Marion County Board of County Commissioners chairman Carl Zalak III has delivered State of the County addresses at locations throughout the county in an effort to reach more residents, and several more dates are planned.
On Wednesday, July 27, a State of the County address will take place at Salt Springs VFW Post 10208 (23498 NE Highway 314 in Salt Springs) at 7 p.m.
The following month, additional addresses will also be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9 at the Del Webb Spruce Creek Ballroom (13601 Del Webb Boulevard in Summerfield), and at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 18 at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center (8445 SE 165th Mulberry Lane in The Villages).
The addresses on July 27 and August 18 are free and open to the public, while the free address on August 9 is only open to Spruce Creek residents. These addresses will cover all sorts of news and updates about Marion County government, recent accomplishments, and priorities for the coming days, weeks, months, and years.
Previous State of the County addresses were held during the monthly Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership breakfast as well as at the Circle Square Cultural Center in On Top of The World.
At each State of the County address, Chairman Zalak details Marion County’s current priorities and plans for the future. The presentation includes videos from all county commissioners detailing many of the county’s major priorities, such as the Litter Task Force, the Broadband Feasibility Study, and the Commitment to Zero.
Chairman Zalak also highlights some of the county’s recent successes during the presentation, such as the recent PTSD Awareness Walk/Run event, and the amount of food and money that was raised during the last Bring The Harvest Home food drive. There is also a section highlighting the county’s lowest-ever unemployment rate of 2.8% and a segment focusing on the work Marion County does for local veterans and their families.
Another highlight of the address is a video showing many of the current and future upgrades to infrastructure, which includes the widening of the NW 80th Avenue corridor and the new Interstate 75 exit and on-ramp at NW 49th Street.
With events spread throughout the county, the goal of these addresses is to reach all corners of Marion and to provide as many people as possible an opportunity to come learn about what their local government is planning to accomplish.
After every in-person presentation has been completed, Marion County will share the entire presentation on its website. This video version will cover the highlighted achievements along with future plans that were introduced during these presentations.
For more information, or to reserve a spot at an upcoming State of the County address, visit the Marion County ‘State of the County’ webpage.