Marion Mayor Jess Alumbaugh and special guests from vital community organizations joined forces to give the address for the Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 State of the City event.
This was Mayor Alumbaugh’s third address to the city. He updated guests, and listeners of the live WBAT broadcast, of the growing partnerships yielding more projects and programs in the community, and progress on current economic development efforts. The Mayor said great things are the works to improve and revitalize downtown Marion, citing Halstead Architects’ recent purchase of a historic building and courtyard for mixed use, IWU’s strong interest in creating a presence downtown, and the gaining momentum to provide market-rate housing, just as a couple of examples.
Grant County Economic Growth Council representatives piggybacked on the Mayor’s downtown theme by sharing their new initiative to help small businesses while improving downtown buildings through the CHARM Grant, while also explaining new programs to connect people, improve skilled labor, and echo good things happening here to attract future residents.
Community Foundation of Grant County speakers talked about the energy happening through Thriving Families Thriving Grant County, which involves anyone who wants to get involved to work on projects aimed to help our entire county thrive socially, environmentally, and more, all through collaboration for collective impact.
Marion Utilities updated citizens of their continued progress in utilizing renewable energy and increasing efficiency with their operations.
Before concluding, Mayor Alumbaugh recognized all City of Marion employees, noting a sparse workforce in efforts to save taxpayer dollars. He also thanked elected officials, business owners, community members, and State of the City organizers.