CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Mayor Frank Jackson is set to deliver a State of the City address Wednesday in Cleveland Public Hall.
“This is my thirteenth State of the City address since becoming Mayor,” said Jackson in a prepared statement. “It is my goal to make the event more accessible to the public - by shifting to the evening and making it free of charge. This is important and gives residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and the philanthropic community a chance to attend together and hear firsthand from me about all that is happening in our city.”
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Jackson, who was reelected to a fourth term in 2017, has overseen downtown Cleveland’s redevelopment and economic comeback, including the ongoing reconstruction of the Edgewater Park/Shoreway corridor.
However, violent crime continues to weigh heavily on the minds of constituents, as scores of men, women and children have been shot and murdered in a cyclic wave of gun violence.
Mayor Jackson announced the creation of a new homicide task force that will review open cases. He said 1,200 firearms were seized as well as 200 violent fugitives arrested this year.
When it comes to education, Jackson said graduation rates have improved, but admitted the city can do better, He said “as a system, we are failing."
Since his inauguration in January, Jackson announced neighborhood initiatives, including the first phase of a $65 million Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, the Safe Smart CLE initiative to upgrade the city’s technology and the placement of trauma counselors in the city’s 21 recreation centers.