November 18, 2015 - Gov. Beshear presents funding for Town Branch Commons
Governor Steve Beshear today ceremonially presented $2.7
million in funding for another section of Lexington’s long-awaited urban park
known as Town Branch Commons.
The project is to include creation of a badly needed pedestrian
crossing, with signal, on heavily traveled Vine Street in the vicinity of the
central transit center for Lextran, the public transportation system for
Lexington. [read more]
November 16, 2015 - Ashland Inc. breaks ground for new Valvoline office building
Ashland Inc. today hosted a
ground breaking ceremony for a new 162,400-square-foot office building on its
Lexington campus between Blazer Parkway and Palumbo Drive. The new building
will serve as the global headquarters for Valvoline, a business unit of Ashland
that has been based in Lexington for more than 30 years. [read more]
November 12, 2015 - City celebrates grand opening of Berry Hill skatepark
The skateboarder looks out over a
sea of smooth concrete. With a bend of his knees, balanced on an 8-inch-wide
board and four small wheels, the skateboarder is sent flying toward the center
of a bowl, momentum carrying him quickly up the other side. He shifts his
weight, pivots the board, and is off again. [read more]
November 3, 2015 - Gray proposes investments in youth
With the Urban County Council set to begin its deliberations Thursday on how to spend a surplus from the budget year that ended June 30, Mayor Jim Gray today proposed a variety of investments with a special emphasis on young people. [read more]
October 29, 2015 - City adds to Rain Day Fund
The Urban County Council voted Tuesday to move $2.3 million into the city's Rainy Day Fund. Mayor Jim Gray, who has made solid financial management a hallmark of his administration, asked Council to increase the size of the fund. The fund now totals $30.1 million, representing 9.3% of the General Fund. [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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