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Louisville restaurant inspection data soon to be featured on Yelp

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Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government is partnering with Yelp to integrate the city’s restaurant inspections data into reviews.

David A. Mann
Reporter- Business First

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You’re used to finding user reviews on Yelp. But soon you’ll be able to see what city health inspectors think of your favorite restaurants.

Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government is partnering with Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP), operator of the popular consumer review site, to integrate the city’s restaurant inspections data into reviews, according to a news release.

The release said Louisville is only the second city to offer the service. San Francisco, where Yelp was founded, is the first. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made the announcement during a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Las Vegas today.

“Our restaurant scores have been available on and the city’s smart phone app, Louisville Mobile, for years, in addition to the physical posters that restaurants must display,” Fischer said in a news release.

“However, this new partnership takes that information to a national audience and makes it readily available through a highly used consumer site,” he said. “With the help of innovative companies such as Yelp, it is possible to keep the public informed and, more importantly, keep our citizens healthy.”

The release said the integration of city data was possible because Louisville adopted the LIVES standard, a technology standard created in 2012 as a cooperative effort between the nonprofit Code for America, Yelp and representatives from technology departments in city halls across the country.

Fischer also said the Louisville-Yelp partnership creates better incentives for app developers because it encourages better open data compatibility between all cities.

David A. Mann covers these beats: Health care, health insurance, distribution/logistics (UPS), manufacturing (GE, Ford), environment, travel, minority/women’s affairs and Southern Indiana.


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