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Huge FFA Convention Returning to Louisville
The 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo continues the second year of its three-year run in Louisville Oct. 29. More than 60,000 FFA members from throughout the United States are expected at this year’s convention and expo that goes through Nov. 1.

"Empty the Shelter" Event Finds Homes for 123 Animals
Mayor Greg Fischer and the staff and volunteers at Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) thank the families who provided a new home to 123 animals this Saturday as part of the “Empty the Shelter” adoption event.

Mayor to Move His Office to IdeaFestival
For the fourth year in a row, Mayor Greg Fischer and his leadership team will relocate their offices to the IdeaFestival next month, a move designed to encourage breakthrough thinking. This time, the Mayor’s Office will not only be available to the public during the festival, but will also be actively seeking input from Festivalgoers and the general public.

ReSurfaced Partners With Kentucky Center For Weekend Of Events
ReSurfaced Partners with Kentucky Center for Weekend of Events Vacant space turned into performing arts plaza

Total Quality Logistics LLC to Expand in Louisville
Total Quality Logistics LLC to Expand in Louisville Freight brokerage firm to create up to 50 new jobs

Citizens Can Meet With Mayor Fischer October 6
Citizens will have a chance to meet and talk directly with Mayor Greg Fischer Monday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m. at Central High School, 1130 W. Chestnut St.

Third Running of Gallopalooza
Louisville Gears Up For Third Running of Gallopalooza Three new statues will add spirit to the streets, benefit community beautification

ReSurfaced Launch Party Friday
A vacant section of West Main Street downtown that has been transformed into a temporary plaza with art, music, movies and local craft beers will officially open this weekend.

Vision Louisville Announces SoBro ArtWalks Contest Winners
Four artistic designs chosen as winners of the SoBro ArtWalks Contest will be painted along the SoBro 4th Street corridor this Sunday.

VEX Robotics Competition Coming to Louisville in 2015
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation today announced that the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship will take place on April 15 – 18, 2015 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Louisville Selected For National Effort To Drive Innovation For Low-Income Citizens
Louisville has been selected by the Citi Foundation and Living Cities as one of the first three participants in the City Accelerator, a $3 million program to help nine cities pilot leading innovations in local government.

City Wins National Google Award for Online Business Support
The city’s efforts to get more businesses online has led to Louisville being named one of three winners of the national Get Your Business Online City Challenge sponsored by Google and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM).

500 Youth Will Benefit From New Right Turn Programs
Five hundred Louisville youth involved in the juvenile justice system have new resources to get back on the right path for completing school, planning for careers, getting training and finding employment with two new programs, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

Mayor Requests Review of Alleged Animal Services Incident
The Metro Council’s decision to appoint an ad hoc committee to examine allegations involving a dog at Louisville Metro Animal Services — without first receiving the information that the Animals Services team had offered for weeks to provide them — led Mayor Greg Fischer today to ask the city’s Public Integrity Unit to review the incident.

Vacant Space on Main St. to Become Arts, Performance Space
A vacant block of West Main Street downtown will be turned into a temporary plaza with art, music, movies and craft beer, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

Cultural Pass Drawing Set to Begin
Children who stamped their Cultural Pass at eight or more locations this summer are eligible for a drawing for numerous prizes!

New Art Exhibit Features Three Local Artists at Metro Hall
From vivid images taken from Greek mythology to richly colored thoroughbred horses to paintings of Louisville street scenes that capture the personality of the city, three artists use their creations as a gateway to exploring more complicated issues in a new exhibit at Louisville’s historic Metro Hall.

Mayor Signs Resolution Asking General Assembly to Restore Voting Rights
Saying that people who have served their time for felony criminal offenses deserve the right to be full citizens again, Mayor Greg Fischer today signed a resolution urging the state legislature to restore voting rights for felons.

Kindergarten Countdown Fair is August 5
Hundreds of 5-year-olds are expected to swarm Louisville Slugger Field the evening of August 5 for the annual Kindergarten Countdown Fair – the main event of the city’s yearly initiative to help prepare students entering school for the first time.

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.

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.

Kindergarten Countdown Helps prepare Kids, Parents for School

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mayor Announces Review of Security Cameras Downtown

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.

House Committee Approves Local Option; Sends Bill to Full House

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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.