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Mayor's Office Relocates to IdeaFestival

Monday September 23, 2013

Wednesday sessions will focus on innovation in city government

Mayor Greg Fischer and his leadership team will relocate their offices to the IdeaFestival this week, a move designed to encourage breakthrough thinking. For the second year, city government is also holding a series of workshops to promote innovation in government during the first day of the festival on Wednesday.

“We’re a city of festivals and a city of innovation,” Fischer said. “The IdeaFestival represents who we are in so many ways. Moving our offices to the festival not only makes us accessible to the public, but is a symbol of the stronger, smarter, more responsive government we are working to be.”

The mayor and staff will be working out of the Kentucky Center lobby on Wednesday through Friday, in an office furnished by Office Resources, Inc., a Louisville company.

City Government “Day of Celebration”
On Wed. Sept. 25, Fischer and employees from across Metro Government will hold the second annual “Day of Celebration,” an afternoon of recognizing and fostering new and breakthrough ideas in providing services to citizens. The afternoon will include breakout sessions with Mayor Fischer and a keynote address by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who, as Mayor of Baltimore, launched the successful CitiStat program that Mayor Fischer’s successful LouieStat program is modeled after.

The IdeaFestival runs Wednesday through Friday, with most events occurring at the Kentucky Center.

IdeaFestival brings global innovators and thinkers to Louisville for events and presentations. This year’s festival features a wide diversity of people including Roger Newton, the founder and CEO of Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., discussing the entrepreneurial lessons learned in the pursuit of developing the game-changing drug Lipitor®, a marine biologist discussing the innovation lessons to be learned from nature, and Maria Konnikova will discuss her bestselling book, How to Think like Sherlock Holmes.

A full schedule is available at www.ideafestival.com