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Louisville Mayor hopes for more progress in 2015

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Mayor Fischer speaks with WDRB about looking forward to 2015. Mayor Fischer speaks with WDRB about looking forward to 2015.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says 2014 has been a great year for our city, setting us up for a successful new year.

Four years ago, Mayor Fischer was sworn in as Louisville's Mayor. Now he's just days away from doing it again, but this time the state of our city is much different.

"The biggest thing is when I took office we were in the middle of the great recession," said Mayor Fischer.

The past four years were all about job growth. Mayor Fischer says there is tremendous investment in the city, with the Ohio River Bridges Project and downtown development.

"We've got wonderful momentum right now, it all starts with jobs so there's been a tremendous recovery here in Louisville since the great recession took place, one of the fastest in the country, so that sets the tone for everything," said Mayor Fischer.

He says that momentum is going to accelerate as we move forward.

Mayor Fischer said, "We've made Louisville one of the few cities in the country that are in the hot spot category that people are talking about."

But he plans to bring another conversation to the table -- education.

"What I'd like to see more investment in our youngest citizens -- getting all our kids ready for kindergarten. We need a kids to start off with the same opportunity so that's an area that needs more work," said Mayor Fischer.

We will also see some new faces in 2015. Mayor Fischer lost two department heads in the past year, what he calls normal turnover.

"We're seen as a model government around the country right now so we'll bring good people in we'll train them other people try to steal them away and we'll do the same but we're really proud of our team here," said Mayor Fischer.

He plans to make a few announcements about additions to his team next week. He is eager invest in Louisville's future, but what about his?

"I was just re-elected as mayor so I get all these questions what are you going to do next and I said being mayor is a great job. I'm not a lifelong politician, I'm a business guy who just happens to be the mayor right now. It's an honor to have this position," said Mayor Fischer.

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