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LouisvilleKY’s Opportunity Zones touted as great investment

Louisville, KY., – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today joined community leaders, investors and Louisville Metro Government representatives to champion Opportunity Zones as a new tool to help revitalize Louisville neighborhoods. Additionally, the Mayor released the city’s Opportunity Zones Prospectus, a holistic document that showcases Louisville’s assets and will be shared with investors locally and across the country. “Opportunity Zones are a new avenue for us to attract investment to areas of our city that already have momentum and could see tremendous growth and opportunity with additional capital investment,” said the Mayor. “We want responsible development and projects that benefit our…


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LouisvilleKY Metro Government, Cities United and Kenan Charitable Trust Launch Russell: A Place of Promise

Louisville, KY., – Louisville Metro Government, Cities United and The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust announced the award of a $5 million grant to launch Russell: A Place of Promise, an initiative co-created with and accountable to Russell residents and stakeholders, and designed to be a national model for equitable community development in African-American communities. The initiative will connect Russell residents and businesses that have been the backbone of the neighborhood with opportunities to build long-term individual and community wealth so that planned and underway new investment creating a renaissance in Russell does not result in their displacement. This initiative…


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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…


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LouisvilleKy files lawsuit in opioid crisis

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Metro Government has filed a federal lawsuit against the three largest wholesale opioid distribution companies – Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, and McKesson – for dumping millions of pills into Louisville neighborhoods while refusing to fulfill their obligations to monitor, identify, report and halt suspicious shipments of opioids. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District court under the direction of Mayor Greg Fischer and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, seeks damages to help Louisville combat the opioid public health crisis that has impacted Louisville and has led to everything from overdose deaths to increased crime in the…


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LouisvilleKY to roll out locally developed wireless smoke detectors in vacant, abandoned properties

Innovative project developed through collaboration among Louisville Metro agencies and local civic hackers LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Louisville Metro Government will begin this week installing locally created, low-cost wireless smoke detectors in vacant and abandoned properties, in an innovative way to reduce fire risk. The city’s Innovation Delivery Team is guiding this one-of-a-kind project, with support from Louisville Fire, the Vacant and Public Property Administration, and Codes & Regulations. The smoke detectors, which use a cellular 3G wireless connection to alert authorities when a fire erupts in a vacant and abandoned property, were created through a partnership with local civic hackers. The…


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Meetings begin tomorrow on future of LouisvilleKY’s Urban Government Center

Louisville, KY., – In late August, residents and stakeholders of the neighborhoods surrounding the Urban Government Center attended a series of workshops hosted by Develop Louisville’s Office of Advanced Planning designed to gather community input on the proposed redevelopment of the Urban Government Center. Attendees offered suggestions on possible reuses of the 12-acre campus, which includes several buildings located at and around 810 Barret Avenue and a parking lot at 814 Vine Street. Louisville Metro Government has been relocating the occupants of the Urban Government Center, and the remaining occupants will vacate the space by the end of the year. The…


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Louisville Ky internet speeds to be measured through new city website

City announces website to measure Internet speeds SpeedUpLouisville.com part of push for fiber Internet connectivity Louisville (April, 28, 2016) —Louisville Metro Government’s OPI2 Innovation Team,  PowerUp Labs and other partners today launched a new web-based application aimed to increase transparency about Internet service quality in Louisville. SpeedUpLouisville.com collects and will share user-generated information about local broadband service speeds, rates and service quality in our community. The website will help citizens, businesses, policymakers and others better understand where Louisville residents can access high-quality Internet service, and where there are needs. Once collected, the  data will be displayed on an interactive map and available for free download, with the…


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Louisville Ky appears to be in solid financial shape

CFO Frockt: City Government on strong financial footing But Metro still lacks significant resources to address billions of dollars in needs LOUISVILLE, KY (April 12, 2016) – Louisville Metro Government is in a strong financial position, due to a balanced annual budget, high ratings from credit agencies and a rainy day fund of $66.1 million, according to city Chief Financial Officer Daniel Frockt, speaking today during the first meeting of a special Metro Council committee examining city finances and future investment needs. “Our financial outlook today is much stronger than five years ago, when Mayor Greg Fischer took office and…


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Louisville Ky families invited to Give a Day clothing giveaway

Community Members Encouraged to “Take What You Can Tote” Volunteers Also Needed for the Annual Clothing Giveaway Event Louisville, Ky. – Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and the 15th District Parent Teacher Association (PTA), in partnership with Louisville Metro Government and Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give a Day week of service, are encouraging Louisville families to “Take What You Can Tote” on Saturday, April 16. The annual clothing giveaway event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clothing Assistance Program (CAP) building, 319 S. 15th Street. Each year, community members are invited to the CAP building to…


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Louisville Ky’s Derby Museum announces Jane Driskell as new Chief Financial Officer

Former State Budget Director and Louisville Metro Government CFO to step into role in late March   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 3, 2016) – Kentucky Derby Museum is pleased to announce Jane Driskell as its next Chief Financial Officer. Driskell brings 30 years of experience in the public sector to the position, most recently as State Budget Director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She also served as Deputy Mayor and CFO for the former City of Louisville. Following the merger between Louisville’s city and county governments in 2003, Driskell was Chief Financial Officer of Louisville Metro Government.   “After a two…