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Mayor Unveils Top 10 Accomplishments of 2008
From being named one of America’s Most Livable Cities and hosting the international Ryder Cup to overcoming the worst windstorm in 30 years, 2008 was a year of challenges and progress for Louisville, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

Metro Government Holiday Closings
Louisville Metro Government offices will be closed December 25 and 26 and January 1 and 2, in celebration of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Abramson, Mayors Meet with Obama Team on Investment in Cities to Spur Economy
Mayor Jerry Abramson and other top mayors met with leaders of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team Thursday to discuss an economic stimulus package that would create jobs by investing billions of dollars in roads, schools and other city construction projects.

National FFA Convention Will Return to Louisville
The National FFA convention will return to Louisville in 2013, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today, pumping $40 million into the local economy.

Mayor Delivers $20 Million Budget-Balancing Plan
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a plan to reduce government spending to close a projected $20 million hole in Louisville’s budget, the result of a national economic recession that’s eroding the city’s tax revenues. Abramson’s plan maintains basic government services, avoids employee layoffs and shelters public safety agencies from the deepest cuts.

Governor, Mayor Say Ford Plants Vital to State and City Economies
Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson say the two Ford plants in Louisville are too important to the economy to fail – and they will join Ford executives for a rally tomorrow morning at the Kentucky Truck Plant.

Mayor Announces $3.4 Million in Service Cuts To Help Offset Budget Shortfall
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced additional spending reductions that include closing libraries and community centers one day a week and eliminating all street paving through June 30, 2009, to help close a $20 million budget hole.

Mayor Meets With Union Leaders to Discuss Alternatives to Employee Layoffs
Mayor Jerry Abramson began meeting today with union leaders to discuss options for closing the $20 million hole in the city’s budget. The mayor is meeting over the next several days with leaders from AFSCME, Teamsters, Firefighters and Fraternal Order of Police unions to discuss ways to reduce personnel costs, which account for about two-thirds of the city’s $500 million General Fund budget.

Grinches Target Light Up Louisville
Lawyers for the company that owns legal rights to the Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic have become real-life Grinches, threatening legal action unless Louisville cancels plans to use “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” as part of its theme for this year’s Light Up Louisville holiday celebration.

Topping-off for Louisville's Newest Downtown High-rise
Downtown Louisville's newest high-rise, Zirmed Gateway Towers, reached a milestone on Monday -- with the topping off of the twin 12-story glass towers.

City to Close for Three Days To Help Manage Budget Shortfall
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced government offices will be closed and all non-essential employees placed on unpaid furlough for three days – a decision that will save about $2 million to help manage the projected $20 million hole in the city’s budget. Abramson also announced that he and the city’s top leadership team will take a 10-percent pay cut starting Jan. 1, 2009 – a move that will save about $200,000 this year.

Mayor Orders Spending Restrictions To Manage $20 Million Budget Shortfall
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced an immediate hiring freeze and restrictions on travel and discretionary spending as the first steps to manage an expected $20 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year.

Mayor, Congressman Honor Veterans at VA Hospital
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth greeted veterans at the VA Hospital this afternoon and urged citizens to thank veterans for their service. Veterans’ Day will be observed tomorrow, and Abramson announced that the bells on city buildings will toll 11 times at 11 a.m. to commemorate the holiday.

Ford Plans Additional $200 Million Investment at Two Louisville Plants
Ford Motor Company plans an additional $200 million investment at its two Louisville manufacturing plants under an amended incentive package approved this morning by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

Abramson to Testify Before Congress for Main Street Stimulus Package
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson will testify before a House of Representatives committee in Washington, D.C. tomorrow, where he will push for a federal stimulus package aimed at creating jobs and improving infrastructure in cities.

Delta Queen to Make Final Stop in Louisville
Delta Queen, the beloved paddle wheeler that has been part of the Great Steamboat Race nearly every year since 1963, will make its final voyage to Louisville this month — and the city is throwing a party to honor its heritage.

Abramson: Council's Inaction May Derail Center City Project
Mayor Jerry Abramson said today that Metro Council’s inaction on the Center City project has the city’s partner, The Cordish Company, strongly reconsidering whether to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Louisville.

Nearly $4 Million in Stimulus Checks Unclaimed in Louisville
The IRS reports that $3.7 million in economic stimulus checks have gone unclaimed in Louisville – mainly because people who don’t have to file income tax returns, like the elderly or disabled, haven’t filled out the paperwork to receive their money.

Storm Recovery Progress
Louisville is bouncing back from the hurricane-force winds. Most power is back on, but the massive cleanup continues, with community-wide debris dropoff sites open.

Mayor Announces Plans to Create More Public Art
The art group Creative Time -- which has developed innovative public art in New York City for the last three decades, including at the World Trade Center site -- will develop a plan for creating more public art in the city.

Governor Beshear Submits Presidential Disaster Declaration
Gov. Steve Beshear today announced that he is requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help recover costs for public damages suffered in some 70 counties and cities across the commonwealth.

Mayor Announces “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” Weekend
Mayor Jerry Abramson is urging Louisville residents to reach out to their family, friends and neighbors this weekend as the city recovers from the massive windstorm, one of the worst the community’s history.

Mayor Addresses Storm in Letter to Citizens
Mayor Abramson addresses the storm damage in a letter to Louisville residents.

Muhammad Ali Will Welcome Ryder Cup Fans
Muhammad Ali, Louisville’s most famous native son, will welcome guests from around the world to the 37th Ryder Cup and a festival of events surrounding the international golf championship.

Construction Begins on City Green Roof
Construction of the first green roof on a city-owned building is underway, and city engineers expect the new roof to reduce energy costs and improve insulation. The roof over the Metro Development Center at 444 S. 5th Street will be planted with hardy vegetation and trees.

Every 1 Reads Reaches $8 Million Fundraising Goal
Four years after announcing an ambitious city-wide initiative to have every Jefferson County Public School student reading on grade level, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Superintendent Sheldon Berman announced today that Every 1 Reads has reached its $8 million fundraising goal.

City Website Named One of Nation's Best
Louisville Metro Government’s website,, has been named one of the top three city government websites in the country - the third consecutive year the city's website has been named one of the nation's best.

Attorney General Issues Civil Subpoenas in Gas Price Investigation
Attorney General Jack Conway announced that because of information received during a preliminary investigation into Louisville gas prices, his office has today issued civil subpoenas to refiners and suppliers of the Kentucky petroleum market and has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the anti-trust division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the merger of Marathon and Ashland Oil.

Mayors Make Soapbox Derby Wager
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory have made a friendly wager on the big Soapbox Derby being held in Cincinnati.

Mayor Honors My Morning Jacket as ‘Louisville Music Ambassadors’
Mayor Jerry Abramson will honor members of the Louisville-bred band, My Morning Jacket, as ‘Louisville Music Ambassadors’ at their concert at Waterfront Park on Saturday, August 16th.

Mayor Outlines Resources Available for Heat Relief
With temperatures expected to hit the high 90s and a heat index exceeding 100 degrees, Mayor Jerry Abramson issued a reminder of city resources available to residents for heat relief.

Mayor in New York for Economic Development Trip
Mayor Jerry Abramson is headed to New York City tomorrow for a four-day economic development mission that also includes a side trip to the Philadelphia Crime Summit.

Summit Targets Dropout Rates in Louisville Schools
Saying the public school dropout statistics are way too high, Mayor Jerry Abramson and JCPS Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman are holding a summit to target the problem.

Ford Will Invest Millions in Louisville
Ford will invest millions of dollars to retool its two Louisville assembly plants, a central part of the company’s aggressive restructuring plan and a key to the company’s future, Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

Mayor Abramson, GLI Throw Party In Tampa To Lure Young Professionals
Armed with bottles of bourbon and jobs, Mayor Jerry Abramson will throw a party in Tampa on Thursday night to lure young professionals to Louisville.

GE Spin-Off is Good News for Louisville & Kentucky
General Electric’s announcement today that it will focus on spinning-off its Consumer & Industrial division into a new company is the best possible scenario for Louisville and Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson said.

Outside Magazine Names Louisville To Its “Best Towns of 2008”
Citing its expanding park system, the addition of biking lanes and a bustling downtown, Outside Magazine has named Louisville one of its “Best Towns of 2008.”

Mayor Awards 4th Annual Healthy Hometown Grants
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement awarded nearly $70,000 today to 23 community service organizations to implement health, fitness and nutrition initiatives in Louisville neighborhoods.

Proposed Pension Reforms Provide Windfall for Louisville
The proposed changes in the state’s pension system would provide a one-time windfall of about $5 million for Louisville Metro Government in the coming fiscal year.

Louisville Begins Phase III of Project DRI
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the start of Phase III of the successful Project DRI, bringing total investment to more than $166 million in nearly 1,000 neighborhood improvements to prevent flooding.

Louisville’s Water Judged Best-Tasting in America
Louisville has the best-tasting water in America – and Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Water Company officials celebrated today by handing out free bottles of Pure Tap to children and adults at Waterfront Park.

Abramson Unveils 'Sound, Strategic' City Budget
Mayor Jery Abramson unveiled his proposed $812 million budget today which includes a new library in Newburg, a new firehouse in Beechmont, money to train new firefighters and police and funding to complete the MetroSafe communications network.

Mayor Launches Kindergarten Countdown 2008
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans for the city’s annual Kindergarten Countdown to help prepare students entering school for the first time.

Horse Fans “Race to Recycle” at Churchill Downs
A new partnership will bring recycling back to historic Churchill Downs just in time for the Kentucky Oaks and Derby races.

Mayor Announces New Grant to Curb Youth Gangs
A new program designed to deter youths from joining gangs has been awarded a $209,000 grant from the federal government, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

Mayor Honors Outstanding High School Seniors
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the recipients of the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors award.

Abramson and Yarmuth Announce Health Funding for West Louisville
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth announced new funding to support health and wellness initiatives in West Louisville.

Mayor Offers Bourbon to NCAA-Competing Mayors
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson is shipping bottles of bourbon to the mayors of Knoxville, Tenn. and Chapel Hill, N. C., in preparation for the upcoming NCAA games against the University of Louisville.

Job Fair To Feature 100 Employers, 17 Colleges
People looking for new jobs — or to return to college — should attend the Louisville Career Expo to network with more than 100 employers and 17 local colleges and universities.

Mayor Launches Construction of Kentucky Show!
Mayor Jerry Abramson has launched construction on a new home for the Kentucky Show!, a 30-minute multimedia presentation.

Firehouses, Firing Range Part of $40 Million Bond Issue
From building new firehouses to widening suburban roads, more than $40 million of construction projects and capital improvements will soon be underway. The projects were included in Mayor Jerry Abramson’s fiscal year 2008 budget and approved by the Metro Council. The council is expected to vote Thursday night on an ordinance that authorizes the administration to sell bonds to finance the projects, which total $41.5 million.

Mayor Unveils New TARC3 Vans
Mayor Jerry Abramson today christened 11 new mini-vans to transport people with disabilities.

Louisville To Award $1 Million in College Scholarships
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that $1 million in college scholarships are available to help Louisville-area residents finish their associate’s degrees.

Louisville Serves Up Another Hot Summer Event!
The AVP Crocs Tour Louisville Open will be held May 23-26 over Memorial Day weekend at Waterfront Park, which will be the site of a big beach party.

Louisville Foreclosure Prevention Hotline Postponed Due to Winter Storm
Metro Government and Metro United Way are postponing the second night of a phone-a-thon aimed at helping those who are facing foreclosure.

Mayor Calls for Staggered Release of Employees
With the approaching hazardous winter storm closing local schools, Mayor Jerry Abramson today called for employers, especially those at Louisville’s major employment centers, to stagger the early release of employees beginning at 11 a.m.

College Fair for Adults is Wednesday
People who attended college but never graduated may attend a college fair this Wednesday to re-enroll in school and to receive help paying for it.

Kentucky Homeland Security Chief Meets with Louisville’s Emergency Responders
The leader of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security met today with Louisville’s emergency response leaders to build a stronger state and local partnership to improve public safety.

New Louisville Initiative Encourages Finishing College
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced a major new initiative today to encourage citizens to return to college to finish their degrees.

Mayor Reduces Government Spending by $9.4 Million
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced $9.4 million in spending restrictions and savings to address a projected revenue shortfall, the result of a national and state economic downturn.

Louisville Named one of "100 Best Cities for Young People"
Louisville has been named one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” for a third time according to Mayor Jerry Abramson.

2008: Year of Transformation for Louisville
Mayor Jerry Abramson said 2008 will be a transformative year for Louisville with new investments and initiatives, despite a national economic downturn that is beginning to impact the city.

Mayor to Present Freedom Award to Rev. Chatham at Concert Honoring King
The Rev. James O. Chatham is the 2008 recipient of Louisville Metro’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award, according to Mayor Jerry Abramson.

Louisville Receives Additional $2 Million in Job-Training Funds
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that KentuckianaWorks received a $2 million increase in funding for job training in high-growth professions from U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act Funds.

Mayor's Community Conversations Continue in 2008
The monthly "Mayor's Community Conversations" - designed to make city government more accessible to citizens - will continue in 2008 according to Mayor Jerry Abramson.