Department directors will join Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard when she delivers her annual State of the City address at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Wasserstrom Co., 4500 E. Broad St.

"The 2018 State of the City address will focus on the progress we have been making over the past number of years toward achieving our strategic goals," Maggard said.

Those goals, Maggard said, include improving public safety, bolstering the financial health of the city and enhancing quality-of-life opportunities for residents and stakeholders.

The venue is significant: Wasserstrom, a restaurant-supply company, relocated its headquarters from Columbus to Whitehall last year, bringing along more than 200 employees in a move that was hailed as a victory for the city.

Maggard said the heads of city departments will join her in sharing "current information and proposed plans" in the areas of public safety, parks and recreation and economic development.

Those expected to join Maggard include Development Director Zach Woodruff, who also serves as safety director; and Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Sorrell.

"We will (discuss) upcoming improvements in our parks and advancements in our recreational offerings, as well as details of our efforts in the fight against the opioid crisis," Maggard said.

The address also will include an overview of current and proposed development projects "that promise to transform" Whitehall, including the Norton Crossing development and a new YMCA branch.

Woodruff said he will speak about the city's business-retention efforts and new corporations the city has welcomed in the recent past.

"I'll also talk about what is coming up, most significantly our progress at Norton Crossing," he said, as well as the city's plans for development at the site of the former Four Seasons Golf Center on East Broad Street, east of North Hamilton Road.

Demolition will continue this spring of apartment buildings at the former Commons at Royal Landing on the south side of East Broad Street, west of South Hamilton Road.

Continental Real Estate is converting the former apartment complex into the mixed-use Norton Crossing, with new apartments and retail.

Maggard's State of the City address resumes her practice of a separate event for the city.

Last March, Maggard and Whitehall City School District Superintendent Brian Hamler delivered a joint State of the Community address.

Hamler delivered his State of the Schools address Feb. 13.

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