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LouisvilleKY Mayor urges state lawmakers to strengthen child abuse reporting requirement

Asks General Assembly to take action before session ends Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today urged the General Assembly to strengthen the reporting requirement of suspected child abuse when it involves law enforcement officers or leaders. Current Kentucky law requires anyone who suspects that a child is being abused to report it to police, the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services or the county or commonwealth’s attorney. The law does not, however, require a local police department to report to other agencies when one of its officers is suspected of child abuse. “This state law is intended to…


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LouisvilleKY’s 2017 South Points Scenic Area Map unveiled

Story from www.louisvilleky.gov Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Council President David Yates were joined by local business owners and civic leaders Monday to unveil the 2017 South Points Scenic Area Map and calendar of events in front of the new American Pharoah exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum near Churchill Downs. “The nice weather we’ve had recently has given people the urge to get out and explore,” Fischer said. “There’s a little of something for everyone in the South Points Scenic Area – restaurants, landmarks, beautiful parks – and attractions like the Kentucky Derby Museum. It’s…


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Mayor launches startup to help LouisvilleKY companies train and retain talent

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer today launched Degrees Work, a city-sponsored startup that works directly with companies and organizations to encourage their employees to return to college and complete a degree. “With today’s low unemployment rates, companies are in a fierce battle to attract and retain talented employees,” the Mayor said.  “Degrees Work offers those companies an affordable way to help more of their employees go back to college to earn 2-year and 4-year degrees – increasing retention and employee engagement while adding skills to their teams.” For the past seven years, Louisville has been working to improve college…


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LouisvilleKY to change special events permitting system

Changes aim to reduce police involvement, road closures Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced changes meant to reduce the role of Louisville Metro Police in providing traffic details and security for special events. Under new guidelines, organizers of special events in the city will be asked to increase volunteer participation during their events for positions that may not require a sworn police officer. Additionally, organizers will be asked to use private security companies when possible. Organizers will also be encouraged to use pre-designated routes that will need a limited or reduced number of sworn law enforcement. “The sheer…


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Mayor urges signups for LouisvilleKY street sweeping alerts system

Louisville, KY., – With the impending arrival of street sweeping season, Mayor Greg Fischer today reminded Louisville residents to sign up to receive an automatic notice, via text or email, when their street is scheduled to be swept by Metro Public Works. The alerts system was introduced last year as a way to notify residents in advance that they must find alternate parking on street sweeping day. No parking is allowed on affected streets during street sweeping, and violators are subject to citation and/or towing. About 6,000 people signed up for the alerts last year. As a result, the number of…


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LouisvilleKY’s Angel’s Envy is now part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Angel’s Envy, Louisville’s newest distillery, is also the newest member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® experience, becoming the 10th stop on the world-famous journey that showcases the state’s signature spirit. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made the announcement Monday at the downtown site on historic Whiskey Row, where Angel’s Envy recently opened its $27 million distillery, brand home and gift shop. “The spectacular Angel’s Envy Distillery represents another unique hometown brand and an immersive Bourbon experience that will delight the 24 million tourists who visit Louisville each year,” Fischer said. “We take great pride in Angel’s Envy and our…


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Mayor Fischer breaks ground on LouisvilleKY’s Jacob School redevelopment

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Fischer joined Councilwoman Marianne Butler to break ground on Bywater Development Group’s rehabilitation of the former Jacob School buildings in south Louisville. The comprehensive, historic redevelopment will create 58 affordable senior apartments. The two historic school buildings will be completely rehabbed, producing high-quality, energy-efficient apartments as well as the creation of common areas, activity spaces, a library/computer lab and other program areas. “The seniors living in these units will not only have a safe, affordable place to live but the community will also be glad to know that these historic buildings will be put back to…


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Dalai Lama visit to LouisvilleKY is postponed

Festival of Faiths 2017 will keep its April schedule Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has had to postpone his planned visit to Louisville on April 23-24. Penpa Tsering, His Holiness’ representative for North America, said the Dalai Lama has been asked to scale back his extensive travel schedule for the next few months to rest and revitalize. “We express our deepest apologies for this inconvenience,” Penpa Tsering said, adding, “We deeply value our relationship with the Compassionate City of Louisville and look forward to a return visit.” Mayor Fischer said, “We are saddened that His Holiness is unable to make the trip, but we remain heartened…


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LouisvilleKY Mayor to businesses: SummerWorks is ‘crucial’

Goal is for record number of employers to hire youth this summer   Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer launched his SummerWorks jobs program for 2017 today by setting a goal for a new record of employers involved, and proclaiming it necessary to ensure “a pipeline of future talent.” “Summer jobs are critical building blocks for young people, and SummerWorks is crucial for the health of the local economy, because it creates a pipeline of future talent,” Mayor Fischer said.  “We want Louisville’s business culture to be one where every company, large and small, hires or sponsors summer jobs for…


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Free tax help for LouisvilleKy is underway

VITA, AARP volunteers available across Louisville also will help residents determine eligibility for Earned Income Tax Credit Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Asset Building Coalition and AARP has announced the opening of free tax preparation sites that will provide federal and state income tax assistance to eligible residents. “Every hard-working Louisvillian should be able to benefit from all tax credits that apply to them, and by offering this free assistance we can make sure that happens,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This is money they can use to start a savings account, buy a car, get braces for a child, pay for…