At last year’s State of the City address, City Manager Mark Freitag unveiled Park Place Performs!, a tool residents and staff use to track how the city is accomplishing its strategic goals.
Freitag won’t introduce any fancy new tools this year, but the event is still an important way for residents to get a “macro view” of what’s happening in city government, said Maggie Darr, assistant to the city manager.
“Throughout the year, members of the public can get information about what’s happening on a project, program or specific service basis through our communication efforts or those of the local media, but the State of the City gives us an opportunity to pull it all together to detail what we’ve accomplished in the last year and what we have planned for the next year,” Darr wrote in an email to The Gazette. “This is another effort at being transparent and accessible to the public.”
Freitag will review what the city recently accomplished in its strategic plan, the guiding document the city uses to plan and accomplish short- and long-term goals. He will also discuss goals for 2018, such as the feasibility study for an indoor sports complex, Darr said.
Freitag also will talk about Janesville’s economy and compare it to last year’s. He will share how many building permits were issued and how many jobs were created through tax increment financing deals, Darr said.
The city will review major developments not related to the strategic plan, such as the sale of the former General Motors plant and an update on the Monterey Dam’s pending removal. Accomplishments that don’t get much attention also will be mentioned, Darr said.
Before the address, residents will have an hour to enjoy an open house and talk to different city leaders about what their departments accomplished last year and have planned for 2018, Darr said.
Freitag brought back State of the City addresses in 2015, and the city has hosted one each January since. The last State of the City before 2015 was in 2011, Darr said.