July 16, 2015 - City Hiring Project Management Director
City Hall is taking management to a new level with the hiring of a project management director, whose responsibility is to create an efficient system for the city's capital projects, Mayor Jim Gray said today. [read more]
July 13, 2015 - City celebrates musical, new theater company with street sign
The place to “come and meet those dancing feet” is on a downtown Lexington street with a new name… 42nd Street! [read more]
July 8, 2015 - Mayor asks art board to review Cheapside statues, marker
Mayor Jim Gray, emphasizing the importance of diversity, inclusion and respect, today asked the Urban-County Arts Review Board to review the placement and presentation of two historical statues and a historical marker in Cheapside Park. [read more]
July 6, 2015 - Gov. Beshear, Mayor celebrate Governor's Cup award in Lexington
Gov. Beshear joined community officials from the region to celebrate Site Selection magazine naming Kentucky the top state for economic development projects per capita last year. The Governor was presented with a trophy by magazine officials earlier this year. [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Those savings allowed the Mayor to invest in public safety, including hiring more police officers and replacing outdated equipment.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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