On Thursday, February 9, all roads led to One Seagate, downtown Toledo. It was one of the coldest evenings at 16 degrees, that the area has experienced during the winter season. However, it did not deter those who were reportedly ready to hear about the State of The City of Toledo.
President of Council Steven Steele introduced the Mayor, and as she approached the podium it was apparent that she was ready to share with the audience and co-laborers in government just what Toledo has to offered and has offered its citizens. Her address lasted approximately 43 minutes, and each line gave a demonstration of what has happened, as well as what her goal is as she embarks upon a second term as Mayor. She reported on Major Economic Development Projects, Protecting Our Water, Maintaining Safe, Livable Neighborhoods, Toledo Fire and Rescue ISO rating, Citizens Engaging Toledo, Government Service Accessed Through Technology, as well as National ranking of Toledo . Several City Council members were present to support this Mayor who thanked them for their support.
It was apparent that Mayor Hicks-Hudson has touched the lives of many in the city and one of the ways in which citizens and leaders chose to show that is through their attendance at the State of The City. Several clergy were present during the evening. Some of which were Bishop Duane Tisdale, Bishop Michael Pitts, Bishop Marjorie Holt, Pastor James Willis, Pastor Robert Lyons, Rev. Willie Knighten, Jr. and many more.
Mayor Hicks-Hudson also gave accolades and paid homage to the Toledo Fire and Rescue for achieving the ISO Class 1 rating, the only department in the state of Ohio to receive this, as well as to several city employees who had achieved “admirable status” on their job performance in the departments at which they serve.
When asked about the address, Councilwoman Yvonne Harper stated, “she nailed it”. This was the message and remarks that resonated as the crowd gathered in the lobby at evening end. Congratulations Mayor Paula Hick-Hudson on a job well done!