DeKALB – Mayor Jerry Smith will give his annual State of the City address Monday. He said he expects to focus on economic development and public safety, although he does not anticipate any announcement regarding Project Hammer, an international confectioner eyeing DeKalb’s south side.
“I don’t have anything new to report on that,” Smith said. “Although we continue to feel very positive about what’s going to happen there, we’re going to honor our commitment to the company and let them make the initial announcement whenever that might be.”
Smith will give his address before the first city council meeting of 2020 at the Committee of the Whole meeting set for 5 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.
“There have been some positive developments not only on economic development but also the public safety side of things,” Smith said Thursday.
According to city documents, Smith also will discuss downtown revitalization, new development initiatives, highlight partnerships between the city and Northern Illinois University, infrastructure improvements, the Annie Glidden North plan and other city personnel changes during the 2019 calendar year.
Patty Daley, a lobbyist of Daley Policy Group in Washington, D.C., also is scheduled to speak during Monday’s address, Smith said.
Source: The Daily Chronicle