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Mayor's Office Relocates to IdeaFestival

Thursday September 15, 2011

Fischer, city leaders to work out of Kentucky Center next week

Mayor Greg Fischer and his leadership team will relocate their offices to the IdeaFestival next week, a move designed to encourage breakthrough thinking.

“The IdeaFestival embodies the very type of innovation that should become the default culture in Louisville,” Fischer said. “Moving our offices gets city leaders out of their everyday routine to be surrounded with other creative, innovative thinkers from across the globe.”

The mayor is encouraging all citizens to attend all or part of IdeaFestival in an effort to encourage out-of-the-box thinking.

Between IdeaFestival presentations, Ted Smith — the city’s new Director of Innovation — will be holding chat and information-sharing sessions to help generate ideas about how lessons learned at IdeaFestival could be used to improve Metro Government.

The mayor and staff will be working out of the lobby in a specially-designed “IdeaHub” that will also include space for other local companies and organizations, including:

· Humana

· Signature HealthCare

· GlowTouch Technologies

· Stites & Harbison

· Nucleus

· Greater Louisville Inc

· University of Kentucky

· University of Louisville

· Kentucky Community and Technical College System

· Kentucky Center

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

The event brings global innovators and thinkers to Louisville for four days of events and presentations. This year’s festival features a wide diversity of people from Aneesh Chopra, the Chief Technology Officer for the United States, to the famed Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan to Sam Graham-Felsen, global new media strategist for President Obama. A full schedule is available at