Mayor Unveils Top 10 Accomplishments of 2009
Wednesday December 30, 2009
City moved forward, despite economy, Abramson says
From overcoming two natural disasters to creating hundreds of new jobs at GE Appliance Park, 2009 was a year of challenges and progress for Louisville, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.
“Despite all the tough challenges we faced this year — including an ice storm, a flash flood and the economic recession — we managed to move Louisville forward,” Abramson said as he unveiled his list of the Top 10 projects and events for 2009. “I’m proud of the progress we made despite the many adversities, and I’m optimistic that we will see our economy growing again in the coming year.”
The Mayor’s Top 10:
- New jobs for Louisville -- GE Appliance Park announced plans for 830 new jobs to build “green” appliances, Ford Motor Company will invest in new fuel-efficient vehicles at its Louisville plants and RecoverCare will move its corporate headquarters from Philadelphia to Louisville.
- Overcoming disasters – From the January ice storm to the August flash flood to the global economic recession that sapped city tax revenues, the city was battered and bruised. But with hard work and determination, Louisville quickly pulled itself back together.
- Decreasing crime rates – Louisville saw a 12 percent decrease in violent crime and an 8.5 percent decrease in property crime rates from the previous year, the largest declines in seven years based on preliminary numbers.
- MetroSafe opens – For the first time since merger, all of Louisville’s 911 dispatchers and emergency management staff are operating out of one location. The state-of-the-art MetroSafe facility, at 5th and Liberty, is considered one of the elite emergency communications systems in the United States.
- Two new firehouses and a new library open – Louisville opened the Butchertown/Clifton firehouse and the Portland firehouse, part of the Mayor’s 21st Century Fire Plan. The city plans to start construction of the Beechmont firehouse in 2010. The city also built the first new branch of the Louisville Free Public Library in decades. The Newburg Library is packed with cutting-edge technology, computers and environmentally-responsible building features.
- Delivering on the City of Parks vision – The city completed Phase III of Waterfront Park with the Lincoln statue, announced a major expansion of Riverview Park in Southwest Louisville and unveiled plans for the first new park in the Floyds Fork corridor, part of the 21st Century Parks project. The city also added 11 miles of bike lanes and walking paths; 27 acres to Jefferson Memorial Forest; 7 new and improved playgrounds; three new spray grounds and upgraded five swimming pools.
- Successful H1N1 clinics – Louisville became a national model for how to effectively and efficiently vaccinate the population from H1N1 flu. More than 200,000 people were vaccinated, including a two-day clinic at Papa John’s that inoculated 22,000 and 50,000 school children.
- Major stimulus funding – The “Louisville at Work” team secured more than $400 million in stimulus projects that created and saved jobs across the Louisville region. The money is repairing interstates, improving schools, weatherizing homes, improving sidewalks and replacing an aging pumping station to protect west Louisville from flooding.
- Ohio River Bridges Project moves forward – Leaders in Kentucky and Indiana broke through log-jams that have slowed progress on one of the nation’s largest transportation projects. A bi-state commission is expected to develop financing solutions in the coming year that will pave the way for construction.
- Using technology to improve service – We continued to make government more accessible for citizens through the city’s ever-expanding website, www.louisvilleky.gov. Citizens can now view all city government expenditures, look up salaries of city workers and access services ranging from animal licensing to police reports. Louisville’s website has been ranked among the top city websites in the nation, four years in a row.