After the speech, Fischer’s next major address will likely come when he presents the city budget for the next fiscal year in the spring. Fischer has indicated he will begin the budget process early this year, seeking input from the public and the Metro Council before releasing the final draft.
Fischer and several other mayors met with President Barack Obama Friday. And Fischer says there wasn’t much talk of further government spending for cities.
Former Mayor Jerry Abramson was once president of the group. Fischer spokesperson Chris Poynter says the change in mayors in Louisville is not likely to cost the city any clout in the conference.
Louisville Metro Government officials gathered in Newburg Tuesday to celebrate new environmentally-friendly projects in Louisville. Mayor Greg Fischer says he plans to focus on sustainability with all new city projects, but that could be a financially difficult task.
Mayor Greg Fischer and the Metro United Way first put out the call for volunteers and projects for those volunteers to work on late last year. Kelly Garvey with the United Way says she expected about 30 nonprofits to submit projects, and about 300 people to volunteer. But 64 projects were submitted and more than 700 volunteers signed up.
Former Judge Executive Rebecca Jackson says there’s still too much confusion about merger, especially with the urban services district. Residents of the old city pay an extra tax in exchange for services such as garbage collection. Everyone else pays small cities or private companies.
Margaret Handmaker most recently worked with the Downtown Development Corporation. She will lead the city’s economic development department for six months, or until a permanent director has been found.
Greg Fischer officially took the oath of office Monday, making him the 50th mayor of Louisville, but he’s only the second mayor of the merged city and county. Fischer is coming to power at a time of economic uncertainty, and the government he’s leading is still relatively new.
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 minority caucus has nine members. The Democratic majority has 17. Republican Ken Fleming says he doesn’t think his party will be marginalized, and the caucus will continue to work across the aisle on key issues, including government transparency.