Office of the Mayor
200 E. Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Office: (859) 258-3100
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Mayor Jim Gray is building a Great American City.
The former CEO of Gray Construction, one of the nation’s leading designers and builders of large-scale manufacturing facilities, Gray has brought a businessman’s approach to city government by creating strong financial and operational management systems and planning strategic investments across the city.
Since taking office in January 2011, Gray has addressed budget deficits totaling $35 million. Savings came through tough cuts and innovative solutions: eliminating non-essential positions … contractual concessions from union groups … asking employees to shoulder more of the cost of their health insurance … and smart investments leveraging private, state and federal grants.
Recently, with the help of police and fire representatives, Gray tackled the city’s most pressing financial issue, the underfunded police/fire pension. The compromise agreement they forged allows the city to reclaim its financial strength, while saving the pension to ensure a dignified retirement for police officers and firefighters.
Lexington’s government is running efficiently … leaner and smarter … without compromising public protection or eroding quality city services.
And the Mayor is making progress despite the tough times:
Leading the charge to invest in the Lexington brand by redefining downtown, centered around an arts and cultural district starring a reinvented Rupp Arena, and a linear park following the path of Town Branch through downtown.
Trading old rivalries for a new cooperative spirit through an economic development partnership with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to create a world-class advanced manufacturing and technology super-region.
Creating a fertile environment to grow the city's quality of life and with it to grow jobs and bring in new companies, including an international law firm bringing 250 good jobs.
Gray is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and in 1996 was appointed a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.
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