O’Reilly to deliver State of the City Feb. 24

Collaboration is theme; community leaders to join in review, preview

DEARBORN –  The public is invited to Mayor John O’Reilly Jr’s. State of the City address at 7 p.m., Feb. 24 at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave.

This year the annual presentation will feature the mayor and seven community leaders in a discussion reviewing the accomplishments of 2015 and initiatives for 2016 and beyond.

“I’m changing the format this year to illustrate the tremendous collaboration that goes on in our community to achieve our goals,” O’Reilly said. “Partners, volunteers, commissioners and business leaders all work together to move our city forward, and I want to show how effective that engagement is.”

Joining O’Reilly will be:

• Ghassan Ahmed, a youth commissioner and one of the organizers of The Real Dearborn March.

• Jackie Lovejoy, president of the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce and member of the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority.

• Judith McNeeley, member of the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, and vice president of Community and Corporate partnership Beaumont Health.

• Dave Norwood, sustainability coordinator for the city.

• Mary Petlichkoff, Dearborn Federation of Neighborhood Associations chairwoman, member of the City Beautiful Commission and Dearborn Public Schools trustee.

• Nancy Siwik, City Plan Commission chairwoman.

• Jeff Stassen, Recreation and Parks Commission chairman.

“I appreciate these civic leaders and volunteer commissioners sharing their perspective on the state of our community, and their insight into how we can build on our traditions to secure a bright future,” O’Reilly said.

The presentation will not be broadcast live, but will be shown on CDTV, the city’s government access channel, beginning at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 .

After that, it will be shown on CDTV through mid-March at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays; and 9 a.m, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays.

It also will be available for viewing at any time at www.cityofdearborn.org, beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 26. Click on the link to CDTV at the bottom of the homepage.