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]
August 27, 2015 - Mayor names Russ Hensley to 12th District seat
Mayor Jim Gray today named local businessman Russ Hensley the new Councilmember for the 12th District. He replaces the late Ed Lane, an advocate for business and his District. [read more]
August 27, 2015 - Short Street's the place to be in October
The street may be short, but this year Short Street is long on expectations.
Not only will the street be the downtown focal point for the KentuckyOne Health Breeders’ Cup Festival, but Short, between Mill and Lime, is getting a facelift complete with flowers, benches and painted sidewalks that are more pedestrian friendly. [read more]
August 27, 2015 - Consolo announces expansion in Lexington
A software company that specializes in the hospice and palliative care industry is increasing its presence in Lexington. Governor Steve Beshear and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray today announced Consolo Service Group is expanding its current location, creating 30 jobs and investing $730,700 into the project. [read more]
August 24, 2015 - Advancing Broadband event coming in September
As Kentucky prepares to build a statewide broadband superhighway and Lexington continues its drive to be a gigabit city, Mayor Jim Gray is inviting local officials and technology experts from across the region to a broadband conference, September 15-18, sponsored by Broadband Communities Magazine. [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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