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]
August 19, 2015 - Lexington is ready to play pickleball at Kirklevington
There’s a new game in town at Lexington’s Kirklevington Park: pickleball, a sport often described as a combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong that’s growing in popularity across the country. [read more]
August 11, 2015 - Bluegrass Tool & Industrial expanding operations, adding jobs
A manufacturing service provider is growing operations in Lexington. Mayor Jim Gray today joined officials from Bluegrass Tool & Industrial in breaking ground on a new 25,000 square-foot facility. [read more]
August 10, 2015 - Mayor declares August "Play Ball Month"
Surrounded by kids, coaches, former Major League Baseball players and representatives from Lexington Parks & Recreation, the Lexington Legends and Bluegrass Sports Commission, Mayor Jim Gray today declared August 2015 as “Play Ball Month” in Lexington. [read more]
August 3, 2015 - New date for public meeting to review Civil War statues, marker
A public meeting to give all citizens an opportunity to express their opinions about the location and presentation of two of Lexington’s Civil War statues and an historic marker, has been rescheduled. The meeting will now be held from 6-8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21. [read more]
Mayor's News Archives
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.
High Resolution Photo