December 30, 2014  |  By  | 

Photo by Frankie Steele “Louisville is on an exciting new trajectory for a great future.” — Mayor Greg Fischer Cover photo: Southwest Regional Library Dear Citizens: Greg Fischer Mayor of Louisville Our city is on a new trajectory. Our economy is growing and we’re focused on innovation and creating jobs of the future. We’re globally-minded, open-minded, and committed to transforming Louisville into the next great American city. In short, we’re playing to win. We have accomplished much since January 2011 when I made a pact with citizens that we would become a city of lifelong learning and great jobs, a healthier city and a city that is even more compassionate. As I begin my second term, it’s clear that we have made major progress in all three areas. We’re among the top four cities in the nation in post-recession job recovery. We created the Healthy Louisville 2020 vision and our Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods plan. Over 144,000 people took part in our Give a Day Week of Service and 55,000 Cultural Passes for Children were handed out. And we were designated an International Model City for Compassion. Our downtown is growing and bustling — a ripple effect that’s good for all 400 square miles of Louisville. That includes the expansion of the convention center, seven new hotels and an entire new tourism sector in bourbonism and local food. West Louisville is experiencing investment, from the new YMCA and Walmart on Broadway to the West Louisville Food Hub at 30th and Muhammad Ali Boulevard to the daily transformation happening in Portland as longtime residents make investments and artists discover its charm. We’ve built a stunning new Southwest Regional Library in Valley Station — a physical commitment to lifelong learning — and will start construction on the South Central Regional Library in Okolona. To the east, the Parklands of Floyds Fork is taking our heritage of park planning into a new century. And, after 40 years of talk, the two new interstate bridges will be completed in 2016. No individual accomplishment of the past four years is as important as the things you can’t see or measure — what you can’t point to or put on a piece of paper. We’re playing in a different league. Our city is more entrepreneurial and innovative. We not only think outside the box, we rip up the box and create something new. Our goal is clear: ALL of our people and ALL of our neighborhoods must fourish. The next four years will be momentous for our city. Just wait until the world sees what we WILL do, all by working together for one greater city. PROGRESS LOUISVILLE | 1