LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Calling Louisville a city that is "ready, nimble and looking forward to incredible opportunities," Mayor Greg Fischer delivered his State of the City address Thursday afternoon.

The address, which is given annually, updates the public on the city's financial standing and typically provides guidance on the city's plan for the future.

Today, Fischer told attendees that he wants his second term to be known for investment. 

"I envision my second term as a period of unprecedented investment, Fischer said. "This infusion of energy is measured not only by public and private capital investments, but also by the time, the enthusiasm and the spirit of our people invested in our communities."

The speech, which is usually delivered in January to the Downtown Rotary Club, was held at the new library in Valley Station, as part of an effort made, in cooperation with the Rotary Club, to hold the annual event in different parts of town.

Fischer also unveiled a new Cradle to Career initiative, a four-pillar, interdependent education and workforce plan that focuses on making sure pre-school children receive adequate development and educational opportunities and continuing accelerating the progress of 55,000 degrees, among other initiatives. 

"My new Cradle to Career initiative takes a broad-ranging approach to build a skilled and savvy workforce, and to ensure all of our citizens, in every zip code, can succeed," Fischer said.

He also urged all Louisvillians to call 1-800-372-7181 and ask their state legislator to support House Bill 1, which would give Kentucky communities the right to vote for themselves on funding specific, capital projects through a 1-cent time-limited sales tax. (If a caller gives their address, they will route your message to the appropriate legislators.)

“You decide your own fate,” Fischer said of LIFT, the local option. “You're in control. That's all we are asking for. We deserve the right to vote.”

The Mayor closed with a call for personal investment by Louisvillians in our communities – by volunteering as mentors as part of the Mayor's mentor challenge, by hiring a SummerWorks teen, or by sponsoring a teen to work for Metro Government for the summer.

“All of us have the ability to touch the future by investing in our community, by investing in the young people around us, by investing in the tools our community needs and in the quality of the places that we gather,” he said.

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