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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer talks about Derby, WDRB expansion

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CANDYCE:
We're celebrating a ribbon cutting on a big expansion here at WDRB and Mayor Greg Fischer is here to help us celebrate. Always good to see you. Have you recovered from Derby?

FISCHER:
Well, it's going to take a little while. But it was a great Derby.

CANDYCE:
So tell me how it went. We talked last week about how busy your week is, and you entertain folks, and you're kind of using this as a business scouting opportunity.

FISCHER:
Fantastic. Every year we bring in about 20 to 25 people. We did the same thing this year. And no matter where they're from in the world, they are ga-ga over the spectacle we call the Kentucky Derby. And this year -- almost every year it gets bigger and better. They've been to Super Bowls, they've been to NBA finals, they say there's nothing like the spectacle of the Derby. We get our business done with them in between the races, and they leave thinking very positive things about Louisville.

It usually leads to about three to five victories coming out of that. There will be thousands of jobs from new people locating here, so it's a great investment for the city.

CANDYCE:
We can't hear about those announcements, we'll celebrate those with you!

Did you get a winner in the Derby?

FISCHER:
I say I'm a winner because I'm a Louisvillian, but financially, it was not a positive experience for me.

CANDYCE:
I know you were pulling for a lot of the local horses, and of course California Chrome won it. Let's talk about the curfew, because that's been our top story today, just different ideas for a curfew and kind of making sure there's not a repeat of the teen violence we saw that one evening in March. What kind of ideas will the city be looking at to make sure that downtown stays a safe place to be.

FISCHER:
Well, a lot different things. First, I think people should recognize obviously Thunder was tremendously successful and safe, as was the Derby parade, as was Oaks and the Derby as well, so we have all types of new activities in place, from the cameras that have been working very effectively to the increased police presence. So we've got that aspect of it, and you also have the aspect of controlling young folks so they're home when they're supposed to be home.

So, you have a couple of issues: one, the enforceability of it; two, what the police have to decide. Do I cite this teen? Do I take them home? They have limitations on what they can do. So we'relookingg at other practices in other communities to see how we can wrap up our enforcement but also putting the emphasis on the parent or the guardian -- they need to know where their kids are at all times, because they're responsible as well.

CANDYCE:
Finally, I want to thank you for being here for our building expansion. You're going to help us cut the ribbon here shortly.

FISCHER:
I love seeing expansions of businesses. Most people don't think about you guys -- as wow, they're expanding too -- but what you all are doing with social media and really covering the full range of news is very impressive, and it's good to see the added jobs. And you've done a great job here with the expansion.

CANDYCE:
We certainly are excited about our building expansion so we're glad that you could come over and just share in the excitement with us. I'm glad to hear that it was a great Derby. I hope that you recover quickly, and we'll all press ahead. Come back and see us anytime.







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