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Mayor Encourages Unity During State of the City Address

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Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson spoke to a packed house Tuesday night during the State of the City Address. Mayor Jackson said only a united Savannah can create a greater Savannah.

The mayor believes the future of Savannah is strong citing the city had the most new business filings last year, the most tourists, and the most construction than at any time in the city's history. Going forward, the mayor wants to make it easier to open a business in Savannah and increase opportunities for locals.

"The council is not satisfied that this city is doing enough to do business with local vendors. These businesses are paying taxes in our community. We will follow all laws, and local firms must compete. But they should not lose out to a firm from New York if their price is a few hundred dollars below the local bid," said Mayor Jackson.

Mayor Jackson also outlined four initiatives the city will be working on for the future.  The Canal District will see an investment of a $120 million arena, new roads, and walkways that will connect the Westside with the rest of Downtown.

The mayor would also like to see support for the arts since it brings business to Savannah. The city will contribute more than $750,000 to local art organizations.

The city will also continue to improve the infrastructure which will include multiple drainage projects and road improvements.

Lastly, Mayor Jackson wants to see more improvement in public safety.  The mayor said the city manager played a critical role in cleaning up internal issues in the police department.

"Until we get rid of those who disgrace the badge then we must continue what we are doing," said Mayor Jackson.

The search for a permanent police chief will begin soon.

There is a town hall style meeting scheduled for April 22nd which will allow people to bring up any questions and concerns to the mayor.

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