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12/30/2005
Metro Government Promotes Winter Fire Safety
Rising natural gas costs expected to spur increase in alternative home-heating methods

12/27/2005
Jefferson Memorial Forest expands by 400 acres
The nation’s largest municipal urban forest has grown by 401 acres, eclipsing the 6,000-acre milestone, Mayor Jerry Abramson and the nonprofit Trust for Public Land announced today.

12/27/2005
Project DRI Improving Neighborhood Drainage
Neighborhoods across Louisville that once experienced frequent flooding now have improved drainage thanks to $67 million in public improvements, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

12/19/2005
New Life for Live Trees After the Holidays Mayor Announces Tree Recycling for Residents
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a program to help residents recycle their “live” trees after the holidays.

12/15/2005
Abramson, Jones Outline 'City of Parks' Progress
A leading real estate developer has donated 114 acres of environmentally sensitive land along Floyds Fork to the City of Parks initiative, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Humana co-founder David A. Jones announced today.

12/14/2005
Standard & Poor's Upgrades Louisville's Credit Rating
Citing economic growth and strong management policies, one of the nation’s leading independent credit-rating organizations has raised Louisville Metro Government’s credit rating to AA+.

12/13/2005
Abramson Invites Families to New Year Bash
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that families can ring in 2006 together with an evening of free children’s activities, games, movies, music and bands.

12/6/2005
Abramson Seeks Neighborhood Representatives For Fire Advisory Panel
Mayor Jerry Abramson is asking neighborhood leaders to help develop his plan to modernize the Louisville Fire Department.

11/30/2005
Community Pays Tribute to Rosa Parks 50th Anniversary
Mayor Jerry Abramson, TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker and local officials paid tribute to Rosa Parks on the 50th anniversary of her arrest for riding in the white section of a Montgomery, Alabama, bus.

11/22/2005
New Homes Coming to Newburg Neighborhood
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Congresswoman Anne Northup and local officials kicked off the development of a vacant and wooded five-acre piece of property along Brenda Drive in Newburg, a neighborhood undergoing metro-sponsored revitalization efforts for more than a year.

11/21/2005
'Santa Claus Lane' Makes Way For Light Up
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a sign designating downtown’s Jefferson Street as Santa Claus Lane in preparation for Friday’s Light Up Louisville.

11/16/2005
Downtown to Glow at Light Up Louisville
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that more than one million lights will illuminate downtown at the annual “Light Up Louisville” set for Nov. 25.

11/15/2005
Abramson Signs Smoking Ordinance
Mayor Jerry Abramson today signed into law an ordinance restricting smoking in more than 20,000 Louisville businesses, including more than 2,500 restaurants.

11/11/2005
Renovation to Begin on U.S. Marine Hospital
Mayor Jerry Abramson and officials from the U.S. Marine Hospital Foundation and State Historic Preservation Office today kicked off restoration work on the153-year-old U.S. Marine Hospital in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood.

11/10/2005
Abramson Pledges To Modernize Fire Protection With New, Relocated Fire Stations
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said he will propose a long-range, multi-million-dollar investment in modernizing the Louisville Fire Department, including new and relocated fire stations to improve response times and match today’s needs.

11/7/2005
City-County Merger the Focus at National Conference
The successful merger of Louisville and Jefferson County - the nation’s largest local-government consolidation in nearly three decades - will be highlighted during a national conference on government collaboration to be held in Louisville November 8-11.

11/7/2005
New Downtown Bike Lane Created to Encourage Bicycling
A new bike lane has been created on the east side of Jackson Street from Broadway to Main that will give cyclists an easier route to many downtown locations.

11/2/2005
Mayor Takes Government ‘Into the Neighborhood’ With New Outreach Team
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that citizens can be more connected to government through a new team created within the Louisville Metro Department of Neighborhoods.

11/1/2005
Mayor: Louisville Ready for Winter Weather
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled the 2005-2006 Louisville Metro Snow and Ice Removal Plan and announced Deputy Mayor Rick Johnstone will now coordinate operations between the city’s four agencies responsible for winter weather response.

10/27/2005
City and Central High Provide Hands on Veterinary Training
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today a new internship program at Louisville Metro Animal Services for Central High School students.

10/26/2005
Abramson Again Selected as Kentucky’s ‘Best Civic Leader’
For the fourth consecutive year, and fifth time overall, Mayor Jerry Abramson has been voted Kentucky’s “Best Civic Leader” by readers of Kentucky Monthly magazine.

10/26/2005
Mayor: Domestic Violence Prevention Must Remain Priority
Mayor Jerry Abramson today tasked the Domestic Violence Prevention and Coordinating Council (DVPCC) with continuing its focus on improving the community’s domestic violence prevention and response systems.

10/25/2005
City Prepares for Smoke-Free Law
Louisville’s smoke-free law takes effect Nov. 15, requiring more than 20,000 businesses, retail outlets, offices, factories and other public buildings to implement a no-smoking policy.

10/19/2005
Mayor Abramson Calls on Volunteers for Brightside Republic Bank Community-wide Cleanup
Mayor Jerry Abramson today issued a call for volunteers to help beautify Louisville at the annual Brightside/Republic Bank Community-wide Cleanup on Saturday, October 29, 8 a.m. to noon.

10/19/2005
Mayor: Downtown Investments Result in Housing Boom
Mayor Jerry Abramson said today that 20 years of investment in Louisville’s downtown has resulted in a housing boom in the central business district.

10/19/2005
Mayor Honors Employees Dispatched to Gulf Coast
Mayor Jerry Abramson presented 86 local first responders and city employees with citations of service for their rescue and relief efforts in the Gulf Coast region in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

10/12/2005
Louisville MetroTV Named Among Nation’s Best
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that two national broadcast-communications groups have recognized Louisville MetroTV among the country’s best for local-government programming.

10/6/2005
Mayor Says to ‘Take a Hike’
Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging Louisville residents to “take a hike” on Oct. 29 at the first Mayor’s Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

10/6/2005
Kentucky City Leaders Visit Louisville
Mayor Jerry Abramson this week will help host hundreds of Kentucky city leaders who are here to learn about Louisville’s downtown, waterfront, neighborhood and retail-corridor revitalization initiatives.

10/3/2005
Mayor Announces Autumn Leaf Drop-Off
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced autumn leaf drop-off sites for the city’s suburban residents. Drop-off for loose leaves begins Oct. 17 and continues through Dec. 15.

9/28/2005
City Offers Mentoring for Middle School Students
For the ninth year in a row, the city has organized a special event in several local middle schools to connect sixth grade girls with mentors.

9/28/2005
Mayor Announces Phone Book Recycling Program
Mayor Jerry Abramson today urged Louisville residents and businesses to recycle their old phone books by taking advantage of special containers and drop-off sites provided by Louisville Metro Government.

9/26/2005
Groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction on Phase III of Waterfront Park
A gathering at the base of the Big 4 Bridge today marked the beginning of the third phase of development of the Louisville Waterfront Park Master Plan.

9/26/2005
October 16: Free Fall Junk Drop-Off Day
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of the city’s free, bulk waste and junk drop-off collection day to help residents with neighborhood fall cleanups.

9/26/2005
Family Assistance Center: Operations Continue at Louisville Gardens
Louisville Metro Government and American Red Cross officials announced today that the Family Assistance Center set up at Louisville Gardens to assist residents displaced by the recent hurricanes will remain open at least through Friday.

9/23/2005
Medical Evacuees Arrive in Louisville Texas Patients Evacuated in Anticipation of Hurricane Rita
A C-130 aircraft carrying about 75 medical evacuees and their families from Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas landed at Louisville International Airport early this morning.

9/22/2005
Dollar Wise Initiative to Boost Financial Literacy
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced Louisville is hosting a series of workshops to help boost financial literacy.

9/21/2005
Abramson, U.S. Mayors to Address Hurricane Recovery
Mayor Jerry Abramson will join mayors from across the country today through Friday to discuss Hurricane Katrina’s impact on American cities.

9/20/2005
Family Assistance Center Extends Service Through Friday
Louisville Metro Government and American Red Cross officials announced today that the Family Assistance Center set up at Louisville Gardens to assist displaced Gulf Coast residents will remain open at least through Friday.

9/20/2005
First Off-Site House of Clarksdale Revitalization Dedicated
Residents of the former Clarksdale housing development will move into new single-family homes in several Louisville neighborhoods in the coming months, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

9/16/2005
Louisville Develops Partnerships to Help Gulf Coast Residents
While the flow of Hurricane Katrina evacuees into Louisville has slowed, Mayor Jerry Abramson today said the city continues to support the hundreds of displaced Gulf Coast residents in Louisville.

9/15/2005
National League of Cities Honors Louisville for Asset-Building Efforts
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today the National League of Cities (NLC) has chosen Louisville as one of nine cities across the country recognized for encouraging residents to break the cycle of poverty through participation in asset-building initiatives.

9/14/2005
Louisville Assisting Hundreds of Displaced Gulf Coast Residents
While hundreds of displaced Gulf Coast residents receive guidance on housing, social services, drivers licenses, schools and other services at the city’s Family Assistance Center, Louisville stands ready to accommodate hundreds more people who are expected to be airlifted from the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast region next week.

9/14/2005
Schnatters Support ‘City of Parks’ with $2 Million
John and Annette Schnatter brought Louisville’s ambitious City of Parks initiative a step closer to reality today by presenting a $2 million check to Mayor Jerry Abramson and Humana co-founder David A. Jones.

9/13/2005
Louisville, Neighboring Counties Boost Regional Emergency Response
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined officials from Oldham and Shelby counties, and several regional hospitals to deploy a fleet of 16 new emergency-supply trailers to five counties on both sides of the Ohio River.

9/13/2005
City Job Fair Features 80 Employers
The city will host a Community Career Fair on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

9/13/2005
Louisville Notified of Cancellation of Hurricane Evacuee Flights
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Doug Hamilton, director of Louisville’s Emergency Management Agency, were notified late this afternoon that FEMA has cancelled all flights of evacuees from the Gulf Coast region.

9/7/2005
Family Assistance Center to Aid Gulf Coast Residents
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said that displaced Gulf Coast residents in Louisville will have access to a spectrum of government and community services at a Family Assistance Center to open tomorrow at Louisville Gardens, 525 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

9/6/2005
Louisville Prepares Housing For Displaced Residents
Preparations continue for Louisville to accommodate up to 500 additional displaced Gulf Coast residents, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

9/6/2005
Mayor Orders Flags Lowered For Hurricane Victims
Mayor Jerry Abramson today ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on all Louisville Metro Government buildings and properties to honor victims of Hurricane Katrina.

9/5/2005
Louisville Helping Hundreds of Hurricane Survivors
Louisville Metro Government, the Louisville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and other area agencies will provide shelter and aid for hundreds of displaced residents from the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

9/1/2005
Mayor: Louisville Continues to Help Hurricane-Ravaged Areas
Mayor Jerry Abramson today commended the citizens of Louisville who are stepping forward to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

8/31/2005
Mayor Urges 'Compassion With Patience' in Hurricane's Wake
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said the Louisville community is “raising its hand” to support the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Under the National Disaster Medical System, Louisville has been designated as a location where patients from the disaster area will be relocated for medical treatment.

8/29/2005
Louisville Metro Prepared For Hurricane Aftermath
Mayor Jerry Abramson today detailed Louisville Metro Government’s preparations for potential localized flooding from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

8/29/2005
Mayor Issues 'Call to the Post' for Cantucky Derby
Mayor Jerry Abramson issued a “call to the post” today, for all Louisville residents to help the city finish first in a nationwide aluminum can recycling competition.

8/26/2005
New Louisville Recycling Locations Announced
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the expansion of recycling opportunities for Louisville residents living in the suburban service district.

8/23/2005
Abramson Opens Youth Career & Education Center
With tens of thousands of students heading back to school in recent days, Mayor Jerry Abramson today opened a new, downtown education and employment assistance center for young people between the ages of 16 and 21.

8/17/2005
Mayor's Hike & Bike Returns for Labor Day
Following the success of the first Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Bike on Memorial Day, a second cycling and walking event is set for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, beginning at 10 a.m.

8/17/2005
WorldFest to Celebrate Louisville's Diversity
With more than 60 languages spoken in Louisville's schools and 50 percent of the city's population growth over the past 15 years coming from international residents, Louisville is more culturally diverse than ever before. Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that all of the community’s cultures and nationalities will be celebrated this Labor Day weekend, at the third annual WorldFest on the Belvedere.

8/12/2005
Key facts About Louisville’s Smoking Ordinance
What Louisville's Smoking Ban will Include

8/11/2005
Louisville-based YUM Backs Smoking Ban
After announcing today a new no-smoking policy at nearly 3,000 KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants nationwide, Louisville-based YUM! Brands Inc., joined Mayor Jerry Abramson in urging the Metro Council to pass a smoking restriction ordinance for Louisville.

8/10/2005
Mayor, Community Leaders Urge Smoking Restriction
Doctors, business leaders, ministers and citizens today joined Mayor Jerry Abramson in urging the Metro Council to pass an ordinance restricting smoking in Louisville.

8/8/2005
Beargrass Bike Path Improvements Begin with Cleanup Mayor seeks volunteers for August 13
One of several bike-path improvements resulting from Mayor Jerry Abramson’s Bicycle Summit will begin with a trail cleanup.

8/3/2005
'SPOT' Brings Pet Services to Neighborhoods
See SPOT run. Mayor Jerry Abramson today said that citizens will see SPOT - an animal-services clinic on wheels - running throughout Louisville beginning this week.

7/27/2005
Mayor Announces $1 Million in Donations to Waterfront Park
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that nearly $1 million in private funds have been donated in the past several weeks to support the development of Waterfront Park’s third and final phase.

7/25/2005
Abramson Outlines Heat Relief Plans
With the heat index set to exceed 100 degrees in Louisville, Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging residents to use one of 37 available public buildings if relief from the heat is needed.

7/21/2005
Abramson Honors Local Organizations for Contributions to Multicultural Community
Mayor Jerry Abramson today recognized four local organizations and Helen Lang, of the Crane House, for their outstanding contributions to Louisville’s multicultural community through leadership, education, community relations and workforce diversity.

7/20/2005
Abramson: Youth Art Program Helps Teens Metro Government’s Studio2000 Art Sale
Mayor Jerry Abramson today touted the success of Metro Government’s Studio2000 youth-art program and previewed its annual sale to generate funding for the initiative.

7/20/2005
Louisville’s Multi-Agency Mosquito Approach Improving Public Health
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said that confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in humans are down 96 percent in Louisville thanks to continued precautions taken by residents and a collaborative mosquito-control effort involving several public agencies.

7/15/2005
Newburg Neighborhood Revitalized with Rehabbed Homes
Mayor Jerry Abramson today gave Rebecca Welch keys to a mortgage-free home in the Newburg neighborhood, one of 80 houses that Metro Government and nonprofit organizations are in the process of rehabbing there since launching a neighborhood revitalization effort last year.

7/1/2005
Mayor Touts Economic Development and Tourism on Overseas Trip
Mayor Jerry Abramson leaves tomorrow for Louisville’s sister city, Montpellier, France, where he will meet with economic and tourism leaders to pitch Louisville as an international destination for business or pleasure.

6/29/2005
Louisville ‘Adopts’ Fort Campbell Unit
Louisville is now the official city of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today the “adoption” of the unit based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and invited Louisville residents to support members of the unit by sending cards or care packages.

6/29/2005
Mayor Appoints Metro Animal Services Director
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Dr. Gilles Meloche will serve as director of Metro Animal Services beginning July 11.

6/29/2005
Abramson Expands Free Weekend Concert Series
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a lineup of free concerts in parks across Louisville throughout the summer. In its third year, the “Music in the Metro” family concert series has grown bigger than ever with 14 events showcasing local musical talent in a different public park each Sunday from July 10 through October 2.

6/27/2005
Mayor: $5.1 Million Grant Benefits Women & Children
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congresswoman Anne Northup announced today a multi-million dollar federal grant that will continue a program to reduce minority infant-mortality rates in Louisville.

6/22/2005
Mayor Unveils New Identity for HOPE VI Project ‘Liberty Green’ evokes community’s past, future
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a new identity for the emerging community on the site of the former Clarksdale housing development. Liberty Green is the new name for the $233 million, mixed-income development under construction that will replace the 1940s-era public housing barracks.

6/17/2005
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement Provides Grants
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Health Director Dr. Adewale Troutman today awarded more than $50,000 in grants to 17 community-service organizations to promote personal health and fitness.

6/15/2005
Belle of Louisville Named National Steamship of the Year
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the Belle of Louisville was named the 2005 Steamship of the Year by the Steamship Historical Society of America, Inc.

6/15/2005
Brightside’s Wildflower ‘Welcome Mats’ Bloom
Proceeds from Gallopalooza fund 50 acres of wildflowers along Louisville’s expressways

6/14/2005
Revitalization of Russell Neighborhood Continues
Mayor Jerry Abramson today kicked off the construction of 43 new, market-rate homes in the Cedar Street Development, the last major piece of the $26 million Russell Urban Renewal initiative, which began in 1990.

6/13/2005
Mayor: Louisville on the Path to ‘City of Parks’
Mayor Jerry Abramson says Louisville is well on its way to becoming a “City of Parks.”

6/7/2005
River Sweep to Clean Banks of the Ohio
Mayor Jerry Abramson today called on residents to volunteer to help clean debris from the community’s riverbanks during the Ohio River Sweep.

6/7/2005
Tax Amnesty Campaign Brings 10,000 Into Compliance
Louisville Metro Government’s tax-amnesty program brought more than 10,000 residents and businesses into compliance with local tax laws, Mayor Jerry Abramson said at a news conference today.

5/30/2005
Mayor's 'Hike & Bike' Launches Healthy Campaign
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined close to 1,000 Louisville residents in cycling a scenic route through downtown and West Louisville.

5/16/2005
Mayor Seeks Input on River Road Property
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the public will help decide the long-term use of the former River Road Country Club property.

5/16/2005
Mayor Announces Opening of Repaired Bridge Bridge Weakened by 1997 Flood
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today the reopening of a bridge in the far-eastern part of the community partially destroyed during the 1997 flood.

5/13/2005
Mayor to Fight Military Cuts at Technology Park
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said he will fight a proposal in the Bush Administration’s base closing plan that would eliminate more than 220 good-paying jobs at Louisville’s Technology Park, formerly the Naval Ordnance Station.

5/11/2005
Mayor Encourages Residents to ‘Hike & Bike’
Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging Louisville residents to become more physically active through an enhanced focus on walking in Metro Parks and a community-wide biking and walking event scheduled for May 30.

5/11/2005
Bike-to-Work Week Set for May 16-20 Bike giveaway planned as part of Louisville’s national BikeTown
May 2005 marks the 49th Annual National Bike Month™ designated by the League of American Bicyclists and Louisville will celebrate National Bike-to-Work Week May 16-20, 2005.

5/4/2005
Results of Louisville Tax-Assistance Program
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today the results of Metro Government’s three-year push to help limited-income wage earners apply for additional refunds when completing their federal income-tax forms.

5/4/2005
Louisville Expands Anti-Litter Campaign
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro’s “Keep It Clean” anti-litter efforts will expand with new cameras to deter litterers, partnerships with high schools, and a second phase of media advertising.

4/15/2005
Mayor's Adopt-A-Park Initiative Includes Four New Parks
Citizens who visit four local parks will soon notice improvements as a result of the Mayor’s Adopt-A-Park program, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

4/13/2005
Neighborhood Crime-Reduction Initiatives Expand
Neighborhood involvement continues to be the key to reducing crime, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Police Chief Robert White said at a news conference today announcing the expansion of several crime-reduction initiatives.

3/31/2005
Mayor Announces Crime-Fighting Partnership
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a crime-fighting partnership that will target and track released convicts who pose the greatest risk for committing more violent crimes in Louisville.

3/31/2005
Abramson Makes Final Four Wager With Illinois Mayors
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a friendly wager with his fellow Illinois city leaders on the outcome of Saturday’s Final Four match-up between the University of Louisville and University of Illinois.

3/31/2005
Abramson Names Jelsma Special Liaison for the Arts
Mayor Jerry Abramson has appointed Sherry Jelsma to the $1 per year position of Mayor’s Special Liaison for Arts and Culture.

3/30/2005
Louisville’s Youth Golf Programming to Expand
Louisville’s youth golf programming will expand through a partnership between Louisville Metro Government and The First Tee, a national program that impacts the lives of young people of all backgrounds through the platform of golf.

3/29/2005
Louisville to forgive penalties, interest on overdue occupational tax Tax amnesty to run through May
For the next two months, employers and workers in Louisville Metro will have an unprecedented opportunity to lift a tax burden they may have been carrying around for years.

3/25/2005
Junk Drop-off Day Springs Up
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of a free program to help residents with spring cleaning.

3/23/2005
Louisville Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty
27-year-old Louisville Metro Police Officer Peter Alan Grignon paid the ultimate sacrifice this morning when he lost his life while responding to a call for service in the 2600 block of Accasia.

3/22/2005
National Lowe’s Award to Expand Louisville’s ‘Creating Safer Neighborhoods' Program
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro Government will extend its “Creating Safer Neighborhoods” program, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse Stores.

3/16/2005
Louisville's Merger to be Highlighted at National Conference
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the successful merger of Louisville and Jefferson County will be highlighted during a national conference on government collaboration to be held in Louisville this fall.

3/2/2005
New Directors Named
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced two changes to Metro Government departmental leadership.

2/9/2005
Meetings Set to Assist Non-Profits in Applying for Louisville Metro Funding
A series of conferences are scheduled to assist area non-profit agencies in applying for funding from Louisville Metro Government.

2/9/2005
Louisville Bicycle Summit Presents Findings
Mayor Jerry Abramson will create a task force to follow up on the findings and recommendations resulting from the first-ever Louisville Bicycle Summit.

2/4/2005
Expo to Provide Insight to Planning Events in Louisville Metro
Whether it’s a corporate event, neighborhood block party, charity walk, wedding reception or church picnic, individuals that plan events in Louisville Metro can learn about the services available to make their event successful at the Mayor’s Event Expo.

2/3/2005
New Housing Coming For Downtown Workers: Cathedral Commons
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Christ Church Cathedral Dean Keith Marsh, and developer partners today broke ground on a new housing project for qualified tenants in the heart of downtown.

2/2/2005
Louisville Metro to Host International Concert to Benefit Tsunami Victims
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of an internationally themed concert and food festival to benefit victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

2/2/2005
LOJIC Maps on Display at Metro Hall
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of a collection of maps that will be on display in the second-floor rotunda of Louisville Metro Hall during February.

1/27/2005
Mayor Calls for 'Awareness and Action' Regarding Area Homeless
Following announced cuts in federal funding to area homeless services, Mayor Jerry Abramson today said citizen knowledge and support of existing programs will be crucial in minimizing the effect of homelessness on the community.

1/20/2005
Mayor Outlines Vision for A Stronger Louisville in State of the City Address
In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Jerry Abramson today laid out a vision for safer, stronger neighborhoods, a more expansive parks system and a strategic approach for growing jobs.

1/10/2005
Louisville Metro Prepares For Potential Flooding -Community better protected compared to 1997 flood
Mayor Jerry Abramson today detailed Metro Government’s preparations for potential flooding due to forecasted heavy rains this week, excessive ground saturation and rising Ohio River levels.

1/6/2005
Metro Animal Services Captain Appointed as Agency's Interim Director
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Capt. Ann Camp of Metro Animal Services has been named the agency’s interim director, effective Jan. 3. Camp will lead Animal Services during the search process for a permanent replacement for Eric Blow, who retired December 31 after 26 years as director.

1/6/2005
At Mid-Term, Mayor Continues Focus on Safety, Economic Development, Quality of Life
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.

1/4/2005
Waterfront Development Corp. to Assume Temporary Management of Belle of Louisville
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the Waterfront Development Corporation (WDC) will assume temporary management of the Belle of Louisville and Spirit of Jefferson riverboats after the contract with the current managing company expires January 30.

1/3/2005
Abramson Directs Metro Government Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Honor Disaster Victims
Mayor Jerry Abramson today directed flags on Louisville Metro Government buildings and grounds be flown at half-staff to pay tribute to the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunamis in Asia.