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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

JEFFERSONVILLE MAYOR MIKE MOORE ANNOUNCES 100 DAY WELLNESS CHALLENGE

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."

Calling All Artists

The Jeffersonville Public Arts Commission is calling for entries for multiple art projects from local professional artists and talented hobby artists alike. Visit www.jpac-art.com for additional information and applications.

BenchSculptural Benches for Chestnut Street

The Jeffersonville Public Art Commission and the Redevelopment Commission are seeking artful designs for permanent, outdoor public bench seating to be located along the sidewalks of Chestnut Street in Historic Downtown Jeffersonville. The pieces created should be designed to fit at least three people comfortably. A total of 4 designs will be selected.
OFFICIAL CALL FOR ENTRY WILL OPEN - March 7, 2014
AND WILL CLOSE - May 2, 2014 by 3:00 p.m.

"On the Berm"

The City of Jeffersonville and the Jeffersonville Public Art Commission with the assistance of 'Mammoth' serving as Public Art Administrator, seek to commission the creation of sculptural and/or landscape interventions that are monumental, oversized or that make intentional use of the land through innovative and thoughtful design.
It is our intention to select a project that is highly site-specific and emerges from a strong, design-oriented tradition of creative practice. From the submissions, a total of 3 semi-finalists will be contacted.
OFFICIAL CALL FOR ENTRY WILL OPEN - April 7, 2014
AND WILL CLOSE - May 12, 2014 by 3:00 p.m.

Wheely Artful Bicycle RacksBikeracks

The City of Jeffersonville and the Jeffersonville Public Art Commission are seeking designs for permanent, artist-designed outdoor bicycle racks to be located throughout the City of Jeffersonville. The purpose of the racks is to provide places where cyclists can safely secure their cycles. The racks will also aesthetically enhance the environment. A total of 7 designs will be selected....2 large, 2 medium and 3 small.
OFFICIAL CALL FOR ENTRY WILL OPEN - March 7, 2014
AND WILL CLOSE - May 2, 2014 by 3:00 p.m.

kids at crosswalkCreative Crosswalk Project

The City of Jeffersonville and the Jeffersonville Public Art Commission in collaboration with the Jeffersonville Street Department are seeking artists or art teams to assist with the replacement of old crosswalks within the Historic Downtown District with something distinctive and unique and artist designed. The new crosswalk compositions will be compliant with traffic and safety regulations. The project goal is to enhance the pedestrian experience, give better definition to Jeffersonville's Historic Downtown district and provide an additional public art experience for our citizens. A total of 4 designs will be chosen.
OFFICIAL CALL FOR ENTRY WILL OPEN - March 7, 2014
AND WILL CLOSE - July 18, 2014 by 3:00 p.m.

 

Send OR email responses to the contact below-

ATTENTION: PUBLIC ART COMMISSION
500 Quartermaster Court Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130

FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE
Shane Corbin
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Director of Planning and Zoning
Jeffersonville, Indiana
P: 812-280-4712 F: 812-285-6468

STEAMBOAT DAYS

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

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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JEFF MAIN STREET

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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JEFF PARKS DEPT

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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