BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The pandemic, gun violence, and business were a few of the issues East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome talked about during her annual State of the City address.
“It is my desire to see our city strengthen it’s compliance,” responded Broome when she was asked a question about any plans to move Baton Rouge back to a modified phase one like New Orleans. The state of the city mostly surrounds the Coronavirus pandemic as Broome gave her annual speech.
Broome said, “The effects of this pandemic go beyond hospitalizations and mitigation measures. It directly threatens the lives of our residents.”
Broome said with the current numbers, Baton Rouge is averaging two deaths a day to the virus. The pandemic has also been blamed for the rise in gun violence in the city. Broome says the plan to combat this is to get neighbors to act as outreach workers to help improve quality of life.
Flood mitigation, the MOVEBR project, diversity, and inclusion were also highlights.
“A diversified industry and employer base is the hallmark of a stable and healthy economy. We must recruit and develop a workforce to achieve this type of diversity,” added Broome.
Broome highlighted a groundbreaking is expected this year for a major food retailer somewhere along Florida and we can expect arts programs. The focus now is reversing the trend of this pandemic.
“I have a very strong concern about the compliance that is not taking place among some members of our community,” said Broome.
You can watch Mayor Broome’s full State of the City address here
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