This week has been an exciting one for city of Dublin staff as we have been preparing for the annual State of the City address.

This week has been an exciting one for city of Dublin staff as we have been preparing for the annual State of the City address.

The theme -- Smarter Together -- highlights the importance of community engagement in creating a vision and master plan for smart, strategic leadership.

Without giving away too many details of the presentation, I think you'll find the overall message will be very encouraging.

The address will be held tonight, Thursday, March 9, in the Thomas Conference Center at the Wendy's Co., 1 Dave Thomas Blvd., in Dublin. A community reception is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. and the State of the City presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

We had many reasons to be proud in 2016. We saw fantastic progress on several major projects, including the Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33 interchange, the Riverside Drive roundabout, the initial phases of the Bridge Street District, the Ohio University Dublin campus master plan, and the U.S. Route 33 Smart Mobility Corridor.

Revenues continue to be positive and better than projected and the public services we provide our residents and businesses are second to none.

We are committed to maintaining the absolute best customer service in 2017.

This past year was also a time for the city's leadership to become more active in community engagement.

We launched a series of neighborhood visits called Talks in the Park, in which our police chief and parks and recreation director joined me in meeting with residents in a different park each month. Look for more of these opportunities for conversation in 2017.

We'll see a much-anticipated project begin to come to life this year with the new park along the Scioto River.

More businesses and restaurants will open in Bridge Park, and our hope is that we'll witness a new library and parking garage start to take shape by the end of the year.

Major infrastructure improvements will be coming to downtown Dublin this year as part of public and private investments in the city's historic district.

Strategic planning will continue with our legacy office parks and also with the Sawmill Road corridor.

We also will be investing in the maintenance of existing infrastructure and facilities that provide significant value to our neighborhoods.

The year ahead also will bring a continued emphasis on international engagement.

We will continue to pursue our vision of becoming a global city by engaging globally while also celebrating the diverse cultures within our community through events such as the BREAD! Festival.

The arts have always been an important component of the Dublin community, and I'm excited to say we'll be revealing a new form of public art at the State of the City presentation. I'm confident you'll enjoy it.

I encourage you to attend the State of the City or watch it online.

We'll be streaming it on and also on our Facebook page.

What you'll see is that we continue to create an environment in which both our residents and businesses can thrive.

It takes all of us working together to make that happen. We truly are and will continue to be smarter together.

Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel submitted the City Manager's Notes column.