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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has put together a special team that will take on five urban challenges.

The projects range from to expanding recycling and reducing the number of low-severity 911 calls to implementing a more efficient rezoning process. Fischer announced a six-member “Innovation Delivery Team” will deal with the five goals, which will be funded by a $4.8 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies that the city received last year.

Fischer says the hope is to bring breakthrough ideas to Metro Government, such as new ways to reduce the number of vacant and abandoned properties.

“We’re soon going to take legal action to foreclose on 100 of the most market desirable properties. Once the city acquires these properties, they’re going to be converted to productive use by putting them into the hands of people who will improve and restore them,” he says. “So the goal with this project is to reduce the number of abandoned properties by 40 percent within three years and 67 percent in five years.”

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Fischer Chooses Economic Development Director to Lead Bloomberg Project

by Gabe Bullard October 14, 2011

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has chosen a member of his cabinet to lead a grant-funded project to develop a new manufacturing region with Lexington. Bloomberg Philanthropies is giving Louisville and several other cities grants to form so-called innovation teams to carry out municipal improvement projects. Fischer has tapped interim Economic Development Director Margaret Handmaker to […]

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Louisville to Receive $4.8 Million Bloomberg Grant

by Gabe Bullard July 14, 2011

Louisville is among five cities chosen to receive money and assistance from the philanthropic arm of the Bloomberg company. Bloomberg Philanthropies is giving a total of $24 million to Louisville, Atlanta, Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans. The money will essentially pay for brain power, through what the charity is calling innovation teams. They’ll work with […]

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