Mayor Greg Fischer

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LouisvilleKY gets ready for snow season

Louisville, KY – Joined by the 265 regular members of the Louisville Metro Snow Team, Mayor Greg Fischer declared today that the city is battle ready for winter 2018-19. Mayor Fischer also named dozens of Jefferson County Public School students as honorary members of the Snow Team. The students — from Medora, Fairdale, Johnsontown, Greenwood, Schaffner Traditional and Stonestreet elementary schools — decorated six  snow plows that will be part of the Lots of Lights Parade during the Light Up Louisville celebration on Nov. 23. Three of the plows were displayed during today’s event in the Cardinal Stadium parking lot. After…


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Coca-Cola Consolidated Teams Up with LouisvilleKY to Celebrate Newly Refreshed Portland Park this weekend

Information and images from Louisvilleky.gov and Facebook… Louisville, KY –  Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is celebrating its ‘BIG HEARTS. mini cans.’ initiative Saturday, Oct. 20, at Portland Park. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, and will feature food trucks, refreshments, craft stations, raffles and live music. Coca-Cola Consolidated and Louisville Parks and Recreation are co-hosting the event, which has been dubbed a public celebration of the newly refreshed Portland Park. Brief remarks will be made by Mayor Greg Fischer. The event scheduled for 11 a.m. at the park, located at 640 North 27th St. “Louisville Parks and Recreation is pleased to see…


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LouisvilleKY’s Library Director Jim Blanton announces departure

Mayor appoints Lee Burchfield to serve as Interim Director Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer announced this week Jim Blanton is leaving his post as Director of Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) in early November for a similar post in Asheville, N.C., to be closer to family. “Vibrant, modern libraries are critical for a thriving city like Louisville,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.  “Jim’s leadership has been instrumental in the phenomenal, future-leaning growth of our library system over the last three years. Under his watch, we opened the state-of-the-art South Central Regional Library in Okolona and started work on the Northeast…


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Mayor’s Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle Returns to LouisvilleKY’s Labor Day

Louisville, KY., – Thousands of hikers, bikers and paddlers will hit the streets and the Ohio River on Labor Day, Sept. 3, for the 28th Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle at Waterfront Park. “One of Louisville’s core values is to create a healthier city, and there’s no better time than the annual Hike, Bike & Paddle to come together with residents from all parts of our city for fun and exercise,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. Subway Restaurants is the title sponsor of Hike, Bike & Paddle, with presenting sponsors Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Norton Healthcare and Neil Huffman Subaru, and contributing…


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LouisvilleKY LEAD program aims to divert opioid addicted individuals away from jail and into treatment

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer joined partners from across public and private sectors to announce the development of Kentucky’s first Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, known as LEAD, to divert opioid addicted people from jails in favor of case management and treatment. The LEAD program, which was first launched in Seattle in 2011, is an innovative pre-booking, community-based program focused on routing individuals suspected of committing low-level drug-related offenses away from jail and prosecution into treatment. The Mayor announced the city has been awarded a $400,000 federal grant to fund a pilot project, serving 50 qualifying individuals who come…


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Mayor celebrates LouisvilleKY’s SummerWorks 2018 success

Louisville, KY., – From computer coding to manufacturing and life-guarding to public finance, a record number of young people — 6,200 — gained new skills and confidence working at businesses and job sites throughout Louisville this summer as part of the SummerWorks program. Mayor Fischer congratulated youth and thanked the many private sector and non-profit employers who hired youth ages 16-21. That number includes 1,004 youth employed by companies and organizations that directly teamed with KentuckianaWorks and YouthBuild to provide more extensive career guidance and support. Since its start in 2011, SummerWorks and its partner-employers have put more than 23,000 young…


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LouisvilleKY receives AARP grant to begin improvements on the Ninth Street corridor

Louisville, KY., – Louisville Metro Government has been awarded a $10,550 AARP Community Challenge grant to begin making tactical improvements on Ninth Street, specifically at Muhammad Ali Boulevard. The grant is part of the AARP Livable Communities Initiative, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and rural areas to be livable and safe places for residents of all ages. The grant funds quick action projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability. Mayor Greg Fischer welcomed the AARP grant. “My administration is committed to breaking down the 9th Street divide by bringing more city and private…


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LouisvilleKY provides glimpse of future regional Shawnee Outdoor Learning Center

Louisville, KY., – It was a vision that began nearly a decade ago, but with the release of renderings showing a sprawling, interactive campus, the future Shawnee Outdoor Learning Center came one step closer to reality today. “Our parks system really embodies our core city values of health, lifelong learning and compassion,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Shawnee Park is a great example. We’re excited about our vision for creating a hub for outdoor recreation and learning experiences in west Louisville at will become the Shawnee Outdoor Learning Center.” The facility would become a regional nature/outdoor learning center providing “cradle to…


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Code Louisville training creates local tech jobs and careers for more than 250 people in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – Code Louisville, which provides training to help people quickly enter the technology field, has helped more than 250 people start or advance their careers in technology, Mayor Greg Fischer announced this week. “It is critical for our economy and our community’s future to have as many people as possible gaining the skills to embrace the technologies of today and tomorrow,” Mayor Fischer said.  “So, it’s exciting that a homegrown initiative like Code Louisville has become a national model for developing tech talent – and our goal is to take that to an even higher level.” There have been…


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Landbank Authority completes record-breaking year of LouisvilleKY vacant property sales

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer joined Metro employees and the Landbank Authority to celebrate the conclusion of a record-breaking year of efforts to return vacant properties in Louisville to productive use. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the Louisville Metro Vacant & Public Property Administration (VPPA) closed on the sale of 125 vacant properties in FY18—a 330% increase from the previous fiscal year. In the 2016-17 fiscal year, 29 sales were made. Metro officials attribute the increase in sales to new sales programs—Last Look, Cut It Keep It and Flex Rate policy—that were debuted in October 2017….