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State of the City Address

Mayor Woodards Presents the 2021 State of the City Address in a New Series Format

Mayor Victoria Woodards presented the 2021 State of the City Address virtually using an alternate format. This four-part series aired on TV Tacoma each of the first four Mondays in May at 6 PM and also on the City’s official social media channels. The mayor spoke on the theme "Transforming our Destiny Together".


Part One: Our Economy

Monday, May 3, 2021 

Guests: Katie Condit, Chief Executive Officer, WorkForce Central; Bruce Kendall, President & CEO, Economic Development Board; and Quincy Henry, Owner of Campfire Coffee 

(Pre-Show hosted by Citizen Tacoma/Erik Hanberg; Guests: Dr. Anthony Chen, Director of Public Health, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Bill Robertson, President & CEO, MultiCare)


Part Two: Our Neighbors

Monday, May 10, 2021

Guests: Denny Hunthausen, Agency Director, Catholic Community Services; Ryan Mello, Council Member, Pierce County Council; and Dr. Ali Modarres, Dean of the School of Urban Studies and the Assistant Chancellor for Community Engagement, University of Washington Tacoma

(Pre-Show hosted by Citizen Tacoma/Erik Hanberg; Guests: Miriam Barnett, CEO, YWCA Pierce County and Jeff Robinson, Community and Economic Development Director, City of Tacoma)


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Part Three: Our Community 

Monday, May 17, 2021

Guests: Rowan Ali, Vice Chair, Mayor’s Youth Commission of Tacoma; Marquis King Mason, Climate Justice Community Organizer, Citizens for a Healthy Bay; Kathi Littmann, President & CEO, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. 

(Pre-Show hosted by Citizen Tacoma's Erik Hanberg; Guests: Maralise Hood Quan, Executive Director, Center for Dialog & Resolution and Dona Ponepinto, President and CEO, United Way of Pierce County)


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 Watch in Spanish



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Part Four: Our Path Forward

Monday, May 24, 2021

Guests: Elizabeth Pauli, City Manager, City of Tacoma; Jackie Flowers, Director of Utilities, Tacoma Public Utilities

(Pre-Show hosted by Citizen Tacoma/Erik Hanberg; Guests: Carla Santorno, Superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools and Eric Johnson, Executive Director of the Port of Tacoma.)


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State of the City Pre-Show Presented by Citizen Tacoma with Host Erik Hanberg

Before each segment, Mayor Woodards was joined by Erik Hanberg of Citizen Tacoma to engage with community members and leaders for their perspective on Our Economy, Our Neighbors, Our Community, and Our Path Forward.


“As we emerge from a year of unprecedented and unforeseen hardship, and embrace the need for innovation, compassion, and change, I’m going to focus on how we lift and strengthen our economy, our neighbors, and our community as a whole,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “But I am not charting our path forward alone. As a city, we are transforming our destiny together. In this series, I will be joined by community leaders who are helping shape our future in these historic times, and we will be discussing recovery, resilience, and the strength of working collaboratively to drive greater results.”