Mayor Jones delivering speech at Hippodrome

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones will give an update on the state of the city.

Half way through his term, the mayor is expected to address the upcoming budget and reducing poverty.

Jones will deliver his speech in Jackson Ward at the historic Hippodrome Theater.

It's a site he and other city leaders see as a major accomplishment.

Despite tough economic times, the city stepped in to help a local developer in reopening this Richmond landmark.

The restoration, costing millions, will no doubt be a part of tonight's speech, along with other revitalization projects and planned improvements to the city's aging infrastructure.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jones will also talk improved streets, plans to build new schools and a new jail and budget cuts under his administration without layoffs or furloughs.

His address begins at 6:30 p.m.

Our Richmond reporter Rachel DePompa will be there with live reports starting at six.

One thing Jones may steer clear of tonight is an opinion about a new ballpark for the Flying Squirrels.

He's dodged committing to specifics, saying it's really a regional effort that's not just for him to decide.

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