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Louisville Merger 2.0 Task Force Subcommittees Give Final Recommendations

Louisville’s Merger 2.0 Task Force is delaying its final report to Mayor Greg Fischer, but Fischer should have the report in plenty of time to write new legislation based on task force recommendations.

On Friday, the five subcommittees—data and communications, fire and EMS, transportation, waste and public safety—that were charged by Fischer to review the 2003 county and city merger gave final reports to the full task force. Fischer will soon have several recommendations to consider regarding what parts of Metro Government he wants to invest in.

The full task force is expected to meet once more to write recommendations into one report, which is expected to reach Fischer in a couple weeks. The original Oct. 1 deadline will likely not be met.

Fischer will consider the recommendations and make any decisions before the end of the year.

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Competitive City Report Shows Some Success, Room For Growth

by Gabe Bullard

A new report says Louisville faces several challenges in attracting 21st Century Jobs.

The Greater Louisville Project’s Competitive City Report will be released today. It ranks Louisville among peer cities such as Nashville, Indianapolis and Raleigh. In areas such as education attainment, median income and safety, Louisville ranks near the middle. Project director Carolyn Gatz says those areas and others need to be improved to make the city more competitive at attracting new business and jobs.

“Some things like shoring up the older housing stock and revitalizing neighborhoods that have been hollowed out, environmental challenges, we all know we have those, particularly air quality,” she says.

Gatz says all of those factors contribute to the city’s livability, which is becoming an increasingly important factor in attracting high-tech industries.

“What are the qualities of a city where people will come and live here who really could’ve lived anywhere—they could’ve put their business anywhere?” she says. “They are the highly-skilled knowledge workers every city is competing for.”

Another important factor is education. About 30 percent of working-age Louisvillians have bachelor’s or higher degrees, and Gatz says that needs to improve.

“The economic development people say you have to be able to tell an employer, yes, we have an educated workforce, before they’ll even consider coming to your community,” she says.

Education leaders recently came together to work on improving Louisville’s college graduation rate. The leader among peer cities for working-age degree holders is Raleigh, with 49 percent.