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Louisville Mayor Fischer delivers State of the City address to Rotary Club

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has outlined his vision for the city of Louisville.

Fischer delivered his State of the City speech to the Rotary Club at the Galt House Thursday afternoon. 

Fischer talked about Louisville's continuing recovery from the recession. He also discussed the efforts to boost economic development in west Louisville.

Fischer also touted Louisville's growth downtown, especially with tomorrow's scheduled groundbreaking of the new Omni Hotel project, which will bring hotel rooms, apartments and retail.

"This will be a gorgeous, game-changing, $300 million exclamation point to our skyline," Fischer said. "We plan to fill the Omni’s 600 rooms, as well as those of the six other hotels that are planned or underway, with visitors who want to experience our city’s great amenities." 

Fischer also touched on public safety after one of the most violent years the city has seen in decade. 

"Just over a year ago, we launched the Real Time Crime Center, which uses technology and data analytics to help our officers fight crime," Fischer said. "And just last year, we launched the 9th Mobile Division, deploying officers to keep the peace in neighborhoods where our data analysis tells us they can
do the most good."

But Fischer noted that "crime is not a problem we can arrest our way out of." 

By way of a solution, Fischer pointed to the creation of the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods and the Pivot to Peace initiative. 

"This program intervenes with certain hospital patients who are receiving treatment for gunshot, knife or other violent crime injuries, so that we stop retribution crimes and provide options to guide these citizens toward a bright future," Fischer said. "Pivot to Peace is innovative, promising and one of the many actions we’re taking to give more of our young people hope and a sense of possibility."

Fischer asked for the community to pitch in to help Louisville reach its full potential. 

"I want each of you and the businesses you represent to invest in our future by joining the dozens of local companies that hire young people through our SummerWorks program," Fischer said. 

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