Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette will mark a one-year anniversary in office Wednesday (January 9) when he makes the annual State Of The City address at City Hall, 6 p.m.
The Suwanee native and Old Town resident plans to note several of the city's accomplishments in the past year, as well as highlight future strategies.
In Burnette's first year in office, Suwanee saw the following happen:
- a new police substation was opened at I-85 in the Gateway area, a key factor in redevelopment of that district;
- the city re-landscaped several medians along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard;
- the city continued its strong financial footing, reducing property taxes for the third straight year.
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Also, Burnette plans to speak about the city's 20/20 Vision planning effort. The city rolled out the effort last April at a picnic at Everett's Music Barn in Old Town. Emphasizing community engagement, that effort included input from more than 800 area residents, business owners, and community stakeholders, according to a city news release.
Burnette served as a City Council member from 1996-2011 before being elected mayor. He is regarded as a progressive leader who is in favor of the changes the city has made in recent years.
"There's not much I miss about the good old days," he said in his first State Of The City address in 2012.
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