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Louisville Wins Top Honors in Livable City Awards

Thursday June 19, 2008

Abramson to accept award Saturday at U.S. Conference of Mayors

Louisville’s outstanding quality of life has earned a national award – the U.S. Conference of Mayors awarded Louisville First Place in the City Livability Awards. Louisville won the large-city category, besting competition that included Las Vegas, Seattle and Orlando. Mayor Jerry Abramson will accept the award at the USCM convention this weekend in Miami.

“This award reinforces what we’ve known all along – that Louisville is a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Abramson said. “The U.S. Conference of Mayors was particularly impressed with the city-sponsored programs through the Healthy Hometown Movement that encourage our citizens to get moving and get healthy.”

Louisville has twice won Outstanding Achievement designation in Livable City awards, but this is the first time the city has won the overall prize.

The Livability Awards recognize work in improving the overall quality of life in a city, and Louisville’s entry explained the impact of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement (MHHM). The program, launched in September 2004, was designed to address the health status of the community. The MHHM focuses on the benefits of physical activity and nutrition, providing information and examples that demonstrate how to implement physical activity and incorporate nutrition choices as part of daily life.

The MHHM has launched a number of popular programs – including the Mayor’s Hike and Bikes which attract thousands of bicyclists downtown twice a year. The program also sponsors worksite wellness programs and has awarded nearly $250,000 to churches, neighborhood groups and community organizations to create their own health and nutrition programs.

“Winning this designation as the country’s Most Livable City shows that not only are we meeting the needs of our citizens today, but that we are also looking to the future needs of our community and planning accordingly,” Abramson said.