Mayor to deliver State of City address

Mayor Jim Lienhoop will deliver his State of the City address Thursday, focusing on city projects and work involving the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County initiative.

The 6 p.m. speech will be at The Commons, 300 Washington St., and will include next steps for the ASAP initiative, which is overseen by Lienhoop, Bartholomew County commissioner Carl Lienhoop and Jim Bickel, president and CEO of Columbus Regional Health. The speech will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. meet-and-greet with Lienhoop, Columbus City Council members and other city administration staff members.

Jeff Jones, executive lead for ASAP, is the guest speaker for this year’s speech. Other than the ASAP initiative, Lienhoop plans to speak about city projects such as the State Street Revitalization effort, the Columbus Riverfront and a $30 million railroad overpass at the State Road 46/State Road 11 intersection scheduled to begin next year.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or