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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 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.

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

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
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.

2/20/2014
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.

2/18/2014
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
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.

2/12/2014
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.

2/10/2014
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
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.

1/13/2014
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.”

1/8/2014
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.