Thursday, November 30, 2023

Williamsburg’s State of the City address will be this week, albeit virtually


Williamsburg Mayor Doug Pons tapes a segment of the State of the City. (WYDaily/Courtesy of the city of Williamsburg)
Williamsburg Mayor Doug Pons tapes a segment of the State of the City. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Identity Production Studios)

The first ever pre-recorded Williamsburg State of the City address is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m.

Officials said it will will stream on the city’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and air on Cox Cable’s WMSBGTV-48.

The State of the City address follows months of work on the city’s 2020-2021 Goals, Initiatives, and Outcomes, which City Council approved at the November City Council meeting, according to a news release from the city.

During the event, members of City Council will discuss this roadmap for the next two years and launch a public discussion on the city’s new vision statement, which will be unveiled during the address.

“City Council and city staff have started thinking beyond the next two years, and we are inviting the community to join us in that discussion,” Mayor Doug Pons said in the news release. “When you envision the Williamsburg of 2040, what do you see?”

For the first time, the State of the City will include remarks from Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President Cliff Fleet and William & Mary President Katherine Rowe.

“We are thrilled to have the leaders of Williamsburg’s pillar institutions participate in this important event. Their success is our success,” Pons said.

This is the eighth State of the City event; the first was in 2006.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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