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Mayor Unveils Top 10 of 2007
Louisville is City of Possibilities, Abramson says

Mayor, Leaders Fight to Continue Smoking Ban
Mayor Jerry Abramson, County Attorney Irv Maze and a bipartisan group of Metro Council leaders announced they will work together to ensure Louisville’s comprehensive smoking ban continues despite a court ruling today.

MetroCall Reaches 3 Million Calls
Mayor Jerry Abramson congratulated employees at MetroCall this morning after calltakers answered the service’s 3 millionth phone call.

Mayor Launches Liberty Green Home Ownership
The home ownership phase is beginning at Louisville's Liberty Green downtown housing project according to Mayor Jerry Abramson.

Mayor Announces Pedestrian Summit
Summit to Produce Community-wide Pedestrian Plan

Louisville Named One of America’s Safest Cities
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Louisville has once again been named one of the safest large cities in the United States.

Abramson on National Panel Discussing Foreclosures
Mayor Jerry Abramson is in Detroit today participating in a national panel discussing the rise in foreclosures across the country.

Mayor Orders Hiring Freeze
Mayor Orders Hiring Freeze, Spending Curbs To Address $9.6 Million Shortfall in Revenue

Mayor Appoints Commission to Study Jail Crowding
Group to meet for three months, recommend improvements

Mayor Presents Top Apple Awards
The winners of the 2007 Mayor's Top Apple Schools award were announced today by Mayor Jerry Abramson, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman and GLI President Joe Reagan.

City Helps Family Get Dream Home
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" builds new house for Hughes family

Mayor Pleased With Smoking Ban Ruling
Mayor Abramson says he's pleased that a judge has upheld Louisville's right to ban smoking in public places.

Mayor Says City Tie Suits Louisville
Proceeds from Vineyard Vines ties benefit Brightside

Landscape Society Honors Mayor Abramson
National Landscape Society Honors Mayor Abramosn

Louisville Wins National Award for Community Partnerships, Green Initiatives
Louisville’s Partnership for a Green City is among the 10 winners of NACo’s Center for Sustainable Communities Awards.

Mayor Announces Success of HealthMiles Employee Wellness Program
Employee 'Go Zone' Challenge Encourages Healthy Competition

Mayor Announces New Program to Support Offenders Re-entering Community
The Newburg Justice Reinvestment (JRI) Pilot Project is designed to help remove barriers and promote public safety for those on probation or parole as they look for jobs, housing, and transportation in the Newburg community.

Mayor and Firefighters Encourage Families to Practice Fire Drills
Initiative is part of National Fire Prevention Week

Mayor Urges Citizens to Become ‘DollarWi$e’
Mayor Jerry Abramson has announced a series of public events designed to teach and motivate Louisville residents to spend, save and invest money more wisely.

Hundreds of Students Take Part in Brightside Youth Summit
Hundreds of Students Take Part in Brightside's Youth Summit

Conference To Examine City Redevelopment
Developers, land owners and city leaders will learn the value of redeveloping properties and improving the environment at the Sustainable Redevelopment in the Ohio River Valley conference October 1-3, 2007 at the Brown Hotel.

Louisville Will Host Festival During 2008 Ryder Cup
Louisville will host The Cup Experience, a series of community events expected to draw tens of thousands of people during the week surrounding the 2008 Ryder Cup, professional golf’s premiere international event to be held next September at Valhalla Golf Club.

Mayor Receives Lifetime Leadership Award
Mayor Abramson Receives Lifetime Leadership Award in Phoenix.

Mayor to Host Regional Neighborhood Conference
Conference to coincide with fifth annual Mayor's Neighborhood Summit

Mayor Honors Good Neighbors
Winners chosen by leadership, volunteerism

Kids Color Walls of Metro Hall
Metro Hall is showcasing 24 new works of art created by the children and grandchildren of Louisville Metro Government employees.

Mayor Orders Flags Lowered After Death of Ky. Supreme Court Justice
Judge William McAnulty died after battle with cancer; was first African-American to serve on state's highest court

$250 Million Plan To Build Housing, Retail, Office District Downtown
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a $250 million development district that would bring new retail stores, a movie theatre, a boutique hotel, condominiums and restaurants to downtown while also creating a venue for minor-league hockey.

Major Project Will Transform Downtown Health Sciences Campus
A major downtown medical project will transform the 30-block Louisville health sciences campus with a projected $2.5 billion in investment.

Mayor Outlines City’s Efforts to Help Residents Weather Heat Wave
With the heat index expected to reach about 110 degrees today, Mayor Jerry Abramson thanked residents for reaching out to help neighbors during this hot weather.

Mayor Breaks Ground on New Mixed-Income Housing in Phoenix Hill
Mayor Jerry Abramson and other local officials broke ground today on the 801 East Broadway building, which will be located at the corner of Broadway and Shelby streets. The $3.5 million project will include mixed-income housing and retail space.

TARC Adds More Hybrid Buses
TARC is adding four new hybrid electric buses to its fleet.

Mayor Launches Second Kindergarten Countdown
Mayor Jerry Abramson, surrounded by dozens of preschool students, today announced plans for the city’s second annual Kindergarten Countdown.

Humana To Offer Free TARC Service To Its Employees
Humana and TARC have formed a partnership that will help Humana employees save money on gas, bring new riders to TARC and potentially reduce congestion and free up additional parking in the downtown area.

Mayor Announces Free Summer Chamber Music Concerts
Eight performances are scheduled in July for the 2007 Summer Concert Series, sponsored by the Louisville Orchestra and Metro Parks. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Mayor Focuses on Public Safety at U.S. Conference of Mayors
Mayor Jerry E. Abramson leaves today for Los Angeles to participate in the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting. Abramson will spend the majority of his time meeting with experts about public safety and homeland security.

Abramson Wins International Economic Development Award
The International Economic Development Council, based in Washington D.C., has awarded Abramson its 2007 Leadership Award for Public Service. He will receive the honor during the IEDC’s annual conference this September in Phoenix.

Belle of Louisville To Carry Flame for Senior Games
The official flame for the 2007 Summer National Senior Games will arrive in Louisville this Saturday aboard America’s oldest operating paddlewheel steamboat, the Belle of Louisville.

Free Waterfront Park Concerts Announced for 4th of July
The two day festival will feature free concerts on the Great Lawn by major recording artists Josh Turner, The Neville Brothers and Billy Currington. The festival also offers free family entertainment and fireworks over the Ohio River on both July 3rd and 4th.

Mayor Presents Picture of Progress
Mayor Jerry Abramson today proposed a $810 million spending plan that will build on Louisville’s downtown renaissance, increase public-safety funding and improve government services, while bracing for rising pension and health insurance costs.

Mayor Honors Outstanding High School Seniors
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the recipients of the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors award. Abramson will present the awards to 45 students this evening at 6:30 p.m., during a special reception at the Frazier International History Museum, 829 W. Main Street.

Louisville Zoo opens Glacier Run Splash Park
The Glacier Run Splash Park was turned on for the public for the first time today at the Louisville Zoo’s Glacier Run Splash Park. Mayor Jerry Abramson led the countdown, and Zoo Director John Walczak along with kindergartners from St. Francis of Assisi got soaked by the 42 unique spray opportunities.

Community Celebration for Long-time Superintendent
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that tickets are now on sale for a community-wide salute to long-time Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Daeschner.

City Offers Free Bicycle ‘Valet’ for Thunder
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the city will again provide a free bicycle “valet” service during this year’s Thunder Over Louisville.

Renowned Architect Michael Graves To Lecture In Louisville
Architect Michael Graves, whose design of the Humana Building helped usher in the era of postmodernism, will deliver a public lecture in Louisville on May 23, discussing what the building has meant to his career, to architecture and to the city.

Mayor & Congressman Celebrate 100th Homeowner
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) today presented Tommy and Valarie Rider with keys to their new house at a ceremony celebrating the 100th home purchased through the Louisville Metro Housing Authority’s Section 8 Homeownership Program.

Mayor Keynotes National Bike Summit
Mayor Jerry Abramson will share Louisville’s cycling successes with city leaders from across the nation tomorrow at Think: Bike!, the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.

Call for Volunteers for Senior Games
City leaders and organizers of the 2007 National Senior Games are seeking volunteers to assist Louisville when it hosts the “Olympics” for the nation’s best senior athletes this summer. 12,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators expected this summer. And if you register before March 15, you'll be entered for a chance to win an “Experience Louisville” prize package!

Liberty Green Honored for Being “Green”
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA) is a recipient of the 2007 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in Energy-Efficient Affordable Housing.

Pro Beach Volleyball Coming To Louisville
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and the Greater Louisville Sports Commission to announce that the fast-growing AVP Crocs Tour is adding Louisville as a new stop for 2007.

Every 1 Reads Gets Million-Dollar Boost
The Every 1 Reads initiative received a major financial boost today with a $1 million gift from the James Graham Brown Foundation.

Metro Wins National Award for Financial Literacy Education
Mayor Jerry Abramson today accepted an award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for the city’s commitment to financial literacy and education.

Louisville Wins Youth Award for Second Year
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that for the second consecutive year, Louisville has been named one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” by America’s Promise – Youth Alliance.

Mayor Seeks Support for Louisville in Washington
Mayor Jerry Abramson will join hundreds of leading mayors in Washington, D.C. this week to urge the new Congress to focus more attention on pressing challenges facing America’s cities – from crime fighting and homeland security to affordable housing and transportation.

Louisville Remembers ’37 Flood
This month marks the 70th anniversary of the 1937 flood that washed out more than half of the city’s then 64,000 homes. Mayor Jerry Abramson today began the city’s remembrance of the flood by posting the first of several signs that will be installed around Louisville identifying the flood’s high-water marks.

Mayor: City Offers Free Tax Help to Local Families
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the city and the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) will once again offer free tax-preparation assistance to working families and residents who may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Mayor Urges ‘Fast Forward’ on New Bridges
In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Jerry Abramson today called for a renewed commitment to build two new bridges and replace Spaghetti Junction, urging out-of-the-box thinking and creative financing solutions to reduce the project’s 17-year timeline and $4 billion price tag.

City to Host Cardinal Celebration
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson invites citizens to join him Friday, Jan. 19, at Fourth Street Live to celebrate the University of Louisville Cardinals’ recent Orange Bowl victory. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 4:30 p.m.

Mayor’s Community Conversations Continue in 2007
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that his monthly meetings designed to make government accessible to citizens will continue in 2007. The first of the “Mayor’s Community Conversations” series is set for Tuesday, January 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Moore High School, 6415 Outer Loop.

Louisville Science Center to Expand with Property Purchase
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the city has agreed to purchase property that will enable the Louisville Science Center to expand. The city is acquiring the historic Alexander Building, at 745 W. Main St., adjacent to the Louisville Science Center.