Chesapeake Mayor delivers annual State of the City Address

Posted at 9:48 AM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 18:13:47-04

Chesapeake, Va. (WTKR)- Mayor Alan Krasnoff delivered the Chesapeake State of the City Address Wednesday afternoon.

The annual address was presented by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce at the Chesapeake Conference Center.

The event is a forum for interaction between Chesapeake's business, civic and community leaders.

Mayor Krasnoff reported on business development initiatives, provided strategic municipal progress updates and gave a glimpse into the City's future.

One focus of his speech was investment in bridge infrastructure in Chesapeake, including the new Veterans Bridge set to open by the end of the year, as well as a planned replacement of the Deep Creek Bridge and expansion of the High Rise Bridge.

"You immediately create jobs and revenue. You have an opportunity to reinvest in the community for great quality of of life. That's the equation that makes us all successful in Hampton Roads. When you drive over for instance the Veterans Bridge, you will not waste anymore of your life in terms of 47 days, I think it was 47 days of your life, that you would have been waiting for that draw bridge to open and close," Mayor Krasnoff told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo following his speech.

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce says more than 800 people attended the Chesapeake State of the City Address, making it the largest ever in the city.