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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom - 2014 Archive


7/23/2014
Mayor Announces Increased Focus on Civic Innovation, Other Staff Changes
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced several key personnel changes including a Chief of Civic Innovation, a new general counsel, new department heads for human resources and technology and a new leader for the city’s snow and ice removal team.

6/27/2014
Mayor's SummerWorks Program Produces Jobs for Youth
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville’s business community has made the Mayor’s SummerWorks program a success for the fourth year by putting more than 2,000 young adults, ages 16-21, in summer jobs.

6/24/2014
Kindergarten Countdown Helps prepare Kids, Parents for School

6/18/2014
Resources, Activities Will be at Dirt Bowl Tournament
A variety of health and education resources and fun family activities will be part of the opening weekend of the popular Dirt Bowl tournament, this Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22 at Shawnee Park. The tournament and related events are free and open to the public.

6/11/2014
Big Four Grand Opening Set for June 25
The Big Four pedestrian bridge will have its official dedication ceremony Wednesday, June 25 with a parade from both sides of the river that meets in the middle of the span.

6/3/2014
New Text Tool Connects Parents With Summer Activities
Parents who are seeking affordable and enriching options to help fill the summer months for their children now have a new tool at their disposal

6/3/2014
Dirt Bowl Returns to Shawnee Park
An iconic part of summer in Louisville, The Dirt Bowl tournament returns to Shawnee Park for its 44th year later this month, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

5/29/2014
College Signing Day Celebration Set for May 31
55,000 Degrees, Louisville’s education movement, is joining forces with community partners to celebrate the commitment of Louisville high school students to earn their college degrees.

5/27/2014
Mayor Announces Cultural Pass for Children
Children and students can visit some of the region’s greatest cultural organizations for free this summer, thanks to the creation of the new Cultural Pass for Children that was suggested during the Vision Louisville initiative, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

5/22/2014
Mayor Presents Balanced City Budget, Investing Heavily in Safety, Youth Development
Mayor Greg Fischer today proposed a balanced budget for the new fiscal year that makes significant public safety and youth development investments, while also paving roads, fixing park facilities and government buildings.

5/20/2014
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.

5/8/2014
Events Will Showcase Alternative to Violence
Four events in May are aimed at reducing violence by bringing together artists, experts and young people from around the community.

5/6/2014
Hometown Tourist Celebration Offers Discounts for Locals
Looking for something fun to do after Derby Day? May is the ideal time to take in the city’s top places to play, stay and eat. The best part? You can do it at a reduced rate.

4/30/2014
Mayor Launches New Economic and Real Estate Strategy
Saying Louisville needs a unified and forward-leaning approach to job creation, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a new economic strategy for the city that combines into one entity all the city agencies dedicated to business development and the built environment.

4/28/2014
New Report Focuses on Growing Louisville's Food, Bourbon Economy
Louisville has a unique opportunity to significantly grow its tourism economy by taking advantage of the global popularity of bourbon and the city’s nationally-recognized culinary scene, according to a report released today.

4/24/2014
55,000 Degrees Urging College Graduates to 'Pass the Cap'
55,000 Degrees, Louisville’s education movement, is recruiting the 2014 class of college graduates for an important job – to inspire friends and loved ones to earn a college degree.

4/23/2014
Shively Library Unveils Extreme Makeover
Mayor Greg Fischer, Shively Mayor Sherry S. Conner, and Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge joined Library Director Craig Buthod and members of the community for the official reopening of the newly renovated Shively Library.

4/23/2014
Give A Day Week Produces Over 144,000 Volunteers, Acts of Caring
With volunteer projects ranging from packaging meals for hungry families to building beds for children without one to renovating abandoned houses for needy families, Louisville’s third annual Give A Day week of service had a big impact throughout the community and produced more than 144,000 volunteers and acts of caring.

4/17/2014
Creative Alliance Contributes to Mayor's Violence Prevention Plan
In the wake of recent teen violence taking place in the downtown and waterfront areas, Creative Alliance founder and CEO Debbie Scoppechio announced today that the state’s largest advertising agency will make a $5,000 donation to the city to help extend the hours of Community Centers located throughout the metro.

4/15/2014
City Adds More Datasets Online
Continuing his commitment to open the city’s data to the public, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that more than 90 additional datasets will be placed online in the next three months.

4/10/2014
Volunteers Will Have Big Impact During Give A Day Week
Volunteers will build 200 beds for school students without one. Firefighters and other volunteers will rebuild three abandoned homes for needy families. A new garden will be built at a West Louisville school and stuffed animals will be sorted and tagged for children who have survived a crisis Those and hundreds of other projects and initiatives will be happening during the annual Give A Day week of community service, April 12-20.

4/8/2014
2014 MOSAIC Award Winners Announced
Five Louisville citizens representing the arts, medicine, research, non-profit and business communities — and each of whom are natives of another country — were honored today as Mosaic Award winners by Mayor Greg Fischer and Dr. Alex Gerassimides.

4/2/2014
City Refines Online Maps to Display Crime in Parks
Louisville Metro Government has refined the city’s online maps to more accurately display crimes that occur in local parks.

3/27/2014
Bob Hill Organizes Walk Across Big Four Bridge Sunday
Writer, naturalist and businessman Bob Hill is organizing a walk across the Big Four Bridge Sunday, March 30, at 1 p.m. to show community support for the popular span.

3/26/2014
Mayor Announces Review of Security Cameras Downtown

3/26/2014
Mayor Declares Sunday a Cardinal Red Day for Women's Team
Mayor Greg Fischer is declaring this Sunday as another Cardinal Red Day to support the Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team who have advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. The women’s team won by 30 points Tuesday night, beating Iowa on its home court. They now return home to host the next round of games at the KFC Yum Center Sunday.

3/24/2014
Mayor Declares Friday Cardinal Red Day
Saying he wants the city to break its own world’s record for the most people wearing red in one day, Mayor Greg Fischer today declared Friday as Cardinal Red Day in Louisville – as the Cards take on the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Sweet 16 in Indianapolis.

3/11/2014
House Committee Approves Local Option; Sends Bill to Full House

3/10/2014
Eight Kentucky Governors Endorse Local Option
Eight Kentucky governors – representing all of the living people who have held the office – announced today that they’re endorsing local option, saying it’s the best way for citizens across the Commonwealth to have a direct voice and vote in making investments that improve their communities.

3/5/2014
Mayor Rallies Community for Give A Day Week of Service
Surrounded by volunteers building beds for school students without one at home, Mayor Greg Fischer today challenged individuals and businesses to join forces and help Louisville set a new record for public service during the third Give A Day volunteer week April 12-20.

3/4/2014
Ford Names Louisville a Next Generation Learning City
Ford Motor Company Fund has named Louisville as a Ford Next Generation Learning community, making the city and Jefferson County Public Schools part of a growing network of communities that are transforming public high schools into career-themed academies.

3/4/2014
Mayor Rallies Community for Give A Day Week of Service
Surrounded by volunteers building beds for school students without one at home, Mayor Greg Fischer today challenged individuals and businesses to join forces and help Louisville set a new record for public service during the third Give A Day volunteer week April 12-20.

2/27/2014
Study Shows Forecastle Festival Has $14 Million Impact on Louisville Economy
Forecastle Festival released today the results of an economic impact study completed during the 2013 Forecastle Festival. The study shows that the festival, its organizers and patrons pumped more than $14 million into the Louisville economy.

2/20/2014
Mayor Fischer Launches Instagram Account
Mayor Greg Fischer has officially launched a new social media feed, this one on Instagram. He and his staff will use this photo- and smartphone-based social media app to highlight metro services and departments, as well as share slice-of-life moments that he and his staff witness as they work throughout the city.

2/20/2014
Southeast Kentucky Chamber Endorses Local Option
The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce — representing eight counties in the Commonwealth — has voted to endorse local option, which would give citizens the right to vote on investing in the projects important to their communities.

2/18/2014
Citizens Can Talk With Mayor Fischer April 7
Citizens will have a chance to meet and talk directly with Mayor Greg Fischer Monday, April 7, 6 p.m. at Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Highway

2/14/2014
Local Option Bill Filed in House With Bipartisan Sponsors
Seventeen members of the Kentucky House of Representatives today filed a bill to give Kentucky citizens the right to vote on investing in local projects important to their communities.

2/12/2014
Community Investment Commission Proposed
A group of 18 citizens and elected officials would be responsible for helping propose which capital projects could be put to voters in a citywide referendum and funded with a temporary one percent sales tax, under a proposal announced today.

2/12/2014
Bill Filed Would Give Citizens Right to Vote on Local Option
Kentucky citizens would have the right to vote on investing in local projects important to their communities under a bill filed this week in the state legislature. Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) filed SB135, known as the Local Option, that would allow Kentucky voters to decide if they want to amend the state constitution to allow for a local option sales tax of up to 1 percent.

2/10/2014
Bluegrass Poll: Kentuckians Overwhelmingly Favor the Right for Local Option and Local Control
A significant majority of Kentuckians — six of every 10 — favor amending the state constitution to allow them to vote for projects that improve their communities and invest in the future, according to a statewide poll released this week.

2/7/2014
Louisville Water and MSD to Share Resources
Louisville Water Company and the Metropolitan Sewer District will immediately begin to share some services and employees to produce cost savings for customers, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

2/3/2014
Free Tax Preparation Can Help Filers Claim Federal Tax Credit
Free tax services are available again this tax season to qualified Louisvillians – which can help increase the number of residents who qualify for the valuable federal tax credit known as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

1/23/2014
Mayor's Summer Jobs Program Earns National Award
Mayor Greg Fischer’s SummerWorks program – which landed jobs and training for 1,500 youth last summer – received a top award today from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The program, which Fischer started in 2011, won first place in the first annual National Summer Youth Jobs Challenge.

1/21/2014
City Launches "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge"
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge is a new Library program – sponsored by the Library Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville – that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

1/16/2014
Mayor: LIFT Would “Turbo-Charge” Economic Growth
Calling it “a way for us to experience a renaissance in our community and maximize the wonderful momentum we now have,” Mayor Greg Fischer today used his annual State of the City address to urge citizen involvement in lobbying for LIFT – a constitutional amendment that would allow local voters to invest in specific, short-term projects.

1/13/2014
Louisville to Host "Bourbon Affair" in May
Mayor Greg Fischer and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that the Derby City will host an exclusive four-day Bourbon showcase to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Congress declaring Bourbon “America’s only native spirit.”

1/13/2014
Mayor to Present Freedom Award to Suzy Post
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that long-time social justice advocate Suzy Post is the 2014 recipient of Louisville Metro’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award. Post led the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union and local Human Relations Commission and is the last surviving plaintiff of the lawsuit that forced the city’s public schools to desegregate in the 1970s.

1/8/2014
Contest Encourages Students to File Now for College Aid
January is the time for high school students and adults headed to college to cash in on financial aid opportunities. To encourage more students to file, Mayor Greg Fischer announced “Get Cash for College: File, Follow and Facebook,” a contest sponsored by 55,000 Degrees that will award $1,000 in college scholarship money to one Louisville area winner who fills out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then uses social media to spread the word.

1/7/2014
Mayor Announces Competition for Creative Ideas for Redeveloping Vacant Lots
Mayor Greg Fischer today issued a challenge to citizens — give the city your most creative ideas for redeveloping vacant lots and win $38,000 in prize money to carry out that vision.

1/5/2014
Mayor Fischer, City Leaders Urge Community to be Prepared for Major Winter Storm, Extreme Cold
Mayor Greg Fischer and emergency response officials are urging citizens to be prepared for a major winter storm headed toward Louisville that is likely to bring significant snowfall along with bitterly cold temperatures. “From all indications, this storm will bring sustained cold weather that the city hasn’t seen in many years,” Fischer said. “People should be prepared to protect themselves, their families, friends and neighbors.”

1/2/2014
Mayor Provides Annual Report to Citizens
Mayor Greg Fischer today released his annual report to citizens, highlighting the accomplishments of 2013 and looking ahead to 2014.