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Councilman James applauds Mayor Greg Fischer and thanks Old Louisville residents for participation in the Urban Land Institute/Rose Fellowship Study Visit

Friday January 11, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville - Seeing an opportunity to redevelop a long time economic engine for Louisville’s urban core, Councilman David James (D-6) expressed his appreciation to Mayor Greg Fischer for his leadership to move forward on an opportunity to restore Fourth Street from Downtown to Churchill Downs.

That goal can be accomplished now that Louisville has been selected by the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership for its 2012-2013 Fellowship Program. This past week the ULI’s Fellowship team has toured the area to begin its work.

“I couldn’t be more excited by the focused efforts being put together by the Mayor, the panelists and fellows that participated in the seminar this week,” said James.

Councilman James is the Metro Council member for Old Louisville, home to the largest Victorian-era preservation district in the country.

“Old Louisville residents came out in force to talk about the future of their neighborhood and how to improve the economic vitality within it. I’m appreciative of their efforts and of the willingness by the panelists to take to heart the issues we face on a daily basis,” he said.

Councilman James has led efforts in Old Louisville and at historic 4th and Oak to improve economic development opportunties since his election to the Metro Council in 2010. He established the Oak Street Task Force and steered its efforts toward infrastructure and public safety enhancements – both major quality of life improvements for the neighborhood. Since the Task Force’s evolution into the GLI Old Louisville Economic Development Committee, he has focused on market research and finding incentives for businesses to come to Old Louisville.

The Rose Fellowship is a year-long program intended to benefit its participating fellows with leadership training and professional development opportunities, and benefit their respective cities with technical assistance on a local land use challenge, all at no cost to Louisville.

As part of the Fellowship, ULI and the Rose Center have assembled a group of volunteer nationally recognized technical advisors from around the nation to work with Louisville on the Fourth Street Corridor.

“I look forward to working with the Mayor and my neighbors to find additional economic development drivers for our community, and to also find ways to progressively preserve the jewel that is Old Louisville,” said James.

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