Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Greg Fischer Announces Plans for Mayoral Run

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 20, 2009) – Greg Fischer, a prominent Louisville businessman and former Democratic candidate for the United States Senate, today announced he will file a letter of intent to run for the office of Mayor of Metro Louisville.
“Louisville is at a crossroads as we consider new directions for the twenty-first century,” Fischer said. “Not only are my sights set on creating an open and diverse culture within Metro government, but I feel the time has clearly come to unleash the potential of one of the most unique cities in America. We must find new ways to harness Louisville’s energy.”
Fischer, who has a long history of leadership and public service in the community, entered the 2008 U.S. Senate race a year ago as a relative unknown. In this first effort seeking elected office, Fischer finished second out of seven in the Democratic field, earning a reputation throughout the Commonwealth for approachability, sincerity and energetic campaigning.
Fischer, known for his team building skills and results orientation, made his mark in the business community in a diverse number of roles: as a founder, job creator, investor and chief executive in many well known Louisville area companies including SerVend International, Dant Clayton Corporation, MedVenture Technology, bCatalyst and Vogt Ice.
“I intend to utilize both my business and political experience in serving this city. I will deliver tax efficient, high-quality city services to all our residents in every neighborhood,” Fischer said. “I also understand the critical role Louisville plays as an engine to our state’s economy, and I will be a strong, vocal leader for our community in Frankfort and throughout the Commonwealth.”
Fischer’s community service in Louisville was highlighted during his chairmanship of the Louisville Science Center, where he helped raise more than $20 million to refurbish the Center. Greg also currently serves on the non-profit boards of the Waterfront Development Corporation, Jewish Hospital Board of Trustees and the University of Louisville Board of Overseers.
“Louisville needs a strong CEO. I look forward to applying my decades of management and leadership experience in building business and community partnerships as the mayor of our city.”
Fischer has spent the last several months talking to Louisville citizens about the needs of the community. “With Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson joining forces for the 2011 gubernatorial campaign, now is the time for a new mayor to shift gears and build on the long record of accomplishment of both the Abramson and David Armstrong administrations, and to lead the community to even greater heights.”
Fischer, 51 and a native of Louisville, is married to Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides, a local physician. The Fischers have four children.
A public announcement and event kicking off the Fischer for Mayor campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more information, visit www.gregfischer.com, email info@gregfischer.com or call 502-552-3599.

Monday, July 20, 2009

District 12 Dialogue - July

District 12 Dialogue
Tuesday July 21st 7pm
Rockford Lane Baptist Church, 2006 Rockford Lane
Special Guest: Richard Jett, Historic Preservation Officer
Do you have a small family cemetery in your yard or neighborhood? Join us this month as we discuss guidelines, laws and appropriate care for these historic
locales with Richard Jett, Metro Louisville Historic Preservation Officer.
Mr. Jett will also be able to address questions regarding a request to demolish Colonial Gardens, which will be reviewed Wednesday evening. Also on hand to answer questions and take concerns will be representatives from LMPD, IPL, MSD, Neighborhoods and Congressman John Yarmuth’s office.

I Hate To Say It, But I Told You So....

If you didn't see this coming, you weren't paying attention. The official announcement comes today that will introduce Mayor Jerry Abramson as Governor Steve Beshear's running mate in 2011. The local media love-fest begins today.

HERE is the Courier-Journal's article.

Much, much more on this later. Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Special Guest Commentary

The New Cut corridor has been on a steady decline for the past 50 years. The completion of the widened corridor and the courage and willingness of south Louisville investors offers an exciting to reverse this already deepening spiral. Communities across the nation are looking to gateway roads such as New Cut for creative possibilities.

This proposed development comes at an opportune moment as state and local officials look for regional enhancements that will complement Churchill Downs. Revitalizing New Cut is a strong signal that we're serious about our local small business community, quality neighborhoods and the world know ICON, Churchill Downs

I would argue the land-marking because it is a flawed process to begin with, holds land-marking to less stringent review process thus by-passing legislative approval strangles the community and leaves decision making to an elite few.

Louisville has an opportunity to be bold, be courageous and do what is right for south Louisville neighborhoods, businesses and the community