Mayor Presents ‘State of City’ To Bayside High Students
By Yvonne Martinez // February 25, 2014
public engagement in local government
ABOVE VIDEO: During the 2014 State of the City, Mayor William Capote took citizens on a “virtual tour” of the city, highlighting the most notable accomplishments such as the opening of Bass Pro Shops, the ongoing construction and paving of the new Palm Bay Parkway, the new Harris Technology Center, the realignment of Clearmont Street and Troutman Boulevard, Florida Tech’s new research park – and many other new and exciting additions in the city.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – In an effort to improve public engagement in local government and ignite community pride, Palm Bay Mayor William Capote delivered his annual State of the City speech to a group of nearly 200 students at Bayside High School Monday.
The assembly included students from the economics, government and geography classes and provided an opportunity for the mayor to present the activities and accomplishments of Central Florida’s second-largest city.
The key feature in this year’s address is a video presentation in which the mayor takes viewers on a “virtual tour” of the city highlighting the most notable accomplishments over the last year.
These accomplishments include the opening of Bass Pro Shops, the ongoing construction and paving of the new Palm Bay Parkway, the new Harris Technology Center, the realignment of Clearmont St. and Troutman Blvd., Florida Tech’s new research park and many other new additions in the city.
“They loved it and I could tell it got their attention,” Mayor Capote said. “They got to see what is happening in their city with their own eyes and now they understand where we are going and all the opportunities they have here in Palm Bay.”
After the 14-minute video, the mayor challenged the students to get involved in their community through programs like the Youth Advisory Board, or through other volunteer opportunities.
The mayor will visit Heritage and Palm Bay High Schools in the next few weeks.