Mayor Releases First Yearly "Report to Citizens"
Thursday December 22, 2011
Report highlights 2011 accomplishments, top goals for 2012
In the first of what will be an annual report to citizens, Mayor Greg Fischer has outlined the top challenges and accomplishments of the past year -- and his administration’s key goals for 2012.
Many of the accomplishments cited by Fischer relate to his overriding priority to build a stronger local and regional economy to create more jobs. Chief among the highlights is the partnership with Lexington – the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement -- to grow advanced manufacturing jobs.
The report notes that nearly 4,000 new Louisville jobs have been created this past year with new investment of about $730 million. Another highlight was the securing of a $5 million grant from the Bloomberg Foundation which the city will use to identify more efficient ways to provide city services.
“From late-winter flooding, to a bridge closing to the lingering recession, it’s been a year of challenges and some surprises,” Fischer said. “Yet, we’ve pulled together as a team, met the challenges head on and scored some solid successes.”
Among the most pressing challenges and goals for 2012 Fischer said is to make significant progress in solving the structural budget imbalance that is threatening Louisville and other cities around the U.S. – with pension, benefit and overtime costs rising faster than revenue.
To view the “Report to Citizens” click here.