Mayor says the State of Richmond is resilient

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The state of our city is resilient. That is how Mayor Dwight Jones described Richmond in his State of the City address.

The mayor set his goals for the next year at the historic Hippodrome Theater in Jackson Ward.

Packed inside a great reminder of Richmond's vibrant past Mayor Jones presented Richmond's future.

"The state of Richmond is resilient and resolute and we are positioned for future growth," said Jones.

Jones told the crowd there was $981 million in projects going on in the city.

"$981 million dollars is almost a billion, with a "B," dollars worth of investment going on right here tonight as we speak," he said.

The mayor announced he's turning Broad Street into a cultural district and creating a new position to help promote tourism in the city. He says he wants a new Richmond Coliseum built in downtown, and a new baseball Diamond for the Boulevard which he says will lead to more growth in that area.

"The corridor lends itself to high density mixed use development. The site is the largest undeveloped site in the city," said Jones.

He pledged again to plant more trees and pave more roads. And asked every citizen to have faith Richmond's best is yet to come.

"If we remain vigilant if we remain faithful. If we continue to fight the good fight, there is no telling what the city of Richmond can become. Thank you for coming tonight," Jones concluded.

Reaction to the speech was positive across the board, from the dozens of city leaders I spoke with afterwards. Council President Kathy Graziano said resilient was the right word for Richmond right now.

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