Mayor Bliss Delivers State of the City Address
On Monday evening, February 25, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss delivered an optimistic State of the City address. Following a preamble from new City Manager Mark Washington, Mayor Bliss highlighted the accomplishments of 2018 while also noting the challenges the city and community will work to address in 2019. Topics ranged from police-community relations to parks, with a significant focus on the business community and economy.
Mayor Bliss touted the private sector’s leadership in growing the West Michigan economy and the significant projects reshaping the urban core. She also trumpeted that the city hears the concerns of the business community over parking and mobility issues, and will be an active partner in addressing these challenges through an all-of-the-above approach that the Chamber vigorously supports. Continuing the mobility discussion, Mayor Bliss also commended improvements made to the DASH network and highlighted upcoming opportunities for car share, bike share and other innovative mobility options.
The Mayor moved on to discuss the challenges of housing supply and affordability in a growing city. Much like the parking issue, our region’s tremendous growth creates new challenges. This was apparent for us when the Chamber saw, for the first time, concern over housing and its impact on talent from our annual membership survey. We will continue to support solutions that remove obstacles to housing supply.
The Grand Rapids Chamber applauds Mayor Bliss for her continued promotion of public-private collaboration that has helped position Grand Rapids as a vibrant, growing city. We look forward to continuing to work with the Mayor, the Commission and City leadership to keep Grand Rapids moving forward in 2019.