Speech Set for the Jackson School of the Arts Site
City of Jackson officials are set to host the first “State of the City” address 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. Speakers – including Consumers Energy President Patti Poppe and Mayor Derek Dobies, among others – will provide attendees a clear vision of some of the challenges the City of Jackson faces moving forward.
The event is organized in the historic Masonic Temple in downtown Jackson, 157 W. Cortland St, the site of the former Vermeulen’s Furniture store (pictured).
“The City wants to show residents and business owners alike the amount of energy and enthusiasm that’s inherent in the community,” City Manager Patrick Burtch said. “What better place to do that than the new site of the Jackson School of the Arts, a 35,000 square foot Masonic Temple currently under renovation to house the arts school.”
Mayor Derek Dobies said the event is a small way the City of Jackson can promote itself to outside residents and economic developers while also speaking to all the current residents of the community and make everyone feel heard.
“To my knowledge, the city has never delivered a State of the City address in this fashion,” said Dobies, who was elected in November and took his mayoral seat the month after. “It’s a great way to promote the city’s plans and gather enthusiasm for projects we want to undertake to better the community and help its residents.
“Having corporate partners like Consumers Energy participate will not only showcase their many efforts to aid the Jackson community, but could also inspire other businesses to step forward and be part of the city’s renaissance,” he added.
Attendees are encouraged to dress for the venue, which is currently under renovation.
The event is expected to last roughly one hour and include speeches from Dobies, Poppe and more.