It’s become an annual event for Jackson to reflect on accomplishments of the previous year and look ahead to the future. The City of Jackson is holding the 2020 State of the City Address. The address, which will be delivered by Mayor Derek Dobies, is happening Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Michigan Theatre in Downtown Jackson.
For his third State of the City Address, Mayor Dobies says he will talk about the City’s progress in the past year and future projects. The mayor also plans to use his speech to talk about the importance of getting residents involved in City government. “The address will be focusing on civic engagement. We’ve made a lot of progress as a community, and we want to continue that forward trajectory by providing opportunities for residents and businesses to get involved,” Dobies said.
This year’s event will feature a guest speaker before the mayor takes the stage. Ken Toll, President and CEO of the United Way of Jackson, will be the guest speaker. Toll says he will speak on his organization’s initiatives to battle poverty in Jackson and how residents can get involved. “Financial instability is the common thread running through every social issue in our community. At the United Way, we’ve shifted our focus to helping people develop pathways out of poverty. The challenge is huge, but here in Jackson we have every element needed to help all people succeed,” Toll said.
The State of the City Address is free and open to the public. Local media are also welcome to attend to cover the event. A livestream of the address will be broadcast on the City’s Facebook page. The Michigan Theatre is located at 124 N. Mechanic St.