Hilliard City Manager Michelle Crandall is looking forward to her first State of the City address.

Crandall will deliver the speech at 6 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.

She was sworn in as the city's first city manager Jan. 2. In November 2018, voters had approved a city-charter amendment that changed the form of government from a strong mayor to a city manager.

"It will be exciting for me to talk about our successes and what we want to do in the future," Crandall said.

Even after two full months on the job, she still is learning and adjusting to the nuances of the role, she said.

As such, Crandall said, she will lean a little on her administration in delivering her first address, which will begin one hour before the start of Hilliard City Council's scheduled meeting.

"Since I've just started as city manager, I did not think it appropriate to deliver the entire address," said Crandall, who has tapped finance director David Delande and economic-development director David Meadows to speak about the city's success and to lay the groundwork for how Hilliard will develop its "2020 Vision."

Crandall said she would discuss the initiative for "collaboration between City Council and the administration on a strategic plan that will identify priorities for the next three years."

The strategic plan will include policies for economic development, financial sustainability, the recreation and parks department, transportation, utilities and public services, Crandall said.

"The '2020 Vision' process will include significant opportunities for community input, (and we hope it is) completed by the end of the year," she said.

In addition to the "2020 Vision," the State of the City will include an overview of current and projected finances and an update on economic-development efforts, said David Ball, the city's director of communications.

Residents are invited to attend the address or may view a livestream at hilliardoh.iqm2.com/citizens/default.aspx.

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