Mayor Frank G. Jackson Delivers Virtual 2020 State of the City Address

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Mayor Frank G. Jackson held his 15th annual State of the City address live from his office in Cleveland City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 8. This year’s event was held virtually, to accommodate audiences during the pandemic era in adherence to safe social distancing guidelines. Participants were able to watch the event on the City of Cleveland’s social media pages, TV20 and listen to live audio via phone. If you missed the live broadcast you can watch the entire speech on the City of Cleveland’s FacebookTwitter  and YouTube pages or at

Mayor Jackson, who is currently in his fourth term and is the City’s longest serving mayor, discussed various topics including the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil unrest in Cleveland and around the country.

“Without substantive and sustainable institutional changes, we will never become a great city. We will never create communities where all people can thrive and share in quality of life and prosperity.” Mayor Jackson said. “The question is do we have the will and courage – The will and courage to become a great city?”

On Friday, October 9 at 10 a.m., Mayor Jackson will host a post-event media briefing to answer questions related to the State of the City. The event will be broadcast on the City of Cleveland Facebook page and media may ask questions in the comments section. The Mayor will only answer media questions at this time. Please state your media outlet when you post your question.

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