Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that theme of the 2016 State of the City Address will be "creating a culture of innovation." The Mayor will deliver the address during a breakfast event Wednesday, September 14 at the Downtown Holiday Inn, 141 N. 9th Street. For the first time, the Mayor is partnering with Leadership Lincoln on a State of the City event.
Reservations for the optional 7:15 a.m. breakfast are closed, but the public is invited to attend the 7:45 a.m. address at no charge. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register at www.leadershiplincoln.org to ensure adequate seating. The State of the City Address will be aired on 5 CITY-TV and will also be available through YouTube and video-on-demand.
The breakfast will also include remarks on the State of Leadership Lincoln from the organization's Executive Director Mick Hale. His presentation will focus on developing, sustaining and supporting civic leadership. The 2016-17 class of leaders in training includes a total of 130 in the Executive Series, the Fellows Program, Youth Leadership Lincoln and the Academy for Local Leadership (Project ALL). They will join an estimated 3,000 graduates of the programs in providing leadership in Lincoln's civic programs and organizations.
Leadership Lincoln will also present Bennie Shobe, Jr. the Distinguished Service Award for his service to Lincoln. Shobe moved to Lincoln in the late 1990s to pursue an advanced degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He currently serves on the boards of several local organizations, teaches at UNL and is a Program Analyst for the State of Nebraska. Shobe is the 25th person to receive the annual award.