LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of Louisville nonprofits and government communities gathered at the Americana World Community Center Thursday to listen to Mayor Greenberg’s first State of the City address. 

What You Need To Know

  • Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg delivered his first State of the City address on Thursday

  • One of his primary objectives is to increase public safety

  • He noted that in 2022 there were 160 homicides—down from 188 homicides in 2021

  • The mayor mentioned plans to reopen Parkland and Fern Creek free public libraries

One of Greenberg’s primary objectives is to improve public safety. He noted that in 2022, there were 160 homicides in the city.

That’s down from 188 homicides in 2021.

Greenberg specified plans to improve police recruitment and training and increase transparency and collaboration in the department. 

“Our goal is to help people who might be on the path to tragedy to find reasons to change direction,” Greenberg said. 

Besides improving public safety, the mayor mentioned plans to reopen Parkland and Fern Creek free public libraries. 

“With the help of our partners at the library foundation, we’re going to expand and transform the Portland library and the library downtown,” he said.

Joining Gov. Andy Beshear’s goal to increase preschool access to all Kentucky children, Greenberg plans to launch universal preschool education for three- and four-year-olds in Louisville. 

Expanding his team, Greenberg also announced he’s added multiple offices to his staff, including the Offices of Philanthropy, Sustainability, and Racial Justice and Equity. 

“Achieving equity demands recognizing that different communities have different needs,” Greenberg said.