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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom - 2006 Archive

Mayor Proclaims Days Honoring Cardinals and Wildcats
Mayor Jerry Abramson has proclaimed December 29, 2006 as “Wildcat Pride Day” and January 2, 2007, as “Cardinal Pride Day” in honor of the University of Kentucky’s and University of Louisville’s upcoming bowl games.

Public Swearing-In Ceremony
Public Swearing-In Ceremony for Mayor Jerry Abramson, the Metro Council and other Jefferson County elected officials.

Mayors Put Up Bourbon, Sweets on Orange Bowl Game
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Winston-Salem (NC) Mayor Allen Joines have made a friendly wager on the outcome of the FedEx Orange Bowl matchup between the University of Louisville andWake Forest University.

Abramson Streamlines Government Structure
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a new streamlined management structure for Louisville Metro Government.

Glacier Run Campaign Launched for Louisville Zoo
A new anchor exhibit - Glacier Run - and four smaller attractions will be added to the Louiisville Zoo through a Capital Campaign announced today by Mayor Jerry Abramson.

New Clinic Offers Medical Attention, Compassionate Services to Victims of Sexual Assault
Louisville's first community-based sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) clinic opened today at The Center for Women and Families. The Louisville SANE Clinic is fueled by a collaborative including The Center for Women and Families, University Hospital, Louisville Metro, and agencies comprising the Louisville Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

Waterfront Park Named Among Nation’s Top Urban Parks
Louisville’s Waterfront Park has been named one of the nation’s Top Ten Urban Parks by the Urban Land Institute, an international planning, research and education organization.

Mayor Announces 2006 Top Apple Schools
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Daeschner today visited four local schools to announce the winners of the 2006 Mayor’s Top Apple Schools award.

Community Meetings Begin for Regional Libraries
Library users in Louisville will have the chance to offer their ideas on the future of Louisville’s libraries in a series of meetings this fall.

Louisville to Become Smoke-Free
Louisville is joining the nation's progressive cities in passing a comprehensive smoke-free law to protect the health of citizens.

Library Card to Expand Resources for 97,000 Students
A partnership of the Louisville Free Public Library and Jefferson County Public Schools will expand educational opportunities for up to 97,000 area students, Mayor Jerry Abramson and school and library officials announced today.

Cities to Assist Each Other in a Crisis
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, and Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson have forged a mutual-aid agreement pledging that, in the event one city experiences a disaster or significant emergency, the other cities would assist by providing police, fire, EMS, emergency management, public works, or other public services as needed.

Waterfront Development Corporation Marks 20 Years
The transformation of Louisville’s waterfront from piles of sand and scrap metal to an acclaimed community park was remembered today during the Waterfront Development Corporation’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Abramson Announces Flood Debris Pick-Up
Louisville Metro Government and private waste haulers are joining forces to help clean up debris from residents whose homes were flooded over the weekend, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

Mayor Outlines Flood Clean-Up Efforts
Louisville Metro Government and private waste haulers are joining forces to help clean up debris from residents whose homes were flooded, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

Louisville Metro Responds to Heavy Rains, Flooding
Mayor Jerry Abramson and leaders of Louisville’s emergency and public-services agencies met this morning to assess and coordinate the city’s ongoing response to heavy rains and localized flooding across the Louisville area. Parts of Louisville experienced more than six inches of rain in less than 24 hours.

Mayor Hosts Dollar Wi$e Workshops
Louisville is hosting a series of workshops for adults and children to help boost financial literacy and increase asset building.

Library Program will Advance Education, Earnings
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined with Library and Jefferson County Public Schools officials to announce a partnership that will help Louisville residents advance their education and career potential.

Governor Fletcher, Mayor Abramson to Meet with Ford Executives in Detroit
Governor Ernie Fletcher, Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Gene Strong, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, and Greater Louisville Inc. President and CEO Joe Reagan will travel this morning to meet with Ford executives in Detroit, Mich. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Ford’s restructuring plans for the plants in Louisville.

Louisville to Rehearse Large-Scale Emergency Response
To further the community’s preparedness for major emergencies, a large-scale decontamination exercise will be staged Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Library Summer Program Nets More Readers
Mayor Jerry Abramson today congratulated students at Portland Elementary for being among the 28,447 area young people who read at least 10 books in 10 weeks to complete the Louisville Free Public Library’s summer-reading program.

Louisville Metro Government Website Ranked One of Nation’s Best
The new and expanded services offered by Louisville Metro Government’s official website,, has helped it earn a ranking as one of the nation’s best. The website, which allows citizens to find a park by feature, bid on surplus items and pay a parking ticket, is rated third in the annual “Best of the Web” competition by the Center for Digital Government, a leading national research and advisory institute on information technology.

Mayor, Police Chief to Attend National Meetings on Violent Crime Prevention
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Police Chief Robert White will leave later today for Washington, D.C. to participate in national meetings seeking solutions to violent crime increases.

City Expands Transportation Options for Disabled
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said that individuals with physical disabilities will have expanded transportation options, due to a city policy requiring taxicab companies to make a percentage of their fleet wheelchair accessible.

Mayor: Residents Must ‘Help Each Other’ During Heat Wave
Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging residents to help each other during this heat wave by donating fans or air conditioners and checking on the well-being of elderly friends and neighbors.

Mayor Announces Kindergarten Countdown Fair
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a new initiative that will help students and their parents make the transition to kindergarten.

Mayor Announces Kindergarten Countdown Fair
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a new initiative that will help students and their parents make the transition to kindergarten.

Mayor Outlines Resources Available for Heat Relief
With temperatures in the mid 90s today and a heat index at 100 degrees, Mayor Jerry Abramson issued a reminder of city resources available to residents for heat relief.

New Housing Popular at Liberty Green and Park DuValle
Two revitalized Louisville neighborhoods - Park DuValle and Liberty Green, formerly Clarksdale - are offering new housing opportunities for families and individuals of all incomes.

Mayor: Library Takes ‘Biggest Steps’ in Decades
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said the city has taken the biggest steps in expanding the Louisville Free Public Library system in nearly four decades by identifying and purchasing land for three new regional libraries.

Mayor's Spending Plan Approved by Metro Council
Mayor Jerry Abramson's $731 million spending plan received near-unanimous approval from the Louisville Metro Council.

Mayor Announces Solar Street Light Project
Mayor Jerry Abramson has announced that the city has purchased and installed three solar-powered street lights in downtown Louisville as part of a Partnership for a Green City pilot project.

Abramson Envisions ‘A Waterfront Park Southwest’
Mayor Jerry Abramson has unveiled a vision to turn Riverview Park along the Ohio River in Southwest Louisville into a destination place akin to Waterfront Park.

Mayor: Budget Outlines ‘Blueprint’ for Brighter Future
Mayor Jerry Abramson today proposed a $730 million spending plan that builds on the city’s progress in the past three years and charts an ambitious course for the future.

Five Every 1 Reads Schools Honored
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) Superintendent Stephen Daeschner, and Greater Louisville Inc., President Joe Reagan today honored five local elementary schools for having the largest number of Every 1 Reads volunteers in the school system.

Mayor Announces Outstanding High School Seniors
Tonight’s award winners come from almost every public and private high school in Louisville. Each high school principal and guidance counselor in the city is asked to nominate a winner for this prestigious award. ayor Announces Outstanding High School Seniors

Louisville's Emergency Communications Demonstrated at Thunder
During Thunder Over Louisville, Louisville will become the nation's first city to demonstrate emergency communications capabililities to the Federal Department of Homeland Security.

Final Link to Waterfront Park is Acquired
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Waterfront Park officials today announced that Waterfront Park has cleared the final hurdle on its way to completion as it acquires the final link

Mayor Dedicates Fern Creek Library Expansion
Mayor Abramson presents a children's book to the growing collection at the Fern Creek Library and dedicated a new expansion of the busy branch location.

Liberty Green Begins Leasing
Liberty Green, the new neighborhood springing up on the eastern edge of downtown in the place of a former public-housing complex, begins leasing.

Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement Marches On
With Meyzeek Middle School students planting herbs as a backdrop, Abramson today said the now year-and-a-half-old Healthy Hometown Movement is making progress in encouraging healthier lifestyles and more physical activity among Louisville residents.

Month-Long River Cleanup Nets 18 Tons of Trash
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Dr. James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville, today announced that a month-long cleanup of the city’s waterfront has resulted in almost 20 tons of trash being pulled from the Ohio River.

Mayor Explores Economic Development Opportunities in England
Mayor Jerry Abramson leaves tomorrow on a five-day trip to Great Britain where he will sign an official agreement making Leeds, England Louisville’s eighth Sister City and tout Louisville as a place for economic expansion and investment.

KidsCreate! Gallery Opens in Metro Hall
A crayon portrait of Muhammad Ali and a fingerpainted cat are among the featured works in a new art gallery Mayor Jerry Abramson opened in the lobby of Louisville Metro Hall.

Call Out For Volunteers for Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup
Mayor Jerry Abramson today issued a call for volunteers to help beautify Louisville at the Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup on Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m. to noon.

Mayor Announces Youth Opportunity Showcase
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the city will host the first-ever Youth Opportunity Showcase – a chance for Louisville teens to learn about summer jobs, volunteer and recreation opportunities.

Louisville Parks, Parkways to Gain 1,500 Trees
More than 1,500 trees and seedlings will take root in Louisville’s parks and along its parkways over the next two years.

Mayor, Council Members Host Inaugural Session of Louisville Metro Youth Leaders Program
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Council Members David Tandy, Kevin Kramer and Stuart Benson today hosted the inaugural session of a new initiative with the KY YMCA-Youth Association that will give public and private high school students the opportunity to learn more about how Louisville Metro Government functions.

City’s First Veterinarian Signals Change at Animal Services
For the first time in the department’s history, Louisville Metro Animal Services has a full-time staff veterinarian. Dr. Carolyn Congleton, who has worked in private veterinary practice for more than 15 years, joined the agency this month.

Expo Provides Pointers for Events of All Sizes
Whether it’s a corporate event, neighborhood block party, charity walk or church picnic, individuals that plan any type of event in Louisville can learn about the services available to make their activity successful at the second Mayor’s Event Expo.

Belle of Louisville Gets Image Makeover
Louisville’s internationally famous icon, the Belle of Louisville, is getting an image makeover with a new logo and fresh coat of paint.

Olympic Gold Medalist Picks Louisville for Youth Track Program
Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Health Department, announced today that a former Olympic gold medalist has chosen Louisville as only the second site in the country for a youth track and field initiative that encourages minority young people to engage in physical fitness activities.

Abramson to Discuss Merger’s Success at National Conference
Louisville’s successful merger of city and county governments is one of the featured topics at a national conference on effective government today and tomorrow.

Ryder Cup Task Force Announced
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the formation of the Louisville Ryder Cup Task Force. Abramson named 16 citizens who will serve on a volunteer committee to coordinate the city’s efforts to prepare for and host the 2008 Ryder Cup golf matches.

Abramson Proposes $2 Million Investment For Library Land Purchases
Mayor Jerry Abramson will recommend using $2 million from a one-time dividend to purchase land for three new regional libraries in suburban Louisville – the next major step in expanding the city’s library system.

New Metro Government Website Unveiled
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a new and improved Metro Government website that offers citizens greater access to services and information.

Mayor Launches Tax Preparation Campaign
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the city and the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) will once again offer free tax preparation assistance to residents who might qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

City Announces Derby Weekend Cruising Will End
Cruising on Derby weekend, which has been marked by increasing violence and lawlessness, will not be allowed to continue, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

Abramson, Nation’s Mayors Address Issues Facing Cities
Mayor Jerry Abramson will join more than 200 of the nation’s mayors in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss key issues and challenges affecting America’s cities.

Mayor Offers Assistance to Seniors Picking Prescription Plans
Mayor Jerry Abramson today outlined the city’s efforts to help Louisville senior citizens understand and enroll in the new Medicare Part D prescription drug plans before the federal government’s May 15 deadline.

Mayor: More Progress Ahead in Public Safety, Downtown Development, Quality of Life
The year ahead will bring continued progress in public safety, new downtown developments and more of the quality-of-life improvements that have raised Louisville’s profile on the national stage, Mayor Jerry Abramson said in his annual State of the City address today.

Mayor’s Litter-Free Louisville Summit Generates Ideas to Reduce Clutter
Temporary signs cluttering roadways, cigarette butts, and a hotline to report litterers were among the topics discussed yesterday at Mayor Jerry Abramson’s Litter-Free Louisville Summit.

Mayor’s Community Conversations Continue in 2006 First meeting Tuesday, January 17 at Moore High Sch
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that his monthly meetings designed to make government accessible to citizens will continue in 2006.

Mayor to Present Freedom Award
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Raoul Cunningham is the 2006 recipient of Louisville Metro’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award.

Louisville Ranked the Ninth Fittest City in America
Ranking recognizes city’s parks, recreation facilities and lifestyle, progress to be made in nutrition and physical activity. America