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Mayor Fischer launches Lean Into Louisville to confront and examine history of discrimination in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer has launched Lean Into Louisville, an unprecedented series of presentations, conversations, activities and art exhibits that will explore and confront the history and legacy of all forms of discrimination and inequality in the city and the country. “Lean Into Louisville aligns with the work we’ve been doing from day one to create a city of equity and opportunity for everyone in Louisville,” said the Mayor. “It’s an important step forward for our city and it send a great message to the rest of the country and the world that Louisville is a city that understands…


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Mayor Fischer: State of the City is strong; LouisvilleKY is well-positioned for the future

Louisville, KY., – Delivering his ninth annual State of the City address from the Muhammad Ali Center on The Champ’s birthday, Mayor Greg Fischer has challenged the community to have the same courage, vision and determination that made Ali one of the most beloved, respected and well-known people the world has ever seen. The Mayor noted that Ali came of age at a time of great change and “refused to let the world dictate what his life could be,” making him a great role model today, “because this is another moment of great change: in society, in technology, and in…


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Metro Council parties name caucus leaders

Stories from Louisvilleky.gov… Louisville, KY – During their first Caucus meeting of 2019, the seven Republican members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus unanimously elected Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) to the position of Caucus Chair. In addition to electing Kramer, the members of the Minority Caucus unanimously elected Councilman James Peden (District 23) as Caucus Vice-Chair. Councilman Kevin Kramer has served in a variety of leadership positions over his tenure on the Metro Council, including President (2006) as well as four previous terms as both the Minority Caucus Chair and Minority Caucus Vice-Chair. Councilman James Peden will be…


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LouisvilleKy Mayor inaugurated, here’s what he had to say

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s prepared remarks for his third inauguration, Jan. 9, 2019:   Thank you. Thanks to my family: My wife Alex and our children – Eleni and Cody, George, Nick, Mary My siblings, Lynn, Mark, Paul and Chris My wonderful parents, Mary Lee and George My mother-in-law Eleni. And a special recognition for my father-in-law Nick Gerassimides, who peacefully passed away just two weeks ago. Thanks to the Metro Council, all elected public servants, and our great Metro Government team.  I’m honored to serve alongside you. And a very special thank you to our public safety professionals. They’re…


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LouisvilleKY Mayor pledges ‘fierce sense of urgency’ in third term

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer pledged today to bring the same energy, innovation and commitment to his third term as when he first took office in 2011, saying he and his team “are dreaming even bigger, and will move even faster and work even harder in the days ahead.” Delivering his third inaugural address in the rotunda of Metro Hall, which was decked in blue and filled with music by local artists Ben Sollee and Scott Moore, Mayor Fischer highlighted accomplishments of the past eight years, including 80,000 new jobs, 2,700 new businesses and $13 billion in capital investment. “What…


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LouisvilleKY sets goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer says Louisville is joining cities across the globe by setting a goal of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In May 2016, Mayor Fischer signed the Global Covenant of Mayors, an agreement signed by leaders of more than 9,000 cities across the world committing to inventory and develop a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, cities play a major role in these efforts, as 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from cities. Greenhouse gases get trapped in the atmosphere, which causes warming and leads to climate change. These gases…


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LouisvilleKY’s Chamber of Commerce Unveils 2019 State Legislative Agenda

(Louisville, KY) – Before a crowd of business, civic, and community leaders, Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce, released its legislative priorities for the upcoming sessions in both Kentucky and Indiana. “We are only as strong as the investors engaged with us and this agenda was created by those same individuals to grow Greater Louisville in a meaningful way,” GLI President and CEO Kent Oyler said. “We look forward to working with legislators on both sides of the river to improve our business climate.” The 2019 State Legislative Agenda includes targeted improvements to Kentucky’s tax code, support…


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Author of book predicting end to ‘White Christian America’ wins LouisvilleKY’s Grawemeyer Award

Story and photo from grawemeyer.org… Louisville, KY., – White Protestantism has dominated U.S. politics and culture for much of the nation’s history, but demographic change and an exodus from churches by the young are bringing the era to a close. That prediction comes from Robert P. Jones, founder and chief executive officer of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), who has won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book, “The End of White Christian America.” Simon & Schuster published the work in 2016. University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary jointly give the religion prize. America is no longer mostly…


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Election Day is over and here’s how your favorite LouisvilleKY candidate fared

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley The votes have been tallied and it’s now the Day After.  Here is a list of the election results, courtesy of the Jefferson County Elections Center…   SUMMARY REPORT RUN DATE:11/06/18 RUN TIME:10:16 PM VOTES PERCENT PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 623). . . . . 623 100.00 REGISTERED VOTERS – TOTAL . . . . . 0 BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL. . . . . . . 291,591 BALLOTS CAST – BLANK. . . . . . . 10 Straight Party (VOTE FOR) 1 Republican (REP) . . . . . . . . 52,916 36.10 Democratic…


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Airbnb Delivers $2.1 Million in Tax Revenue Kentucky in First Year of Agreement

FRANKFORT, KY — Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that it remitted over $2.1 million in home sharing tax revenue on behalf of its Kentucky hosts in the first year of its tax agreement with the state, greatly exceeding initial projections. In September 2017, Airbnb and the Kentucky Department of Revenue announced a historic tax agreement, allowing the home sharing platform to automatically collect the 6% state sales tax and the 1% state transient room tax on behalf of its host community and remit the revenue directly to the commonwealth. That agreement took effect October 1, 2017, infusing a new revenue stream for the…


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