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Mayors Bet "Day at the Races" for UL/UK Game
With the nation’s premier basketball rivalry resuming Dec. 28, Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville and Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington are putting a friendly wager on the line: the winning mayor gets the opportunity to show off his hometown track.

New Tree Tracker Tool for Citizens, Businesses to Register Trees They Plant
It’s now easy for individuals and organizations to help Louisville reach its goal of planting 10,000 new trees – with a new tree tracker tool available on the city’s website. The tool can help citizens, organizations and local businesses in coordinating tree planting, according to Brightside and Mayor Greg Fischer.

AAU National Boys Basketball Championships Coming to Louisville
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)announced today that the AAU has awarded its high school boys grades 10 through 12 Division I National Championships and Gold Super Showcases - the elite AAU competition - to Louisville, for three years starting in 2014.

Louisville Earns National Grant to Help Reach 55,000 Degrees Goal
55,000 Degrees, Louisville’s education movement, has been awarded a $200,000 grant by the Lumina Foundation to further the community’s ambitious goal – half of the working-age adults with college degrees by 2020.

Vision Louisville Launches Third Phase
In a public meeting celebrating the completion of Phase 2 of Vision Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer called for the city to take bold steps to achieve a connected, creative, competitive and compassionate Louisville.

Mayor Creates Bourbon and Local Food Work Group
Standing behind the bar at Bourbons Bistro with hundreds of bottles of aged Kentucky bourbon behind him, Mayor Greg Fischer today proclaimed that Louisville will become the world’s best culinary and spirits city — and he signed an executive order to put the city on that path.

Philippine Relief Effort Underway as Filipino Choir Visits Louisville
Louisville will show its compassion this holiday weekend as a Filipino choir attends the Sing ‘n’ Joy International Choral Festival & Competition at Christmas at the Galt House Hotel.

Louisville Hits Historic Number of College Degrees
More people in Louisville have college degrees than ever before. The finding is one of several measures of progress in educational attainment in the 55,000 Degrees annual report released today.

City Bells to Ring Friday to Mark Kennedy Assassination
The bells atop the Louisville City Hall tower will ring this Friday, November 22 to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. The bells will sound for 60 seconds beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Mayor and Superintendent Declare Joint Commitment to Improve Education
To compete in the 21st century global economy, Louisville must have an educated workforce that drives innovation, development and the creation of opportunity. That means significantly increasing the number of students who are prepared to succeed in school and life, Mayor Greg Fischer said today as he and Dr. Donna Hargens, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent, signed a Joint Commitment to Improve Education Outcomes for Louisville.

Mayor Fischer Named a Public Official of the Year
Citing his work to create a city of compassion and innovation, Governing Magazine today named Mayor Greg Fischer to its prestigious Public Officials of the Year awards

Veterans Day Parade Set for November 11
To honor the service and sacrifices of veterans and active duty military, the UAW 862/Ford Motor Company Veteran’s Day Parade and other activities will take place downtown, Mon., Nov. 11, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

Mayor Asks Water Co. to Lower Proposed Rate Increase
Saying he believes that Louisville Water Company can find efficiencies and cut costs, Mayor Greg Fischer today asked the utility to reduce its planned rate increase.

Early Childhood Learning Center Dedicated for George Unseld
Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Superintendent Donna Hargens joined Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, students, members of the Unseld family, and community leaders in the dedication of the new George Unseld Early Childhood Learning Center. Unseld was a former JCPS administrator and Metro Councilman and was an active supporter of education.

Louisville to Host Celebration of Belle's 100th Birthday
Next year Louisville will be the host of the Centennial Festival of Riverboats, a historic gathering and celebration of American riverboat heritage occurring downtown October 14-19, 2014. The event is being held to honor the 100th birthday of the Belle of Louisville.

Louisville Places 200th Family in Home Ownership Program
A single father with three children has closed on a home in Louisville’s Okolona area, becoming the 200th to gain ownership through the Section 8 Home Ownership program operated by the Louisville Metro Housing Authority

Fischer Named "City Official of the Year"
Citing his leadership, innovation and success in building a stronger economy, the Kentucky League of Cities has named Mayor Greg Fischer the 2013 Elected City Official of the Year.

Affordable Health Insurance Now Available Through kynect
Today marked the start of open enrollment in the state’s health benefit exchange, kynect. The insurance marketplace will offer affordable health coverage for the first time to 640,000 uninsured Kentuckians.

Louisville Shares in National Law Enforcement Funding
The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced funding awards to 263 cities and counties, aimed at creating 937 law enforcement positions including five new school safety officers in Louisville

Mayor's Office Relocates to IdeaFestival
Mayor Greg Fischer and his leadership team will relocate their offices to the IdeaFestival this week, a move designed to encourage breakthrough thinking. For the second year, city government is also holding a series of workshops to promote innovation in government during the first day of the festival on Wednesday.

Park(ing) Week Brings Mini Parks, Special Events to Jefferson St.
The first parking and traffic lane of Jefferson Street in front of Metro Hall has been transformed into a series of mini parks, with trees, sod and architectural structures -- all for Louisville Park(ing) Week

Mayor, Superintendent Urge Volunteers for Every 1 Reads
Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) students who are close to achieving the next level of reading proficiency may get the extra push they need from someone outside the classroom. JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called on community members to become Every 1 Reads volunteers today at an event at Byck Elementary School.

Architectural, Design Community to Showcase During Metro Hall Park(ing) Week
The first lane of Jefferson Street in front of Metro Hall will be transformed into a green gathering spot for one week in September, part of an international effort to temporarily reclaim streets and parking spaces and turn them into public places.

Students Share Big Ideas for Vision Louisville
Nearly 77,000 students in Louisville’s public and private schools will share their big ideas about the city’s future as part of the Vision Louisville project, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

Mayor helps Open Parkland Scholar House
Today, Family Scholar House held the grand opening for its new Parkland Scholar House campus, located at 1309 Catalpa Street in the heart of the Parkland neighborhood in western Louisville. The campus, which includes the historic Parkland School built in 1891, will house 48 families in the Family Scholar House residential program and provide programs to benefit the neighborhood.

Final Vision Louisville Town Hall at NIA Center
Mayor Greg Fischer invites citizens to attend the eighth and final Vision Louisville Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, August 6 and to bring their big ideas about the future of the city.

TARC Rolls Out New Hybrid Buses
TARC continues to modernize its fleet with 11 new environmentally-friendly hybrid electric buses now on the road. These latest models feature new bike racks that can hold three, instead of two, bikes.

Mayor Announces: No Property Tax Increase
Mayor Greg Fischer will today present to Metro Council an ordinance that keeps the Metro Government real estate tax at the same level it has been since he took office in 2011.

Street Rods Return to Louisville!
The streets of Louisville will once again give the right-away to 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 1 – 4, at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Struggle and Triumph Focus of New Exhibit at Metro Hall
From the Underground Railroad to politics to portraits of military leaders, paintings from three Louisville artists capture aspects of adversity, struggle and victory in a new exhibit at Louisville’s historic Metro Hall.

City Launches Social Media Channel for Families
Louisville Metro Government has launched a new social media channel, making it easier for families to learn about the city events and services they depend on and enjoy.

Fischer to Speak on Innovation, Open Government at the White House
Mayor Greg Fischer will be the keynote speaker Tuesday at a White House event focusing on one of the key priorities of his administration – using innovation to increase citizen participation in government.

New Technology at Library Aids the Hearing Impaired
For people with hearing loss, a crowded room with a microphone and speakers can be a very difficult environment for hearing clearly. Fan motors, fluorescent lights, or just the intermittent coughing and conversations of other people can make listening to a program nearly impossible. Now, the Louisville Free Public Library’s Main Auditorium is one place where hearing impaired patrons with modern hearing aids can enjoy programs without any such interference.

Fourth Vision Louisville Town Hall Meeting Saturday at Bowman Field
Mayor Greg Fischer invites citizens to attend the fourth Vision Louisville Town Hall meeting on Saturday, July 20 and to bring their big ideas about the future of the city.

City Reaches New Contracts With Police, Firefighters
Louisville Metro Government and the city’s police and fire unions have reached a new collective bargaining agreement that provides raises to employees while at the same time helping the city better align future revenues with future expenses.

Final Phase of Parklands of Floyds Fork Begins
Construction began today on the fourth and final phase of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, the nearly 4,000-acre, donor-supported public park system being developed by 21st Century Parks in eastern and southeastern Louisville.

Work Begins on New Southwest Regional Library
With shovels in hand, Mayor Greg Fischer, Library Director Craig Buthod, Metro Councilman David Yates, Congressman John Yarmuth, representatives of the Library Foundation, the Library Advisory Commission and a crowd of hundreds, officially broke ground today on the new 40,000 square foot Southwest Regional Library located at 9725 Dixie Highway.

First Town Hall for Vision Louisville Ideas is July 1
Mayor Greg Fischer invites citizens to attend the first Vision Louisville Town Hall meeting on Monday, July 1 and to bring their big ideas about the future of the city.

Mayor Announces Winners of Spring Photo Contest
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the winners of Louisville’s first-ever photo contest which drew more than 700 images of the city and its people ranging from the waterfront to the suburbs, including famous icons and lesser known locations. The competition was open to participants of all ages and skill levels.

New Award to Recognize Outstanding City Workers
Do you know a city government employee who has gone above and beyond in their service to you, your neighborhood or your city? Mayor Greg Fischer is asking citizens to nominate them for a new award that recognizes excellence and innovation in Metro Government.

Louisville Restaurant Scores to be Featured on Yelp Website
Louisville will partner with the popular consumer review site Yelp to integrate the city’s restaurant inspections and scores into online restaurant reviews, Mayor Fischer announced Sunday.

Vision Louisville: Mayor Seeks Ideas for City’s Future
What if the Ohio River was lined with sandy beaches, from Valley Station to Prospect? What if you could get to Cincinnati, Indianapolis or Lexington in 45 minutes without ever getting in a car? What if every child in Louisville could walk or bike to school safely? These are some of the ideas beginning to surface in the Vision Louisville project as Mayor Greg Fischer seeks in input for how the city should look, feel and flow over the next 25 years.

Count Me In! Hits Major Milestone
One year after Mayor Greg Fischer and the 55,000 Degrees leadership launched the Count Me In! campaign, the “55K” movement has hit a major milestone with over 10,000 degrees pledged. This type of community engagement will help ensure Louisville will reach its ambitious goal of an additional 55,000 college degrees by 2020.

Kindergarten Countdown Prepares Kids for First Day of School
Surrounded by preschool children, Mayor Greg Fischer joined school and community leaders to launch the 2013 Kindergarten Countdown which helps prepare students entering school for the first time – a critical point for early academic success.

Waterfront Independence Festival Returns July 3, 4
Mayor Greg Fischer, Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem and Fifth Third Bank CEO Tom Partridge announced plans today for the 2013 Fifth Third Bank Waterfront Independence Festival. The event features two days of FREE music, FREE children’s activities, festival food, fireworks, and fun.

Rally to Encourage High School Graduates to Go On to College
More than 90 percent of Jefferson County Public Schools graduates apply to college. But only two-thirds of those graduates enter colleges and universities in the fall. It’s part of a nationwide problem called “summer melt” that 55,000 Degrees, Jefferson County Public Schools and education partners are working to overcome with a new event this Saturday at the Muhammad Ali Center.

Fischer Proposes Balanced Budget
Mayor Greg Fischer today proposed a balanced budget for the new fiscal year that does not raise taxes but makes long-needed and deferred infrastructure investments, including paving roads across Louisville, installing 28 new miles of bike lanes and increasing funding to community ministries.

Festival of Faiths Helps Set Stage for Dalai Lama
As an enthusiastic show of support for the May 2013 Festival of Faiths, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is serving as the Honorary Co-Chair of the event, which will take place May 14-19 at Actors Theatre of Louisville and The Galt House Hotel.

Mayor Honors Outstanding High School Seniors
Public, private and Catholic students who have excelled in and out of the classroom are being honored today by Mayor Greg Fischer as recipients of the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors Award. Fischer will present the honor to 49 students this evening at 7:15 p.m., following a reception at Louisville Metro Hall.

City Begins Search for New Animal Services Director
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that he will begin an immediate search for a new director of Metro Animal Services, following the news that Justin Scally has accepted a new leadership position in Washington D.C.

Hike, Bike & Paddle Returns Memorial Day
Thousands of cyclists, paddlers and walkers will be in motion this Memorial Day during the 17th Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle May 27 at Waterfront Park.

Mayor Announces New City Race Series Starting Memorial Day
The city is creating a new series of four running races each year – the KentuckyOne Health Four De Lis Classic Series – that Mayor Greg Fischer said are designed to make Louisville an even stronger road racing city and a healthier community.

Speed Museum Exceeds Funding for $50 Million Expansion
The Speed Art Museum announced today that it exceeded its $50 million Changing Speed fundraising goal for the Museum’s major renovation and expansion project by $334,000, bringing the total amount raised to $50,334,000.

City Receives Near-Perfect Annual Financial Audits
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville Metro Government has received its annual financial audits with only one reportable deficiency, a first for the merged government.

Mayor Awards Prizes for Innovations That Fuel College Degrees
Two teams with innovative concepts that use technology to increase the number of college graduates will split a $20,000 grand prize in the 55,000 Degrees Innovation in Education Attainment Competition.

Give A Day Week Produces 107,000 Volunteers, Acts of Compassion
With people engaging in actions ranging from creating emergency food kits to providing stuffed animals for kids in crisis to renovating abandoned houses for needy families, Louisville’s second annual Give A Day week of service scored big with more than 107,000 volunteers and acts of caring.

Report a Pothole? Find Junk Pick-Up Date? Tweet it to @LouMetro311
Continuing his commitment to helping citizens communicate in the most efficient and effective way with their government, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Metro311 is now on Twitter.

Louisville to Set Record During Give A Day Week of Service
Police officers will help build a new home for a needy family. Store managers will create emergency food kits. Students at more than 150 schools will tackle projects throughout the community. Those and hundreds of other projects and initiatives will be happening during the annual Give A Day week of community service, April 13-21, which helps launch the 2013 Kentucky Derby Festival.

Mayor Declares Monday Ware Red Day, Version 2.0
There should be just one color visible on Monday in Louisville -- Cardinal Red, Mayor Greg Fischer said, as he declared it Ware Red Day, Version 2.0.

Give A Day to Help Someone Get a College Degree
Helping others earn a college degree is an act of compassion that can make a lifetime of difference. That’s why Mayor Greg Fischer and 55,000 Degrees are calling on citizens, civic groups and business leaders to join the community movement and pledge their support during Give A Day Week, April 13-21.

Fischer Makes High-Proof Bets on Final Four Games With Wichita, Berkeley Mayors
Saying he wanted to help “take the sting” out of tough losses this weekend, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today made friendly — and flavorful — bets with the mayors of Wichita and Berkeley.

Mayor Declares Friday 'Cardinal Red Day'
Saying he wants the city to break its own “world record” for the most people wearing red in one day, Mayor Greg Fischer today declared Friday as Cardinal Red Day in Louisville.

WHAS-TV Telethon to Raise Support for Mayor's Give A Day Week
Reality show contestants, athletes, community leaders and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will answer phone calls during the first WHAS11 Give A Day telethon on April 3, 2013. The ABC-TV affiliate will encourage viewers to pledge volunteer time for the mayor’s annual “Give a Day” week of service, scheduled April 13 – 21.

Public Forum to Examine Data Regarding Abandoned Properties
Leaders from across Metro Government will gather next month for a public forum to examine and measure the progress and challenges stemming from Louisville’s numerous vacant and abandoned properties.

Mayor Announces Spring Photo Contest
What makes you proud to be a Louisvillian? That’s the question Mayor Greg Fischer is wanting people to answer with images during the city’s first-ever photo contest, open to participants of all skill levels.

Mayor Helps Open New Teen Computer Center at Bon Air Library
Mayor Greg Fischer, Library Director Craig Buthod and a group of eager young teens were on hand this morning to officially launch the Bon Air Library’s new Teen Computer Center. Known as the “The Loft,” the teen center features ten new computers, contemporary seating and an open and welcoming environment for students working on regular homework assignments or special projects.

Mayor Names Gina O'Brien Director of Brightside
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Gina O’Brien is the new executive director of Brightside, the Louisville agency that has long spearheaded litter cleanups, landscaping initiatives and environmental youth education.

Mayor Rallies Community for "Give A Day" Week of Service
Surrounded by volunteers and organizers, Mayor Greg Fischer today challenged residents to step up and help Louisville break its own world record for public service during the second Give A Day volunteer week April 13-21. The annual week of service helps launch the 2013 Kentucky Derby Festival.

Mayor Appoints City's Chief Financial Officer to Arena Authority Board
Saying the city will benefit from having its Chief Financial Officer holding a voting position, Mayor Greg Fischer today appointed Steve Rowland to the Louisville Arena Authority Board.

New Exhibit at Metro Hall Features Local Artists
Louisville’s neighborhoods, landmarks and surrounding rural areas are vividly portrayed in photos, paintings and dimensional art in a new exhibit on display at Louisville’s historic Metro Hall, Feb. 25 - June 8.

Project Will Improve Louisville's Criminal Justice System
Two national organizations -- the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and Code for America -- are joining forces to help Louisville Metro use data and technology to improve pretrial criminal justice.

502 Restaurant Week Puts Spotlight on Louisville Food Scene
Louisville is rapidly gaining attention as one of the world’s great “foodie” cities --- and a new 10-day “restaurant week” event will give residents and visitors a great chance to sample the innovative cooking and hospitality being served up at more than 30 local eateries. The “502 Restaurant Week”, which will debut February 22 – March 3, will feature special pricing of $50.20 for two people or $50.20 per person for a full meal, depending on the restaurant.

Schedule for Cyclocross Championships Changes
Due to the rising Ohio River, all races for the Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville this weekend will be held Saturday at Eva Bandman Park, with no competition on Sunday.

Mayor Hosts Pecha Kucha, A Night of Big Ideas
Ideas related to Louisville’s future will be shared and celebrated next week at Louisville Metro Hall – and the public is invited to attend the free Pecha Kucha event on Feb. 5.

Storms a Reminder to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
Wednesday’s severe weather is a wake-up call for citizens to make sure and sign up for Louisville’s citywide emergency alert system – Code Red.

City, Convention Bureau Offer Incentives to Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom
Following today’s agreement between the Kentucky State Fair Board and the new owners of Kentucky Kingdom in re-opening the amusement park, the city is providing three financial incentives to assist in the redevelopment, Mayor Greg Fischer announced.

Mayor says 'We're Changing the Direction of the City'
Saying that the economy is growing again and that significant changes are ahead, Mayor Greg Fischer delivered his annual State of the City address, proclaiming that Louisville is becoming more nimble, efficient and entrepreneurial.

Mayor Announces Summer Job Opportunities for Youth
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced plans for putting at least 800 Louisville young adults, ages 16 – 21, to work this summer by expanding community support of the annual Mayor’s SummerWorks Program. Fischer also said the annual Youth Opportunity Showcase will be held Feb. 16 to connect youth to employers who have part-time and full-time jobs.

Cyclo-cross World Championships Coming to Louisville
The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships will pedal into Louisville on February 2-3, 2013. For the first time in the international event's 63-year history, it will be held outside of Europe, at Eva Bandman Park on River Road near downtown Louisville.

Mayor to Present Freedom Award to Ish Burks
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Ish Burks is the 2013 recipient of Louisville Metro’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award. Burks is a former Secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet and a former commissioner of the Kentucky State Police. He is currently an assistant professor and academic coordinator of criminal justice at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

Mayor Responds to President Obama's Violence Prevention Plan
In Washington on business, Mayor Greg Fischer was at the White House today when President Obama unveiled his violence reduction plan, and later reacrted to the President's plan.

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 during four upcoming sessions at local high schools.

City Makes Steady Progress on Vacant Properties
Demolition of abandoned properties is up 30 percent. More than 77 homes are being forced into foreclosure due to owner neglect and abandonment. A real estate broker has been hired to quickly move properties from city government to new owners.

Get Cash for College By Applying Now!
Mayor Greg Fischer and more than 100 current and prospective college students and education advocates sent a loud-and-clear message that thousands of dollars in financial aid and scholarships are available to those who take action this month.

Rating Agency Affirms City's Strong AAA Rating
Citing a resilient local economy and good financial management by the city, the credit rating agency Fitch today affirmed Louisville Metro’s strong AAA rating for general obligation bonds.

Mayor to Deliver State of the City Address at African-American Heritage Center
Saying he wants to move the annual State of the City address to different areas of Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced he will deliver this year’s speech at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage in the Russell neighborhood.