Mayor Lumumba delivers virtual State of the City address focusing on progress, recent challenges

Mayor Lumumba delivers virtual State of the City address focusing on progress, recent challenges

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mayor Lumumba delivered his yearly State of the City address Thursday evening.

The virtual speech focused on city progress as well as recent challenges and the implications for the work ahead.

Local actress and comedienne Rita Brent served as Mistress of Ceremonies and the Jackson-based a capella group Four Washington provided entertainment.

The mayor touched on five major topics during his address, the first being the city’s response to the coronavirus and the year 2020. The mayor praised first responders, teachers, doctors and nurses for the role they played in so many of the events this year.

He then discussed his hope of building a “dignity economy," which entails new businesses coming to town including a new AutoZone and Southwest Airlines.

Then Lumumba brought up improving Jackson’s infrastructure. That covered street repaving projects and the progress being made with the city’s water meters.

He then moved on to the public’s safety and wellbeing, which addressed crime. He also discussed weapons on the city’s streets.

Lastly, the mayor talked about the city’s future and innovative ideas the city plans to embark upon.

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