In the summer of 2016, Mayor Greg Fischer was named the most innovative mayor in America by a Politico survey of mayors, and a July issue of TIME magazine called Louisville a place of “free-wheeling innovation” and growth. ZipRecruiter named Louisville a Top 10 city for jobseekers in 2017.
These and other accolades speak to the strong economic development and quality of life for residents in the Gateway to the South. Known the world over as the birthplace of Muhammad Ali and site of the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, Louisville also is a go-to city for corporate headquarters and expansions. In late April 2017, Louisville was announced as a Google Fiber city, with network construction expected to take place in phases. Tourism expenditures were up 4 percent in 2016 over 2015, and Jefferson County’s total tourism intake was $3.45 billion.
The commonwealth’s largest city was named after King Louis XVI of France and was founded in 1778 during the American Revolutionary War by militia leader George Rogers Clark. Two years later, Jefferson County was one of the original three Kentucky counties to be formed. With 83 incorporated cities, the county of Jefferson and city of Louisville have operated with a merged metro government since January 2003.
County Seat: Louisville
Greg Fischer, Mayor
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Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, chief
Metro Council: President David Yates, Jessica Green, Barbara Shanklin, Mary C. Woolridge, Barbara Sexton Smith, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, David James, Angela Leet, Brandon Coan, Bill Hollander, Pat Mulvihill, Kevin Kramer, Rick Blackwell, Vicki Aubrey Welch, Cindi Fowler, Marianne Butler, Scott Reed, Glen Stuckel, Marilyn Parker, Julie Denton, Stuart Benson, Dan Johnson, Robin Engel, James Peden, Madonna Flood, Brent Ackerson