Mayor Virg Bernero Prepares For City Address

By: Jennifer Weaver Email
By: Jennifer Weaver Email

In an office surrounded by staff Mayor Virg Bernero says he plans on delivering a message that is both inspiring and accurate.

"We're going to tackle the problems but I also want people to be aware of just how good our future is and how positive our potential is in Lansing," Bernero said.

That potential is seen locally with Lansing being the fastest growing economy in the state.

"We have grown manufacturing jobs every month since last year and we continue to add over 2000 new manufacturing jobs," Bernero said.

People like Gary Koelsch have seen the growth. A resident for more than 15 years he says he watched some of the decay downtown disappear.

"The business climate is much improved downtown right now with the new city market that's been a real plus." Koelsch said. "I think that things are picking up."

Monday's address will take place at the Knapp's Office Centre a key historical structure and what the Mayor calls a symbol of resurgence for the city.

"This is a great community we have a lot to be proud of," Bernero said.

But with growth on the horizon struggle is very real for many citizens.

"I guess one of the biggest things I'll ask them is to not give up on Lansing, don't give up on yourself," Bernero said.

The State of the City address will take place at 7 p.m.

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