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Oct 18

Mayor Delivers 2016 State of the City Address

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 8:50 AM by Communications Department

The Marriott at City Center was brimming with anticipation as 16025_view04c_main_v03-small_SCMayor McKinley L. Price presented the 2016 State of the City Address, Delivering Greatness

The Mayor’s speech was highlighted by the unveiling of an urban design vision for redevelopment of Downtown Newport News. This vision depicted the nature and character that downtown can have. Most people know that Downtown Newport News is not destined to be redeveloped as many downtowns in large cities with high rise office buildings or large scale retail development. However, it can become a low to mid-rise area with a rich fabric and pedestrian scale development. It can be a mixed use community of housing, businesses, and entertainment appealing to aerial_pier_SCyoung professionals and entrepreneurs while embracing the downtown manufacturing heritage. The presentation included a three minute video depicting a trip through this new downtown.

From the opening of the South Police Precinct and Jim’s Local Market to the privately purchased Denbigh Shopping Center, Newport News has made great strides in bringing investment to all sections of the City. The $500,000 Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grant will “will be the springboard for leveraging public and private investments to replace distressed public and HUD-assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing in the Southeast Community,” said Mayor Price.

He highlighted the expansion of the Tech Center, businesses like Printpak, and other projects that have been announced will bring more than 2000 jobs to the City. And, the widening of I-64 and the potential bus rapid transit fixed guideway system which could increase transportation our transportation capacity, connect residents and businesses and spur economic development.
City Manager James Bourey presented the City’s Performance Outcome Measures report which gauges how well the City is meeting the strategic priorities defined by City Council. The report provides a place to communicate results or the change in the condition of well-being for children, adults, families and neighborhoods in the city. Continuous monitoring of performance will focuses the City delivering the best possible results with City tax dollars. Some of the key indicators presented included:
• Total value of commercial building permits issued - $47.3M
• Unemployment - 6.2%
• Median Household Income - $51,000
• Median Sale Price for Existing Homes - $154,500
• High School Graduation Rate – 92.1%
• Juvenile Detention Recidivism Rate - 27.9%

A Community Satisfaction Survey was held earlier this year that will serve as a benchmark for rating more than 50 City services and community characteristics connected to the City’s Performance Outcomes. The survey is intended to determine if community expectations for City services are being met. A sampling of responses included:
• 84.6% of those surveyed were satisfied with neighborhood cleanliness
• 82.6% of those surveyed were satisfied with their neighborhood as a place to live
• 89.6% of those surveyed were satisfied with their Interactions with City Employees
• 89.4% of those surveyed were satisfied with City Services

For more information please visit the State of the City Delivering Greatness website. Later this week, the State of the City will be available in its entirety at NNTV on Demand.