Office of the Mayor
200 E. Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
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The former CEO of Gray Construction, an international construction firm, Jim Gray brought his executive's approach to the Mayor’s Office in 2011. He came into office with three priorities: Create Jobs, Run Government Efficiently and Build a Great American City.
In just three years, Mayor Gray and the city council have righted Lexington’s financial ship by getting things done – big things, small things and everything in-between. Tens of millions have been saved by reforming employee health insurance and the local city’s pension system, a reform that has become a national model.
Lexington has avoided the Detroit model. Instead it is on the Lexington path – one where city finances are in order, our local economy is strong and growing, and crime is low because public safety and quality of life are top priorities. Lexington is one of the safest cities of its size, anywhere in the country.
Currently, Gray is working to boost Lexington’s economy through a transformative project where internationally recognized designers are building an arts and entertainment district around a reinvented Rupp Arena and a resurrected Town Branch, the creek around which Lexington was founded in 1775. The projects will create a fabric of parks and public spaces through the heart of Lexington's downtown.
Gray is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and in 1996 was appointed a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.
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