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

Mayor Victoria Woodards will present the 2021 State of the City Address virtually using an alternate format. A new installment of a four-part series will air on TV Tacoma each of the first four Mondays in May at 6 PM and also be available on the City’s official social media channels. The mayor will speak on the theme "Transforming our Destiny Together".


Mondays in May with the Mayor-Virtual Event Details

Every installment of the State of the City Address will be presented on Mondays at 6 PM.


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)


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


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



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

Before each segment, Mayor Woodards will be joined by Erik Hanberg of Citizen Tacoma and they will 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.”


Watch the State of the City Address Live on TV Tacoma and Facebook

Mayor Woodards' remarks can be streamed on TV Tacoma or tvtacoma.com, and on Facebook Live at facebook.com/cityoftacoma. Community members are also encouraged to host virtual, COVID-safe watch parties and tag themselves using #SOTC253. 


On Click! (via Rainier Connect), TV Tacoma is available within Tacoma city limits and in Pierce County:

  • On channel 512 in high definition
  • On channel 12 in standard definition
  • On channel 21 in standard definition in University Place

On Comcast, TV Tacoma is available:

  • On channel 321 in high definition within Tacoma city limits and in Pierce County
  • On channel 12 in standard definition within Tacoma city limits
  • On channel 21 in Pierce County
  • Not available in University Place

Live Translation Will Be Available for all Segments of the State of the City Address  

Each segment of the State of the City Address will be available live in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Here are the instructions on how to participate.



Cada segmento del discurso acerca del estado de la ciudad estará disponible en directo en español. Para escuchar el discurso en español, inicie sesión en ZOOM a las 6 p.m. y únase a la sala de interpretación en español utilizando esta información:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88484357024?pwd=WTZNVEtQYXpIQjVxcW9xbC9jbC9RQT09; 253 215 8782; Webinar ID: 884 8435 7024; código de acceso: 329843. 



Mỗi đoạn Diễn Văn về Tình Trạng của Thành Phố (State of the City Address) sẽ được phát trực tiếp bằng tiếng Việt. Để nghe bài diễn văn bằng tiếng Việt, hãy đăng nhập vào ZOOM lúc 6 giờ tối và tham gia phòng thông dịch tiếng Việt bằng những thông tin sau: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88484357024?pwd=WTZNVEtQYXpIQjVxcW9xbC9jbC9RQT09; 253 215 8782; ID Hội nghị trực tuyến: 884 8435 7024; Mật mã: 329843.