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Mayor Creates 'Louisville At Work' Team To Oversee Stimulus Projects, Jobs

Wednesday February 25, 2009

Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that a group of government, education and community leaders will help ensure that President Obama’s stimulus package and job creation efforts are successful in Louisville.

The “Louisville At Work” team will help prioritize projects and apply for federal grants available as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“These new federal dollars give us a unique chance to create a lasting legacy in our city,” Abramson said. “We will build and improve roads and schools, expand water lines, strengthen our floodwalls and weatherize homes.”

Abramson said his goals with the “Louisville At Work” team are two-fold — “to maximize jobs creation and to make a listing difference in our hometown.”

Abramson asked former deputy mayor Rick Johnstone, who retired last year, to oversee the “Louisville At Work” team.

The mayor said he has several priorities for use of stimulus money, including;

· Building and improve roads and schools;

· Expanding water lines and strengthen floodwalls;

· Maintaining our police force at its current strength while other cities struggle with layoffs and cutbacks;

· Building a new firehouse in Beechmont that our crippled city budget may not otherwise allow;

· Weatherizing homes to lower utility bills and help struggling citizens keep their homes;

· Retraining people who’ve lost jobs and educate young people who are looking for their first job;

· Building affordable housing;

· And helping prevent homelessness.

“As those formula and grant dollars are awarded to Louisville, we will seek the Metro Council’s approval to accept them and put them to work for our hometown – creating jobs, energizing our economy and making Louisville a better place to live.

The public can track how Louisville spends it federal stimulus money through a new section of the city website, http://www.louisvilleky.gov/recovery

“As our team makes these spending decisions, we will heed the President’s directive for information, accountability and oversight,” Abramson said.