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Fischer Named "City Official of the Year"

Thursday October 3, 2013

Honor from KLC cites Fischer’s focus on
innovation, health and compassion

Citing his leadership, innovation and success in building a stronger economy, the Kentucky League of Cities has named Mayor Greg Fischer the 2013 Elected City Official of the Year.

The award will be presented to Fischer at the KLC’s annual Conference & Expo in Covington on Friday. An independent panel of judges selected Fischer as the award winner and Taylor Mill Mayor Daniel Bell as the runner-up.

“Mayor Fischer is a shining example of all that is good about cities. His commitment to compassion, literacy, innovation and health are transformative,” said Jonathan Steiner, KLC Executive Director/CEO. “He is a tireless worker in building a climate where every citizen matters and his focus on investing in Louisville is paying huge dividends for the city and the Commonwealth.”

The judges recognized Fischer’s accomplishments during a relatively short time in office since 2011. His business background and belief that efficiency drives successful government led to the implementation of LouieStat, an outcomes-based program that has increased productivity and transparency across services from garbage collection to animal adoption.

Louisville’s LouieStat program was named first runner-up in the large-city category for the KLC’s Enterprise Cities Award.

“Mayor Fischer is leading a city of vibrancy and innovation, and he’s putting an emphasis on young people,” the judges said -- which has earned Louisville the title of “Best City for Young Entrepreneurs.”

“He’s also a tremendous collaborator, across his city, the Commonwealth and the nation,” Steiner said.

Among many accolades, Louisville has recently been named a top travel destination for 2013 by Lonely Planet, among the most social media savvy city government in America and the fourth fastest growing economy in the U.S.

This is the fifth year for the KLC Elected City Official of the Year Award which was sponsored by Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC. Previous winners include Wilmore Mayor Harold Rainwater (2009), Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn (2010), Prospect Mayor Todd Eberle (2011) and Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw (2012).