Mayor Lienhoop delivers State of City address


COLUMBUS, Ind.–Area residents packed into The Commons Thursday night to hear Mayor Jim Lienhoop deliver the 2018 State of the City address, along with an update from Jeff Jones, executive director of the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress (ASAP).

The overwhelming themes of the mayor’s speech were collaboration and asking the question in 2018, “What will the residents of 2038 wish we had done?” He also emphasized that Columbus will not be a home to hate or sexism.

Noting that 2017 was a tremendous year for Columbus, Lienhoop reviewed all the major events of the past year, including: the Columbus motion picture premiere, Exhibit Columbus’s inaugural exhibition, the start of the State Road 46 overpass and riverfront projects, the inception of ASAP, the city’s Blight Elimination Program and Inoperable Vehicle Abatement Program, the $50 million investment by Cummins in maintaining their headquarters in Columbus, the lowest unemployment rate ever, Heritage Fund’s new 20-year master plan for downtown Columbus, the 790-acre land acquisition by Columbus Regional Health, and the decision of India-based company Axiscades to plant its North American headquarters in Columbus.

Jeff Jones gave a brief preview of the presentation planned for ASAP’s one-year update scheduled for April 25. Many of the ten action teams of the program have seen progress taking place including changes in the criminal justice system, a new partnership starting this month facilitated by the prevention action team, a new jail treatment program started by Sheriff Matt Myers, and four projects being undertaken by the recovery action team.

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