September 21, 2015 - Mayor, transportation officials open new section of Citation Blvd
Mayor Jim Gray, state and local officials cut a ribbon today to open a new 2.4 mile section of Citation Boulevard linking Leestown Road and Georgetown Road, and giving businesses along the Leestown corridor and residents of west Lexington neighborhoods new access to I-75.[read more]
September 18, 2015 - Blue Grass Community Foundation begins fundraising for Town Branch Commons
Town Branch Commons, a winding downtown park that will follow the path of Lexington’s historic water source and connect the urban core with rural landscapes, is moving forward with private fundraising. [read more]
September 17, 2015 - Lessons for financing next-generation broadband projects
Next Century Cities, a city-to-city collaborative of over 100 communities focused on next-generation Internet access for all, held the Financing for Next Generation Broadband event in Lexington, Kentucky, bringing together mayors, elected officials, business leaders, and community members to share best practices and discuss approaches to broadband financing. [read more]
August 28, 2015 - City opens Global Lex
Bienvenidos… bienvenue… willkommen… No matter the language, all are welcome at GLOBAL LEX, the City’s new Global Engagement Center now open at 1306 Versailles Rd. The mission of GLOBAL LEX is to support and encourage civic engagement, mutual understanding, economic development and artistic diversity. [read more]
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About Mayor Gray
Jim Gray is getting things done as mayor of Lexington, a vibrant university city of 300,000 surrounded by the most beautiful horse farms in the world.
In his first term, Mayor Gray drew upon his experience as the CEO of Gray Construction, the international design-build firm, to bring an executive’s approach to government. Facing deficits on day one of his administration, Gray righted Lexington’s financial ship through a series of major reforms. Gray cut in half the city’s annual health insurance costs while improving employee satisfaction through an on-site medical clinic and pharmacy. His reform of the police and fire pension system preserved the retirements of more than 1,000 retirees while saving the city $45 million in just three years. A national actuarial firm labeled it the “most effective pension reform in the country.”
Those savings allowed the Mayor to invest in public safety, including hiring more police officers and replacing outdated equipment. Today Lexington is the safest city of its size anywhere in the country.
Now entering his second term, Mayor Gray continues to focus on his three core themes: creating jobs, running government efficiently and building a great American City.
At the start of his career, Jim Gray received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and then came home to help grow his family’s construction firm, accepting a Loeb Fellow appointment at Harvard along the way. Today Gray Construction is the country’s largest builder of major manufacturing facilities with revenues approaching $1 billion and projects completed for companies like BMW, Toyota, Hitachi and Siemens.
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