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Published on April 14, 2024
Mayor Indya Kincannon to Outline Initiatives in Knoxville State of the City Address on April 26Source: City of Knoxville

Mayor Indya Kincannon is set to deliver her second-term State of the City Address at the World's Fair Park's Tennessee Amphitheater on April 26, laying out her proposed budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year, according to a recent announcement from the City of Knoxville. Kincannon's speech will reportedly underscore fulfilling promises and driving home big-picture initiatives with an eye on long-term change for Knoxville.

In office for a second term committing to progress the city's urgent agendas, the mayor, in previous statements, has emphasized bolstering public safety, investing in public spaces, community building, job creation and economic growth while combating the housing crisis and lessening the city's environmental impact, initiatives set to be highlighted in the upcoming address. The City has collaborated with various entities to begin construction of a welcome center nearby, showcasing ongoing projects during the event.

Residents interested in attending will be provided with light refreshments, granted they RSVP by calling the City's 3-1-1 line before April 24. Knoxville Area Transit is facilitating hassle-free commutes to the event with shuttle services available from two pickup points, the City County Building and the Civic Coliseum Garage, starting at 9:30 a.m. and running until 12:30 p.m. after the event.

In line with last year’s approach, the State of the City is sticking to environmentally-friendly practices by scrapping paper invites and offering the program digitally; guests can scan a provided QR code at the venue, and are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles for use at the event's water filling station. The gathering will again abandon assigned seating for an open seating arrangement, ensuring a more casual, inclusive atmosphere for attendees.

The City of Knoxville remains attentive to ADA Title II and Civil Rights Title VI laws, stating it ensures "meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities" and will reasonably provide necessary services such as translation and interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, and auxiliary aids. Full details on the upcoming State of the City are available on the City’s official website for those seeking more information.