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Mayor announces new LouisvilleKY bike share to launch this spring

Nine local businesses named as initial sponsors Photos from www.louvelo.com Louisville, Ky. – Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that with the financial backing of nine local businesses, Louisville’s bike share program will launch this spring and will be called LouVelo. LouVelo is owned by Louisville Metro, which has contracted with CycleHop, a leading operator of major municipal bike share programs throughout North America, to run the program. The LouVelo network will begin with 300 bikes positioned at 28 bike share stations in downtown, Old Louisville, NuLu, near Waterfront Park, and points in between. Another 15 stations are under consideration to…


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LouisvilleKY’s Mayor announces contest for free tickets to historic performance

Citizens urged to share life-changing experiences with music ahead of Michael Tilson Thomas concert on Saturday Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a contest to celebrate the Louisville Orchestra’s historic performance this week with guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Tilson Thomas, also known as MTT, is the celebrated music director of the San Francisco Symphony. He will be among the most prominent guest conductors for the Louisville Orchestra since a mid-century visit by Shostakovich and Stravinsky, according to Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams. More about the concert, including ticket information, can be found at https://louisvilleorchestra.org. As part…


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LouisvilleKY Mayor announces plans moving forward for $35M expansion of Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park Phase IV establishes a consistent, unified waterfront experience Photos from Mayor Fischer’s Twitter page LOUISVILLE, KY (April 10, 2017)—Mayor Greg Fischer today joined Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, the Waterfront Development Corporation (WDC), the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), and MKSK Studios to announce that a major piece of planning for Waterfront Park Phase IV is in place. MSD has acquired 4.8 acres of land there as part of a tunnel basin project that is expected to begin construction in late summer 2017. Once completed, the bulk of the land will be turned over for the park, providing an important…


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LouisvilleKy’s 2017 Pothole Blitz is On

Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today helped launch the 2017 edition of the Pothole Blitz conducted annually by Metro Public Works. During the blitz, to recover from damage caused by the multiple freeze/thaw cycles of winter, Public Works crews go through the city’s streets in a grid pattern patching potholes until all roads are covered. Mayor Fischer noted that the number of potholes is expected to continue a decline begun last year thanks to increased investment in paving and consecutive mild winters. Potholes peaked at 171,000 in 2015 following years of deferred road maintenance and a rough winter. But…


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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…