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State of the City: Emerging Downtown, Improved Infrastructure, Down-trending Crime (Video Included) Share

Feb 20, 2020  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

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; 13 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.

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Video pro­duced by Michael Mathias

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