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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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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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Louisville KY’s Sustainability Summit kicks off Friday

LOUISVILLE, KY – As part of their continuing mission to improve sustainability efforts in the community, the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability and the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) are co-hosting the second annual Sustainability Summit on Friday, November 6 with an evening reception on November 5. “The Sustainability Summit is a great effort by the Office of Sustainability and Louisville Sustainability Council to make our city healthier and more livable.” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “The shared ideas at this event are vital to promote awareness of our air quality issues will help empower citizens to do their part to improve it.”…


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The WEEK: Choices, Choices, Choices

Chili, Continued. Wouldn’t a big bowl of chili be great right now? Even better, you can still participate in the Great Chili Cook-off next weekend. They need a few more chili cookers for the Oct. 10 event at the Belvedere. Hear about it on this recent Rusty Show. You Don’t Love Me Anymore? The LEO Weekly Readers Choice awards were released this week, and there were zero repeat honors for me and LouisvilleKY.com. But some Rusty Satellite vets cleaned up, my favorite being “Best Entrepreneur” Emily McCay. Also, Tom Mabe got 2nd best local comedian, And Terry Meiners, Rachel Platt and…


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Fischer Pushing for Soccer, Wants Stadium Site for Louisville City FC

It looks like packing the house at Slugger Field repeatedly has gotten the attention of city officials, and now Greg Fischer is looking at sites for a new soccer stadium that would also serve as a spot to attract tournaments for all ages. And Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, this week’s Rusty Satellite Show guest, has a new assignment at Louisville Forward. Here’s the news from the Mayor’s office.  LOUISVILLE (September 30, 2015) – Mayor Greg Fischer has asked the staff of Louisville Forward to begin working on plans to enhance the city’s current professional league soccer franchise while also exploring the potential…


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Mayor Fischer Launches Commission to Grow Local Film Economy

Commission will work to attract film opportunities to city  LOUISVILLE, KY – Seeking to promote Louisville as a premier location for film, television, and new media production, Mayor Fischer announced today the creation of the Louisville Film Commission. The 17-person commission is made up of a diverse group of local film industry experts who will work with and advise Louisville Forward on establishing, marketing and promoting the city to the global film community. “Louisville has a great depth of knowledge when it comes to the film economy,” Fischer said. “We have growing resources, and now with the new state incentives…


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Thorntons Gives Louisville Some Welcomed Good News

Our Rick Redding interviewed Thorntons President, Tony Harris on the March 19, 2015, Rusty Satellite Show. Hear it here. LOUISVILLE (July 30, 2015) – One of Kentucky’s largest privately owned companies has decided to expand its presence in the Commonwealth. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Gov. Steve Beshear today announced Thorntons Inc. is expanding its headquarters in Louisville with a move to a larger facility. Thorntons, a growing convenience chain retailer that provides fresh foods, high quality beverages and fuel, will create 110 jobs and invest nearly $28 million into the project. “Thorntons local expansion and investment is further proof that…


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Local Healthcare Leaders Partner for Louisville Innovation Summit

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Louisville Innovation Summit, a two-day event where healthcare leaders and innovators come together to provide insight, share expertise, and explore new avenues of creativity in aging care, will be held October 14 and 15, 2015, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. The event will feature distinguished keynote speakers, panel discussions with prominent guests, innovation spotlights from healthcare tech start-ups, and an innovation competition. “We are a city of innovation,” Fischer said. “This summit represents who we are and where we are headed in so many ways. Now is the time and Louisville is the place for the…


New Bike/Walk Trail Planned for Beargrass Creek

Funding in place to plan Beargrass Creek Biking/Walking Trail Trail will connect Cherokee Park to Waterfront Park LOUISVILLE, KY (June 18, 2015) – Design work will begin soon on a project to connect Cherokee Park and Waterfront Park via a continuous off-street pathway along Beargrass Creek thanks to donations from the community. Designing a conceptual plan for a walking and biking path connecting two of Louisville’s most significant recreational assets is fully funded. The plan will also evaluate strategies to improve water quality and wildlife habitat along the creek. “This community-funded project is the next step towards building an activity corridor that…


Louisville Forward named one of Site Selection’s Top U.S. Economic Development Groups for 2014

LOUISVILLE, KY  – Louisville Forward, the city’s economic development organization, is named one of the Top U.S. Economic Development Groups for 2014 by Site Selection magazine.  Since its creation in July, Louisville Forward has helped businesses create nearly 3,500 new jobs in Louisville, representing an investment of more than half a billion dollars. Louisville Forward was formed last summer to unite economic development efforts and built environment functions, allowing business owners to go from concept to permit in one streamlined agency. Giving equal attention to quality of place as economic development, Louisville Forward touches the arts, parks, and other community…