By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Inspired by the annual gut checks made popular by presidents, governors and other community leaders, Mayor Jack Reed Jr. will renew Tupelo’s State of the City addresses this year.
The event will be held at 4 p.m., Jan. 25 at the BancorpSouth Conference Center, and the public is invited to attend. Reed said he hopes to draw at least 200 people.
“I’m excited about it,” he said. “And it’s something we’re supposed to do anyway.”
Reed said the city’s development code requires him to present an annual report, but it hasn’t consistently been done. City Planner Pat Falkner confirmed the code does specify a report but that it’s typically done in September by planning officials.
That report was given prior to the City Council readopting the 2025 comprehensive plan.
Previous mayors like Larry Otis and Glenn McCullough gave annual State of the City addresses, but the tradition took a hiatus when Ed Neelly came into office in 2005. And it hadn’t resumed during the first two years of Reed’s term.
The report will include highlights from each municipal department about accomplishments made in the past 12 months. It also will detail upcoming projects for the current calendar year. Department heads will supply the information to the mayor but aren’t expected to speak during the presentation.