The week ahead: Hometown tourism, budget meeting, CycLOUvia and more

week ahead

How’s your Derby hangover? Are you ready for the week?  Here are some things to look expect.

Hometown Tourism

Once the last of the Derby revelers leave town, it’s now time for Louisville residents to play tourist. On Tuesday, May 9, at 11:30 a.m. the mayor will be hosting a Hometown Tourist Celebration press conference at 4th Street Live!

According to the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, this year more Hometown Tourist discounts are being offered than ever before. The celebration, held each year in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, is under way May 8-31.

After the press conference, residents can browse through more than 40 exhibitors including museums, restaurants and hotels to see just what kind of discounts they’re offering (and if past events hold true, pick up some cool swag). All you need to do to get your discounts is show your Kentucky or Southern Indiana ID.

Say your piece in front of the budget committee

May 10 is your first chance to comment on the proposed FY 2017- 2018 capital and operating budget for the city

“The committee encourages the public to attend and participate in the budget process;” said Marianne Butler (D-15) in a news release.  “Over the next two months as we review the proposed budget it is very important to have input and dialogue with not only the departments but the public as well.”

The public hearing is at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 601 West Jefferson Street, 3rd floor. Over the next two months, the council will hold around 30 hours of public hearings on the budget.

Sign-ups for those wishing to address the budget committee begin one hour prior to the start of the hearings. It’s first-come-first-serve, speakers have only three minutes and the topic must be budget-related.

PharMerica will release earnings Wednesday

From Insider’s Boris Ladwig: “PharMerica’s shares fell about 17 percent around the time that the pharmaceutical services company announced in late February that fourth-quarter net income fell 62 percent despite higher revenue. Shares have recovered about half that decline since then. Company leaders have projected that sales will rise about 16 percent this year, boosted in part by a doubling in the company’s acquisition activity.”

Focus on Okolona

Next Thursday afternoon, Mayor Fischer will tour the soon-to-be-opened South Central Library and meet with seniors at Southern High School before accepting the Walgreens’ Healthy and Happy Award for the city at 3:15 p.m., at the store at 4310 Outer Loop.

CycLOUvia returns on Saturday

This Saturday, May 13, CycLOUvia returns to the Germantown, Schnitzelburg and Shelby Park neighborhoods, also known as Three Points, via Goss Avenue, Logan Street and Shelby Street. During the event, the city shuts down roads to motorized vehicles and leaves them open for pedestrians, bikers, skaters, joggers, dancers etc.

Mayor Greg Fischer created the event in 2012 as part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. This is the 10th CycLOUvia. Streets will be closed from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.