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Jackson Mayor Gives Positive Outlook for Capital City in State of City Address

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 11 Jul 2012 06:24pm | comments

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson gives a positive outlook for the city in his state of the city address. But as MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports the mayor is counting on a number of stakeholders to continue the momentum.

In front of a crowd of about 200 people Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson touted the city's progress in a number of areas including the 57 million dollar expansion of Baptist Health System and nearly 700 thousand dollars in job grants for businesses. In addition to those projects Johnson says millions of dollars have been spent on the city's infrastructure and housing development.

"And associated with that is the value of the commercial building permits issued here in the city of Jacksonover the past year. They are valued at some 90 million dollars. I would point to all of the small businesses who have been helped either to come into business, stay in the business be more competitive because of the assistance they received from the city of Jackson."

While the crowd of city officials, employees and citizens generally seemed pleased with the mayors report,   newly elected City Council President Tony Yarber says he does have some concerns about what's being done to clean up the city.

"What we're gone be doing in terms of tackling these abandoned homes? More than abandoned homes how are we gonna go after those property owners who are neglecting properties? Folks who are being unresponsive to the needs of communities that they have lived in a home and left or that they purchased a home and left."

After the mayors presentation,  Hinds County Representative Alyce Clark quickly offered to solicit lawmakers for  assistance in Jackson's cleanup efforts.

While the city has seen a 16% decrees in property theft over the past year Mayor Johnson says the administration continues to actively seek new police recruits to help combat the persistence of violent crime. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.

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