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12/23/2011
Louisville Named a Top "Tasty Town" by Southern Living
Louisville has been named one of the tastiest towns in the South by Southern Living magazine, an honor that will tout our innovative food scene to the magazine’s 15 million readers.

12/22/2011
Mayor Releases First Yearly "Report to Citizens"
In the first of what will be an annual report to citizens, Mayor Greg Fischer has outlined the top challenges and accomplishments of the past year -- and his administration’s key goals for 2012. Many of the accomplishments cited by Fischer relate to his overriding priority to build a stronger local and regional economy to create more jobs.

12/16/2011
Mayor Apppoints Interim MSD Director, Announces Review of Agency
Citing significant management problems at the Metropolitan Sewer District ranging from conflicts of interest to questionable business practices, Mayor Greg Fischer today appointed a director to lead the agency on an interim basis.

12/15/2011
Mayor Vetoes Latest Fireworks Ordinance
Citing an increased threat to the safety of citizens, especially children, Mayor Greg Fischer today vetoed the ordinance passed recently by the Metro Council that would allow the sale and use of more powerful and dangerous fireworks.

12/7/2011
Mayor Fischer Names Ingram Quick Internal Auditor
Mayor Greg Fischer today named Ingram Quick as the city’s Internal Auditor. Quick has served as interim auditor since April of this year, following the retirement of longtime auditor Mike Norman.

12/7/2011
Mayor Orders Citywide Review of Overtime Policies
Saying he’s concerned that overtime pay is unnecessarily costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year, Mayor Greg Fischer today ordered a citywide review of overtime policies and procedures.

12/6/2011
New Dates for Citizens to Talk With Mayor Fischer
Got a big idea for the city, or a small problem in your neighborhood? You can tell Mayor Greg Fischer and other city officials about it in person at four upcoming sessions at local schools in different areas of the community.

12/1/2011
Mayor Asks Citizens Help to Recover Scales of Justice
There’s a mystery at Metro Hall and Mayor Greg Fischer is calling on citizens to help solve it. The scales that belong to Lady Justice — part of the Thomas Jefferson statue that sets in front of Metro Hall — are missing. City councilman and local historian Tom Owen recently noticed that the scales were gone and alerted the Mayor’s Office.

12/1/2011
City Government Tops $3 Million in Surplus Sales
Louisville Metro topped the $3 million mark in sales of government equipment and confiscated items through GovDeals.com, an online auction service similar to eBay.

11/28/2011
Connect With Mayor Fischer Online Dec. 5
Have a question or suggestion for Mayor Greg Fischer or other city officials? Then go online and connect on Facebook or Twitter. In keeping with his commitment to open, accessible government, Fischer’s next quarterly session of connecting with citizens through social media will be Dec. 5, 6p.m.-8p.m.

11/21/2011
Mayors Fischer, Gray Name Members to Bluegrass Economic Advancement Board
The mayors of Louisville and Lexington, who have created a new economic partnership to grow jobs for all Kentuckians, today named a high-profile group of business and civic executives to form the board of directors for the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement.

11/21/2011
City, Insight Discussing Expired Franchise Agreement
Louisville Metro Government and Insight Communications, which have been negotiating a new franchise agreement since January, have not been able to reach a deal – and this week the city notified Insight that the franchise could be terminated.

11/14/2011
Fischer Announces Process to Select Police Chief
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a four-step process that includes community meetings in all 26 Metro Council districts to aid in the selection of a new police chief.

11/11/2011
Louisville Veteran's Day Parade Today in Downtown
The service and sacrifices of military veterans will be honored with a special parade and other events in downtown Louisville Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

11/10/2011
Light Up Louisville Returns Nov. 25
Continuing a tradition of more than three decades, thousands of residents will gather downtown the day after Thanksgiving to welcome Santa Claus and see the city glow at Light Up Louisville, Friday, Nov. 25.

11/7/2011
Front Doors of Metro Hall to Reopen
The front doors of Louisville Metro Hall, which have been closed since merger in 2003, will be permanently re-opened this month. A free public celebration that includes tours of the building and music by local choirs is planned for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

11/2/2011
Mayor to Create Tree Advisory Board
Citing concerns that many of Louisville’s trees are dying and diseased, Mayor Greg Fischer today formed a Tree Advisory Board to develop policies to better care for existing trees and plant new ones.

10/28/2011
Chief White Leaving for Denver, Mayor Launches Search for Replacement
Robert White, who has served as Louisville’s police chief since 2003 and led the city to be recognized as one of America’s largest safest cities, will be named chief of the Denver Police Department next week. Mayor Greg Fischer announced that he will immediately begin a search for White’s replacement.

10/26/2011
Workshop to Connect Small Businesses with Crowdfunding Capital
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that his new Office for Innovation is providing a unique workshop to explore crowdfunding resources for small and new businesses. The “Crowdfunding Means Business” workshop will concentrate on connecting businesses with Kickstarter.com, a platform for creative projects. It is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Main Library, 301 York Street, in the Centennial Room.

10/25/2011
First "Give A Day" Week a Big Success
If you ask Mary McCann, Mayor Greg Fischer’s first Give A Day week of community service was a resounding success. McCann, director of volunteer services for the Salvation Army, says the citywide call for volunteers helped the agency register more than 500 families a day for its annual Angel Tree holiday giving program.

10/25/2011
Mayor Suspends Metro Parks Director
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that he has suspended Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz for 30 days and has taken away his city-issued vehicle after Heitz drank alcohol and then attempted to drive the car.

10/24/2011
Mayor Fischer Unveils New Citywide Emergency Alert System
Delivering on a promise to implement a new citywide system to keep citizens updated during emergencies, Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled the new Code Red network and encouraged citizens to sign up for the free service. The system uses a variety of methods — text alerts, emails and phone calls — to warn citizens about potentially life-threatening events, including severe weather. “The Code Red system is easy to use and gets information to people quickly so they can protect themselves and their families,” Fischer said. “The explosion at Carbide Industries in Rubbertown last spring revealed the need for fast, efficient communications and this technology is a giant leap forward.”

10/21/2011
You Can Make Donations of Goods During Mayor's "Give A Day" Week
You can still help during Mayor Greg Fischer's first “Give A Day” week by donating canned goods, clothing and shoes until 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

10/17/2011
Mayor, Congressman Announce New Jobs in West Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth joined with Mesa Foods Inc. President Ted Longacre, and other company officials to announce the addition of 80 new jobs at the West Louisville facility.

10/10/2011
Volunteers Gearing Up for Mayor's Week of Service
You can help Mayor Greg Fischer create a more compassionate Louisville by rolling up your sleeves and volunteering during the first “Give A Day” week of community service projects, Oct. 17-23.

10/10/2011
New e-EPO System Helping Protect Victims of Abuse
A new electronic system is greatly speeding up the process – saving time and potentially lives -- when victims of domestic violence in Louisville are seeking protection from an abuser. The e-EPO system takes information from victims seeking protection orders and gets it more quickly into the hands of judges and law enforcement.

10/4/2011
Mayor Excited About New Ford Investment in Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer says it’s a great day for Louisville and the surrounding region with word that Ford will invest an additional $600 million at its Louisville plants and add a new shift at the Louisville Assembly Plant on Fern Valley Road.

9/20/2011
Fischer to Discuss Bridges With President Obama
Mayor Greg Fischer will have an opportunity to discuss the Sherman Minton Bridge situation with President Obama this Thursday when the president visits the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati.

9/15/2011
Mayor's Office Relocates to IdeaFestival
Mayor Greg Fischer and his leadership team will relocate their offices to the IdeaFestival next week, a move designed to encourage breakthrough thinking.

9/13/2011
Spirit of Jefferson to Shuttle Residents Across Ohio River
To help residents cross the Ohio River in the wake of the closing of the Sherman Minton Bridge, the Spirit of Jefferson is now offering pedestrian and bicyclist ferry service from downtown Jeffersonville to downtown Louisville.

9/12/2011
Louisville Making Progress Toward Goal of 55,000 More College Degrees
Louisville is making significant progress toward the community’s goal of adding 55,000 college degrees by 2020 – gaining 7,000 more college graduates in a one-year period and gaining ground on competitor cities, according to a report and online education data dashboard released today by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and the non-profit group created to tackle the challenge.

9/10/2011
Officials Announce Transportation Plan for Sherman Minton Bridge
The public should expect long traffic delays, especially during peak rush hours, with the indefinite closing of the Sherman Minton Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, transportation leaders on both sides of the Ohio River announced today. Mayor Greg Fischer, joined by officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced the following items to help alleviate some of the congestion.

8/30/2011
Mayor Now Live Streaming All News Conferences
All news conferences and media briefings held by Mayor Greg Fischer – including those at locations outside Metro Hall – will be live streamed on the city website, www.louisvilleky.gov.

8/17/2011
Mayors Hike, Bike and Paddle Set for Labor Day
One of Louisville’s most popular outdoor family events is back this Labor Day as cyclists, paddlers and walkers gather for the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Hike, Bike &Paddle on Sept. 5 at Waterfront Park.

8/10/2011
Citizens Satisfied With Merger, City Services, Poll Shows
Louisville residents are generally pleased with the merger of city-county governments and believe that basic services – police, fire EMS, waste pickup and public transit — are good but have room for improvement. Those are the conclusions of a scientific survey released today by the Merger 2.0 Task Force.

8/5/2011
Virtual Talk to Greg Planned on Facebook, Twitter
In keeping with his commitment to open, accessible government, Mayor Greg Fischer will respond to citizen questions and suggestions via Facebook and Twitter on Aug. 15, 6p.m.-8p.m.

8/2/2011
New Owners Take Control of Whiskey Row Buildings
An investment group planning a multi-million dollar renovation of Main Street’s historic Whiskey Row has officially taken ownership of the properties. The group, led by Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown, closed last Friday, July 29th, on the purchase of these buildings that it plans to renovate into a mixed-use development. “These architectural treasures, once the center of Louisville’s historic bourbon industry, will be saved and restored,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Steve, Laura Lee, and their partners have great plans for these properties.”

8/1/2011
Mayor Fischer Statement on Museum Plaza
Mayor Greg Fischer today praised the development team behind the proposed Museum Plaza project. “The timing and the uproar in the financial markets have unfortunately derailed Museum Plaza and, although the building will not grace our skyline, the creativity and the willingness of the development team have inspired others in Louisville to think big and think bold."

8/1/2011
Mayor Fischer Urges Congress to Pass Debt Bill
Mayor Greg Fischer said he is relieved that Washington appears to be close to ending the debt-limit drama, and he urged all members of the House and Senate to pass the bill.

7/27/2011
Mayor Announces Give A Day Service Initiative
Mayor Greg Fischer’s goal of creating a more compassionate Louisville took a big step today with the announcement that a city-wide week of volunteering to help others will be an official Derby Festival event starting in 2012. To help launch the new event, a week of volunteering has also been scheduled this October.

7/20/2011
Gov., Mayor Open Blankenbaker Parkway Extension
Governor Steve Beshear, joined by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and other local officials, today celebrated the opening of the eagerly awaited Blankenbaker Parkway extension.

7/15/2011
City To Offer Domestic Partner Benefits
Saying it’s the right and fair thing to do, Mayor Greg Fischer today signed an order extending domestic partner benefits to city employees starting July 1, 2012.

7/14/2011
Louisville Awarded $4.8 Million Grant to Improve City Services, Encourage Innovation
Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded Louisville a $4.8 million grant to help bring innovation and breakthrough ideas to improve city services and grow jobs in advanced automotive manufacturing.

7/13/2011
New Healthcare Jobs Available in Louisville Area
In partnership with the City of Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan and the City of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Connextions, Inc., a pre-eminent technology and business services partner to the health care industry, today announced the addition of 750 jobs in Jeffersonville, IN, as a result of new business growth within its health care customer base.

7/12/2011
Merger Task Force Seeks Citizen Input
The members of the Merger 2.0 Task Force’s Public Safety Committee are encouraging all citizens to visit www.louisvilleky.gov to participate in a survey with questions focusing on a variety of public safety issues, including citizens’ experience with the Louisville Metro Police Department and Metro Corrections.

7/11/2011
City Urges Citizens to Stay Safe During Heatwave
With summer temperatures expected to reach dangerous levels over the next few days, Louisville residents are encouraged to take advantage of resources available to help them beat the heat.

7/11/2011
Major Water Main Break near U of L
Louisville Water has experienced a failure with a 48-inch main near Floyd and Warnock Streets. Several customers, mostly within the Watterson Expressway area, are without water or have low pressure. Louisville Water crews are working on the problem and hope to isolate and repair the main soon. Visit the Louisville Water Company website for the latest information. As more information becomes available, we will update this site.

7/6/2011
Final Construction Begins on Big Four Pathway
The conversion of a onetime railroad bridge into a pedestrian and bicycle path uniting Louisville and Southern Indiana advanced today with Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman John Yarmuth, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jeffersonville, Ind., Mayor Tom Galligan symbolically breaking ground for construction of a modern bridge deck.

7/5/2011
New Opportunities for Citizens to Talk With Mayor Fischer
Got a big idea for the city, or a small problem in your neighborhood? You can tell Mayor Greg Fischer or other city officials about it in person at three upcoming sessions at local schools.

6/30/2011
Louisville, Lexington to Start Regional Economic Initiative
At the Clinton Global Initiative America event held in Chicago today, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced their intention to undertake a joint regional economic development initiative to improve both cities’ competitiveness in advanced manufacturing.

6/22/2011
Orphaned Polar Bear Cub Coming to Louisville
The Louisville Zoo will soon be home to the orphaned polar bear cub that received national attention when she was found on Alaska’s North Slope in April by employees of ConocoPhillips. The five-month old Qannik (pronounced Ken’ick) is scheduled to arrive in late June and will subsequently be off public exhibit for a period of time for quarantine and to adjust to her new surroundings.

6/13/2011
Mayor Helps Launch Kindergarten Countdown 2011
Surrounded by dozens of preschool children, Mayor Greg Fischer, JCPS Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman, Library Director Craig Buthod and others today announced plans for the city’s annual Kindergarten Countdown to help prepare students entering school for the first time.

6/9/2011
Waterfront Independence Festival is July 3 & 4
Mayor Greg Fischer, Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem and Fifth Third Bank CEO Tom Partridge announced plans today for the 2011 Waterfront Independence Festival, presented by Fifth Third Bank. The event features two days of free music, free children’s activities, festival food, fireworks, and fun. The Festival kicks off on Sunday, July 3rd with WAMZ Country Night and continues on Monday, July 4th with an eclectic evening of infectious dance grooves co-sponsored by radio stations Magic 101.3 and WFPK 91.9.

6/7/2011
Mayor Helps Open New Job Shop at Southwest Library
Job-seekers in southwest Louisville received a boost today with the opening of a Job Shop at the Southwest Library, located at 10375 Dixie Highway. Mayor Greg Fischer, Library Director Craig Buthod and southwest Metro Council members celebrated the new space during the grand opening event.

6/2/2011
Alternatives Would Cut $1.2 Billion From Bridges Project
The cost of the Ohio River Bridges Project could be reduced by at least $1.2 billion with changes such as those recommended earlier this year by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, an in-depth analysis by the Bi-State Management Team has concluded.

5/31/2011
Major Construction Begins on Parklands of Floyds Fork
Major construction began today on one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious metropolitan park-development projects. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today helped hammer in wooden stakes marking the future site of the Egg Lawn, one of the focal points of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, the nearly 4,000-acre new parks system being developed by 21st Century Parks.

5/26/2011
Fischer's First Budget Maintains Services, Invests in Libraries, Safety, Jobs
Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled his first city budget which, despite a $22.5 million shortfall, maintains basic city services and workforce levels while making strategic investments in the future.

5/25/2011
Mayor Fischer Urges Citizens to be Alert for Severe Weather
Mayor Fischer is urging citizens to be alert and prepared with the forecast of possibly sever weather hitting the Louisville area Wednesday night.

5/23/2011
Yarmuth, Fischer Announce $22 Revitalization Effort in Smoketown
Today, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan joined Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) and Mayor Greg Fischer to announce that Louisville’s application for $22 million in HOPE VI program funding for the revitalization of Sheppard Square in Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood has been approved.

5/18/2011
Mayor's Hike Bike and Paddle Set for Memorial Day
One of Louisville’s most popular outdoor family events is being expanded this Memorial Day weekend as paddlers join cyclists and walkers for the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Hike, Bike & Paddle on May 30, 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park.

5/9/2011
Fischer Announces Plans to Preserve Historic Whiskey Row
Standing before West Main Street’s historic Whiskey Row, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the block once slated for demolition will be saved and renovated, thanks to an agreement between the city and local developers and preservation leaders.

5/4/2011
Mayor Unveils Plan to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom
Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled a plan that would reopen Kentucky Kingdom by issuing $17.5 million in city bonds backed by parking fees, a third-party investor and taxes collected from the jobs created at the amusement park.

4/25/2011
Mayor Fischer Names Interim Internal Auditor
Mayor Greg Fischer today named Ingram Quick as interim Internal Auditor, following the recent retirement of Mike Norman.

4/22/2011
Louisville's Belvedere to Receive Extreme Green Makeover
The Belvedere — a large downtown public event space that serves as the top of a parking garage — will undergo an extreme makeover that includes features such as a green roof, a butterfly garden and a living “green wall” to capture storm water runoff, Mayor Greg Fischer announcede today.

4/13/2011
Fischer Honors 48 Outstanding High School Seniors
Mayor Greg Fischer today honored the recipients of the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors award. Fischer presented the awards to 48 students during a reception and dinner at the KFC Yum! Center.

4/1/2011
Proposals Sought for Citywide Alert System
As Mayor Greg Fischer pledged, Metro Government today requested proposals from companies for an alert system that can be used citywide to keep citizens better informed about emergencies.

3/31/2011
Animal Services Consults with Humane Society to Increase Adoptions
To help increase the number of adoptions, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Metro Animal Services will begin consulting with the Kentucky Humane Society on ideas for improvement.

3/25/2011
Mayor Fischer Honors Bellarmine Basketball Team
Mayor Greg Fischer today proclaimed Saturday to be “Scarlet and Silver Day” in honor of the Bellarmine Knights basketball team, which will compete for the national Division II championship Saturday in Springfield, Mass.

3/23/2011
Fischer Delivers Meals to Seniors
Mayor Greg Fischer greeted seniors getting their midday meal at Portland Neighborhood House, and helped deliver Meals on Wheels today, as part of the National Mayors for Meals Day. Sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America, Mayors for Meals seeks to raise awareness about senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community.

3/22/2011
Fischer Joins Push for Completing GEDs
Saying now is the time to get it done – Mayor Greg Fischer today joined in urging anyone without a high school diploma or equivalent to pursue and complete a GED.

3/21/2011
Fischer Names Merger 2.0 Task Force
Mayor Greg Fischer today named the 23 members of the Merger 2.0 Task Force that includes representatives from businesses, small cities, urban and suburban fire districts and citizens at large.

3/21/2011
City Releases Monthly Revenue Report
In an effort to keep citizens better informed about their tax dollars, Mayor Greg Fischer today released the first of what will be monthly reports to citizens about how much revenue the city collects. The reports, which will be posted at www.louisvilleky.gov/yourtaxdollarsatwork, are a snapshot in time of where the city stands financially with revenues from all sources, including occupational, property and nets profits taxes.

3/16/2011
Fischer Unveils Vision to Grow Jobs in Wellness and Aging Care
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced his vision to grow good-paying jobs in Louisville by focusing the city’s economic development efforts on the lifelong wellness and aging care industries.

3/2/2011
Fischer Announces Settlement of Police Take-Home Cars
Joined by Police Chief Robert White and FOP President David Mutchler, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today announced an agreement ending litigation on a lawsuit involving police take-home cars.

2/23/2011
Mayor Announces Planning and Design Audit
Mayor Fischer announced today that Planning and Design Services will be the third Metro Government department to undergo a top-to-bottom review. An eight-member committee, made up of both public and private citizens, has been appointed to assist in the performance audit.

2/15/2011
TARC Buses Arrive Every 15 Minutes on Two Popular Routes
TARC buses now arrive every 15 minutes on weekdays at stops on two major routes covering Dixie and Preston highways and Broadway and Bardstown roads. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker celebrated the new frequent bus arrivals at a news conference today at TARC headquarters at Union Station.

2/15/2011
Funds Will Complete Big Four Bridge Project
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced today the two states, along with the City of Jeffersonville, will allocate $22 million in funding to complete the Big Four Bridge – creating a pedestrian and bicycle path to link Louisville and Jeffersonville.

2/7/2011
Mayor Fischer, Congressman Yarmuth Announce Job Fair for Teenagers
Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth today announced plans for the sixth 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, March 5, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1 A/B, 221 S. Fourth St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to both employers, as well as attendees.

2/7/2011
Mayor Schedules Citizen Meetings on City Budget
Fulfilling a commitment to make city government more open, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced public hearings that will give citizens a chance to comment on the next city budget. Five hearings will be held in coming weeks at community and government centers in all areas of Louisville prior to the development of the city spending plan for 2011-2012. Fischer also announced a new series of opportunities for citizens to share ideas and concerns directly with him at “Talk to Greg” meetings held every other month on the second Monday of the month at locations throughout the city.

2/3/2011
Fischer, Tandy Celebrate Opening of Downtown's Newest Restaurant
To celebrate the opening of Doc Crow Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar, Mayor Greg Fischer decide to forego a tradition ribbon cutting – and instead opted for a barbecue tasting.

2/2/2011
Mayor Fischer Names New Interim Director for Animal Services
Mayor Greg Fischer today named Debbie Fox as the new interim leader of Metro Animal Services, following the resignation of Director Wayne Zelinsky.

2/2/2011
Beshear, Fischer Announce New Corporate Headquarters for Louisville
Gov. Steve Beshear today joined Mayor Greg Fischer, other community leaders and executives of Dharma Construction Services to announce the company will locate its headquarters operation to Louisville. The move will create 41 new, professional jobs and will entail a more than $2.3 million investment in the Commonwealth.

2/1/2011
Mayor to Live Stream News Conferences
In keeping with his commitment to open Metro Government to the citizens, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that all news conferences held at Metro Hall will be live streamed on the city website.

1/31/2011
City, Blue Reach Agreement on Main St. Buildings
Louisville Metro Government and developer Todd Blue have reached an agreement over the future of a series of historic but severely decayed buildings along Main Street. Blue has agreed to drop his lawsuit against the city -- and the city has agreed to help preserve the facades of the buildings, just east of the new KFC Yum! Center.

1/28/2011
Free Tax Help Available for Working Families
More workers could be eligible for a special tax credit and free tax services this year and not know it. As a result, they may overlook claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, which can put up to $5,666 into their pockets.

1/27/2011
State of the City: Mayor Calls for New Economic Vision
In his first State of the City address, Mayor Greg Fischer today called for a new economic development vision for Louisville, saying the city has lost too many jobs the last decade while competitor cities have grown.

1/14/2011
Mayor Fischer Names Search Committee for Health Director
Mayor Greg Fischer today named a six-person committee to conduct a national search for a new director of the city’s Public Health and Wellness Department.

1/14/2011
Mayor Appoints Committees to Review Animal Services, Conduct Search for Director
Mayor Greg Fischer today named two committees to conduct a top-to-bottom review of Metro Animal Services and to lead the search for a permanent director. The committees include 20 people ranging from animal advocates to business executives to city employees.

1/12/2011
Fischer to Present Freedom Award to Businessman Charlie Johnson
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Charlie Johnson is the 2011 recipient of Louisville Metro’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award. Johnson is an entrepreneur and businessman who built one of the largest minority-owned companies in the nation.

1/7/2011
Mayor Fischer Orders Complete Review of Animal Services
Citing lingering concerns over animal welfare and public safety, Mayor Greg Fischer today ordered a top-to-bottom review of Metro Animal Services and announced that his administration will immediately launch its promised search for a new permanent director of the agency.

1/6/2011
700 Volunteers and Counting for Day of Service
Mayor Greg Fischer is urging citizens to join the city’s official Day of Service, Saturday, January 8th. In coordination with Metro United Way, more than 660 volunteers have already committed to participate in nearly 70 projects in every corner of Louisville. The deadline to sign up is today at 5 p.m. “This is a great way to unite as one community and show some compassion for our fellow Louisvillians,” Fischer said.

1/6/2011
Mayor Fischer Takes Action to Review and Improve Government Merger
Saying it’s time to review the first eight years of merged city/county government, Mayor Greg Fischer today signed an executive order creating the Merger 2.0 Task Force. The 23-member panel will make recommendations for improving merger for all citizens by October, 2011. “It’s time we take a fresh look at merger, what went well, what hasn’t, and what can be improved upon -- to make sure all citizens are getting the services and response they deserve from city government,” Fischer said. The task force will also recommend ways to make Louisville an easy place to start, grow and attract businesses.

1/4/2011
Mayor's First Day Includes Executive Order, Meeting with Potential New Company
In a busy first day, new Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed his first executive order creating a Day of Service for Saturday, Jan. 8., met with officials considering moving their company to Louisville and tapped a local business leader to review and assess the city’s economic development efforts. Fischer arrived in the office at 7:30 a.m., and held a public safety meeting including police, fire and EMS, among others. At a morning news conference, Fischer signed his first executive order creating the Day of Service. More than 500 volunteers will fan out around the city – building, painting, preparing meals and picking up trash at 64 project sites.

1/2/2011
Mayor Fischer's Inaugural Day Schedule of Events
Mayor Greg Fischer's takes office as Louisville's 50th Mayor on Monday, January 3, 2011. The schedule for the day includes a One City Inaugural Breakfast, an Inaugural Interfaith Celebration in Prayer and Music, the Swearing In Ceremony and Address at Metro Hall and the Inagural Gala at the International Convention Center.