Mayor Greg Fischer

Local News
10:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Updated: Louisville Water Co., MSD to Immediately Start Sharing Some Services, Staff

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Leaders of the Louisville Water Company and the Metropolitan Sewer District will begin a consolidation effort that could save nearly $100 million in expenses over the next 10 years.

Greg Heitzman, executive director of Metropolitan Sewer District, said a bulk of the saving will come from shared support services and attrition.

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Local News
3:05 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Metro Louisville's SummerWorks Program Aims for 2,000 Jobs for Young People

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Metro Louisville has set a goal of 2,000 young people getting jobs through the city's SummerWorks program.

The program helps place young people in summer jobs, working with companies including Norton Healthcare and Norton Healthcare.

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Environment
1:32 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer Reorganizes Louisville's Air District After Independent Audit Findings

Keith Talley, the new Executive Director of the Air Pollution Control District
Louisville Metro Government

Mayor Greg Fischer says he plans to reorganize Louisville's Air Pollution Control District in the wake of two independent audits.

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Local News
3:30 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Metro Louisville Launches $38,000 Competition for Vacant Lot Reuse Concepts

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Metro Louisville is seeking proposals for innovative uses of vacant properties.

The competition will award two people or groups $15,000 prizes and ownership of a vacant lot to implement their long-term,permanent plans. Two more $4,000 prizes and one-year leases will be awarded to people or groups for temporary plans, which would use the space until permanent development can happen.

The competition is now accepting proposals from people or groups here. The applications must be turned in no later than Feb. 24.

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Food & Drink Week
7:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Greg Fischer's Thanksgiving: Family, Community Service and Bourbon-Infused Turkey

Mayor Greg Fischer
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When Thanksgiving rolls around, Mayor Greg Fischer spends part of his day at his grill with the turkey.

It's his specialty, he said, a "rotisserized turkey with a orange juice, bourbon baste underneath of the turkey.

"As the fumes waft into the turkey," he added, "infusing it with a slight Kentucky bourbon taste, it could possibly be the world's best turkey."

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Local News
3:48 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Louisville Wants Residents' Thoughts for New Long-Term Transportation Strategy

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Louisville is creating a long-term transportation strategy that will be included in the state's six-year road plan—meaning the ideas would get funding.

The strategy, called MoveLouisville, will consider every aspect of how Louisvillians may get from one place to another—motor vehicles, bikes, feet, bus or even train.

The process to develop the strategy begins next week with a series of public  comment sessions to get ideas for what, exactly, residents want in a long-range transportation plan. 

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Environment
11:08 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Louisville Makes Plans for City Trees, Hires Urban Forester

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Louisville’s tree canopy is slowly increasing, due to private and public investment.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Thursday that waste hauler EcoTech has upped its previous commitment to plant 1,000 trees in Louisville over the next decade.

Now, the company plans to plant 1,500 trees.

Fischer also announced the hiring of an urban forester for Louisville—Erin Thompson. She will  be responsible for creating a city-wide tree canopy assessment, and will also be involved in planting the trees announced Thursday.

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Local News
2:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Jeff Mosley Appointed Metro Louisville Economic Growth, Innovation Director

Jeff Mosley
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Jeff Mosley will be Louisville's new director of Economic Growth and Innovation, Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Wednesday.

Ted Smith previously served as Louisville director and chief of Economic Growth and Innovation,  but will now carry only the chief title. Smith will focus on increasing Louisville's "innovation and workforce development efforts," a news release said.

Mosley will oversee the department's daily operation.

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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Retired Louisville Firefighters Discuss City's Attempt to Make Interest Payment on Pension Dispute

The attorney for retired Louisville firefighters seeking an interest payment from a pension dispute settlement says her clients largely agree that they won’t accept a check from the city.

Last month, the city attempted to deliver an $8-million check to the firefighters’ attorney, Ann Oldfather. She declined, and the city ended up giving the check to Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mary Shaw, who presides over the pension case.

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News Special
6:38 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Jobs, Re-Election, Liquor Sales and Taxes

Mayor Greg Fischer
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer visited WFPL News for an interview Thursday. In the hourlong chat, he discussed his bid for a second term in office, the city's controversial plan to re-open a potentially dangerous jail, a recent audit of the Air Pollution Control District, an attempt in the Metro Council to restrict package liquor sales and, as always, the local option sales tax.

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