JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba gave his State of the City address from the Alamo Theatre in the historic Farish Street District Thursday night.
The Mayor highlighted what he’s accomplished so far during his year in office and his goals for Jackson.
One of the issues the Mayor inherited was the city’s struggling budget, including city workers who hadn’t received a raise in over a decade.
“I take great pleasure in announcing today, that we have moved the city from that gaping budgetary shortfall to the largest city surplus that we have seen in more than a decade,” said Lumumba.
Months ago, the Mayor announced strategic goals for the city which aimed to address Jacksonian’s health and what they eat.
“We will soon launch Jackson’s Meals Matter campaign," said Lumumba. “To increase resources like SNAP benefits for families who may not know where to turn to get the nourishment they need.”
The Mayor also announced that the city will be opening three solar farms in the future and that the city is also on schedule to reduce blight by 25 percent by 2021.
The Mayor then addressed another one of his achievements -- roads.
“I have signed a record number of inter-local agreements with Hinds County," said Lumumba. “The most since 2015, which will allow for the paving of 100 roads."
Mayor Lumumba is also aiming to bring back the city’s entertainment district on Farish Street.
“We have paid off the debt to the Department of Housing and Urban Development so that we can remove any present barriers from HUD in the pursuit of re-establishing our once vibrant entertainment district,” said Lumumba.