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City of Williamsburg to Host State of the City Event Dec. 8

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WILLIAMSBURG — The City of Williamsburg’s biennial State of the City Address will be presented during a public reception and livestream Thursday, Dec. 8. 

According to the city, the pre-taped address will show at 6:15 p.m. as part of a public reception in the Stryker Center featuring hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. 

The address will also stream online at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 on the City’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and air on Cox Cable’s WMSBGTV-48. 

This is the ninth State of the City event, with the first in 2006.

“For our first in-person State of the City since 2018, city council wanted to keep the video format first introduced in 2020 without losing the camaraderie and fellowship of the prior events,” Mayor Douglas Pons said. “We invite the community to join us at the Stryker Center for food, conversation, and a look at the city’s vision for the next two years and beyond.” 

According to the city, the address follows the City’s 2023-2024 Goals, Initiatives, and Outcomes, which city council approved at its November meeting, with members of the council discussing the roadmap for the next two years. The video also will feature remarks from William & Mary President Katherine Rowe and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President Cliff Fleet. 

The inaugural Williamsburg Mace Bearer’s Award will also be presented at the in-person event, the city said in its press release. Like a “key to the city,” the city’s goal is to honor and recognize “individuals or groups whose efforts have made a lasting, positive impact on the City of Williamsburg community.” The winner will be announced online and on the City website on Dec. 8, prior to the reception. 

A teaser for the event can be found on the city’s YouTube channel. 

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