WorldFest Will Bring International Music, Food and Culture
The region's biggest international festival offers world music, food and culture at the Belvedere downtown for four days over Labor Day weekend. See details.
Hike, Bike & Paddle is Back on Labor Day!
Cyclists, walkers, kayakers and canoeists will take to the streets and the Ohio River Sept. 1 for the Healthy Hometown Subway Hike, Bike & Paddle. Bring the family and join Mayor Fischer. See details.
Bourbon & Food Report Aims to Boost Local Economy
Louisville is in a unique position to boost its tourism economy by taking advantage of the global popularity of bourbon and the city's nationally-recognized food scene. See details. See the full report.
Mayor Urges 'No Smoking' at City Play Areas
New signs are up at 15 playgrounds, pools and spraygrounds urging people not to smoke where kids play. See details.
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Mayor Greg Fischer
Committed to growing jobs and creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, Greg Fischer was elected Louisville's 50th mayor in 2010.
Since taking office, Mayor Fischer has pursued three top goals: making Louisville a city of lifelong learning, a much healthier city and an even more compassionate community. As a businessman and entrepreneur, he brings a data-driven approach to city government with a goal of making it more efficient and accessible.
Greg chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Metro Economies Committee which addresses economic problems facing the nation’s cities and their citizens. He was named a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine, the only U.S. mayor to earn that honor in 2013.
Since taking office, Mayor Fischer's accomplishments include:
Regaining the 42,000 jobs lost to the long recession, including creating 13,000 new jobs in 2013 alone.
Launching full-speed-ahead construction of the two Ohio River bridges while opening the Big Four Bridge, used by thousands of walkers, joggers and cyclists monthly.
Advancing education by reaching an all-time high in Louisvillians holding college degrees; opening a new Fairdale library, breaking ground on the Southwest Regional library and signing a commitment to better education with JCPS.
Reducing overall violent crime by implementing the recommendations of a citizen work group on violence and the creation of the police VIPER response squad.
Securing a $5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to create the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team which is creating breakthrough work in improving city services ranging from animal services to recycling to EMS response.
Initiating the regional Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement with Lexington, to grow jobs in advanced manufacturing and create a national template for regional economic development.
Launching a citywide compassion journey by becoming the largest American city to sign the international Charter for Compassion, and creating the annual “Give A Day” community service week that led to Louisville being named “America’s Most Livable City.”
Reaching unprecedented levels of city government accountability through digital town halls, the use of social media and placing all city data online -- leading to Louisville being named the nation’s top digital city government by the Center for Digital Government.
Launching the Vision Louisville initiative to plan for how the city will look, feel and flow by 2030.
Investing in our future by raising millions of private dollars for the SummerWorks program which has placed more than 2,000 youth in jobs this summer.
Mayor Fischer’s top goals include:
Using technology and innovation to deliver excellent city services
Solving the systemic budget issues that are holding the city back
Taking job and wage creation to the next level
Investing in people and neighborhoods to advance Louisville’s “Quality of Place”
Creating a 25-year city plan for development and revitalization
Greg is an entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist who started several businesses including SerVend International and Iceberg Ventures, a private investment firm. He also co-founded bCatalyst, the first business accelerator in Louisville.
He is a graduate of Trinity High School and Vanderbilt University, where he majored in Economics. To help pay for college and to finance a trip around the world, he worked summers during college in Kodiak, Alaska, as a crane operator on the fishing docks. His year abroad, most of it spent in Asia, gave him a global perspective on life and business.
Greg and his wife Alex have four children.