Palm Coast - A video of the City of Palm Coast's second annual State of the City address, held last week in partnership with the Palm Coast Observer, is now available on the City website at www.palmcoastgov.com/council/state-of-the-city.

The State of the City webpage also includes the text of the State of the City address and a link to the Annual Progress Report for 2018.

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland gave the State of the City address, highlighting the successes and achievements of the City over the past year and announcing plans for the coming year and beyond. This year's theme is "One Palm Coast," and Mayor Holland shared the importance of connections - the people, organizations, businesses, schools and universities, government agencies and hospital that come together in the unified purpose to advance our community for a bright future.

The event provided a first look at Palm Coast Connect, the City's new citizen engagement platform, which will go live in May.

The Mayor also shared the vision for the new Innovation District in Town Center - a mix of high-tech companies, housing, Central Park, cultural arts, coffee shops and restaurants, entrepreneurs and retail in a walkable neighborhood.

"We are attracting new investment through an Opportunity Zone designation, and this year we launched an Innovation District and kick-started a development incentive program that provides qualified projects a reduction in their Utility impact fees," Mayor Holland said. "We already have our first two projects approved to bring upscale but affordable housing for teachers, nurses, firefighters and future employees in Town Center."

Also at the program, the Mayor presented three special awards:

·         Mayor's Citizen of the Year - Laura Gilvary, a bank executive who serves on the AdventHealth Palm Coast Foundation's DiaBEATes Alliance. Gilvary was honored for her leadership with the DiaBEATes Alliance in raising awareness for the prevention and treatment of diabetes and to expand education, support and resources within the community.

·         Mayor's Public Service Award - Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly. The Mayor selected Staly for this honor to recognize the innovations he's brought to the Sheriff's Office that have significantly reduced crime and increased safety in Flagler County. In accepting the award, Staly gave the credit for the public safety improvements to the men and women of the FCSO.

·         Mayor's Next Generation Award - Palm Coast resident Reilly Opelka, a professional tennis player who's ranked 56th in the world. The award was accepted by Opelka's father, George. Reilly Opelka won the Junior Wimbledon tournament in 2015 at the age of 17 and recently won his first major tournament, the New York Open.

In addition to seeing the State of the City video and reading the address, residents can review the 2018 Annual Progress Report on the website. 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.

For more information or to request a print copy of the 2018 Annual Progress Report, please contact Cindi Lane, Palm Coast Communications & Marketing Manager, at 386-986-3708 or clane@palmcoastgov.com.