’08 State of City report now online; other news and notes

The annual State of the City newsletter — a detailed report about projects, programs and initiatives being undertaken by the city and its partner agencies – is now online and printed copies should be arriving in mailboxes throughout the city next week.

The 16-page report, a follow-up to Mayor A.J. Holloway’s annual State of the City address, includes updates on many city recovery projects, as well as reports from such partner agencies as Biloxi Public Schools, the Biloxi Housing Authority, Coast Transit Authority, Keesler Air Force Base, and the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Also included is an update from retired Lt. Gen. Clark Griffith, the chair of the city’s Reviving the Renaissance initiative.

“The State of the City newsletter gives our residents a detailed report on the progress we’re making and where we stand in the overall program of work,” said Mayor A.J. Holloway, whose front-page column in the report is titled “We’re making progress each and every day.”

This report – which jumped from 12 to 16 pages post-Katrina – includes status reports on traffic and drainage projects, housing, city finances, a detailed report on progress in the Woolmarket community, renderings of planned facilities, and two pages of charts detailing yearly and monthly trends involving the city’s key economic indicators.

The report is now being printed by Knight-Abbey Commercial Printing and Direct Mail in Biloxi. It will be delivered to the postal service on Monday and should begin appearing in more than 24,000 mail and P.O. boxes throughout the city on Tuesday.

To see the report online, click here.

News and notes

Falconaires: The Falconaires, one of the Air Force’s two premier jazz ensembles, will present a free concert on the Biloxi Town Green on Wednesday, April 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The 18-member group of fulltime jazz musicians has brought the great sounds of Big Band Jazz to national audiences for more than 50 years. For background on the Falconaires, click here.

Clean-up reminder: Businesses, civic groups and individuals are being asked to sign up this week for a citywide clean-up that culminates with a brown bag lunch and cookout on the Town Green on Friday and a citywide cleanup day on Saturday. To see a flyer about the event, click here.