The City of Marion’s State of the City address was held on February 19th, 2020. Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President, Kylie Jackson, led off and introduced Mayor Jess Alumbaugh, who then introduced each following speaker: Marion Utilities Director Chuck Binkerd, City of Marion Controller Julie Flores, and City of Marion Chief of Staff Mike Flynn. Each provided highlights from the past year.
Mayor Alumbaugh concluded with an insightful and encouraging speech reflecting on progresses made in 2019, and how his vision for 2020 and the next few years is shaping. His main points include the City of Marion has come a long way in getting out of preexisting debt; downtown is seeing a ripple-effect of both commercial and residential investment; 2‑way streets are a vision for downtown to slow traffic and help businesses flourish; 1⁄3 of Marion’s streets have been paved over the past 4 years; and overall crime has trended down.
The video includes all speeches from the event.
The State of the City is an annual event organized by the Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce and for the past several years has been held at the Ivy Tech Community College Conference Center on the Marion campus.