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Mayor: More Progress Ahead in Public Safety, Downtown Development, Quality of Life

Thursday January 19, 2006

Media Contacts:
Chad Carlton, 574-1902 / 439-5075
Matt Kamer, 574-1903 / 797-6276

Louisville’s Strides Earning National Accolades, Hometown Pride

The year ahead will bring continued progress in public safety, new downtown developments and more of the quality-of-life improvements that have raised Louisville’s profile on the national stage, Mayor Jerry Abramson said in his annual State of the City address today. Louisville’s success is the result of innovative thinking, strategic investments and strong partnerships among citizens, business leaders and government officials, the mayor said in a speech to the Rotary Club of Louisville.
 
"We are one Louisville thanks to government merger, and we have new opportunities to lift ourselves even higher by working together," he said. Abramson outlined a broad, ambitious agenda for improving Louisville on many fronts including:
· Expanding the city’s new MetroSafe emergency communication system, which now allows all police, fire, EMS and other emergency responders to communicate with each other and their counterparts in surrounding communities
 
· Improving emergency response times for citizens in need with continued investments in fire protection and emergency medical services
· Accelerating the downtown renaissance and economic investment with a new sports and entertainment arena, a landmark building on the waterfront and more entertainment venues, retail stores and housing options
 
· Bringing the "City of Parks" to life with new parks and trails covering thousands of acres throughout suburban areas from Southwest Louisville to the Floyds Fork corridor Louisville is gaining national accolades for our progressive strides - attention that helps our community in the competition for companies, jobs and people, Abramson said. Recent recognitions include:

· Ranking as America’s 7th safest large city based on an extensive comparison of crime statistics

· Earning one of the nation’s highest municipal credit ratings from Standard and Poor’s as a result of strong government management and a healthy local economy

· Making the list of America’s best communities for young people to live Abramson urged citizens to help foster "a new way of thinking about education" and do their part to encourage life-long learning through mentoring, tutoring and assisting others.

Educational advances are key to our continued economic success. "For Louisville to go higher, to be a truly great city, it is critical to meet this challenge," Abramson said.