July 1, 2016

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Medina mayor to give State of the City address before chamber

Dennis Hanwell

Dennis Hanwell

Mayor Dennis Hanwell will stress the ways the city has been working to make Medina a great place to do business during his State of the City address today.

Hanwell said he will detail how the city has appropriated $13 million worth of industrial infrastructure improvements from 2011 through 2015, but declined to provide specifics until the presentation.

The mayor will deliver the address to the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce today during its monthly meeting at Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Road, at 11:30 a.m.

Hanwell said the address is an opportunity for him to connect with business owners on a personal level.

“It is important for me to get their perspective,” he said. “These people are running successful businesses, so their input is usually right on the spot.”

Hanwell said he will touch on many other topics during his presentation, including two $300,000 grants from the state to beautify Public Square and repave Foundry Street.

“(The presentation) will show how we were able to position ourselves better than other communities in receiving those grants,” he said.

The speech also will give a detailed overview of how the city has been maintaining its finances and operations, with a specific emphasis on local businesses, the mayor said.

“I will talk about the positive things that are going on and collaborations with organizations that are placing the city in a better position, with examples of how that is happening,” he said.

Hanwell gave a less detailed version of his State of the City presentation to City Council last week.

The mayor said he is looking forward to getting feedback from chamber members.

“I want to ask them, ‘Are there things that we need to tweak and expand on?’ “ he said. “I use the speech to show that we do the best we can do.”

Tickets are $18 for chamber members and $21 for future members. To register for the event, visit www.medinaohchamber.com.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.

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Andrew Davis covered Medina city government for The Gazette from January 2014 to May 2015. Contact The Gazette's news department at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.