Letter from Mayor Fischer

Our city is going through a tremendous renaissance in job growth, construction and educational attainment. We have earned a host of accolades from around the world as a city on the move, because we offer a unique combination of economic opportunity, great quality of life, signature tourist attractions and the zeal to create a community where everyone in every neighborhood has a positive and hopeful future.

Our global brand is a city with a distinct culture of innovation,
collaboration and compassion.

This report tells the story of our city’s achievements in the last year.
Our successes are the result of years of hard work by people both in
and outside Metro government; people who are dedicated to ensuring that all residents of Louisville have the opportunity to reach their full human potential.
Like every community, we have opportunities and challenges. My team and I will continue to work with our local and national partners to fight for our citizens so that their opportunities become limitless.

We do so because, in our great city, we believe in the future, we know our job is never done, and most importantly — we believe in each other.
Thank you.

—Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Economic Development


Since 2011, Louisville has added 71,000 new jobs from new businesses, expansion of existing firms and relocations. In 2017 alone, the Louisville Forward economic development team helped with 56 projects representing nearly $1.7 billion in investments and the creation of 5,400 jobs.


  • Diversified Consultants Inc.’s $19 million facility; more than 1,000 new jobs.
    EY’s new $4.35 million national executive support center; 125 new jobs.
  • With nearly 30,000 open jobs in the city, we’re working with partners like KentuckianaWorks to provide 21st Century workforce training.
  • In 2017, the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center made its 1,000th job placement, and the Kentucky Health Career Center earned the Medistar Award for connecting people to healthcare jobs.




Business: 2,500 gained since 2011

Investment: $12B in capital investment announced, completed or underway since 2014

Tourism: 24 million tourist visits annually



“Bringing high-speed gigabit internet to all of Louisville, and working toward making it available to every citizen in every neighborhood is central to our digital inclusion strategy.”
— Mayor Fischer


  • Louisville was among the first dozen cities in America to get Google Fiber’s superfast internet access, leading other providers to also begin offering super-fast options to their customers. “Part of the reason that we’ve been able to do this faster is because of a really forward-thinking city government.” – Ashley Kroh,  a Louisville native working as Google Fiber’s east region
    network deployment and operations lead.
  • The PNC Gigabit Experience Center opened in the
    Louisville Central Community Center in Russell, allowing free access to superfast gigabit speed Internet.
  • The Office for Civic Innovation has partnered with
    Internet service providers to expand Internet access in low-income neighborhoods, and planning has begun for a $5.4 million project to build a new fiber optic network through the city, including neighborhoods where ultra high-speed internet is unavailable.
  • The Civic Innovation team helped coordinate a project
    in which Fern Creek High students refurbished
    donated laptops, then provided them to low-income families, creating greater access to online education
    and job opportunities.


Amazon Web Services honored Louisville as a 2017 City on a Cloud Innovation
Challenge winner.

The Center for Digital Government recognized the city as a leader in digital and innovation efforts.

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Public Safety

With violent crime rising in cities across the U.S., Mayor Fischer introduced a six-point plan for violence  prevention in Louisville, with a shared focus on enforcement and prevention – attacking root causes
of crime.

“Just hiring more officers and making more
arrests will not get the job done alone,” 
he said.


In partnership with federal agencies, LMPD keys
on hot-spot policing that focuses on narcotics trafficking, illegal gun use and the small
percentage of people committing violence.


Stopping violence before it starts; led by the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN). Such efforts as Zones of Hope, No More Red Dots, Trauma Response Collaboration, Pivot to Peace, Clergy Resource Team.


Partnering with the community to build positive capacity, with programs like SummerWorks, Right Turn and ReImage, Metro Mentors.


Getting everyone involved through such efforts as Cure Violence, One Love Louisville Ambassadors, OSHN Advisory Council and External Agency Fund, block watch and neighborhood associations.


Partnering with agencies like Restorative Justice, Cardinal Success, 21st Century Policing to ask, “Are our policies, practices and systems working?”


Preventing recidivism with smooth transitions. Programs include FACT (2), ReImage, Second Chance Employment.

Investments to keep us safer

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Lifelong Learning

“My dream is to own my own store, and this job has prepared me for a lot of the skills  I will need to do that. SummerWorks gave me real work experience.”
– Jon Russell, 18, Fourth Street Live!

2017 highlights

  • 5,200 — Number of young people ages 16-21 placed in jobs with SummerWorks employers.
  • 36,250 — Number of Cultural Passes distributed this summer, providing children with free access to many of the Louisville area’s arts and cultural institutions.
  • 130,653 — Number of books read through the Louisville Free Public Library’s Summer Reading program.
  • Cradle to Career has evolved into Louisville Promise, an effort to strengthen wrap-around supports to ensure students get the skills they need, from pre-K to college and career readiness.
  • The groundbreaking Compassionate Schools Project, which cultivates focus, resilience, empathy, connection and wellbeing as the basis for academic and personal success, was fully implemented in 25 Jefferson County Public elementary schools this year.
  • KentuckianaWorks programs helped 4,000 people start or return to college by removing barriers to higher education.
  • JCPS opened a West Louisville Satellite Office in the California Community Center, providing west Louisville families with greater access to services needed to ensure a quality education for their children.
  • Clariant Corporation made a three-year grant to create a new STEM program at the California Community Center, in partnership with Wheatley Elementary.
  • KentuckianaWorks is among partners creating the Academies of Louisville, small learning communities within 11 JCPS high schools that allow students to connect what they’re learning in the classroom to careers.


“I emphasize lifelong learning because in a world that’s changing as rapidly as our world today, the lifelong learners are the ones best equipped to anticipate, adapt and thrive.“
– Mayor Fischer

2017 was a big year for Louisville Free Public Libraries, with the opening of one regional library and groundbreaking for
another, which, when opened, will complete our commitment under the Library Master Plan to provide a full-service
library within five miles of 90 percent of Louisville residents.

2017 highlights

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  • $14M — Budgeted for affordable housing.
  • 212,442 — Foster Grandparent and Retired & Senior Volunteer program volunteer hours.
  • 180,000 — Volunteers and acts of compassion during the 2017 Give A Day Week of Service.
  • 110,850 — Meals provided to senior citizens via Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition
  • 102,000 — Meals served to youths and adults at Metro Parks & Recreation community centers, in partnership with Dare To Care.
  • 5,300+ —JCPS students receiving
    backpacks and other resources to prepare for the school year at Neighborhood Place-sponsored events.
  • 112 — Number of youth and young adults housed during a national challenge to house 100 homeless young adults in 100 days.
  • 9 — Percent decline in homelessness since 2016, thanks to collaborative effort with multiple agencies, according to the Continuum of Care
    Point-in-Time Count.
  • Three-peat! Louisville earned 100 on Human Rights Campaign scorecard for third year in a row.
  • Louisville named among Best Cities for People with Disabilities by WalletHub.com.

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“Improving health is everybody’s business, so we work to convene, connect and communicate to establish healthier places, programs and policies toward making Louisville one of the healthiest cities in the country.” – Mayor Fischer


  • Reduced the rate of uninsured from 18 percent
    to 5.8 percent, improving health outcomes and reducing mortality rates.
  • Created an Office of Addiction Services to better coordinate resources to attack the opioid epidemic. Also filed a federal lawsuit against the three largest wholesale opioid distributors for dumping millions of pills into Louisville neighborhoods while refusing to fulfill their obligations to monitor, identify, report and halt suspicious shipments of opioids. Any damages awarded will go toward the cost of treatment for addiction, education and law enforcement.
  • Exceeded 13,000 participants in syringe exchange program, which leads to care for more people with HIV and Hepatitis C and referrals for treatment services.
  • Added e-cigs and hookah to the city’s
    comprehensive smoking ban.
  • Celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Center for Health Equity, which was the first of its kind in the nation when it opened, and the release of the 2017 Health Equity Report.

West Louisville

“Our city is experiencing outstanding economic momentum, but we know we must ensure that the prosperity and opportunity is happening in every neighborhood.”

  – Mayor Fischer


West Louisville has seen more than $800 million of investment completed, announced or started since 2014 – projects that help meet the needs of families, increase safety, boost neighborhood amenities and provide an attractive place to do business. 

2017 highlights

  • A rebirth at the intersection of 18th Street and Broadway, with plans for a $130 million Passport Health Plan headquarters (500 jobs), and $28 million Republic Bank Foundation YMCA.
  • $1.5 million in major road and sidewalk improvements are under way near 18th and Broadway, which will be a key stop on our city’s first Bus Rapid Transit service, via Dixie Highway.
  • Construction has begun on enhancements at
    Sheppard Park, the first project of the $30 million Choice Neighborhood initiative; to be leveraged into
    a more than $200 million transformation of Russell.
  • Louisville Urban League is partnering with the city to develop a $30 million, state-of-the-art sports facility anchored by an indoor track and field facility at
    Heritage West.
  • We expanded resources at the Nia Center, a
    one-stop workforce and entrepreneurial development center on West Broadway.
  • Metro’s Office of Redevelopment Strategies, in partnership with urban planner Joshua Poe and local community groups, released a redlining story map
    to show how historic inequitable practices impact
    our current neighborhood landscape. We’re working now with community and industry leaders to reverse that impact.


2017 highlights

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“The Louisville Welcome Academy helps increase economic, social and civic assimilation of Louisville’s immigrant population. The program has brought together people from all over the globe and enabled them the realization of the Great American Dream.”
—Mary Niang, Louisville Welcome Academy graduate


Louisville is proudly home to more than 160 international communities, and our Office for Globalization consistently implements new strategies to empower our international population.

2017 highlights

  • The Big Table

    Thirty foreign-born community leaders graduated from the Louisville Welcome Academy, a 6-month free leadership program that helps immigrants and refugees understand and participate in city leadership. A new group begins in January.

  • City leaders are partnering with local healthcare and education organizations to recruit a talented and diverse global workforce, many of whom have come from Puerto Rico.
  • 100,000 visitors enjoyed food, dance and music from more than 100 vendors and 70 entertainers
    at WorldFest, one of the region’s largest
    international festivals.
  • Metro Parks and the Office for Globalization partnered to host an Inter-Neighborhood
    Bhutanese soccer tournament and to create Sunil Gavaskar Cricket Field at Hays Kennedy Park.
  • Louisville hosted an Importer/Exporter Boot Camp, sponsored by the World Trade Center Kentucky, to assist entrepreneurs and established businesses interested in buying and selling in
    international markets.

(Above: Rally for American Values)

Paving, Sidewalks & Infrastructure

Over the past three years, Louisville Metro has spent $40 million to pave more than 300 miles of roads in the city, including more than 100 in 2017.

2017 highlights

  • Completed design and began construction on the $50 million Dixie Highway Corridor project. The work, being funded in part by a $16.9 million federal TIGER grant, will improve safety and mobility on Dixie between the Snyder Freeway and downtown, including new sidewalks, bus stops and landscaping, as well as technology upgrades and the city’s first Bus Rapid Transit line to improve traffic flow and reduce travel times.
  • Opened a new Roads Division District operations and snow command center, creating efficiencies in Snow Team operations and expanding capacity for salt storage.
  • Spent more than $2.3 million to repair sidewalks,
    and launched a Sidewalk Inventory program to track maintenance needs throughout the city.
  • Introduced electronic alert systems to notify citizens of street sweeping and remind them of junk pickup time.
  • Developed new programs to make it easier for
    residents to buy and redevelop vacant properties in
    their neighborhoods.
  • Conducted Building Our Blocks events in seven
    neighborhoods, with city agencies, community leaders and partner organizations taking services directly to citizens’ doorsteps.