Many counties across Florida and the nation do an annual State of the County Address for their individual communities. Here in Marion, Commission Chairman Carl Zalak III has delivered State of the County addresses at several locations throughout the county in an effort to reach more of our residents, with two more dates planned in August.
Completely free and open to the public, these addresses cover all sorts of news and updates about Marion County government, recent accomplishments, and priorities for the coming days, weeks, months, and years.
Previous dates for the State of the County address include an update at the monthly CEP breakfast as well as a date at the Circle Square Cultural Center in On Top of The World.
Around the County
There is one more State of the County open to the public: Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center in The Villages.
With events spread throughout the county, the goal was to reach all corners of Marion and give as many people as possible an opportunity to come learn what their local government is planning to accomplish.
The goal of hosting multiple community presentations is to engage even more residents with opportunities to learn what their local government is and will be doing on behalf of their communities.
The county will load the entire presentation on their website shortly after the in-person presentations are completed. This video version will cover the highlighted achievements as well as future plans introduced during the in-person presentations.
Lastly, once all in-person addresses are done, keep an eye out for a video version of the address that highlights everything covered in the speech. That video will be shared on MarionFL.org as well as on the county’s social media pages.
Plans for the future
At each State of the County address, the chairman details Marion County’s current priorities and plans for the future. The presentation includes videos from all county commissioners detailing many of the county’s major priorities, such as the Litter Task Force, the Broadband Feasibility Study, and the Commitment to Zero.
Chairman Zalak also highlights some of the county’s recent successes during the presentation, such as the recent PTSD Awareness Walk/Run event and the amount of food and money raised during the last Bring The Harvest Home food drive. There also is a section highlighting the county’s lowest-ever unemployment rate of 2.8 percent and a segment focusing on the work Marion County does for our veterans and their families.
Another highlight of the address is a video showing many of the current and future upgrades to infrastructure, including widening of the Northwest 80th Avenue corridor and the new I-75 exit and onramp at Northwest 49th Street.
Save your spot
Learn more about the State of the County address or reserve your spot at an upcoming date by visiting MarionFL.org/SOC. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about how your county government is working for you!
Aug. 18 – 7 p.m. The Villages Mulberry Grove Recreation Center, 8445 SE 165th Mulberry Lane
Mark Anderson is Marion County Public Relations Specialist.