Climate Action Summit

Greg Fischer

Mayor, City of Louisville

Greg Fischer is now in his second term as Louisville’s 50th Mayor. His administration is focused on three main goals: becoming a city of lifelong learning, a healthier city and an even more compassionate city.

Mayor Fischer describes Louisville as a “city in transformation,” and notes that since 2011, the city has added 55,000 jobs and 2,500 new businesses; seen the opening of the Abraham Lincoln Bridge in downtown Louisville and acceleration of construction of the East End Crossing and the untangling of Spaghetti Junction, as well as the opening of the pedestrian and bicycle friendly Big Four Bridge; advanced education by creating the Cradle to Career learning initiative, signing a commitment to improve student performance with JCPS and achieving a record level of citizens earning college degrees; and earned “International Model City of Compassion” recognition for four years in a row, in part by creating the Mayor’s Give A Day Week of community service, which drew more than 175,000 volunteers and acts of compassion in April 2016.

Mayor Fischer was named a 2013 “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine. He is a trustee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is chair of the Conference's Council on Metro Economies and the New American City, which addresses economic problems facing the nation’s cities and their citizens. And a 2016 survey of U.S. mayors by Politico named him as the most innovative mayor in America.
He is an entrepreneur who started several businesses, including SerVend International and Iceberg Ventures, a private investment firm. He also co-founded bCatalyst, the first business accelerator in Louisville.

Mayor Fischer graduated from Vanderbilt University. He and his wife Alex have four children.

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