Louisville Progress Report 2018


Louisville is all about good times and good vibes, with vibrant music and art, and a burgeoning food and drinks scene, all characterized by notable southern hospitality.

—Forbes Magazine, naming Louisville one of America’s 10 coolest cities in 2018.

Louisville is a city in transformation. In the last year, we saw longstanding projects come to fruition and new efforts take shape that will continue the incredible economic momentum we see across our city.

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In the last eight years, we’ve added 80,000 new jobs and 2,700 new businesses to our city. We’ve seen $13 billion in capital investment announced in just the last four years alone, including nearly $1 billion in the historically under-resourced neighborhoods west of Ninth Street. Wages are up across the city and unemployment is down. We’ve been listed among the Top 15 cities for attracting millennials, and Forbes has called us one of the coolest cities in America. Right on
both counts!

The achievements catalogued in this report are the result of years of hard work by people across our city — in business, non-profits, faith groups, government and more, including private citizens who stepped up to help our city move forward.

The task ahead of us is to seize this moment and take our city to the next level. That means building on the economic momentum we’ve established and working harder than ever to ensure that our momentum is shared by every citizen in every neighborhood throughout the city.

That’s why our city value of compassion is so important, because it informs all our decisions as we work to create a city where everyone has a chance to realize their full human potential. Compassion also builds our social muscles and helps us become more resilient, a quality we showed in the fall, when members of our community came together to reject hate and racism in all its forms. 

We will continue that work in the years ahead and continue sending a message to the world that Louisville is a welcoming, innovative, compassionate and proudly diverse American city.

We are one city, with one future.   

And together, we are a city on the rise. 

Thank you.

— Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer


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