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What makes Lexington a “University City”?

I had the opportunity recently to speak with the Mayor’s Chief Innovation Officer, Scott Shapiro, about his work.  His focus is transformative projects, such as fiber optic infrastructure, and has included developing a typology—university cities—that identifies and builds upon the unique … Continue reading

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Final Vote Near for Comprehensive Plan Update

The final vote (second reading) on the 2018 Comprehensive Plan’s Goals & Objectives is scheduled  for the November 16, 2017 Council Meeting.  Regarding what many consider the key provision, Council initially voted 8-7 to include an amendment that, in my judgement, would have effectively … Continue reading

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LexGig Rural Area Analysis Update

Chief Information Officer Aldona Valicenti and Chief Innovation Officer Scott Shapiro provided an update on the LexGig project at the September 19, 2017 Environmental Quality & Public Works Committee Meeting (video here).  LexGig is an initiative that will bring Internet data … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Plan Goals & Objectives, Next Steps

Lexington is engaging in the final stages of updating the Comprehensive Plan Goals and Objectives.  For additional background on the substance and process of the Plan, please see my earlier blog post here and this video.  As the earlier post … Continue reading

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How Will We Grow?

On Thursday, August 31, at 1:30 pm in Council Chambers the Urban County Government Planning Commission will hold a work session for public input on their recommendations to Council for the Goals and Objectives section of the five-year update of … Continue reading

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Additional Clarifications on Statue Vote before Council

Thank you to the many constituents who have contacted my office about the John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge statues.  I support the Mayor’s resolution as a reasonable path forward that respects and preserves the long history that led up to … Continue reading

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 Field to Table Dinner – August 19, 2017

The second annual Fayette County Farm Bureau Field to Table Dinner will be held this Friday, August 19, 2017 at Grimes Mill Winery in Lexington, Kentucky.  For those did not attend last year, this is a beautiful event with outstanding … Continue reading

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Council Adopts FY 2018 Budget

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) begins a new fiscal year on July 1st of every calendar year.  Therefore Council must adopt the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget before the end of June 2017.   I am pleased to report … Continue reading

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Message of Affirmation for Lexington’s Immigrants

I am the child of a refugee and immigrant. As a child, my father fled with his parents and little sister from oppression and persecution in Russia, arriving at Ellis Island in 1923.  So I have a personal reason to deeply … Continue reading

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Council to Update Economic Development Zoning Ordinance

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 Council approved the first reading of legislation to amend the zoning ordinance for Economic Development zones in the Expansion Area.  The ordinance that will be updated is Article 23A-10, which you can read here.  As … Continue reading

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