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Economic Revitalization

  • In 2011, the city was still in the Great Recession, with unemployment at 9.4%. Today, with the addition of 80,000 new jobs, growth in our tech sector, and 3,000 new companies, the unemployment rate is 3%.

  • 20,000 more Louisvillians now live above the poverty line; 20,000 more families have joined the middle class; and child poverty decreased 27%.

  • $24 billion in capital investments – including a record $1.4 billion in west Louisville.

  • With a commitment to making Louisville more global, the city has seen a 49% increase in foreign-born population since 2011 – key, since 35% of our population growth comes from international residents.


  • A breakthrough $116 million investment in affordable housing and record outlays from homelessness solutions.

  • Normalized open and frank discussions around racial injustice and equity.

  • 1.3 million acts of compassion through the annual Give A Day service initiative.

  • Created the Office for Veterans; restarted Veterans Day Parade, which grew to Week of Valor; and in 2015, officially reached functional zero for homeless veterans.

  • Acted swiftly, calmly, and compassionately to address the challenged resulting from the tragic death of Breonna Taylor in 2020 and protests for racial justice in Louisville and 2000+ cities across the country. From the Hillard Heintze independent audit to Breonna's Law and 100+ reforms, Louisville took on its challenges and immediately began the work of implementing equitable solutions.

  • 7 straight years of a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index.

Lifelong Learning

  • The new Evolve 502 education initiative features a free college scholarship - a gamechanger for every Jefferson County public high school graduate.

  • More than $50 million in Louisville Free Public Library construction: Three new regional libraries (Southwest, South Central, Northeast), and a new branch in Middletown; renovated branches in St. Matthews, Iroquois, Bon Air, Shawnee, and Shively; funded plans to open libraries in Parkland and Fern Creek and expand the Portland and downtown Main libraries.

  • Created the conditions for low-cost, high-speed internet throughout the community, and partnered with providers and the federal government to sign people up for the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Look Around!

  • $24 billion in capital investments completed, underway or announced includes the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, the $200 million soccer stadium district, $207 million renovation of the Kentucky International Convention Center and $400 million in improvements to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.

  • Invested a record of nearly $500 million in public works infrastructure projects, including road paving, sidewalk repairs, two-way street conversions, and Complete Street projects on main corridors from Frankfort Avenue to Dixie Highway, with the city's first Bus Rapid Transit.

  • Established Bourbonism to tout Louisville's unique blend of bourbon, a thriving local food scene, great chefs, and tourism - which has grown from 2011's 12.7 million visitors to 19 million.

  • Over 100 new hotels opened - more than two dozen added or planned downtown.

  • Named Best Festival City in 2015 by the International Festivals & Events Association for experiences including Forecastle, Bourbon and Beyond, Louder Than Life, Funk Fest, WorldFest, St. James Art Show, Iroquois Amphitheater shows and more.

  • Curated Louisville native Muhammad Ali's homegoing in 2016 and continued to honor his legacy, from renaming the airport to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, launching the U.S. Postal Service "Stamp for the Champ" initiative, and producing the "City of Ali" documentary to commemorate the 2016 Ali Week of celebration.

Health and Sustainability

  • Health-in-all-policies approach to decision-making helped us earn the prestigious Culture of Health Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2016, and the esteemed gold medal from CityHealth in 2021 and 2022.

  • Comprehensive, equity-led approach to addressing the impact of COVID-19 helped prevent many deaths and hospitalizations. One of the few cities in the world to not see a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths among minority communities.

  • Implemented the city's first-ever sustainability plan, Sustain Louisville, as the framework to achieve ambitious climate change goals. Investments and attention to tree canopy and parks/green spaces.

Success Was No Accident...

  • Built an inclusive, high-performing Louisville Metro Government team. Instituted a system of daily work, continuous improvement, innovation, and partnerships - measured by the LouieStat performance improvement program. One of only two cities to ever achieve What Works Cities' top-level Platinum Certification for our use of data to guide daily work.

  • Created the One Water Partnership, joining areas of the Louisville Water Company and MSD to produce benefits and savings of over $50 million.

  • Mayor Fischer was elected by the mayors of America as President of the United States Conference of Mayors in 2020, one of the most difficult times for cities in recent history.

  • Managed the financial impact of the Great Recession in 2011, as well as state-obligated pension expenses - delivering quality government services with 1,200 fewer employees. Consistently earned high bond ratings from each of the nationally recognized credit rating agencies.

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