Mayor to Talk Civic Engagement at Annual Address

Monday, April 2, 2018
Mayor to Talk Civic Engagement at Annual Address

Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens plans to focus on civic engagement when he delivers his 12th State of the Town address later this month.

“The State of the Town is always about our game plan going forward to preserve what we love about our town, while planning for a town that people will love and appreciate 20 or 40 years from now,” the mayor said. “Especially with more new people moving to our town than ever before, I want to talk about how people can get informed and get involved to influence our future as a community.”

Stevens will outline the town’s key strategies for managing growth, review events of the past year, and discuss what to expect in the years ahead. This year’s State of the Town address will be at 7 p.m. April 23 in the Orange County Whitted Human Services Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

“We’re at an interesting juncture,” Stevens said. “We’re experiencing unprecedented growth; yet in the long run we’re probably the slowest growing town in the Triangle. We’re now experiencing the effects, both positive and negative, of strategic decisions a decade ago. I think it’s important that we have broad community understanding of our strategic choices going forward and that we affirm and as needed tweak our strategic vision. We welcome meaningful involvement in shaping our community, and we want to encourage ways people can have more impact than simply posting to social media.”

The State of the Town address will take place during the time usually scheduled for the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners’ monthly work session, typically the fourth Monday of the month. Elected leaders and senior town staff will be available to meet and talk with citizens.

“This is a great opportunity to learn what’s going on in your town and talk with your town officials, both before and after the address,” Stevens said. “I encourage folks from all neighborhoods in Hillsborough to attend.

The Whitted building is located at 300 W. Tryon St. The address will take place in the main meeting room, Room 230, on the second floor.