Fischer Announces Anonymous Donation to Aid Orchestra Talks

Mayor Greg Fischer just released the following statement regarding the ongoing dispute between the Louisville Orchestra and its musicians: “An anonymous donor has stepped forward with an offer to provide some funding to bring a nationally recognized consultant to our city to work with the mediator, Henri Mangeot, as an additional resource for both management… Continue reading Fischer Announces Anonymous Donation to Aid Orchestra Talks

Mayor’s Hike Bike and Paddle at Waterfront on Monday

Thousands of Louisvillians are expected to head to Waterfront Park on Monday to participate in Mayor Greg Fischer’s Healthy Hometown Hike, Bike and Paddle. The event’s goal is to encourage fitness through outdoor activities. Louisville was recently ranked second-to-last on the American Fitness Index’s ranking of 50 major U.S. cities. Free shirts will be given… Continue reading Mayor’s Hike Bike and Paddle at Waterfront on Monday

Louisville/Lexington Rail Link Plans Could Fall Apart

Plans for a possible rail line connecting Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort are moving forward, but that progress could soon stop. The man behind the concept is leaving his job. Executive director of the Kentucky Capital Development Corporation Ralph Tharp first released his plans for the line earlier this year. But his contract with the corporation… Continue reading Louisville/Lexington Rail Link Plans Could Fall Apart

Young Workers Help Maintain Abandoned Properties

A group of young workers met with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today as they began landscaping an abandoned property on Jefferson Street. The workers are part of an effort by Metro Government and Kentuckiana Works to supplement the hundreds of youth jobs lost to federal budget cuts this year. The city raised approximately $400,000 and… Continue reading Young Workers Help Maintain Abandoned Properties

Fischer Celebrates Indiana Jobs

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was in Jeffersonville, Indiana today to celebrate the creation of new jobs. The Connextions company, which provides call center support for healthcare companies including Humana, is adding 750 jobs to its Jeffersonville operations. “Obviously we always want jobs physically in the city of Louisville because it creates occupational taxes. But we’d… Continue reading Fischer Celebrates Indiana Jobs

Fire Departments Merge in Southwest Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer formally approved the merger between two southwest Louisville fire departments on Monday. The all-volunteer fire station Dixie Suburban will now become Lake Dreamland Station 3. Increased costs and a decrease in volunteers led to the decision, said Dixie Suburban officials. Dixie Suburban covers about 1.5 square miles in southwest Louisville, and it… Continue reading Fire Departments Merge in Southwest Louisville

Ford Will Hire 1,800 Workers at Louisville Plant

Starting today at 5:oo this afternoon, Ford will begin hiring 1,800 workers for the newly re-tooled Louisville Assembly Plant. The plant recently underwent a $600 million renovation project to prepare it to build several new types of vehicles, including variations on the popular Escape. Ford says the plant is the most modern and flexible in… Continue reading Ford Will Hire 1,800 Workers at Louisville Plant

Mayor Will Sign Fireworks Ordinance, Budget

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he will sign the fireworks ordinance passed by the Metro Council Thursday night.  The ordinance will allow the sale of fireworks permitted by state law, but says they cannot be set off by minors or within 200 feet of another person or building.  Mayor Fischer says the new state law… Continue reading Mayor Will Sign Fireworks Ordinance, Budget

Kansas Implements “Plan B” for Arts Funding

When he introduced his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer warned the Metro Council and the public that subsequent budgets would be much leaner. There’s a persistent $15 million gap in revenues, and Fischer says it will take fundamental changes to Metro Government to close that gap. Among those possible… Continue reading Kansas Implements “Plan B” for Arts Funding

Fund for the Arts CEO Says Support Remains Strong After Cowen’s Departure

After a tumultuous start to the year and with its city grant in danger, the Fund for the Arts will wrap up its annual fundraising campaign this month. The year started with complaints about long-time CEO Allan Cowen’s interactions with arts groups. Cowen was a skilled fundraiser, but his successor Barbara Sexton Smith says his… Continue reading Fund for the Arts CEO Says Support Remains Strong After Cowen’s Departure