Roanoke’s State of the City Address: This year’s accomplishments and challenges

‘I’m proud of all that we had to do to overcome challenges,’ said Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea

ROANOKE, Va. – Looking to the future while reflecting on the past year: that was the goal of Thursday’s Roanoke State of the City Address.

“I’m proud of all that we had to do to overcome challenges,” said Mayor Sherman Lea.

This year’s State of the City Address highlighted many of Roanoke’s accomplishments following the pandemic, like record investments in parks and recreation and many events bringing visitors to our city.

“The Carilion Clinic Iron Man 70.3, the arrival of the 24th cycle team, the US ammeter road national championship,” said Lea.

Another new feature in the city mentioned was the LIFT Center at Fallon Park Elementary School, serving Southeast Roanoke.

“Access to physical, oral financial, and wellness resources in one convenient location. I think that will serve the community well,” said Lea.

The year still brought challenges like climate change, homelessness, and gun violence.

Lea said the city is actively working towards solutions.

“Addressing the issues of gun violence through a comprehensive framework. One focused on law enforcement, and justice intervention and prevention,” Lea said.

Other accomplishments Lea noted included the new Liberty Trust Hotel, the implementation of a plastic bag tax, and investments in downtown businesses.

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