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Last year, Mayor Derek Dobies was the first Mayor of Jackson to deliver a State of the City Address. That tradition continues in 2019, with the second annual State of the City taking place at the Martin Luther King Community Center on Wednesday, February 20.
Mayor Dobies says for this year’s speech, he intends to reflect on goals for Jackson laid out last year, and set new priorities. “I want to give an update on where we are on those goals and set a clear picture of what we’re going to be working on in the next year as a city,” Dobies said. The mayor says he plans on talking about solutions to some of the biggest issues facing Jackson, like road repairs, gun violence, and neighborhood investment. “As downtown continues to grow and develop, we want to make sure our neighborhoods aren’t left behind and we’re guiding investment back into our neighborhoods,” Dobies said.
The mayor says he chose the Martin Luther King Community Center as this year’s State of the City venue to highlight ongoing efforts to reinvest in Jackson’s south side neighborhood. During his speech, Dobies plans to highlight a $1 million renovation of the community center happening this year. “There will be a lot of different upgrades, including a new kitchen. There will also be work done to make the MLK Center look more welcoming, open, and accessible to the community,” Dobies said.
Jackson residents and local media are welcome to attend this event. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the program starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Martin Luther King Community Center is located at 1107 Adrian St. in Jackson. Unlike last year’s State of the City, tickets will not be required for entry. A livestream of the address will be broadcast on the City of Jackson’s Facebook page.
A Facebook event has been created for the State of the City. Click on this link to view the event page.