Gainesville residents filled the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention Wednesday as Mayor Lauren Poe and new Interim City Manager Deborah Bowie presented the state of the city in 2019.
The around 150 in attendance at the annual State of the City Address listened on as Poe and Bowie discussed some of the highlights and shortfalls from 2018. One such highlight that Mayor Poe outlined was the Cade Museum itself, which opened to the public in the summer of 2018.
“It used to be a contaminated, toxic dumping ground and now it’s home to one of the world’s greatest parks and one of the world’s greatest museums for innovation and invention,” he said.
Though Poe noted there were some major improvements in 2018, he admitted there was still a lot of room for the city to grow and improve.
“We just have to keep focused on those who are facing the greatest challenges when it comes to inequities, but there is some really promising sides,” he said.
Deborah Bowie, who was selected as the city’s interim city manager a couple of weeks ago, is excited for the future.
“Here’s to 2019 and another great chapter,” she said.