Nov 21 2017 Jeff O’Brien named new Director of Develop Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer has named Jeff O’Brien as the new director of Develop Louisville, the city’s real estate and community development arm. O’Brien has been with the city since 2013, first as project manager for Vision Louisville then as Deputy Director of the Office of Advanced Planning. O’Brien was named to the position after Director Deborah Bilitski accepted a position as Deputy Director/Vice President of the Waterfront Development Corporation.

Nov 14 2017 Landbank Authority approves sales of 50 vacant properties

50 vacant properties in various neighborhoods were approved for sale to buyers by the Landbank Authority at its November meeting. An increase in sales can be attributed to new programs of the Vacant & Public Property Administration, which debuted on October 20. The programs are designed to provide more opportunity for residents to purchase Landbank Authority-owned vacant properties.

Nov 2 2017 Community-Wide Planting Day works for a greener Louisville

Brightside will hold its fall planting event Saturday, November 4 at the intersection of the Parkland, California and Park Hill neighborhoods. Volunteers will join Brightside, who has partnered with the Division of Community Forestry, The Nature Conservancy, Brown-Forman, and UPS to plant approximately 160 trees on Virginia Avenue and 25th Street.  

Oct 31 2017 Mayor Fischer joins Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory to cut ribbon on May Hillerich Park

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has transformed a vacant lot in Smoketown into a park for the public’s use. Today, Mayor Fischer joined the company to officially open May Hillerich Park at 813 Jackson Street. May Hillerich was the sister of Bud Hillerich, creator of the Louisville Slugger, and played a critical role in the early success and growth of the company.

Oct 25 2017 Louisville ranked a top 10 city for small business friendliness

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Louisville has earned an A grade from small business owners through Thumbtack’s 2017 Small Business Friendliness Survey, which is the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of government policy in the United States.

Louisville ranked No. 7 out of the 80 cities surveyed and is the only city in Kentucky to receive this top ranking. The state received a grade of A-, ranking 17 out of 50 states surveyed.

Oct 20 2017 Louisville scores perfect 100 for third year on Human Rights Campaign scorecard

For the third year in a row, Louisville has earned a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign scorecard, which says the city remains a “beacon of hope” in terms of ensuring that all residents are treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Oct 19 2017 Vacant & Public Property Administration announces new programs for selling structures and lots

The Louisville Metro Vacant & Public Property Administration (VPPA) today announced three new programs designed to more rapidly move vacant properties back into productive use.

Oct 16 2017 2017 Sustainability Summit: Resilience, Equity & Climate Change

The Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability and the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) will co-host the fourth annual Sustainability Summit on Friday, October 27. Highlights will include local and national speakers and a focus on opportunities for residents to actively engage in creating a more just and sustainable Louisville.

Oct 16 2017 District 8, Public Works, and Office of Advanced Planning announce Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue safety study

District 8 Metro Councilman Brandon Coan, Public Works, Develop Louisville’s Office of Advanced Planning have announced the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue Safety Study with the purpose of analyzing existing safety and mobility issues on Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue between Broadway and Interstate 264.

The goal of the study is to identify solutions for improving safety and mobility for all users with emphasis on pedestrians and bicyclists.

Oct 13 2017 Former Okolona Library property for sale or lease

The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government (“Metro”) is seeking a person or party to purchase or lease the property located at 7709 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY, 40219. Metro will entertain all offers and will evaluate based on the best interests of Metro. Metro does not commit to finalizing as sale or lease based on this availability.

Oct 6 2017 Brightside & Passport Health Plan Fall Community-Wide Cleanup to be held Saturday, October 21

Thousands of volunteers will join together on Saturday, October 21 for the bi-annual Brightside & Passport Health Plan Community-Wide Cleanup to pick up litter and beautify sites across Louisville.

Volunteers across the city—Boy & Girl Scouts, neighborhood associations, business associations, elementary school classrooms, families and more—will be participating in this fall’s event.

Oct 5 2017 South Floyds Fork Vision workshop to be held on October 17

A community design workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 6 p.m. at the Gheens Lodge at the Parklands of Floyds Fork to gather public input for the South Floyds Fork Vision, an ongoing process to create a visionary plan that will provide guidance for authentic, healthy, equitable, sustainable, and well-connected growth in the South Floyds Fork area.

Sep 28 2017 Mayor Fischer kicks off National Manufacturing Month

Mayor Greg Fischer today joined local leaders and business owners in an early kickoff for National Manufacturing Month in October.

Manufacturing is a major economic driver for the Louisville area, with 1,400 manufacturing companies employing approximately 83,000 people, representing 13 percent of the regional employment. Earlier this year, Forbes magazine ranked Louisville as the No. 1 city for manufacturing in the U.S.

Sep 25 2017 Mayor Fischer proposes $30 million bond for soccer project

Also will seek an additional $30 million for other economic development plans

Sep 22 2017 Louisville CARES and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund will hold informational meetings for new applications

Louisville Creating Affordable Residences for Economic Success (CARES) and the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund (LAHTF) will be jointly hosting four informational meetings regarding the upcoming round of funding available for these two sources. This round of funding is comprised of $14.5 million dollars and is designed to provide gap and/or bridge financing to developers building affordable workforce housing or incorporating affordable workforce housing into market rate projects.