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Mayor Honored With Award in Washington, D.C.
Mayor Jerry Abramson will be honored Tuesday evening in Washington, D.C. by the Partners for Livable Communities for what the non-profit organization calls “his 21 years of visionary leadership and devotion to the social and economic well-being of Louisville.”

New Grocery Coming to Park DuValle Neighborhood
Fulfilling a promise to bring a grocery store to the Park DuValle neighborhood dating back to 1994, Mayor Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) broke ground on a new 20,000 square foot grocery store this morning.

Louisville Joins Small Business Saturday Campaign
Citing small businesses as the “backbone of our economy” – Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville will join in supporting the nationwide "Small Business Saturday" campaign, designed to spur business for small merchants on Saturday, November 27th, 2010.

Abramson Welcomes Miss World Back to Louisville
Mayor Jerry Abramson welcomed back home one of Greater Louisville’s own, the new reigning Miss World Alexandria Mills, and honored her with the Distinguished Citizen Award.

Library Begins Renovation, Construction at Shawnee Branch
An historic library is getting new life for generations to come as Mayor Jerry Abramson and Library Director Craig Buthod today broke ground on a modern addition to the Shawnee Library. The $1.3 million project also includes extensive renovation of the original structure.

Louisville Metro Credit Rating Among Nation's Best
Louisville Metro Government has among the nation’s best credit ratings for city governments based on reports released this week by the top three Wall Street credit rating agencies, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

Mayor Breaks Ground on New Fairdale Library
With the powerful punch of a bulldozer, Mayor Jerry Abramson and library officials today broke ground on Louisville’s newest library in Fairdale in Southwest Louisville.

Mayor, Congressman Launch Home Ownership at Liberty Green
A unique style of urban living, seen in major cities like Chicago and Washington, D.C., is coming to east downtown Louisville through a new mixed use development called The EDGE at Liberty Green.

Abramson Hosts Final YMCA Thanksgiving Breakfast at KFC Yum! Center
The YMCA Mayor’s Community Thanksgiving Breakfast will celebrate its 20th year, while also paying tribute and thanks to longtime Mayor Jerry Abramson. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 23 on the floor of KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville.

Mayor, Leaders Turn Up Heat on Education
Mayor Jerry Abramson, education, business and civic leaders today announced the formation of a new public-private partnership that will focus on dramatically increasing the number of people in Louisville with college degrees by 2020.

Fans Should Plan Ahead for Events at KFC Yum! Center
Fans heading to concerts and ballgames at the new KFC Yum! Center on Louisville’s waterfront should plan ahead to ensure a smooth trip, city and arena officials said.

Improved Riverview Park Open After Phase 1 Development
Boaters are flocking to a new boat ramp, and children are climbing, sliding, rocking and rolling through the brightly colored playground -- following completion of the first phase of a major transformation at Riverview Park in southwest Louisville.

Homeland Security Secretary Tours Louisville's MetroSafe Operation
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today toured Louisville’s MetroSafe emergency response and communications facility.

Yarmuth, Abramson Announce $6 Million Federal Grant For Police
Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3), Mayor Jerry Abramson, and Chief Robert White announced that the Louisville Metro Police Department will receive more than $6 million from the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring program. The funding will help LMPD hire 32 officers, making the LMPD’s force the largest it has ever been.

Louisville One of the Best Communities for Young People
The efforts of Louisville civic and community leaders were honored today when America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to youth and children, announced the city had been named a winner of the Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People (100 Best) competition presented by ING.

Abramson and Yarmuth Announce $1.2 Million in Funding for Louisville Library
The Louisville Free Public Library will soon offer expanded access to technology and the Internet as the result of $1.2 million in grants.

Louisville Health Director Leaving for New Post
Dr. Adewale Troutman, hired as Louisville’s public health director in 2003 by Mayor Jerry Abramson to help raise the bar on health and wellness, has accepted a new post at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health in Tampa.

Louisville Wins Appeal of Disaster Claim from 2009 Ice Storm
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to reimburse the City of Louisville for more than $3.2 million in previously rejected costs related to the massive debris-clearing effort following the devastating ice storm of January 2009.

YOU Center Opens New Facility
Young adults in the Greater Louisville area now have a more convenient, accessible location to get help completing their GEDs, to find financial assistance for occupation training or to begin job searches with the opening of the Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU Center), at its new location at 510 West Broadway,

Abramson, Yarmuth Announce Citywide Sidewalk and Paving Projects
Mayor Jerry Abramson, U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, (KY-3) and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials, announced this afternoon thousands of sidewalk and paving improvement projects taking place throughout Louisville.

Governor Announces $10 Million for Parklands of Floyds Fork
Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a commitment of $10 million to The Parklands of Floyds Fork – a visionary project to create a new system of public parks covering approximately 4,000 acres of the Floyds Fork watershed in Jefferson County.

Street Rods Return to Louisville
The streets of Louisville are once again hosting hundreds of brightly colored street rods and vintage automobiles as the city welcomes back the National Street Rod Association’s (NSRA) Annual Street Rod Nationals Plus, August 5 – 8, at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).

City Offers Resources, Locations for Heat Relief
With dangerously high heat and humidity, citizens must take extra care to stay cool and protect their health. Heat index levels are expected to climb into the unhealthy range over the next several days, according to weather forecasters.

Improved City Website Makes it Easier for Citizens to Get Services, Information
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced improvements to the city’s website – – that will make it easier and faster for citizens to connect with services ranging from animal licensing, to garbage pickup to getting a police accident report.

Abramson, Yarmuth Announce Federal Funding for Louisville's MetroSafe System
Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and Mayor Jerry Abramson announced that the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government will receive more than $2.2 million in federal funding from the Department of Homeland Security to help upgrade the local and regional emergency communication systems used by police, firefighters, and other first responders.

My Morning Jacket to Play Hometown Show at New KFC Yum! Center
My Morning Jacket will give a long-awaited hometown performance October 29 at the soon-to-opened KFC Yum! Center, joined by the Louisville Youth Orchestra.

Abramson, Yarmuth Open Liberty Green Community Center
Mayor Jerry Abramson, along with U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, (KY-3) and other local officials, officially opened the Liberty Green Community Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.

Zoo Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit Opens
Today the Louisville Zoo and Mayor Jerry Abramson gave their final “seal of approval” to the Zoo’s new Seal and Sea Lion Habitat at Glacier Run during a public Grand Opening.

Vice-President Biden Views Growth, Innovation at Appliance Park
Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced that Vice President Joe Biden had accepted his invitation to see first-hand the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and tax credits for energy-efficient appliances at Louisville’s Appliance Park.

Mayor Adds Funding to Nearly Depleted Heat Relief Program
Mayor Jerry Abramson today committed $5,000 from his contingency fund to help shore up the nearly depleted Summer Heat Relief Program, a Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership fund that provides new air conditioners or fans to qualifying individuals and families in Louisville during summer months.

Otter Creek Park to Reopen in 2011
Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Otter Creek Park will be reopened next year as an outdoor recreational area operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.

City Leaders Launch Kindergarten Countdown
Surrounded by a group of soon-to-be kindergarteners and the city’s most prominent leaders, Metro United Way’s Success By 6 kicked off Kindergarten Countdown 2010 today at the Children’s Department of the newly renovated Louisville Free Public Library.

Abramson Delivers Balanced Budget That Puts Priority on Public Safety and Maintains Services
Delivering his 21st and final budget address as leader of his hometown, Mayor Jerry Abramson today proposed a $821 million spending plan that puts a priority on public safety, maintains basic services and does not raise taxes.

Mayor Announces Plans For New Fairdale Library and Addition to Shawnee Branch
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced plans today to build a new library in Fairdale focused on technology and to construct a modern addition to the historic Shawnee branch on West Broadway.

Community Leaders, Mayor Commit To Adding 55,000 College Degrees
Louisville’s economy cannot leap forward until the city significantly increases the number of residents with college degrees, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today as he launched a long-term, targeted plan to raise education levels in the region.

Main Library To Unveil Renovation at May 15 Open House
Nine months and 11 days after sustaining nearly $8 million in flash flood damage, Louisville’s Main Library at Third and York Streets will host a Grand Re-Opening celebration with an Open House scheduled for Saturday, May 15, from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

Louisville Library and JCPS Partner to Provide Adult Education
The Louisville Free Public Library and Jefferson County Public Schools have joined forces to present a new and more expansive series of adult literacy classes and services as announced today by Mayor Jerry Abramson, JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman and Library Director Craig Buthod.

Mayor Abramson Comments on E.ON Sale Announcement
Mayor Jerry Abramson comments on the announced sale of LG&E and Kentucky Utilities, and the city's efforts to protect the interests of citizens and ratepayers.

City Takes More Than 100 Steps to Financial Improvement
Mayor Jerry Abramson’s administration has completed or implemented more than 100 steps to improve the city’s financial practices to comply with recommendations in the annual state audit released just last month.

Mayor Recognizes Outstanding High School Seniors
Individually, they represent 49 Louisville-area schools. Collectively, they are the cream of the crop of local graduating seniors. Mayor Jerry Abramson is recognizing recipients of the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors awards, sponsored by AT&T.

New Funding Will Protect Victims of Domestic Violence
Gov. Steve Beshear, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) today announced $1.6 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds for 22 programs to support victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault.

Slugger Field Named One of 10 Best Baseball Parks
Louisville Slugger Field is one of the 10 best places in America to watch minor league baseball, according to USA Today. The newspaper cited Slugger’s Field’s architecture, its downtown location and its view of the Ohio River and the skyline.

Abramsons Join in Urging Citizens to Pledge to Prevent Child Abuse
Mayor Jerry Abramson, First Lady Madeline Abramson, and other community leaders are urging area residents to make a pledge to do at least one thing during Child Abuse Prevention Month to stop the mistreatment of infants, youngsters and teens in the community.

Mayor Announces Resignation of Two Veteran Employees
Mayor Jerry Abramson sought and accepted the resignations of two veteran employees in the former Neighborhoods Department as a result of information discovered by the city’s Internal Auditor and the State Auditor in reviews of financial transactions.

Men's Journal Names Louisville A 'Best Place To Live'
A national magazine has named Louisville to its list of the “Best Places to Live in 2010.” Men’s Journal cited Louisville’s arts scene, its coffee shops and stores — and specifically touted Bardstown Road — in its April issue, which hit newsstands this week.

Mayor Announces Program to Help Integrate Inmates Into Society
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced the creation of a new program to assist recently released prisoners and jail inmates returning to the Shawnee neighborhood.

Mayor Moves Forward on New Southwest Regional Library
Mayor Jerry Abramson has given approval to take the next step in the expansion of the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) – design of a new regional library for Southwest Louisville.

Funding Promotes Healthy Activity by School Students
Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson today presented $31,578 in federal Safe Routes to School funding to Rangeland Elementary School, in Jefferson County, for sidewalk improvement projects.

Mayor Unveils Public Art Plan for Louisville
After a year of studies and public meetings, Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a plan that will fund and develop new artwork in public spaces across Louisville, from downtown to the suburbs.

Mayor Abramson Responds to Humana Announcement
Mayor Jerry Abramson issued a statement today regarding the announcement by Humana Inc. that it intends to reduce its workforce on a net basis by approximately 1,400 positions, or five percent, over the course of 2010

Governor, Mayor Announce Company Expansion in Louisville
Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined Grindmaster-Cecilware officials in Louisville to announce the expansion of the company’s 116,000 square-foot facility. Grindmaster-Cecilware anticipates creating 33 new, full-time jobs and will invest more than $1.6 million in the Commonwealth.

‘Stand Up and Be Counted’ During 2010 Census
From job training to schools, to police and fire protection, Mayor Jerry Abramson today said the 2010 census population count is critically important to the future of Louisville and the surrounding region. Joined by community leaders, Abramson

Youth opportunity Showcase Set for Feb. 13
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth today announced plans for the fifth 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 is Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Abramson, Top Mayors to Meet With President Obama
Mayor Jerry Abramson and other top mayors will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House this week to discuss job creation, the economic recovery and other major issues.

African-American Heritage Foundation Assumes Control of Trolley Barn Property
After years of renovation work, the historic Russell trolley barn has been handed over to a nonprofit group, which plans to open the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage at the site.

College Goal Sundays Set to Help Local Students File for Financial Aid
Area residents attending college or trade school in 2010 are being encouraged to attend one of a number of College Goal SundaySM events designed to help college bound students and their parents or guardians fill out the necessary forms to receive student loans, grants and some scholarships.

Mayor Foresees Economic Growth, Major Progress Ahead
Mayor Jerry Abramson outlined milestones of future success today in his State of the City speech, his 21st and final annual speech, to the Downtown Rotary Club at the Galt House. Abramson’s term ends Dec. 31 and he’s not running for re-election.

Mayor Presents Top Apple Awards to Local Schools
Mayor Jerry Abramson celebrated improvements in student reading today by visiting two Jefferson County Public Schools and honoring them with Top Apple awards.

Craig Buthod Named Nation's Top Library Director
The Library Journal, the country’s premier library publication, has awarded Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod its Librarian of the Year Award for 2010.