Mayor Krasnoff updates Chesapeake in ‘State of the City’ address

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Mayor Alan Krasnoff says the state of Chesapeake is excellent.

On Wednesday, at the annual “State of the City” address, Kransoff talked about new businesses for the city in his speech at the Chesapeake Conference Center at noon. He said that businesses invested $179 million in the city in 2015. He also boasted that Amazon Prime chose Chesapeake for two hour delivery. He even had a delivery made live during the speech. It was a book, in case you were wondering.

Krasnoff boasted that all of Chesapeake’s schools are accredited, and have the highest on time graduation rate in Hampton Roads at 93 percent.

The mayor also talked about traffic and health and what’s being done to increase quality of life in the city. He told the audience of 800 at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce that $3 billion will be spent on building and improving bridges by 2029. He later told reporters “When you drive over the Veterans Bridge you will not waste any more time of your life as in 47 days, I think it’s 47 days you would have to be waiting for that draw bridge to open and close.”

He also talked about another way Chesapeake is working to improve quality of life.

The Healthy Chesapeake coalition is looking at plans to expand the Cuffee Center which serves a vulnerable population in Campostella Square.

Health Director Dr. Nancy Welch talked about the possibility to WAVY.com, “This is an opportunity to expand that center with an Olympic pool which has been an interest expressed in the community, also tutoring children and a senior center.”

Chesapeake is a finalist for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award that would help develop the strategic plan and help fund the project.

They will know in May if they are selected.

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