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 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.
Since merger, Louisville’s way of managing services such as garbage collection has been a frequent target of criticism. But outgoing Mayor Jerry Abramson says service delivery could change, if Louisvillians decide they want it to. The Urban Services District is made up of the old City of Louisville. Residents of that area pay an extra… Continue reading Abramson Says Transition Will Be Smooth, Anticipates Urban Services Extension
Outgoing Mayor Jerry Abramson says the Metro Council has become increasingly assertive in recent years, and his departure may embolden the body to try to exercise more control over city affairs.
A display commemorating Abramson’s work on the waterfront and the new arena was unveiled Friday at the corner of 2nd and Main streets. Abramson says the developments at that corner are an important part of his legacy.
Fischer made the first of several announcements about new staff members Friday, appointing, among others, a new chief of staff, director of housing, chief financial officer and director of human resources. Some of the new employees will fill positions that currently do not exist.
Fischer’s transition team includes religious, business and civic leaders. Among them are the mayors of Middletown and Shively, Urban League president Ben Richmond, and Southwest Dream Team co-founder Vince Jarboe. The team will be led by outgoing State Representative and former Metro Council President Ron Weston.