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.
In his inaugural address, Fischer called on Louisvillians to strive to make the city the best it can be.
“I’m honored and I’m humbled to be your new mayor and I look forward to working with you as your partner as we move together,” Fischer said during a brief address.
Fischer officially becomes mayor at 12:01am Monday. The Sunday evening oath was administered by Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens.
The day begins with a breakfast, which will be followed by an interfaith prayer ceremony and the inauguration itself at 11. A parade will follow the swearing-in ceremony and a gala will be held in the evening. At least one thousand attendees are expected for each event except the gala, which will likely draw around 800 guests.
To celebrate Fischer’s inauguration, there will be a breakfast, prayer service, parade and formal gala. Katy Schneider helped plan the breakfast. She says there’s quaite a bit more fanfare this year than for previous inaugurations.
The day will begin with a breakfast at 7:30 in exhibit hall 2-C. The hall will be decorated with set-pieces that look like various Louisville landmarks. On Thursday morning, Rebecca Baldwin watched crews assemble a replica of Metro Hall that she painted.
Gray, Vice Mayor-elect Linda Gorton and the incoming Urban County Council will be sworn in by Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Mary Noble.
One of the most persistent questions Fischer has been asked since the election is how he will structure his administration. He has been talking with the more than 100 high-level employees he could directly replace upon taking office, and he says there will be some openings and replacements announced soon.
There’s been quite a bit of talk about how President Barack Obama’s administration will renew the country’s commitment to science, as well as to the environment, which many feel took a back seat to politics during the Bush administration. And, from the President’s address today, it sounds as though that will be more than just talk.