(Photo Courtesy of the City of Gary)
(Gary, Ind.) – Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson delivered her third State of the City Address to a capacity crowd Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Genesis Convention Center in downtown Gary.
Before taking the stage, a video was aired showcasing the administration’s highlights in 2013 including community clean-ups, groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings and other community events. Freeman-Wilson then took the stage where she spent the next 45 minutes outlining the challenges and accomplishments of 2013 while laying out the work for 2014. In essence, her message was that Gary’s turnaround is a “team sport” that everyone must play.
“To those of you who continue to stand on the sidelines as spectators, I have but one questions for you,” said Freeman-Wilson. “What role will you play?”
At one point, Freeman-Wilson embraced a somber tone as she confessed just how difficult the job of mayor can be when making hard decisions, working with limited resources and trying to deliver services to citizens under these circumstances.
“The truth of the matter is that there are some days that this job literally brings me to my knees,” said Freeman-Wilson. “But that is where my faith comes in. The faith that I have been anointed to lead this city in such a time as this. The faith that all things are possible with God and nothing is impossible without Him.”
The entire video of the address and transcript of the Mayor’s speech are posted on the city’s website at www.gary.in.us.
The event’s title sponsor was Majestic Star Casino along with a host of local table sponsors who are listed in the attached program. Their contributions allowed for groups of Gary youth and senior citizens to attend the State of the City address.