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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — “Home” was the theme of Mayor Rosalynn Bliss’ 2020 State of the City address as she recapped 2019 and previewed the year to come.
The fifth-year mayor said Grand Rapids isn’t just a nice place to live; “It’s the best place to live.”
“Our mission is to make sure there is a space for everyone,” Bliss said. “A space where people feel safe and where they feel they belong. We want them to choose this community to live, work, raise their families and retire. We want to be a home for business and economic vitality.
“And we want all of our residents – including our most vulnerable: those who are sick, struggling with poverty or homeless – to have a safe place to call home.”
Bliss gave a nearly 45-minute speech Tuesday evening, March 3, in front of a packed crowd of invited guests at The High Five event venue at 19 La Grave Ave. SE.
Tuesday’s address was also streamed on Facebook Live, here .
The mayor didn’t introduce any new initiatives. She used the annual community address to highlight city achievements from 2019, and outline priorities for the coming year.She touched on common themes from previous addresses including affordable housing, economic growth, strengthening neighborhoods, reducing lead poisoning, improving parks, fostering equity, reducing homelessness, and improving environmental sustainability.Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink introduced Bliss to the stage Tuesday evening. He called the mayor a “partner in progress” who, despite being a part-time mayor, works overtime to provide leadership […]