Mayor Fischer already talking job creation on 2nd day; names 2 leaders

Louisville, KY - By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Now that the inaugural festivities are over, Metro Mayor Greg Fischer is getting down to business and we're getting a closer look at the Fischer administration.

He's spent Tuesday - his second day as mayor and first day in the office - crossing things off his to-do list - even talking about creating jobs.

His second day started just after 7:30 a.m. as some of his top officials welcomed him with a standing ovation in his office.

"We're having a public safety briefing, then we're having a staff meeting after that, then a business development meeting with a economic development prospect from out of town," the Mayor said.

After 10 a.m. Fischer signed his first proclamation for this coming Saturday: calling on everyone to participate in a day of Community Service.

The Day of Service, which has been coordinated with the help of Metro United Way, will begin at 8 a.m. with a rally at Metro United Way headquarters, 334 E. Broadway. Afterward, volunteer teams will go to their assigned project sites around the city.

Organizations benefiting from the service work include the Americana Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brooklawn, Dare to Care, Family Scholar House, Gilda's Club, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Presbyterian Community Center, St Joseph's Children's Home, Salvation Army and Volunteers of America.

Fischer will lead teams of mayor's office employees who will be helping renovate a home for Habitat for Humanity and completing a painting project at The Center for Women and Families.

Individuals or groups can sign up for a volunteer project until January 6 at 5 p.m. by going to

Fischer also named two important staff positions: Margaret Handmaker will, for at least six months, be the Chief of Economic and International Development.

Tony Peyton will be the director of policy, helping set the guidelines of the administration, but there are still several vacancies to be filled.

"A new public health director, a national search for a humane services director , then we have the office of sustainability that we will be the addressee me in the first year , and then a director of an ovation as well," the Mayor said.

After those announcements, its off to city hall to make some important friends.

"Shake hands with some of the Metro Council Members then we're heading out west to Portland and then through west Louisville," the Mayor said.

And on this first day in the office, Fischer was already trying to keep up with Mother Nature.

"We'll be off to a salt dome in the east - want to make sure we're ready for any snow - then we're coming back here, so it's a full day," Fischer said.

There's also a meeting with GLI, an aging-care company, that could relocate their corporate headquarters to Louisville, bringing with it dozens of jobs.

WAVE 3 News will keep you informed of how everything progresses.

More on the two appointments from the Mayor's office:

Margaret Handmaker as interim Chief of Economic and International Development. Handmaker retired as a top executive at Mercer Inc. and is a member of the University of Louisville Foundation Board. Most recently, she worked with the Downtown Development Corp. Handmaker was a member of Fischer's transition team and she, along with others, is completing a holistic review of the city's Economic Development Department, including its relationship with Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) and the Downtown Development Corp.

Tony Peyton as Director of Policy. Peyton was the Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations at the National Center for Family Literacy, based in Louisville. He is a former aide to Congressman Norman Sisisky of Virginia, and was a graduate assistant at the Kentucky Center for Public Issues.

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