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Mayor Fischer Names Director of Economic Development

Wednesday September 11, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer today named veteran Frankfort attorney Jeff Mosley as the city’s new Director of Economic Development.

Mosley will oversee the daily work of the department. “Jeff knows the art of economic development -- and he knows how to execute deals,” Fischer said. “His experience in Frankfort has prepared him well for his new role.”

Meanwhile, Ted Smith, Chief of Economic Growth and Innovation, will focus largely on growing the city’s innovation and workforce development efforts.

Fischer today also named Emily Liu as the permanent Director of Planning and Design Services. She had been interim director since former director Phil Bills retired earlier this year.

“Emily’s knowledge and passion for urban planning will serve the community in many ways,” Fischer said, “Her understanding of data and technology will take Planning and Design Services to a new level.”

Jeff Mosley

Mosley, of Louisville, is currently general counsel to the Finance and Administration Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Revenue. In those roles, he worked on numerous economic development deals with Louisville Metro Government, including the Kentucky Kingdom redevelopment project and the KFC Yum! Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and a JD from the University of Louisville.

He began his career with Mosley, Clare and Townes law firm in Louisville (1990 to 1997) and began working in Frankfort in 1997 as general counsel for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Emily Liu

Liu brings 18 years of professional planning experience to city government. From 2004 to 2010, she worked for Oldham County Planning and Development Department and, before that, for the Lake County, Illinois Planning Department. She began her professional career in 1995 with Rickenbacker Port Authority in Columbus, Ohio. She has been with Louisville Planning and Design Services since 2010.

Liu served as Adjunct Instructor for the University of Louisville Planning Program where she taught a graduate class on Planning History and Issues.

She received her Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from The George Washington University. She also holds a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree from Peking University.