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Abramson to Discuss Merger’s Success at National Conference

Monday February 6, 2006

Louisville’s successful merger of city and county governments is one of the featured topics at a national conference on effective government today and tomorrow.

Mayor Jerry Abramson is a featured speaker tomorrow at the Emerging Issues Forum at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. The forum’s agenda also includes addresses by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, and billionaire and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes.

The focus of the forum is "Financing the Future," a look at innovative ideas that can help communities grow and prosper.

In 2003, Louisville became the first large city in three decades to merge its city and county governments. Abramson, the first mayor of the combined government, reduced the size of government, improved services and launched major investments in public safety, parks, libraries and infrastructure – all without raising taxes.