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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

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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

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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

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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.

Here's the audio:

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Education
2:45 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Report: Louisville Improves Standing for College Degree-Holders (But We're Still Behind)

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In the Louisville area, 25.4 percent of adults have a bachelor's degree—moving Louisville ahead of two peer cities in an annual progress report on educational attainment.

But even with that progress toward the city's top economic development goal, Louisville still ranks 14th out of 16. In last year's report, Louisville ranked last.

The KentuckianaWorks Human Capital Scorecard—released Wednesday—looked at Census data from 2009 to 2011.

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Planet Money
12:47 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

NYT Excerpt: Can A Casino Save A Struggling Town?

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Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:56 am

In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes about the economic consequences of legalizing gambling in Ellenville, NY. Here's an excerpt.

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Local News
11:17 am
Tue May 7, 2013

NBA Feasibility Study: Louisville's 'Lack of Corporate Depth' Hampers Pro Basketball Aspirations

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Louisville lacks the corporate support for an NBA team that would likely be needed to attract  professional basketball to the city, said a study into the feasibility study commissioned by Greater Louisville Inc.

Those corporations would be called upon to lease suites at the KFC Yum! Center for NBA games—but the "lack of corporate depth" in Louisville means that those companies would each need to lease a greater share, the study said.

Louisville does has a strong potential fan base for the NBA, the study noted.

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