LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Deadly violence in Lexington made national headlines in 2022. It was a central issue in Mayor Linda Gorton’s report card to the city in her annual State of the City County Address. Lexington suffered through a record number of homicides in 2022, but despite that headline, Gorton said investments in public safety and other quality-of-life areas are making the city a better place to live.

“Lexington’s government has one and only one focus — meeting the needs of nearly 325,000 people. It’s that simple and that complicated,” Gorton said.

By the numbers, Gorton said there’s a lot for Lexington to be proud of.
“Overall, our economy is thriving. Unemployment in Fayette County is at 3.1%. Employment has surpassed pre-pandemic levels,” she said.


Gorton said there’s more to look forward to in 2023 for businesses to locate in Lexington. In March, a new tool, Open Counter, will launch and allow developers to look at every available property, it is zoning, necessary permits, and more.

On crime, Gorton laid out the good and the bad.
“Between 2021 and 2022, we saw a 50 percent decrease in gun-related homicides among youth and young adults and a 15% decrease in shootings,” she said.

Gorton credited the work of “ONE Lexington” and also cheered the results of new Flock cameras. Their number will soon grow to 100 after Gorton said this past year they helped police recover just under $2 million in stolen property and more than 40 guns. But there is another concerning kind of crime rising in Lexington.

“There were 13 homicides related to domestic violence in 2022; compared to just one in 2021,” Gorton said. In response, the city launched a campaign providing bystander training to offer safe ways to intervene.

As Lexington grows, the debate over affordable housing has too. In addition to hiring a housing advocate, this year the city will invest over $15 million to make more available, as more than 800 affordable apartment units are already under construction.

“All of these units are designed for people who really need assistance,” Gorton said.

Gorton also shared success stories from many of the city’s programs to help its citizens, from housing repair to workforce training.

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Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton will give her State of the City-County speech on Tuesday at Central Bank Center.

Doors open at 11 a.m. with the program beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the speech at approximately 12:15 p.m.

The speech is free and public seating is available.

If you can’t make it in person and wish to tune in, you can watch it live at fox56news.com/watchliveeventcoverage or facebook.com/FOX56News.