At this year's State of the Community Address, Bexley city and school officials and representatives from the Bexley Public Library, Capital University and community organizations will offer a look ahead and a recap of the past year.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Capital's Convergent Media Center, 590 College Ave.

"The State of the Community provides a great opportunity for residents to get an update from Bexley's major institutions and government entities," said Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler.

"The format we use is designed to provide residents with a broad array of important and exciting information from the community institutions that touch residents' lives on a day-to-day basis," he said.

Kessler said the city's presentation will focus on the following:

* An overview of major streets and infrastructure projects for 2018.

* An update on the city's commitment to revitalizing the Livingston/Ferndale/Mayfield area.

* Progress on the zero-waste plan and the food-waste pilot program.

* Updates on the Schneider Park Athletic Fields and the North Community Garden, both due to open this year.

* An overview of the Southwest Bexley Strategic Framework that was passed in 2017.

* An update on the Commonwealth Park Master Plan.

* The city's renewable energy efforts, including zoning reform for solar panels, the city's green energy purchase commitment, solar panels at city facilities and the rollout of Property Assessed Clean Energy financing opportunities for Bexley properties.

* A preview of the 2018 community events calendar.

Bexley City School District Superintendent Kimberly Pietsch Miller said she plans to give an overview of some initiatives the district is undertaking, especially a new strategic-plan process it will embark on this month.

"I think we're in a good position to start putting a plan in place," she said.

Miller said the current year is an ideal time to begin a new strategic plan since both she and district treasurer Kyle Smith are relatively new to the district. Miller and Smith joined the district in 2017, which marked the system's 100th anniversary.

"I'll talk about how we want to be bold in our thinking, bold in our approaches to instruction. I'm going to talk about future planning," Miller said.

"A new superintendent and a new treasurer coming in at the 100-year mark, it's a perfect opportunity to plan for our future. We do that by understanding where we have been and where we are now," she said.

Bexley Public Library Director Ben Heckman, who also joined his organization last year, said he plans to talk about the library's efforts to continue to expand services and reach new patrons.

"2017 was a year of continued growth and change for Bexley Public Library," he said. "At this year's State of the Community, I can't wait to share the ways our library has inspired a love for reading and learning in our community, fostered real conversations among neighbors, and provided a place for all to learn about today's most pressing current events."

The State of the Community also will include updates from the Columbus School for Girls, St. Charles Preparatory School, the Bexley Chamber of Commerce, the Bexley Community Foundation and the Bexley Education Foundation.

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