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Mayor's office spending less without slowing progress

Fiscal discipline and efficiency has been a priority in my administration from day one. And we're getting results.

In two years, we've cut the Mayor's office budget nearly 58% percent - from a high of $480,000 under the prior administration to a six year low of $202,000 last year. Meanwhile, there are two employees in the Mayor's office compared to the six employees working for the prior administration when we took office in January 2012. We've instituted other cost saving measures such as spending less on travel. While the prior administration was spending more than $12,000 per year on travel, last year we spent only about $4,700.

It's these savings that are helping to make our city government leaner and more efficient. We ended last year with a budget surplus of nearly $10 million. But our fiscal discipline isn't slowing down our progress. In our first 27 months, we've helped attract nearly 2,800 new jobs to Jeffersonville. That's more than all of the jobs created in the four years preceding our administration.

The numbers speak for themselves. They prove that you can do more for less. With our continued commitment to steamlining government and cutting excessive spending, the city's fiscal health will remain strong.

Mayor Mike Moore


If you made a resolution to get fit this year, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore is offering a new program to help you reach your goals.  The Live Healthy Challenge is a way for city employees and residents to make lifestyle changes in the coming year.

"I want Jeffersonville to be a healthy and active community.  This program provides an easy, cost-efficient way to kick-start physical activity and improved nutrition.  Through programs like this one and the Mayor's Fitness Council we have a goal to make our community healthy," said Moore.

The program is in conjunction with an online platform from the non-profit Live Healthy America, which allows for the formation of teams to track physical activity, weight loss, or both from January 28 through April 5, 2013.  It also provides meal plans, video workouts, healthy recipes and nutrition and wellness resources.  Live Healthy America charges $20.00 for each participant and includes a year-long subscription to a national lifestyle magazine and a t-shirt.  Registration is open

Moore is encouraging city employees to participate and hopes local businesses will do the same.  "We are striving for a healthy workplace.  I am challenging city employees to join me in by taking part in this program.  One way we can help drive down lifestyle-related health care costs is to create and sustain an environment of wellness in City Hall," said Moore who noted that the Building Authority installed a shower on the third floor for employees to utilize.  "If we want employees to become more physically active, we need to make it more convenient for them to exercise and achieve a healthy lifestyle.  The city's health insurance costs place a heavy burden on the city budget.  One way to lessen that burden is to encourage our employees to make changes in their lifestyle."

Indiana was named the 15th most obese state in the country, according to a 2011report from Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Meanwhile, Indiana's adult obesity rate is 29.1 percent.

“Research shows that exercise at work works,” said Moore. According to a federal study, worksites and offices with a physical activity program reduced their costs by 20 percent to 50 percent, reduced short-term sick level by 6 percent to 32 percent and increased productivity by 2 percent to 52 percent.

The 10-week challenge is a team-centric program focused on activity and weight management. "It will be a fun, inspirational way to achieve your wellness goals," said Moore.  "I am issuing a challenge to everyone to join.  By actively taking part in the program participants can motivate, educate and empower themselves to make positive and lasting lifestyle changes to achieve optimal health."

Behind the Scenes Safety at Thunder Over Louisville

Jeffersonville's public safety team offers a behind the scenes look at preparing for one of the area's biggest events, Thunder Over Louisville.4099245922 5f8fe9b9a8 o

Public Safety from throughout the Southern Indiana Community join forces to form a unified command during Thunder Over Louisville.

"This year, we have a unified command... we all work together to make sure we maximize our resources to provide as much safety and security as we can," said Major Joshua Lynch of the Jeffersonville Police Department.

FireDirector of Safety, Amir Mousavi, will be in the Incident Command Post serving as representative of City of Jeffersonville as one of the incident commanders.

"We are going to make sure that the citizens are enjoying themselves and don't get injured and go home in one piece," Mousavi said.

The fire department will assist with medical emergencies and will with rescue or fire in the area and will be stationed with ambulances along Market Street.

Chief Eric Hedrick of the Jeffersonville Fire Department said, "We have folks that will be in the field on the fire engines and with the ambulance folks, but also back at the command post we'll have people there who will be coordinating a response in case something happened during thunder."Thunder 1

To ensure the safety of the community during Thunder Over Louisville, The Jeffersonville Police department will serve as Traffic Control and will have a heavy presence at the event area.

"Thunder over Louisville is a great event. It's a fun day. We just ask that you respect the people that are going to be there. There are going to be a lot of children and elderly. We just ask that you respect the people around you and have a good time," Major Lynch said.


steamboat 2After 15 years, the City of Jeffersonville is proudly bringing back Steamboat Days! The festivities will be held October 17th-19th, 2014 in conjunction with the Belle of Louisville's 100th Birthday Celebration. Come for music, food, arts, steamboats and family!  Learn about the benefits of sponsoring below. 

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riverstage_logoThe RiverStage is Southern Indiana's premier outdoor entertainment venue. The 2014 events schedule will again include Broadway on the River, Rolling Out the Weekend concerts and Twilight Cinema, all free to the public. In June Jeffersonville will host the fourth annual Smokin' On The River, a BBQ, Blues and Brew Festival. Find out more on the RiverStage's new website.

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mainstreetJeffersonville Main Street Inc. is a nonprofit organization working to continue the revitalization of the commercial and residential districts of downtown Jeffersonville. Be sure to check out their website for information about upcoming community events, the Jeffersonville Farmers Market, Concerts in the Park, and other news.

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The Jeffersonville Parks Department has a great lineup of programs and activities for all ages! The new website features bios on every park in Jeffersonville as well as events and activities.

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