Thursday January 6, 2005
On the two-year anniversary of the merger of the city of Louisville and Jefferson County, Mayor Jerry Abramson said local government is more efficient and effective, and his administration is continuing to work to make Louisville the best hometown for families.
“We’ll maintain our focus on keeping our community safe, promoting jobs and economic opportunity, as well as protecting and enhancing our quality of life,” Abramson said. “All these factors go toward making our hometown a terrific place to raise a family.”
In highlighting his administration’s accomplishments at mid-term, the mayor said that much progress has been made on all fronts of Louisville Metro’s priorities, including committing funds to put more police officers on the street, recruiting business and business expansion such as Citigroup and Maverick Steel, expanding and improvement of parks such as Riverview Park and Waterfront Park, and neighborhood transformation initiatives in areas like Clarksdale, Newburg and Portland.
Abramson also pointed to several infrastructure and administrative projects that “maybe aren’t as widely known, but are still important to the community.” He referenced the expanded Project DRI to solve long-standing drainage problems in some areas of the community, and the three-year $30 million Foundation for Our Future initiative to invest in repair of roads, sidewalks, firehouses and public buildings.
Merger also allowed Metro Government to become more efficient last year, with the combining of solid-waste departments, consolidation of government’s banking business, and streamlining the facilities, fleet management and purchasing functions under the General Services Administration.
Priorities for 2005
Abramson outlined several top priorities for this year including:
• Begin to connect all emergency responders through Phase I of the MetroSafe Emergency Communications Network;
• Consolide EMS services to create a more responsive, medically driven system;
• Focus economic development strategies on retaining jobs, expanding businesses, attracting companies and providing a skilled educated workforce;
• Begin a long-range commitment to improve and expand our parks and recreational offerings to better serve all parts of the community;
• Continue the economic and cultural renaissance of downtown; Implement the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction program and identify ozone-reduction strategies;
• Build support for an improved transportation network for our region through increased state and federal funding for safer, better roads.
• Make government more effective with improved services such as the Louisville Metro Development Center, a one-stop location for construction permits, building inspections, planning, design, zoning and other development needs.
“In the two years since we became Louisville Metro, we have made great progress in creating a more efficient, effective local government and a stronger community. For 2005, I look forward to extending our strategic approaches to increasing safety, growing jobs, enhancing neighborhoods and bringing our community together,” Abramson said.