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Who Wants to be LouisvilleKY’s Chief Resilience Officer?

From Metro Government Louisville selected to join 100 Resilient Cities — Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation Mayor Fischer will appoint a Chief Resilience Officer to lead local efforts (Louisville, Ky. May 25, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer welcomed an announcement from 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), selecting Louisville to join the 100RC Network to build urban, environmental, and economic resilience. Louisville is among the final cohort of cities invited to join the worldwide 100RC Network. As a member of 100RC, Louisville will gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience…


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Ambitious Move Louisville Plan Would Reduce Miles and Fix Infrastructure

Mayor Fischer unveils 20-year multi-modal plan for LouisvilleKY Move Louisville will guide infrastructure improvements and mobility options LOUISVILLE, KY (April 14, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled Move Louisville, the city’s 20-year multi-modal plan, during the Regional Mobility Summit hosted by the Transit Authority of the River City (TARC). Move Louisville takes a holistic approach to the city’s transportation system, which is a $5 billion asset that includes roadways, sidewalks, bike networks and trails. The top two priorities identified in the plan are fixing and maintaining the existing infrastructure and reducing the number of miles that Louisvillians drive by providing…


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Omni Hotel Breaks Ground in LouisvilleKY

Omni Louisville Hotel to be Mixed-Use Development Featuring Luxury Apartments, Grocer, Speakeasy and More  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Executives from Omni Hotels & Resorts along with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Metro Council, leaders from the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Louisville Downtown Partnership broke ground today on the Omni Louisville Hotel. The 30-story luxurious property will reflect Louisville’s warmth and hospitality, while embracing and celebrating the city’s authentic quality and charm. The hotel will be the luxury brand’s first property in Kentucky. Set to open in early 2018, the Omni Louisville will be a catalyst to the city’s growth and urban…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Candidates Declare, Mayor, GLI, More Politics and the Va Va Vixens

We emerged from the latest meteorological over-hype with our roads clear and a new forecast of a record high of 70 for Groundhog Day. My highlights this week included the Greater Louisville Inc. annual meeting at the Palace, the Ballotin Blues party at Meta, Peter and the Starcatchers (see picture) at Actors Theatre, and all this: The Future’s So Bright: Did you listen to WFPK’s 20-day series looking back at its two decades as the region’s coolest music station? It was cool, and made me look back at my Business First archives to see my 1998 story about the Public…


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LouisvilleKY’s GLI Meeting/Pep Rally Makes Case for Business

Once the Louisville Orchestra’s brilliant Teddy Abrams completed his wizardry at the piano at the Louisville Palace Jan. 26, GLI CEO Kent Oyler asked an enthusiastic crowd of a thousand businessmen and women if a Chamber of Commerce is still a necessity. He claimed it’s something he’d been asked about recently, and perhaps it’s a question many in the audience had asked. Of course, he presented a convincing case for the business organization’s existence. And those who followed him on stage, Gov. Matt Bevin (by video), Mayor Greg Fischer, Humana President & CEO Bruce Broussard and Aetna Chairman Mark Bertolini,…


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LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK: Serious Cartooning, Pot Dreams, Powerball Fantasies and 10-Minute Plays

Welcome to the latest on Louisville, where you didn’t win the Powerball, but GE Appliances found a new buyer. And I learned from experts that Matt Bevin is easy to draw, and lampoon, and that he’s in favor of passing legislation on medical marijuana, just like his GOP brother Rand Paul. Controversy Stirs With Race, and Guns, and Religion: So that’s where Courier-Journal cartoonist Marc Murphy gets the most inspiration. Find out what he did to get his face on a WANTED poster in rural Kentucky on the Rusty Satellite Show.  Chinese Firm Agrees to Buy GE Appliances, and Louisville…


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LouisvilleKY Mayor Fischer’s Remarks on Haier’s Purchase of GE Appliances

  LouisvilleKY Mayor Greg Fischer’s Remarks on the Purchase of GE Appliances, Friday Jan. 15 at Metro Hall In 1951 — in an area of our city that was largely green fields — construction began on a massive business park that would help define Louisville’s economy and, by extension, the American economy, for the next eight decades. General Electric, the great American brand that traces its roots to the late 1800s and inventor Thomas Edison, built a mammoth manufacturing hub on 1,000 acres. Its name — Appliance Park — reflected the products to be built there, and it was so…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Will Bevin Bury Kynect?

This week we learned that the Republican strategy of tying Democratic opponents to President Obama in Kentucky, where Obama’s approval rating is about 30 percent, still works, especially if the Dem is Jack Conway. Our next governor is Matt Bevin, who won by a wide margin in an election that only a third of registered voters in Kentucky bothered to participate in. The good news is Bevin will certainly be different and his team will be inexperienced in Frankfort bureaucracy and methods. And he’s hired Hal Heiner for his transition team. The bad news: He says of Kynect, the popular health…


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On Louisville KY’s Dixie Highway, How $16.9 Million will Make a Difference

President Tandy sees Dixie Highway Grant as a significant part of improving the Urban Core of Metro Louisville’s infrastructure Grant covers Dixie Highway improvements from downtown and beyond Louisville- Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) joined other Metro Council members, Congressman John Yarmuth, Governor Steve Beshear, Mayor Greg Fischer and members of Jefferson County’s Legislative Delegation on Monday to praise the announcement that Metro Louisville will receive a $16.9 million TIGER Grant for the Dixie Highway Master Plan. “Dixie Highway is just as vital to Metro Louisville as any interstate when it comes to moving people to and from destinations…


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UPS Hub in Louisville KY Getting $310 Million Investment

UPS to Invest Nearly $310 Million in Louisville KY Centennial Hub Project to expand company’s ground operation, create up to 300 new jobs (From Mayor Fischer’s Office)LOUISVILLE, KY  – United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), the world’s largest package delivery company, will increase its presence in Louisville with as many as 300 new full- and part-time jobs through a nearly $310 million investment in its ground shipping operation, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Gov. Steve Beshear announced today. “Much like how UPS revolutionized package delivery with the expansion of Worldport in 1999, this new, highly-automated ground sort facility will allow UPS…