Lousiville has not grown as fast as many peer cities, and Fischer acknowledged that in his speech. He said without an educated workforce, Louisville will not be able to compete with those other cities.
“The future of our city, the relevance of Louisville as a thriving 21st Century City is what’s at stake here. We will set our sights high,” he said.
Fischer then touted the economic benefits of a healthier population.
“We’re at the top of too many of the wrong lists when it comes to the health of our residents: rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer,” he said. “Poor health not only decreases the quality of life, but also drives up the cost of health care for employers.”
In regards to compassion, Fischer re-iterated his plans to declare this Saturday a city-wide day of service. He’s asking all Louisvillians to volunteer in their communities. Saturday, he said, will be the first of several such service days to be declared over the next four years.
The full speech: