Mayor DeLoach to deliver State of the City Address Monday

'The Savannah Forward Plan' will include five strategic initiatives laid out by mayor (Credit:Robert Catanese)

Mayor Eddie DeLoach will deliver the State of the City Address at the Coastal Georgia Center on Monday, Feb. 12.

FOX 28 sat down with the mayor to get a preview before he takes to the podium.

“The main thing I want to focus on is the crime issue,” said DeLoach.

He said his Savannah Forward Plan will lay out five strategic initiatives including public safety, infrastructure, neighborhood revitalization, economic development and good governance.

“I want to continue to hammer the drug issue and keep hammering the issue of gang violence,” he said.

He plans on touching on budgeted issues that will enhance the newly formed Savannah Police Department and landscaping improvements throughout the city.

He also will address job creation.

“We have a big job fair coming up to give people an opportunity. If you’re not satisfied with your job, be there on Feb. 20. We are going to have 80 companies at the civic center that are there to hire, not just to interview,” said DeLoach.

DeLoach also said he plans to discuss the importance of early education.

“I want to be able to change that early. We do that by giving that early childhood education, working with the school system, the state and the three universities here,” he said.

Addressing infrastructure issues, he says the city plans to spend and leverage $1.6 million during a 12-18 month period to build new sidewalks and bike paths.

“I don't want a segment of the community to take away anything. I want the entire community to take away the sense of hope that we have in this community,” he said.

He commended the work of the council and City Manager Rob Hernandez in formulating and molding the future of the city.

“We are not above the citizens, we are the citizens and we want to make sure that they know that when they speak, we listen,” he said.

The State of the City Address will take place Monday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center.

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