2021 State of the City
Mayor Milissa Holland delivered the City’s fourth annual State of the City address on April 26, 2021. The theme of this year’s address highlights the connections that have helped the City navigate through complex challenges and delivering your strategic priorities.
“This year your city leaders conquered complex challenges and celebrated strategic successes all through a year of unprecedented uncertainty”, said Mayor Milissa Holland. “We stayed focused - paying close attention to the needs of our developing community, we strengthened partnerships and stayed attuned to ever-changing opportunities to deliver on your priorities.”
Mayor Holland highlighted the City’s collaborative and innovative response to the COVID-19 crisis; the City’s financial status; economic developments; work that has been and is being done to maintain and improve our infrastructure and amenities; and more.
“Today I proudly share with you how our efforts on attracting industries with economic foundations based on education, healthcare, technology and manufacturing have led to the creation of over 1,000 new jobs this year,” said Mayor Holland.
- Mayor's Citizen of the Year – Greg Peters, Pastor of Parkview Baptist Church. Peters was honored for his partnership and efforts in mobilizing the community behind the successful ‘Feed Palm Coast’ initiative. Peters also continued efforts to support food drives, brought the community together with the Palm Coast Unites event, and other charitable work.
- Mayor's Public Service Award – Bob Snyder, Florida Department of Health in Flagler County - Administrator; Dr. Stephen Bickell, Florida Department of Health in Flagler County – Medical Director; Jonathan Lord, Flagler County Emergency Management Director; and Gerald Forte, City of Palm Coast Fire Chief. The local response to the COVID-19 crisis was a collaborative response between the DOH-Flagler, Flagler County Emergency Operations Center, and the City of Palm Coast Fire Department. The coordination and strong teamwork among the agencies helped keep the community informed as well as aiding the City leadership to make sound informed decisions throughout the crisis.
- Mayor's Next Generation Award – Brandy DeMarco, City of Palm Coast Firefighter. DeMarco has shown a strong commitment to her family, community and nation. She is a graduate of the Fire Department’s intern program and moved on to become a career firefighter while also holding an additional job. She also served in the U.S. military.
In addition to watching the State of the City video, residents can read the 2020 Annual Progress Report via the link below. The City produces the annual report to provide citizens an overview of accomplishments, achievements and progress based on the goals set by the Palm Coast City Council.