This Morning: Jackson Mayor to deliver State of the City Address, renovations at MLK Center


Mayor Derek Dobies will deliver his 2nd annual State of the City Address in Jackson tonight. 

Mayor Dobies says for this year’s speech, he intends to reflect on goals for Jackson laid out last year, and set new priorities.

“I want to give an update on where we are on those goals and set a clear picture of what we’re going to be working on in the next year as a city,” Dobies said.

The mayor says he plans on talking about solutions to some of the biggest issues facing Jackson, like road repairs, gun violence, and neighborhood investment.

“As downtown continues to grow and develop, we want to make sure our neighborhoods aren’t left behind and we’re guiding investment back into our neighborhoods,” Dobies said.

The mayor says he chose the Martin Luther King Community Center as this year’s State of the City venue to highlight ongoing efforts to reinvest in Jackson’s south side neighborhood.

During his speech, Dobies plans to highlight a $1 million renovation of the community center happening this year. “There will be a lot of different upgrades, including a new kitchen. There will also be work done to make the MLK Center look more welcoming, open, and accessible to the community,”

City officials have said city council will need to pass the bond money before renovations begin, but they could start as early as July.

Another feature will also include a “Walk of Fame” as you walk into the building to showcase some of the most influential people from Jackson’s south side.

Dobies said. Jackson residents and local media are welcome to attend the State of the City address.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the program starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Martin Luther King Community Center is located at 1107 Adrian St. in Jackson.

Unlike last year’s State of the City, tickets will not be required for entry.

A livestream of the address will be broadcast on the City of Jackson’s Facebook page.

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