Mayor praises city’s achievements, COVID-19 response in State of the City speech

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop touched on many of the city’s achievements over the past year during last night’s State of the City address, but he also recognized the realities and limitations brought about by COVID-19.

The mayor touted project such as the finished State Road 46 Overpass, and continuing progress on the riverfront, downtown housing and mixed used development, a hotel conference center and a new court services building. And touched on ongoing projects including Fair Oaks Mall, Otter Creek Golf Course and street improvements.

But he also cited Columbus and Bartholomew County as an orange dot in a sea of red on the state’s COVID-19 spread map. He thanked the healthcare community, leaders of educational institutions, local industry and clergy for their collaboration and efforts to protect the health and well-being of residents.

But the mayor said the pandemic isn’t over, despite the start of vaccinations.


Looking forward, the mayor said the city is celebrating its bicentennial this year and can expect the city to celebrate successes and share a vision for the future.