Mayor Seeks Compassionate Acts During Give A Day Week 2014
Volunteering. Donating. Helping. There will be something for everyone to do during the third Give A Day week of public service April 12-20. See details.
Mayor's Summer Jobs Program Earns National Recognition
Mayor Fischer's SummerWorks program, which aims to put 2,000 youth in jobs this summer, has been named the best jobs effort ot its kind in America. See details. Learn more about the mayor's goal and how to help. Watch MetroTV coverage.
City and JCPS Commit to Building Better Students
Saying it's critical to Louisville's future, Mayor Fischer and JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens have signed a Commitment to Improve Education for all students. See details .
Mayor Says LIFT Would Turbo-Charge Economic Development
Mayor Fischer focused his yearly city report on the need for local option, which would allow citizens to invest in specific projects. Read Mayor Fischer's speech. Citizens would have the right to vote on local option under bills filed in Frankfort. 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 and 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 provided jobs and training to 1,800 youth in 2013.
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.
Greg is a 1980 graduate of Vanderbilt University. 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.
A graduate of Trinity High School, Greg majored in Economics at Vanderbilt. He and his wife Alex have four children.