Louisville’s mayor says it’s been a tough year for the city – and he expects 2009 may be even tougher.
Louisville was hit by one of the worst snowfalls in decades early in the year, and later experienced the largest power outage in its history, caused by a windstorm on the eve of the Ryder Cup.
Mayor Jerry Abramson says those events, coupled with the economic downturn, made it a difficult year for the city. He’s hopeful a federal stimulus package in 2009 will help create jobs and build infrastructure.
“I think 2009 could be the year when you see a lot of those kinds of investments and jobs being created, and then the silver lining will be that 2010 is next,” says Abramson.
The mayor says he expects more government belt-tightening is on the way in 2009, but hopes the economy will turn around by 2010.