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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Mayor's First Day Includes Executive Order, Meeting with Potential New Company

Tuesday January 4, 2011

Also announces economic and policy appointees

In a busy first day, new Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed his first executive order creating a Day of Service for Saturday, Jan. 8., met with officials considering moving their company to Louisville and tapped a local business leader to review and assess the city’s economic development efforts.

Fischer arrived in the office at 7:30 a.m., and held a public safety meeting including police, fire and EMS, among others.

At a morning news conference, Fischer signed his first executive order creating the Day of Service. More than 500 volunteers will fan out around the city – building, painting, preparing meals and picking up trash at 64 project sites.

Fischer also announced two new personnel appointments:

  • Margaret Handmaker as interim Chief of Economic and International Development. Handmaker retired as a top executive at Mercer Inc. and is a member of the University of Louisville Foundation Board. Most recently, she worked with the Downtown Development Corp. Handmaker was a member of Fischer’s transition team and she, along with others, is completing a holistic review of the city’s Economic Development Department, including its relationship with Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) and the Downtown Development Corp.
  • Tony Peyton as Director of Policy. Peyton was the Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations at the National Center for Family Literacy, based in Louisville. He is a former aide to Congressman Norman Sisisky of Virginia, and was a graduate assistant at the Kentucky Center for Public Issues.

Later, Fischer was scheduled to be joined by officials from GLI and meet with senior representatives of an aging-care company that is considering moving its corporate headquarters to Louisville.

The mayor will also fulfill a campaign pledge by signing the Mayor’s Climate Protection Act, which encourages energy conservation. In the afternoon, Fischer will be visiting with citizens and city employees at locations ranging from the new Portland fire station to the Southwest Government Center to the Public Works snow and ice staging area off Hubbard’s Lane.

Day of Service – January 8
The Day of Service, which has been coordinated with the help of Metro United Way, will begin at 8 a.m. with a rally at Metro United Way headquarters, 334 E. Broadway. Afterward, volunteer teams will go to their assigned project sites around the city.

Organizations benefitting from the service work include the Americana Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brooklawn, Dare to Care, Family Scholar House, Gilda’s Club, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Presbyterian Community Center, St Joseph’s Children’s Home, Salvation Army and Volunteers of America.

Fischer will lead teams of mayor’s office employees who will be helping renovate a home for Habitat for Humanity and completing a painting project at The Center for Women and Families.

Individuals or groups can sign up for a volunteer project until January 6 at 5 p.m. by going to