Sep 28 2020 Small business grant program receives additional $6.4 million

Louisville Forward has received an additional $6.4 million to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through its Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.

The additional funds are unspent federal CARES dollars being carried forward from fiscal year 2020 into fiscal year 2021. Per current federal regulation, all CARES dollars must be spent by December 30, 2020.

Sep 9 2020 Louisville Forward launches new low-interest loan fund to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Louisville Forward, the city’s economic and community development arm, has l

Aug 21 2020 Build Back Better, Together focus on increasing resiliency, battling pandemic and addressing systemic racism
Aug 21 2020 Small business grant program provides much-needed aid to local businesses

Since its launch on July 1, Louisville Metro Government’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program has awarded more than $12.7 million in grants to nearly 350 small businesses throughout the city.

Jun 17 2020 Mayor Fischer invites all Louisvillians to get involved in Build Back Better, Together effort

Mayor Greg Fischer today kicked off Build Back Better, Together, an initiative aimed at dismantling systemic racism and creating dynamic economic growth from the COVID-19 pandemic impact.

In opening the inaugural meeting of the Build Back Better, Together (BBBT) steering committee and focus area leaders, Mayor Fischer emphasized the importance of all Louisvillians joining the effort.

Jun 15 2020 Louisville Metro proposes using federal COVID-19 relief funds for eviction prevention, small business assistance

Louisville Metro Government has proposed allocating $42.4 million in federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security) Act money toward small business assistance and eviction prevention.

Jun 4 2020 Louisville Metro issues Solicitation of Interest for redevelopment of former Urban Government Center

Louisville Metro Government today issued a Solicitation of Interest for Urban Government Center, providing an opportunity for developers to submit proposed plans to redevelop the large property along Barret Avenue. The city is seeking proposals that include mixed-use, mixed income development that incorporates high-quality design, housing, retail, office and/or hotel space along with integrated green spaces and multi-modal connectivity.

May 13 2020 Louisville Forward, GLI jointly recognized as top economic development group by Site Selection magazine

Today, Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Louisville Forward, the city’s economic and community development organization, and GLI, the 15-county regional chamber of commerce, have been jointly recognized as a Top U.S. Economic Development Group for 2019 by Site Selection magazine.

May 12 2020 Louisville Metro temporarily relaxing outdoor seating regulations for restaurants

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today announced new efforts to ease restrictions on outdoor seating for restaurants following concerns from the industry about how limited indoor seating capacity will affect local restaurants.

Jan 28 2020 Mayor, UPS sign extension of Metropolitan College program

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined UPS Vice President Tracy Roberts and representatives from the University of Louisville and Jefferson Community and Technical College at UPS Worldport today to ceremonially sign a memorandum of association (MOA) for extension of the Metropolitan College program. This partnership provides Metro College participants with employment and tuition-free educational opportunities.

Jan 21 2020 Mayor appoints Sabeen Nasim as Director of the Louisville Metro Office for Globalization

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the appointment of Sabeen Nasim as Director of the Louisville Metro Office for Globalization, which works to implement new strategies to engage and welcome Louisville’s international community.

Dec 5 2019 Louisville again earns 100 on Human Rights scorecard

For the fifth year in a row, Louisville has earned a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) scorecard.

The ranking — called the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) — reflects the city’s support of the LGBTQ community, and the commitment of all Louisville Metro Government agencies to ensure the city is welcoming and inclusive.

Nov 13 2019 Louisville unveils home for regional AI hub powered by Microsoft, names director

Mayor Greg Fischer today joined Microsoft U.S. Chief Technology Officer Jennifer Byrne to announce that Ben Reno-Weber will serve as Director of the Future of Work Initiative, the tech giant’s regional efforts around artificial intelligence, internet of things, and data science. They also cut the ribbon on the initiative’s home, Story Louisville powered-by-Microsoft, at 900 E. Main St.

Nov 7 2019 New loan programs offered to small developers and immigrant professionals

In response to community input and continued conversations with Louisville Metro Government, Louisville-based certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) LHOME has launched two new loan programs aimed at building wealth for small developers in west Louisville and for immigrants seeking recertification for professions they pursued in their countries of origin.

Oct 17 2019 Construction on new Dare to Care facility begins in Parkland neighborhood

Dare to Care Food Bank broke ground today, on its new Dare to Care Community Kitchen in partnership with the Novak Family Foundation. The new Kitchen will be located at the site of a former grocery store at 28th and Virginia Streets in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood.  Opening in April 2020, the new Kitchen will triple the size of Dare to Care’s current kitchen, expanding capacity for existing and new programs to serve Kentuckiana’s 170,000 food insecure residents.