and a link to the report, itself: Letter from Mayor Fischer: Our city is going through a tremendous renaissance in job growth, construction and educational attainment. We have earned a host of accolades from around the world as a city on the move, because we offer a unique combination of economic opportunity, great quality of life, signature tourist attractions and the zeal to create a community where everyone in…


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LG&E and KU request approval to expand benefits of advanced meters to all customers

Press release is from LG&E’s website Utilities’ work with collaborative group, experience with pilot programs helped shape company plans (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company announced today that, after months of meetings with representatives of customer groups, they plan to ask the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval of a “Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity” to install 1.3 million advanced meters across the utilities’ service territories. Advanced meters offer customers near-real-time energy-use information through a user-friendly online dashboard that provides insights into their energy consumption. The additional information gives customers the data to…


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LouisvilleKY’s Mayor Fischer to update us on the State of the City

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that he will deliver the 2018 State of the City address on Thursday, Jan. 4 at the new South Central Regional Library in Okolona. The address is traditionally delivered to the Downtown Rotary Club at the start of the new year, in various locations. The Rotary luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. The address is free and open to the public.  Those wishing to have lunch will be asked to pay $30. There also will be seating for those who wish to attend by not have lunch. Attendees should register at http://www.IsMyRotaryClub.org/Register/index.cfm?EventID=77353553 no later…


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Bernie Sanders is coming to LouisvilleKY

LouisvilleKY, – U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming to Louisville this Friday. The Protecting Working Families Rally with Bernie Sanders joins Not One Penny and MoveOn.Org for a rally to stand up against what Sanders’ website calls “the horrific GOP tax proposal”. The rally will be at the Galt House Hotel in Downtown Louisville. Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served. Doors open at 5:30 with the rally to begin at 7 p.m.


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LouisvilleKY Metro budget balanced for Fiscal Year 2016-17

Increased revenues largely offset public safety related expenditures Louisville, KY., – Louisville Metro Government has ended the 2016-2017 fiscal year with a balanced budget while also growing the “Rainy Day Fund” to $68.9 million, up from $67.9 million, Chief Financial Officer Daniel Frockt announced today. A year-end budget balancing ordinance — sponsored by Councilwoman Marianne Butler — was filed today with Metro Council to close out the year following the annual financial audit. Final General Fund revenues were $589 million—about $4 million (or 0.7%) more than the most recent forecast of $584.9 million, thanks in large part to 5.3% growth…