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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom - 2009 Archive

Mayor's Community Conversations Continue in 2010
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that his monthly meetings designed to make city government accessible to citizens will continue next year. Abramson said the final “Mayor’s Community Conversations” of 2010 – and his last as Mayor of Louisville – will be held November 15 in the new downtown arena at Second and Main.

Mayor Unveils Top 10 Accomplishments of 2009
From overcoming two natural disasters to creating hundreds of new jobs at GE Appliance Park, 2009 was a year of challenges and progress for Louisville, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

City Insulating, Improving Efficiency of 300 Homes
Hershel Fugett lives in an older home that is difficult — and expensive — to heat during winter. But, thanks to federal stimulus dollars, he’s getting insulation and other improvements that will make his house much more efficient and will reduce his heating bill, which averages $200 to $300.

Governor, Mayor Announce $100 Million for Land to Move Bridges Project Forward
Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson announced the sale of $100 million in bonds for the Ohio River Bridges project today – a move they called critical for creating tangible, immediate progress on the enormous infrastructure plan.

Mayor Joins Brookings Forum in Washington, D.C.
Mayor Jerry Abramson is participating in a federal, interagency roundtable discussion hosted by the respected public policy think-tank, the Brookings Institution.

GE to Make New "Smart" Washers and Dryers in Louisville
GE’s Consumer & Industrial division announced today that it plans to manufacture high-end energy efficient front load washer and dryers in Louisville at GE’s Appliance Park beginning in 2012, helping create more than 430 new jobs at the Louisville operation.

Mayor Meets With Small Business Leaders on Jobs, Recovery
At the request of President Barack Obama, Mayor Jerry Abramson today hosted a round-table meeting of small business leaders to brainstorm ideas for creating jobs and speeding economic recovery.

Beshear, Abramson Announce Hundreds of New Jobs
Gov. Steve Beshear today joined Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson to announce that innovative state business incentive programs could help create more than 1,100 new jobs and maintain another 1,400 jobs in Kentucky.

Citizens Can Search City Expenditures Online
With a few clicks, Louisville residents can now see exactly how city government is spending their tax dollars, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today. City expenditures for thousands of items and services can be found on the new “Louisville Checkbook” tool at the city’s website –

Mayor to Speak at Harvard
Mayor Jerry Abramson leaves tomorrow for Harvard University to help teach new mayors how to run their cities.

Stimulus Funds Will Help Enroll Children for Health Coverage
Governor Steve Beshear joined Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Jerry Abramson today to announce that new federal stimulus money will help enroll more children in Jefferson County in the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP).

Abramson Proposes Firefighter Settlement To Be Paid With Cash, Bonded Debt
Mayor Jerry Abramson has proposed a plan that would use a combination of cash and borrowing to pay the $45 million firefighter settlement for overtime pay.

Beshear, Abramson Make Appointments to Bi-State Bridge Authority
Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson today appointed the seven Kentucky members of a bi-state authority that will help develop a financing plan to ensure construction of two bridges between Louisville and Indiana and the reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange in downtown Louisville.

Mayor Unveils Searchable Map of Louisville Stimulus Projects
A new, online interactive map allows Louisville residents to search and discover where federally-funded stimulus investments are occurring in their neighborhoods.

Mayor Proposes Funding for Glacier Run, Floyds Fork Park, New Firehouse
Mayor Jerry Abramson today proposed a funding plan that will to help complete the Louisville Zoo’s Glacier Run expansion, open the first major park in the Floyds Fork corridor and construct the city’s third new firehouse.

Abramson Attending U.S. Conference of Mayors
Mayor Jerry Abramson is in Seattle, attending the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s fall retreat, where he’ll meet with White House and federal government officials.

Mayor Announces Plans to Start Construction of Riverview Park
After years of planning, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the city is ready to start construction on the first phase of Riverview Park.

One Free Drop-off Site Will Remain Open Until Further Notice
One free debris drop-off site will remain open until further notice for items damaged during the flash flooding of August 4.

Lane Closings Begin as Part of "Revive 65" Improvement Project
The "Revive 65" improvement project on I-65 in Louisville will mean lane closings and slowed traffic for a few weeks.

Money Magazine Names Louisville Among "Best Places to Retire"
Money Magazine has named Louisville to its annual “Top 25 Places to Retire,” citing the city’s growing bicycling culture, its downtown attractions and the East Market Arts District.

Louisville Celebrities Lead Effort to Recruit 'Friends of Lou'
The familiar faces of Louisville — from bourbon baron Bill Samuels to the heavy hitter Darryl Isaacs to Mayor Jerry Abramson — are teaming up as part of a month-long campaign to recruit 20,000 to become “ambassadors” for the Louisville.

Hundreds of Flooded Homes Cleaned by Volunteers
More than 300 flooded homes have been cleared, cleaned and sanitized by local and regional volunteer teams since the August 4 flood – and volunteer coordinators say requests for help are tapering off.

Main Library Reopens to Public Today
Twenty-three days after sustaining more than $5 million in flood damage, Louisville’s Main Library at 3rd and York Streets reopened to the general public today.

TARC Celebrates Region’s Largest Stimulus Project
TARC was joined by local, state and federal dignitaries on Tuesday, Aug. 25, as it celebrates the start of construction on its maintenance annex, a $4.6 project funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Economic Empowerment Tour Will Stop in Louisville
Louisville has been selected as one of only three cities nationally to receive foreclosure prevention and job help by the National Urban League. The “2009 Economic Empowerment Tour,” is scheduled for Louisville on Tuesday, September 15, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center

Louisville To Get Federal Aid for Flash Flood Damages
The federal government has opened two "disaster recovery centers" in Louisville to help victims of the August 4 flash flooding.

Governor, Mayor Appoint Ohio River Bridges Negotiating Team
Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson today appointed a five-member delegation that will help forge a bi-state partnership with Indiana to accelerate construction of the Ohio River Bridges Project -- two new bridges in Louisville to link the two states and the rebuilding of Spaghetti Junction.

Mayor Leads "Sneak Peek" of Newburg Library
Mayor Jerry Abramson helped neighborhood children log on to computers and checked out new digital audio books at the newly completed Newburg Library, which formally opens its doors tomorrow. The $1.9 million library is the city’s first technology-driven branch, and will dramatically expand computer and multi-media accessibility to library patrons.

Mayor Tours Library Damage, Restoration Work
Mayor Jerry Abranson today viewed first-hand the $5 million in damage to the downtown branch of the Louisville Free Public Library - and the restoration work already underway.

Attorney General, Mayor Warn Against Flood-Related Scams
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Attorney General Jack Conway warned Louisville residents to be vigilant against fly-by-night repair crews, bogus charitable collectors and fake officials – scams designed to exploit people recovering from disasters like last week’s flash flooding.

Mayor Declares "Neighbor Helping Neighbor" Weekend
Help a neighbor remove flooded items from a basement. Help a neighbor haul away debris. Help a neighbor by babysitting while they meet with an insurance adjustor. Those are some of the ways Mayor Jerry Abramson is urging Louisville residents to reach out to their family, friends and neighbors this weekend as the city recovers from Tuesday’s flash flooding.

Funding Will Improve Second St. Near Arena
Governor Steve Beshear and Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro has received $3,000,000 in a Transportation Enhancement Grant for the betterment of Second Street between Main and River Road in Louisville.

Arena Helps Attract New Convention Business to Louisville
Governor Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced two major religious conventions coming to downtown Louisville as a result of the upcoming availability of both the Kentucky International Convention Center and the new arena downtown. These conventions bring with them an economic impact of $10 million to the Louisville economy.

Mayor Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance for Flood
Mayor Jerry Abramson today began the formal process to seek federal disaster assistance to help pay for millions of dollars in damages to Louisville Metro Government property resulting from Tuesday's massive flooding.

Midwest Airlines Launches Nonstop Service to Milwaukee
Daily nonstop jet service between Louisville, KY, and Milwaukee, WI, has resumed—establishing a vital link between Louisville and the Midwest.

Governors, Mayor Celebrate Legislation Aimed at Financing Ohio River Bridges
Gov. Steve Beshear, accompanied by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, today ceremonially signed new legislation aimed at finding a way to finance the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project.

Abramson Visits West Virginia to Speak on Merged Government
Mayor Jerry Abramson left today on a two-day trip to Charleston, West Virginia, where he’ll speak about Louisville’s success with merged government.

List Helps Families, Individuals Find Stimulus Dollars, Programs
Louisville Metro Government has compiled a list of web pages to help citizens take advantage of various federal stimulus programs, from tax credits for first-time homebuyers and scholarships for laid-off workers to grants for home weatherization.

Mayor Launches Kindergarten Countdown 2009
Surrounded by dozens of preschool children, Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans for the city’s annual Kindergarten Countdown to help prepare students entering school for the first time.

Compass Airlines Maintenance Facility Brings New Jobs to Louisville
Today, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority and Compass Airlines announced that the airline’s permanent aircraft maintenance facility at Louisville International Airport is fully operational.

Mayor, Students Celebrate House Demolition
Mayor Jerry Abramson handed out “demolition diplomas” today to fifth grade students at Wheatley Elementary to commemorate their role in helping to tear down a vacant house near their school. The mayor and students cheered as a demolition crew began razing the home.

Mayor's Budget Reduces Size of Government, Maintains Core Services; Creates 3,000 Private Jobs
Mayor Jerry Abramson today introduced his 2009-2010 fiscal year budget that reduces the size of government while maintaining basic services and creating 3,000 private-sector jobs with federal stimulus spending.

Mayor Reacts to Recommendation in Police Take-Home Car Case
Mayor Jerry Abramson released the following statement regarding today’s recommendation by an administrative hearing officer in the police take-home case: “I am disappointed by the finding, which essentially says take-home cars are a right, not a privilege, for police officers regardless of the cost to taxpayers and the economic challenges the city faces.

Mayor Vetoes New Mandates on Business Investments
Mayor Jerry Abramson today vetoed a recently passed ordinance by the Metro Council that would undermine Louisville’s efforts to create jobs by imposing new mandates on most private investments that include public funding.

Fontaine Ferry Park: Open For One More Summer
Today, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Dr. Madeleine Burnside, executive director of the Frazier International History Museum, introduced the museum’s new Fontaine Ferry exhibit, which opens Saturday.

$3 Million in Stimulus Job Training Funds
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth today announced $3 million in job training for laid-off workers as part of the federal economic stimulus package.

Metro Government Closed Friday for Furlough
Louisville Metro Government offices will be closed Friday, May 1 for a furlough day.

Mayor, Gov. Celebrate Investment at Ford's Louisville Truck Plant
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Gov. Steve Beshear joined Ford officials and employees today in celebrating the completion of a $200 million investment in the retooling of its Kentucky Truck Plant. The investment makes way for the production of two new vehicles - the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

Mayor Seeks Council Input on Budget Cuts for Next Year
Facing another year of financial belt-tightening, Mayor Jerry Abramson has asked Louisville Metro Council leaders to provide consensus suggestions for additional budget cuts in the upcoming fiscal 2009-2010 city budget.

Mayor Congratulates ENERGY STAR Award Winners
More Louisville businesses are improving their energy efficiency – a move that can help budgets as well as the environment. Today, Mayor Jerry Abramson congratulated 11 Louisville businesses and buildings that made enough energy improvements to earn an ENERGY STAR award.

Mayor Honors 47 Outstanding High School Seniors
Mayor Jerry Abramson today presented the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors award to 47 Louisville public and private schjool students.

New Pumping Station Helps Protect 135,000 Residents from Flooding
The West Louisville Pumping Station, a 50-year-old system which protects 135,000 homes from flooding, will be rebuilt, thanks in part to federal economic stimulus dollars.

Downtown Pep Rally for UofL Women Today
A huge pep rally at Fourth Street Live today will help send the University of Louisville women's basketball team on to victory in St Louis.

Metro Government Offices Closed Friday
Louisville Metro Government offices will be closed Friday, April 3 for a furlough day.

Mayor Celebrates Construction of Newburg Library
Mayor Jerry Abramson joined library director Craig Buthod and Metro Council representatives to celebrate the ongoing construction of the new Newburg library branch.

Mayor Abramson to Discuss Bridges Project With New Transportation Secretary
Mayor Jerry Abramson will be in Washington D.C. on Monday, meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood about the nation’s transportation needs.

Mayor Marks Completion of New City Housing Development
Mayor Jerry Abramson today celebrated the opening of Louisville’s newest housing project for working families, a 22-unit apartment complex constructed at 801 E. Broadway.

New 'Mayor's Miles' Added to Improve Walking Access
Louisville is making walking easier with a new series of “Mayor’s Miles” markers being unveiled throughout the city.

Mayor Announces First Stimulus Projects, Creating 330 Jobs
Louisville’s first projects using federal stimulus funding will create 330 jobs and construct the city’s first government building that meets national standards for environmental efficiency, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

Mayor, Governor Help Open Coca-Cola Information Technology Center in Louisville
Gov. Steve Beshear, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, along with state and local economic development representatives today joined officials from Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE) to commemorate the opening of the company’s new Information Technology (IT) Development Center in Louisville.

Mayor Provides More Funds to Create Jobs, Get Homeless Off The Streets
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans to better use $9.2 million in federal and local funds to help get homeless people off the streets, back to work and into safe housing.

Mayor Creates 'Louisville At Work' Team To Oversee Stimulus Projects, Jobs
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that a group of government, education and community leaders will help ensure that President’s Obama’s stimulus package and job creation efforts are successful in Louisville. The “Louisville At Work” team will help prioritize projects and apply for federal grants available as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Mayor Abramson Meets With President Obama
Mayor Jerry Abramson and leaders of major cities met Friday with President Obama at the White House to discuss how cities will create jobs under the national economic stimulus package.

New Webpage Helps Citizens Volunteer With Metro Government
A new section of the city website will help people volunteer for those activities and more with Metro Government. Mayor Jerry Abramson today launched the Louisville Metro Volunteer Center, located at

Mayor Presents Freedom Award to Dr. Bernard Minnis
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Dr. Bernard I. Minnis, is the 2009 recipient of Louisville Metro’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award. Minnis is an educator who currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs for the Jefferson County Public Schools. He has spent decades improving race and class relations through education.

Mayor Pledges Continued Improvement in Housing & Family Services Dept.
Mayor Jerry Abramson today pledged to continue the wholesale improvements underway in the Housing and Family Services Department and to keep working “until we make it right.”

Spring Fling College Fair Helps Adults Return to School
More than 25 schools and colleges, from the University of Louisville to Indiana Wesleyan, will be on hand for the annual Spring Fling College Fair, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today. The event is at the Mellwood Arts Center (1860 Mellwood Avenue) on Feb. 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Safety Tips for Power Outage
In the wake of strong winds that whipped through the Louisville area, officials offer tips for staying safe and dealing with a power outage.

Groundbreaking for $3.5 Million Louisville Equestrian Center
ground has been broken for the $3.5 million Louisville Equestrian Center, a new, state-of-the-art facility that will be located at 2612 S. English Station Road. The 28-acre LEC complex, scheduled to open in early summer 2009, will include a 100 stall barn, two indoor climate-controlled riding arenas, and several open-air facilities and will have access to 60 acres of adjacent land for bridle trails and open riding that is part of the Metro Louisville / 21st Century Park Project along the Floyds Fork corridor.

City, Nonprofits to Help Elderly, Ill Clean up After Ice Storm
Louisville residents who are physically unable to remove tree limbs and branches left by the ice storm from their yards may apply for help through an assistance hotline.

Flock of Finns Flies Back to Waterfront Park
A beloved public art display, the Flock of Finns, by celebrated folk artist Marvin Finn has been repaired and restored — and on Thursday, Feb. 12, it will be reinstalled at Waterfront Park.

City Announces Storm Debris Dropoff Sites, Collection
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced the city will once again open storm debris dropoff sites for residents, and will begin curbside debris collection next week.

LG&E Making Significant Progress Restoring Power
Utility crews are making significant progress in restoring power following this week’s severe ice storm, thanks in part to the warming weekend temperatures.

City Reports First Storm-Related Deaths; New Shelter at Iroquois High Opens Tonight
The city today had its first storm-related deaths – a family of three on Oregon Ave that apparently succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. They were using a generator in their attached garage. Police are on the scene this afternoon. “We, as a city, are all very saddened by these deaths,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “I urge our citizens to please be very careful when using alternative heat sources.”

Suburban Cities Open Shelters; 172,000 Homes Remain Without Power
Two suburban cities — Jeffersontown and Shively — have opened shelters to help families stay warm; meanwhile 2,350 utility crews are now aiding in the recovery effort, surpassing the number who worked during last year’s wind storm.

More Residents Seeking Shelter as Power Restoration Continues
Utility crews continue to work across Louisville to bring power to homes and business — but, just as some customers are restored, others are losing power.

183,000 Remain Without Power, More Utility Crews Arriving To Aid In Recovery
The number of households without power in the Louisville area has risen to 205,000 and it will take seven to 10 days to fully restore electricity to all households.

Utility Crews Begin To Assess Damage, Work to Restore Power; Mayor Says Stay Off Roads
As of 11 a.m., LG&E reported the snow and ice storm has left more than 100,000 customers without power across the city.

Major Ice Storm Leaves Thousands Without Power; Mayor Encourages People To Stay Off Roads
More than 75,000 people are without power in Louisville, and more than a dozen roads are blocked by downed trees, limbs and power lines, following a major ice storm that glazed the city overnight.

Mayor Urges Businesses to Consider Later Start Times Wednesday Morning
Based on the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service, Mayor Jerry Abramson urged Louisville businesses to consider delaying their normal start times Wednesday morning.

Mayor Hosts Fourth Youth Opportunity Showcase
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans for the fourth annual Youth Opportunity Showcase, which gives teens and young adults a chance to apply for jobs, as well as learn about education, training and volunteer opportunities. The showcase will be held Saturday, February 14 at the Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. 4th Street in Ballroom “C” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

City Housing Development Wins New Landmark Award for Architecture
An apartment and commercial building being developed by Louisville Metro Housing Authority has won a New Landmark Award for architectural design.

Census Bureau To Hire 400 Workers in Louisville
The federal government plans to hire about 400 people in Louisville to help prepare for the 2010 Census, and many city libraries and government buildings are serving as testing sites for employment.

Mayor Abramson Presents 2008 Top Apple Awards
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman and Greater Louisville Inc President Joe Reagan today visited two local schools to announce the winners of the 2008 Mayor’s Top Apple award.

Mayor's Community Conversations Continue in 2009
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that his monthly meetings designed to make city government accessible to citizens will continue in 2009. The first “Mayor’s Community Conversations” is scheduled for Monday, January 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Westport Middle School.

Obama Invites Abramson, Top Mayors to Announcement on Creating Jobs, Fueling Economy
President-elect Barack Obama invited Mayor Jerry Abramson and a dozen other top mayors to join him Thursday for a major announcement on his job-creation plans for America.

U of L's Ekstrom Library Is Open to the Public on Sundays
U of L President James Ramsey and Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the university's William F. Ekstrom Library will promote and continue its services to the public on Sundays.