Vision Louisville Third Phase: Bold Projects to Transform City
Armed with 80,000 ideas from citizens, Mayor Fischer says it's time to take bold steps to make Louisville more connected, creative, competitive and compassionate. See details. Watch the 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 Seeks Vendor to Create High-Speed Gigabit Network
To keep Louisville competitive in the 21st century, Mayor Fischer has issued a call for developing a high-speed Internet network, creating "Fiberhoods" throughout the community. See details.
Big Festival Planned for Belle of Louisville's 100th Birthday!
Louisville will host a six-day Riverboat Festival next year to mark the 100th birthday of the world-famous Belle of Louisville. 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.
Since taking office, Mayor Fischer's accomplishments include:
- Secured a $4.8 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to identify more efficient ways to provide city services.
- Initiated the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM) with Lexington to accelerate the growth of jobs in advanced manufacturing.
- Reduced the cost by $1.2 billion, then broke ground on the Ohio River Bridges Project, after 40 years of discussion.
- Secured funds to complete the Big Four Bridge renovation.
- Launched the Vision Louisville initiative to plan for how the city will look, feel and flow by 2030.
- Initiated review of MSD, Water Company and city Public Works to find efficiencies. Now a phased consolidation of the two public utilities is underway – with potential savings of $25 million.
- Implemented the Code Red alert system to keep our citizens safe during emergencies,
- Recruited four new corporate headquarters to Louisville, Long John Silvers, Cafe Press, Orion Allied Services and Jefferson National Financial – bringing nearly 800 jobs,
- Invested in our future by raising $1 million in private dollars for the SummerWorks program which provided 400 jobs and entrepreneur experiences to youth in 2012. The goal for 2013 is $2 million.
- Implemented intelligence-led and community-oriented policing; created the West Louisville Violence Reduction Work Group to prevent violent crimes and hired the city's first Director for Safe Neighborhoods to help implement the Work Group's recommendations.
- Launched the “Count Me In” campaign giving every person a role in helping Louisville achieve 55,000 more college degrees by the year 2020.
- Created city government’s first Office of Sustainability and implemented two new initiatives to increase residential and business recycling citywide.
- Launched a citywide quest for compassion by becoming the largest American city to sign the international Charter for Compassion, and creating the “Give A Day” community service week, resulting in more than 107,000 volunteers and acts of compassion in 2013. The 2014 week is April 12-20.
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 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, Greg 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 graduated from Trinity High School and majored in Economics at Vanderbilt. He and his wife Alex have four children.