Mayor Frank G. Jackson Delivers 2018 State of the City Address

City of Cleveland residents, neighborhood organizations, business leaders and members of the general public joined Mayor Frank G. Jackson for his 2018 State of the City on Oct. 10.  The event was held at Cleveland Public Hall and offered a new more community-focused and affordable address format. This is the first year the event was free and open to the public.

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“Cleveland is a successful city, but it is not a great city. A great city is one where everyone can participate in a good quality of life and prosperity,” said Mayor Jackson. “Success has a short shelf life, but greatness ensures sustainable transformation. In order to become great we have to have the courage and a strategic plan to get there. It also means we recognize that success is not the goal, but it is what we have to do without giving it a second thought.”

Attendees also submitted questions to Mayor Jackson, some of which he answered on Facebook Live on Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. Click here to watch the video. Mayor Jackson will answer more attendee questions over the next few weeks via Facebook Live.

Mayor Jackson – currently in his historic fourth term – has committed to continuing the work of growing the city, while improving Cleveland’s neighborhoods. This State of the City address highlighted achievements in the present term as well as new solutions to improve residents’ quality of life. The Mayor promised and is delivering on multiple plans to advance the city’s neighborhoods, noting they are vital to securing Cleveland’s future.

Since his Jan. 2018 inauguration, Mayor Jackson announced large-scale neighborhood initiatives including the first phase of his $65 million Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, the Safe Smart CLE initiative to upgrade the city’s technology and streetlights; and the installation of trauma counselors in the city’s 21 recreation centers and more.

The Mayor has consistently communicated that increased public safety, balanced budgets, increased services to every neighborhood; ongoing school reform and economic growth in healthcare, education, research, financial services and manufacturing have come through the collective work of multiple sectors of the city. The State of the City highlighted that continued cooperative approach to Cleveland’s evolution into a great city. Since Mayor Jackson’s first address, he has changed the State of the City format a few times.

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