BEAM Board Will Be Named Today

The partnership between Louisville and Lexington known as BEAM—the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement—will begin to take shape soon. This afternoon, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will announce the BEAM board and lead the first board meeting. BEAM has a goal—to attract businesses and jobs to Kentucky, mostly in the manufacturing sector.… Continue reading BEAM Board Will Be Named Today

Louisville Begins Redistricting

The Louisville Metro Council’s ad hoc committee on redistricting met on Monday. Committee members agreed there’s a lot of work to be done on redistricting if they want to meet their Sept. 8 goal. But so far no drafts have been made. “We’re all just doing this for the first time,” said Councilman Jim King… Continue reading Louisville Begins Redistricting

King Hopes Council Members Will Volunteer for Furloughs

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King is asking his colleagues if they plan to participate in Mayor Greg Fischer’s recommended furloughs for city employees. As part of his plan to fill a $22.5 million shortfall, Fischer ordered a one week unpaid furlough for all nonunion city employees who make more than $70,000 a year. All… Continue reading King Hopes Council Members Will Volunteer for Furloughs

Council Committee to Review Grant Process Wednesday

The Government Accountability and Ethics committee will review the allocation process at its meeting Wednesday. Committee chair Tina Ward-Pugh has asked the city’s internal auditor and chief financial officer to attend and discuss any potential changes to how the money is accounted for.

Case Against Green Will Likely Change Council Grant Oversight, Amounts

On Thursday, the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission will hold a hearing on a complaint against Metro Councilwoman Judy Green. Green is accused of using a city-funded summer jobs program to benefit members of her family. The commission could also take up other charges related to the misuse of Neighborhood Development Funds.

The accusations have led the council and the mayor’s office to take a new look at how those funds are monitored.